From time to time, it happens to us all – you sit down, open up a new post and… nothing! Sometimes you can’t even get as far as opening up a new post – the inspiration just isn’t there. But what can you do? How can you revive your blogging mojo?
Firstly, don’t panic! The world will not stop because you don’t write a blog post for a day, or a week, or even a month. I’m guessing you started blogging because you enjoy writing and wanted to share your recipes, stories and ideas with others. Forcing yourself to write will not be fun and you don’t want blogging to become a chore.
It’s ok to take some time out. You don’t need to explain to your readers or twitter followers – always remember that it’s your blog and your rules. There are lots of things you can try to help with bloggers block, but here are a few that may help:
1. Get out of the house. Go and explore the world outside and get away from the computer screen for a while. Maybe your mojo is hiding in a pretty cafe or at the bottom of a latte. Even if it isn’t, at least you will have some time to relax and think.
2. Read other blogs. There is so much inspiration out there and when we are pressured into feeling like we need to blog, we are missing so much. Take the time to read your favourite blogs and leave some comments. The food blogging community is a diverse and creative one, there is bound to be something out there to inspire you.
3. Flick through your favourite cook books and choose a recipe you haven’t tried before. Many people find cooking and baking therapeutic and if the dish turns out well, then maybe you can blog about it.
4. Join in with a cooking challenge or meme. There are so many to choose from that there is bound to be something that appeals. We put together a list of regular food blog events that may be useful.
5. Write a list of topics you would like to write about. Perhaps you have a favourite recipe book or a recipe that has passed down through your family. Tell us about your favourite kitchen gadget or the best meal you’ve ever eaten. Describe your favourite restaurant or what meal you’d cook if you had an unlimited budget.
If you are really struggling, why not ask other bloggers if they would like to write a guest post for you while you take some time out. Or ask fellow bloggers to suggest topics for you – food bloggers are a particularly friendly and helpful lot, I’m sure they would rush to help out.
What else would you suggest to someone who has lost their blogging mojo?