Hi everyone! ❤️ Today’s post was one of the first I thought of writing back when I announced a return date to blogging after my break 🤣. It seemed fitting to acknowledge what has helped me get to this point because in and around flare-ups of my chronic pain I did find it tricky to get back into the flow of writing.
On mornings when I woke up feeling well I’d be like “right! I’m going to get this, that and the other things on my list done” (never have I ever been one for pacing 🙈😂) but then as I fully came round I’d notice the pain setting in and end up having to get through that instead. This led me into a mini state of panic every now and then where I thought I’d never be able to get back here. I tend to unintentionally bury my panic mode as other things come up so I’d get on with it and hope for the best.
With that often going on I can sometimes see no way around it but then small moments will become apparent throughout the day where I’ll catch that motivation and become inspired to pick up a pen. This right here is one of those moments hidden in amongst a not so good time and I’m grabbing the opportunity like it’s gold dust 🙌✨.
What I’m trying to say is that I’ve compiled a list of some tips that helped me get to the stage of making my way back to blogging!! I hope this post helps anyone else that is perhaps debating coming back from a break or maybe you’re planning on embarking upon one but there’s a worry you may not get back into it all afterwards? (I say embarking because breaks are part of the journey and really do help see things more clearly in the long run 💫). There are a host of reasons as to why you could have chosen to read todays post and it might just turn out to be what you need so I’ll stop warbling on and let you get to the good stuff…..
• If like me you write down posts before typing them out why not start a new journal? 🤔 Not only does doing so mark a fresh beginning but I always get a load of inspiration and creativity from those crisp blank pages! 🤤 Yes I’m drooling, please don’t judge 😂.
It goes a long way if you use use a new pen too and whatever stationery takes your fancy. I treated myself to starting a notebook I had my eye on in my room (I don’t know where they come from anymore, they seem to just appear 😂 I’m guessing it was a present I’ve held back on ruining). I’m labeling it with post it notes down the side with titles of ready to be typed out entries and I have never felt so organized in my life! 😅 We’ll see how long it lasts, good habits go downhill when I take notice of them 😂).
My old blogging journal won’t go to waste because I’ll use it’s last few pages for lists and random notes. A tip I have is to go for a small notebook because then you finish them faster (even though that’s not the point 😌) and can enjoy that new feeling over and over again when you move onto the next one! 📒
• Jumping into writing is a great way to have something instead of nothing at all in a draft. Then a you have to do is edit and improve upon it later on! It sounds so simple and yet getting there is difficult but believe me, one you write those first few words it will be so much easier to move on from there. I find this to be good with titles so say for instance I’m writing a bucket list and I know what I want to do but I can’t figure out to explain each idea in detail 😶…I’ll type out those headings and leave it there so that the post isn’t entirely empty and won’t be as daunting to return to later on.
Typing out full stop can sometimes bring on inspiration that I wouldn’t have found by putting pen to paper. Its all about rediscovering old ways and even branching out to different routes of getting to the same destination. Don’t put off that first step, tomorrow never comes and when it does it’s not longer called tomorrow so if at all possible do it NOW. I just made that “now” look very scary looking by just putting it in capitals alone 😂. In a way that’s a mind game, like how an blank canvas of a draft can make you feel. Once one or two words are there you’ve made an impact and things can only go UP! 🎈
• Plan what you’re going to write and try to fit it into a post schedule once those ideas are concrete and you know that you will definitely want to upload them. Being sure of what + when you’re sharing can do a world of good 🙌🌍. It seriously helps to have that general plan, even if the posts themselves can’t actually be written out yet. It’s one less stress in the grand scheme of things!
Since I started blogging almost 4 years ago I’ve built up a list of blog post ideas that keeps on growing. Sometimes I go through bouts of time when I’ll slap on a couple of new ideas and then I can go for a good while (that’s not really considered good at the time) where nothing springs to mind. I can’t really beat myself up about those moments because at least I’ve got the list to bounce off of. Every now and then I’ll go through it and take some titles that I feel excited about and as though they can be expanded upon, these go on a list and if I’m in the mood to write I’ll try to make it go towards them.
As they get more complete or I feel like they could benefit from just being jump-started by typing via the WordPress app with last minute motivation (I wrote about that in How to write a last minute blog post) they move up a notch in trust and are made into a plan I always promise myself will fit onto a schedule (that in itself never goes to plan in the correct order 🙄😂).
This might all sound very crazy, but it’s only that way written out. If it’s not explained and goes unsaid I don’t even know I’m doing it to be honest!
Let’s talk about schedules! Don’t get me wrong, it is perfectly okay not to have a schedule but I personally find that sticking to one gives a level of responsibility that doesn’t have to be one huge fear. It helped me so much during the first lockdown to have this posting routine as then the days weren’t all blending into one and there was always something to work towards that wasn’t study related once I got involved with other stuff. This was something for me that was fun and I’d make time for it and it didn’t even feel like a pressure until I had to take a break for personal reasons.
Having a schedule makes it easier to stay and not feel guilty about going away as then you’re of a consistent mentality and trust yourself in coming back. Again, it is NOT a must, it’s just a way to make it work better and keep you level headed if that’s what you’re looking for. I can’t imagine not having one but that’s only because it’s always been there. I know for sure that I’d go for long periods of time in-between not sharing anything if I didn’t have this structure to fall back on. Having a schedule is my responsibility and I’ve never missed a day without saying that I was going to beforehand. I’m bloody dedicated to this 😅😂. I’m rambling on but long story short I can’t really explain it, it’s just nice to have. Check out my post How to keep a blogging schedule!
Oh and you can even trick your mind into thinking you have to write by a certain time as that can be a way of switching on inspiration that may not have come to light otherwise! Now that’s a mind game (I’m so kind to myself 😂).
• Take your time with getting back into blogging. Don’t rush here only to leave again soon after because it will cause you to doubt your own ability. You CAN find a way to make it work, you just need to listen to what’s right for you at that moment in time. I’m putting a lot of things on the back burner right now and really thinking through how I’ll go about things in my life. Especially at the beginning of 2021 as I know it’s important not to put that strain on my health when before I would have let my hopes and dreams take control and just do a full 360 back to the beginning. If I can make it work with a stubborn mindset then I truly believe that a lot of people can get to that point to and be honest with ourselves about what we can handle before opening that door. Hurdles will come and yeah you can’t fully prepare for them and shouldn’t wait around forever until you’re ready but to an extent you should wait so that it’s clear you’re prepared.
If you’re unsure, why not pop in and explain what you intend to do like I did in my last post as a 21 year old! There’s no need to commit to anything huge or fully return yet as you took time out for a reason and that should be acknowledged. No one has the right to put pressure on you about it, not even you. It will all work out and those cards don’t have to be played right. Mistakes can be made and learned from, it’s going to take time. Yeah the world could end tomorrow so you could think DO IT NOW (Missy Elliott – classic 😂) but we can’t go around thinking that or people like me who don’t know how to pace will work themselves into oblivion 😌😂. Take your time and don’t let anyone make you think you should do otherwise.
• Another good reason to just pop onto your blog would be to remind yourself what this place is like ✨. Stepping back in the first place hopefully allowed you to feel in control and grounded. I know I for sure did! It was like a switch was flicked and I gained something I didn’t know I’d lost. The present moment returned and I wasn’t always writing for the future, I was living day by day doing other things and I’d like that to continue alongside this. Remember that blogging is meant to be fun, so let it be. Choose to be here because you don’t have to. Make it somewhere you want to be and in realizing that it will be easier to step away whenever you need to, which leads onto…
• Letting your blog revolve around your life and not the other way round 💫. Reading a good book? 📚 Write about it! Fighting for a good cause? Raise awareness about it! Doing this shows you that there’s no need to grasp for straws when it comes to blog post ideas. Here’s a post you might find helpful called Tips: How to Get Out of a Blogging Rut! ✨.
Being in a rut is often why we take breaks and my God it can be scary as it makes you believe you’ve got nothing left to give on the creativity front 😌. But let me tell you something you already know, life is ever changing. Even in lockdown something different happens everyday, no matter how small and unnoticeable it may turn out to be. With these new events that occur there is always something to rant about 🙌. I think that’s why they say try new things, because then you’ll think differently and thoughts will spring up like pogo sticks. Sure I never thought I’d be on my 4th year of blogging, the words materialize out of nowhere but they must come from somewhere 😂.
This point about blogging revolving around your life does not mean you should share everything though, no one should. You can keep anything you want private away from this space and should only share what you’re comfortable with! 👏 I wouldn’t want anyone thinking they know more about my life than I do 😂.
• Read previous posts of yours and be reminded of how brilliant you are at this!! You still have that same mojo because it’s not something that can be lost (I don’t know if I’ve ever said mojo before 😂). I view loss as a material thing whereas the important part always stays with you in some way.
As well as reading your own scribbles, be inspired by others! Don’t copy because that’s a trashy thing to do (I’m hoping that will make copycats feel bad 😌😂). Read posts by bloggers you like and who write like the wind (and by that I mean naturally 💨) and know that behind their blog they probably have that same fear about their own ability too and yet there they are motivating YOU! 😲 Mind = blown.
• Have a come back date! Now this is how I got here today 😂. If I hadn’t told you I’d come back on the 25th of November I would have gone on convincing myself it would happen and the date would have been pushed further into the future (is it farther or further? 🤔 You can tell me but I’ll probably just leave this part in here anyway cause I’m lazy 😜). By putting that date out there in the open it was set in stone and the rest kinda just followed. It jump-started something and gave me a boot (that’s a good car pun! 🚗). It wasn’t worrying either because I was ready to return and just needed to tell myself that. Your mind will accept it and be like “okay, I need to prepare for then!” 😅. I’ve gotten more writing done lately than I did before I even contemplated taking a break 😵. That downtime did me good 🙌😂.
And incase you were wondering about the message behind the art for this post? 🍋 It’s all about not to feeling guilty about breaks when they take on the mantra of regret when returning dawns on you. When getting back into the swing of things, take what you can get from this process and don’t give up because going away for yourself was anything but that. If this place brings you joy then you deserve to be here and if life gives you lemons, I don’t care what you do with them, just so long as they don’t go to waste 🤷😂.
Thanks for stopping by! It the unweirdest way possible, it’s comforting to think that my thoughts are out there waiting to be read and might have an impact on someone 🤞 (You be thinking that the only thing weird about that was the word “unweirdest” 😂). I could do with your thoughts on what you think is a boost when returning from a break as like I maybe mentioned too much, I’m only just back from one myself so we’re all waiting ears that need help so fire away! 👂😑😂 I hope you found this useful and that you continue to enjoy your day (because this was a great start right?). Take care and I’ll see you soon ✨💞💞