Ah, the dreaded creative block—we’ve all been there.
A note before we get started—I wrote the entire post below and thought about dumping it in the trash a few times since I was worried the advice I was giving was too generic and would be perceived as inauthentic. But, I kept writing to see where it would go. Reflecting on what I had written later, I think the main point I wanted to make by writing this post was that you don’t have to have the creative juices flowing 24/7. It’s okay if you love blogging—or whatever your hobby is—but don’t want to do it all the time. Sometimes there are other things in life going on that take precedent because they have to or because they’ve taken over unwillingly.
My therapist in college told me that time would solve a lot of my problems I was coming to her with. It was hard to believe her in the moment, but she was right. And I’ve found that most of my problems since have taken care of themselves with time, too. So while I do use all the tricks below for dealing with a creative block, just remember that if all else fails, time usually won’t.
Last month, when I asked post ideas several in a short survey—it’s still open if you want to take it!—several people requested I do a post on how to get over a creative block when I don’t feel inspired to blog. I was also asked how to overcome a blogging plateau, and for me personally, those plateaus tend to come at a time when I am the uninspired because I am putting in the least amount of effort.
Recently, I’ve been really inspired about blogging—creating the content, curating my Instagram feed, chatting on Twitter. It’s been really fun—especially since it’s been cold outside there are less distractions, and is something that energizes me instead of drains me. I also have lots of ideas for future posts, which helps keep blogging fun since it takes out some of the guesswork—or, creative block, if you will—when I sit down to write a post.
But, last fall, I definitely went through a block when it came to blogging—something I touched on a bit here and in most link loves around the same time. I was very busy in other aspects of my life, somewhat sleep deprived, and way more stressed than I am now, which lead to that situation. Coming up with posts I wanted to write more than a sentence or two about was a challenge, and the blogging process in general felt like a chore.
Yet here I am, a couple months later, happily blogging away.
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