Losing Your Blogging Mojo

Vanessa looking in trees

Me looking for my blogging mojo. Yes, that’s right, it’s a recycled pic from when I was looking for other people’s mojos. See, I don’t even have the mojo to get a new pic!

Some time back I wrote a post about people losing their blogging mojo. At the time I hadn’t lost mine, I was just observing that others had. Now I kind of have lost mine, and I don’t like it! Most people who have been blogging for a while will have gone through this at some point – the ideas for posts aren’t as forthcoming, the thought of going to read and comment on lots of other blogs can feel like a chore, there are unanswered comments on previous posts you’ve written that you keep putting off answering. You suddenly have lots of excuses for why you’re simply too busy to engage with blogging, even though you know perfectly well that you were just as busy before, but still made time for it. Some disappear completely from blogging, others find their mojo again; I really hope I’m in the latter group.

The reason it matters to me is that I love the blogging community, we strike up these online friendships by reading each other’s posts and interacting in the comments, and sometimes we take it off-board too. And aside from that I always feel a little excited with anticipation when I hit “publish” on a post to see what people will say in response. And I care about my blogging friends. I’ve still been doing some light touch reading of many of your posts, so I know some of you are going through some hard times, and some of you are doing some exciting new things, and I want to make time to come by and comment, and yet I haven’t.

I don’t think I’ve ever properly got back into the swing of it since I took a half-break finishing my studies last year. Being fully engaged with blogging is full-on, you have to post regularly, and when I say regularly, I’ve only ever tended towards one post a week, there are many others who blog several times a week. You also have to visit and comment on other blogs very regularly, or you do if you want those reciprocal visits and comments. When you step back from it a little, even for just a few weeks, it can be tricky to immerse back into it fully, you suddenly feel like an outsider with your nose pressed against the window looking in. The longer you leave it, the more it feels like a big mountain to climb, as if you somehow have to catch up with everything rather than just start swimming again from where you are (no, I’m not sure what windows, mountains and swimming have to do with each other either). I’ve also got a few different things going on in my life at the moment, nothing bad or major, good things, but they’re taking my focus, or maybe again that’s just an excuse.

Anyway, I’m not the first blogger to write a lamenting post of this type, and I’m sure I won’t be the last, but just to say – I’m still here, I’m fine, I apologise for not commenting onΒ your blogs lately, and I really hope to start “feeling it” again soon. If there’s a particular post you’ve done lately that you’d like me to see, please do leave a link to it in the comments – don’t be shy, you’ll be helping to ease me back in.

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96 responses to “Losing Your Blogging Mojo

  1. Good luck finding your mojo. Have you looked in your pockets?

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  2. 6+ years for me, and still plugging away. One would think that length of time would meet mega-stats, but I’m far from it. After all, like you said, there’s a special tie with one’s blogging community.

    Here’s an idea for regaining your blogging mojo … and an idea that I don’t read about very often. Don’t worry about writing to post because it will come … but here’s the key …. concentrate on visiting others, reading, commenting, etc. By focusing on others, the odds are good your mojo will return. Meanwhile, others know you are out there and that you are interested in them.

    Otherwise, seek wine. πŸ˜‰

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    • Yes, there aren’t many like you Frank, turning out regular, good, content for so many years, and regularly visiting and commenting on others. What a blogging inspiration you are!

      Thanks for the suggestion, I think sometimes I feel like I have to visit EVERYONE in one sitting, so if I only have half an hour or whatever, I leave it, whereas if I just do it in small chunks maybe It’ll be better. Also, I don’t see the wine as an alternative, I think it’s an excellent accompaniment to blog reading! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve got my mojo working, but it just don’t work on you.

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  4. Thank you for warning me about these periods that seep into blogging life..
    I’m pretty new to it.. hopefully I don’t get into one of these phases soon.
    As for you.. Pleaseeee return to blogging πŸ™‚

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    • Not everyone goes through these phases, but many do. I think actually I heard somewhere that many blogs stop at the two year point for some reason. I think I’ve been going for nearly four years now I think so not bad!

      Thanks for stopping by, I shall come over and visit you!

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  5. Come on back, Vanessa. Your mojo is right there in front of you.

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  6. I appreciate your honesty Vanessa. If it helps I have been reflecting a lot on when blogging becomes a chore. I have started to make some changes in how I interact with other blogs because the output was not sustainable. I do love it still but know it has to be balanced and fun. I adore your writing and have missed it and I’m not just saying that. Here’s a funny post I did that I think will leave you smiling. http://traveltalesoflife.com/2015/03/17/seniors-social-media/

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  7. I hope you get your mojo back! Not just for the blogging world, but for your life around you, too!

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  8. I backed away during March / Spring break because I was so overwhelmed. I know what you mean, Vanessa. Blogging saps my energy and time and I can’t finish projects I’ve started and mean to complete. I keep saying I’ll reschedule my day better and some days I have great days where I get to my writing and feel great about it.
    Don’t get me wrong, blogging and interacting with my community here is fulfilling as well but I wonder how some others do it and still accomplish other projects. I can’t multi-task like I used to and I like my eight hours of sleep or I get cranky.

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  9. Oh do I understand what you’re feeling! I’ve been blogging for nearly five years and have taken so many extended breaks. Sometimes it’s because I can’t write or I just don’t have the time.

    Currently I am going on a very long break. I’m quitting all social media because I’m burnt out. It’s just another chore to me. Recently, I signed up to post on another blog once a month and that’s all I will do for the rest of the spring and summer. It’s sad for me because I’ve seemed to have lost my mojo completely. I have no desire to write at all lately. I used to always have something to say but now I’m feeling mentally worn down. Too much going on in my life now.

    I like the suggestion up above to just visit other blogs and take it easy for a bit. I’m doing that now and I’m finding it’s freed up a lot of time for me to enjoy other people’s writing. Like yours!

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    • Yes, I’m aware of a couple of occasions when you haven’t posted for a while. It can definitely get too much, but then we miss it when we’re away! I want those times back where I had post ideas lined up and I was excited to write them. Yes, I think that more relaxed approach will help. I shall be sure to read you on Nudge Wink! πŸ˜‰ And I’m sure we’ll all mojo ourselves up again soon!

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  10. TermiteWriter

    I haven’t been blogging much lately either, or reading blogs. I never was a big writer of blog posts – my purpose was mainly to promote my own books, and also my ideas (and for a while I was doing quite a few book reviews). Getting cancer and being on chemotherapy hasn’t helped! However, I should say I never miss reading (abd enjoying) your blog, Vanessa, and your Sugarness blog, too, so don’t give up!

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    • Thanks Lorinda – you’re one of the people I always feel bad about not blog visiting more often. I do like to see your Facebook updates at least though and see how you’re getting on. I think cancer must be a huge mojo-zapper to say the least! But you’re still managing to forge ahead with your writing when you can which is good.

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  11. After recuperating from surgery for three months, I’ve taken two trips back to Wisconsin to help my elderly parents. I’m heading back to Colorado today, then will head return in a week for a memorial service. I’m so ready to get my wild life back! It has really effected my blogging. It’s my birthday and blogiversary this weekend and have drawn a blank on what to write. It’s too distracting here. I need quiet uninterrupted time. The rush of it is enough incentive for me.
    There’s always photo blogging!

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  12. I think we’ve all been there, Vanessa, and no doubt, we’ll all be there again. By reducing my posts to weekly to every other week, that helped ease the pressure for me. But I tend to take longer breaks in the summer. Inevitably my mojo comes back. Here’s hoping yours does too, because we love you here in the blogosphere! (And I don’t say that to induce guilt. You do what works best for you. I can always still visit you on Twitter. And the next time I go to London. Maybe. πŸ˜‰ )

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    • Yes, you keep up quite a pace on the reading and commenting alone! Maybe that summer break does do some good. I’m always a bit nervous about officially taking a break in case it’s too difficult to come back, but we’ll see how things go! I’m even worse on Twitter, but we see each other about the place anyway, and yes, maybe in person at some point too!

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      • When I take a ‘break’ in summer, it usually means I post maybe once a month and still visit other people’s blogs about once or twice a week. I’m scared if I walked away completely, it would be too difficult to get back in. But even that lighter schedule helps. If my blog wasn’t also my author platform, I might feel more comfortable with disappearing completely for a while, but since it is, I try to compromise. πŸ™‚

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  13. Sometimes things slide under the fridge. Maybe get a flashlight and check there. We still love you!

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  14. Yep. I get it. I sometimes lose my blogging mojo when my blog is my primary creative outlet — when I’m not selling my work or my children’s book writing muse is out for a smoke. My annual summer blogging vacay helps me find my mojo again. So do my doodle-centric posts — which tap a different part of my brain.

    Maybe you should doodle? C’mon. Let’s see a doodle.

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  15. I remember when you wrote the last post about bloggers losing their mojo and I was nodding my head. I totally get it, Vanessa. I think blogging may have a shelf life. It’s so intense in the beginning and then you come up for air and realize just how much you’re devoting to the activity. It seems a lot of bloggers eventually move on, either life takes them in a different direction or they need more time for other endeavors. They get a new job, get married, or write a book! Or whatever. I think you know I recently lost my dad and must say that my blogging community has been so amazingly helpful and supportive during this difficult time for me. I wondered how much to lay on people, but here, people seem to accept it. Bloggers get it! I know that much. Just do your best and write when you’re inspired. I hope you “feel” it again soon. It comes and goes with me. I’m happy I have my Friday Fictioneers group to keep me going. πŸ™‚

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    • Can you believe that was over two years ago I wrote that last post about bloggers losing their mojo? January 2013 it was! It was you I was thinking of actually when I wrote in this post that I know some bloggers are going through hard times – I had seen you post about losing your father on Facebook, and then I saw you had done a couple of blog posts about it, and yours was definitely one of the blogs I wanted to get to to comment! So I’m glad you stopped by here so I can express how sorry I am for what you’ve been dealing with. The blogging community is incredibly supportive, I’m not surprised they’ve been there for you. Maybe I need something that’s a regular thing to keep me going on it. I don’t really want to do a fiction thing though, I used to do a weekly 100 word challenge when we had Limebird Writers, and I don’t really feel like doing something like that again. At the moment I don’t anyway, in the future, who knows!

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      • Thanks, Vanessa. It still feels good to blog. But, I think if it didn’t, I wouldn’t do it anymore. It sure distracts! I hope you don’t disappear. That will make me very sad. I think even if you just post once in a while for a bit, that’s ok! Don’t beat yourself up, whatever you do. Life is too short for that!

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  16. Vanessa. Sweet Cheeks, Darling, Poopsie! Don’t leave me now! If I can keep on going after moving all the way the heck across the USA and having Scrappy decide to leave me, you can stay in this game, too. I know it’s hard, but it’s what we ditzy blondes do!

    Hey, I learned how to make an interview interesting from you. I just upped my game by interviewing Peter Wells. Posted it today. Check it out. Maybe it will remind you of how much you influence this bloggity blog blog world.
    Tell me if you’re proud of me and you…
    http://lornasvoice.com/2015/04/09/an-interview-on-a-dinghy-for-the-man-who-missed-the-boat/

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  17. NotAPunkRocker

    I totally get this, and it’s why I took almost a month break from reading and writing. Just know that we are here when you are, or need us to be, and you know where to find me offline if you ever need to reach out that way too.

    We all go through this, we all understand. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you. You keep up quite a schedule when you’re posting yourself don’t you! Yes, I’m just worried about completely drifting away. I’ve seen myself do this with forums and things I’ve been part of where I’ve been so enthusiastic and then I lose that and don’t get it back, I don’t want that to happen here. I know most people go through that with different things, but I don’t want to! I think I might need a different approach to reinvigorate myself, like maybe being less random and sporadic and a bit more focused or something.

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  18. Well if it’s not under the fridge… Have you checked down the back of the sofa? Even if you don’t find your mojo you’ll be surprised at what is lurking there. I found an earring that had gone awol 2 years previously and enough loose change to buy a Mars bar. Come to think of it, maybe a Mars bar is just what you need. ‘A Mars a day helps you work, rest and blog’. If all else fails, drink wine – lots of it, preferably pink, fizzy and chilled.

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  19. I know exactly what you mean. I took a little break that suddenly turned into a long break. I didn’t mean it to happen. I could tell I was ready to start up again when just about every day I would run across something or think about something and think, “Hey, that would make a great blog post!” I did my first blog post in about 6 months just yesterday.

    Miss you Vanessa! You are right. The friendships formed via the blogging world are terrific.

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    • You’ve taken a couple of extended breaks haven’t you, glad to see you back! I did see your post come in the day before and thought it was probably your first one for a while as I hadn’t seen any. I shall be sure to pop over and see you there!

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  20. Take care, Vanessa. There IS more to life than blogging, and you will come back all refreshed when you’re ready. ❀

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  21. I’ve lost my blogging mojo. I found it recently though…I think.

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  22. I think you left it next to the contact sheet for the cat scratching post thingy, or perhaps it got lost in your mixed metaphors, next to the mixed herbs in the cupboard? Anyway, it will turn up, it usually does, especially if you don’t fret over it! … and breathe …

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  23. I’d like to offer that your why has changed. And yes, you have a stunning amount of connections. Wished I’d known dot com would have been easier to make community on. But I guarantee, you never have to “catch up” with your peeps. There really isn’t room for perfectionism in blogging. But you know that. Love Love Love to you and your not so wee ones.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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  24. Lost mojo, eh? Check the fridge! I always lose stuff in the fridge. πŸ˜‰

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  25. I have two thoughts about the topic: what if I left, would I truly be missed? And I still have so much to say! Between the two I keep chugging along. It also helps to schedule posts especially in anticipation of busy times ahead.

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    • I’m pretty sure I still have plenty to say, it’s just a matter of channeling it again. I’ve never scheduled posts, but maybe I should think about that – if and when I have more than one post idea in store!

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      • I have a section called blog posts in iPhone notes and that’s where I store ideas. All those random thoughts and happenings that make you say, “Oh, I should do a post on that” — them forget. I have scads of ideas back logged now. Not all of them are worthy of a post, but it’s a start. Scheduling is a timesaver, especially when I’m drained from grading essays. Or maybe I should just learn how to doodle…

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        • Yes I have a place that I record ideas for blog posts too, but it’s a bit sparse at the moment, little scrappy bits of ideas that may eventually turn into part of a blog post at some time, but nothing that’s really working for me. I have a couple of posts lined up in my mind at the moment and I’m feeling reasonably enthusiastic about them, so we’ll see…

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  26. Vanessa, I am so with you on why I get bothered about not keeping up with blogging. I too, love all of the people that I have met along the way. I love discovering them and being part of their life.

    When I am gone too long I feel like I am visiting a friend I haven;t seen in a long time and hope they aren’t offended by my absence. And when I don’t blog often I feel that I have let down my followers. I figured they have chosen to follow me because of something I have written, so I need to deliver the goods.

    But when I spend all of my time blogging, I let of of other things that are important to me. I have figured that we just have to have our balance of life vs blogging. Our true friends will forgive our negligence and will be happy to see us again, either in comments or in posts.

    I have always felt that writing is a joy for me and I never wanted it to become something I had to do so I made a promise to write about what inspires me to communicate. And if sometimes I feel like there is nothing inspiring me then I’ll just read other people’s blogs. Lately, I have been weak on both fronts. I have things I want to write about but lack the time to do it all. My schedule will free up in a few weeks and I might write more then. As for you, I always enjoy your posts and am happy to see you on my blog reader when you feel you want to appear! πŸ˜€

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    • I think we’ve all experienced it at different times haven’t we. When a blogger I really like stops blogging, it really does feel like a friend has moved away because stopping round at people’s blogs, and having the stop over here is like having a coffee with a friend isn’t it, and I don’t want to lose that! I don’t mind not doing it for a while but I just worry that if I drift away temporarily then it’ll turn into a permanent drift, so I’m clinging on with my fingertips!

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      • We’ll just have to drop you a ladder so you can climb back up. πŸ˜€ But please never do it as a chore…only as a passion. I’d prefer to have you visit when you were excited about coming, not because you felt you should probably come visit.

        I don’t necessarily hear from my best friend regularly…but when we do, it’s always a joy.

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  27. You and me both, sister. I don’t have any new posts in draft and looking at my feeder with all the unread posts fills me with anxiety. It’s not true that I don’t care, but I’m definitely wrestling with something akin to apathy. To what end?

    I try never to subscribe to blogs that post several times a week. NOBODY is that compelling a writer. Certainly not me! No offense to anyone who blogs daily. If Ernest Hemingway or Raymond Carver, two of my favs, blogged every day, I wouldn’t read them, either. I also struggle with choices. Do I want to spend the next :45 minutes reading posts, some of which might be mildly interesting, or do I want to open this really great bio of Keith Richards I’m in the middle of? And what of the Sunday New York Times? One of life’s great pleasures? How do blog posts stack up against that mighty behemoth? Which would you choose?

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    • Yes, I can’t keep up with blogs that post several times a week – it’s nothing against the blogger or what they write, it’s just that my blog reading time is limited and so I want to spread it around a range of blogs.

      That apathy towards it that you describe, and that slight anxiety about the pile of unread posts, is what can start to make us question why we bother, it’s not a job that we’re being paid for and so have to do, we’re choosing to do it, so if we’re not enjoying it, then why do it? That’s the logic anyway, however, speaking for myself, when I’m really into it, both in terms of writing my own posts, and interacting on others, I love it and get so much out of it, and I want more of that again if I can, so I’m sticking with it.

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  28. We definitely all go through this, just as you said. It’s perfectly understandable, but I hope you won’t be one of those who drops out forever. Your voice and smiling avatar is too much of an asset to lose!

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  29. Well, you know I’ve been in that same position. You’re so right that many of us face that loss at some point for some period of time. There are bloggers from my early days who left, and I still miss them.

    Even posting once a week can be daunting when the desire isn’t there. That’s one reason I’m still not ready to commit to a schedule again. Once the manuscript is really done, I might go Carrie’s route and do two posts a month.

    Taking a break from posting while still visiting other blogs is a good suggestion. And I think it’s okay to cut the length of our comments and to not comment on every post when someone does two or more per week.

    Blogging should be fun, not a chore to be dreaded. So I’m now a firm believer in breaks, even if it’s just a week or two now and again. Don’t feel like you have to post all the time. I for one would rather see fewer posts if that means you’re having fun doing them!

    If your mojo is like my Muse, you might find it sipping mojitos on a tropical beach somewhere…. πŸ˜‰

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    • Yes, I’ve only ever posted once a week really, well more if you include Sugarness, although I haven’t done that much lately, and when we had Limebird I had that too, but it’s a shock when the ideas for posts dry up isn’t it! You can’t work out why you used to have lots of ideas and then it becomes a struggle to think of what to post about. Sometimes it’s more the visiting other blogs and commenting that feels daunting though, when we follow so many, and the posts build up. I know you’re like me, we couldn’t just post and expect people to come and visit and comment if we’re not being reciprocal with that. I do enjoy reading other posts when I’m in the mood for it, but it’s when it feels like a chore that we question what we’re doing.

      I’m definitely planning on sticking with it though.

      Maybe I’ll join the muses and mojos on a tropical beach, that sounds like fun!

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      • Taking that break and doing something fun just for the fun of it might be exactly the right thing to do to get your mojo back. I know I came back from England with such a refreshed state of mind. Of course, it was after that trip that I began to realize I would need a real blogging break, but that was important to learn. That was exactly what I needed to get back to the WIP and writing again.

        It’s also okay to take a break from the reading and commenting on other blogs or cut back heavily while you’re on a writing hiatus. Your real blog buddies won’t forget you and will be glad to see you again when you’re ready. πŸ™‚ There’s always the possibility that a break could become really long-term or permanent. But I think that only happens if someone’s heart isn’t in it anymore. Life’s other responsibilities might make us cut back. But if we really want to do something, like blogging or writing, we find the way to do it that works for us. πŸ™‚

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  30. I learned that I can’t force myself to blog, because I won’t enjoy myself. I used to post much more often than once a week between my personal blog, my freelance blog, and Limebird. I was burned out.

    Now, I aim to post once a week, but if I can’t then I don’t sweat it. However, I make sure to visit my small circle of blog buddies to support them. Reading their posts helps me stay in the thick of things and also gives me ideas for posts. I actually prefer that aspect to blogging most of the time anyway-the visiting and commenting on other blogs because there is no pressure but I’m still visible.

    Hope you find your mojo soon though!

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    • Yes, my peak of blogging frequency was probably when I was doing those Limebird competition digests, they were weekly and took a lot more time to put together that I had initially thought they would, plus I was doing my own blog, and Sugarness (although I’ve never been very consistent with Sugarness, sometimes I post regularly on there, and then other times many weeks go by without anything). But I’m happy with once a week posting, it’s all I ever intended to do when I started blogging, and if it’s two weeks then that’s ok too, but less than that and I start to feel too out of it.

      I enjoy visiting other blogs when I’m in the mood but I still follow too many people to keep up with all their posts and when that starts to slip is when I start to feel the chore aspect of it – like a load of jobs building up. Sometimes I have to just satisfy myself by aiming to visit everyone sometimes, even if not every post.

      My mojo hasn’t completely gone thankfully, I’m clinging on to it!

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  32. I feel the same way. I am currently at a lose for blogging topics and don’t really have to motivation to think of any. I do enjoy blogging but sometimes I just feel blah about it.

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  34. Your blogging mojo is under the kitchen table, next to a slightly dirty old Cheerio that escaped the vacuum the last twelve times it came by.

    It may be attached to the cheerio. It is possible to separate them using common household cleaner. Barkeeper’s Friend is quite good for getting mojo stain off Cheerios.

    Also, if you leave the mojo out too long, it will oxidize and begin to mold.

    That is all.

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    • Thank you so much for this suggestion. Unfortunately I don’t have any Barkeeper’s Friend, in fact I’d never heard of it, I’ve just checked, and we can get it here in the UK from Amazon. In the meantime I’m going to try WD40 and if that doesn’t work, some kind of mixture of baking soda and vinegar. But first I must find the Cheerio…

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      • Barkeeper’s Friend is powerful stuff. You can use it to clean pans, surfaces, whatever you wish. A bottle of it rests proudly on our countertop next to the sink, awaiting swift application on those nasty seared-in grease stains that happen so often.

        But I sound like an advertisement.

        I agree cleaning vinegar may remove old mojo from cheerios.

        Back to you. With which accent should I read your posts, then? My posts should be done in a boring standard American Newscaster voice, with no regional inflection, because stupid Hollywood uses the California LA accent as the standard that all newscasters everywhere in the US must attain. That’s quite a sentence, isn’t it?

        Another consideration regarding blogging is that it may be a season. So, during one season of your life, you blog and meet people and this is primary and center; you age, you change, and it’s no longer as important and other things take its place.

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  35. I don’t know if these two things are in any way related, but my temporary disappearances of blogging mojo somehow tend to coincide with me discovering a new great show on Netflix that must be immediately watched from the first episode to the last. πŸ™‚

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