How To Beat A Blogging Funk
I don't know if you noticed, but I took an extended break from this space halfway through February for a couple of weeks and again last week. I had been consumed by my day-to-day life that has largely been revolving around content creation. So, from dusk to dawn, I create, create, create to some capacity. Too much of anything can be a bad thing - and, in my case, it forced me to sacrifice blogging and social media for a bit. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I succumbed to a blogging funk.
During the breaks, I've realized I don't want to be a slave to anything, especially not to creating content. Blogging used to be really fun for me, an escape, my little space in the blogosphere where I could be real and express myself on my terms, to nobody's standards but my own. But, as I've been attempting to shift things into more of a serious endeavor and add business to it and care about pageviews and engagements, it's lost a bit of its zest for me. And I'll be honest, it's hard out there for a black creative.
I want to get back to doing what I love, but I'd also like to strike a balance in the way I plan content, create content, and present it to the world.
I don't necessarily want to limit myself and the kind of content I produce. I want to be able to write about sex if I want, write about food if I want, pen and publish interviews I've done with mentors and women I admire, etc. I've decided to do everything I want to do with the intention of sharing "passion". I also want to emphasize quality over quantity. There was a point in time where I was posting a lot a lot a lot, and I just have to strike a balance in how I do that as well.
For consistency purposes, I will post at minimum two times per week. It's easier for me to pre-plan a blog schedule and post that way than to do things on the fly. At maximum, three times a week with posting days being Monday and Wednesday, and an optional Friday.
As far as revolving monthly content goes:
1 Food (Restaurant Review or In My Kitchen)
1 Indie Muse Interview
1 Sex + Love (Self-Love, Relationships)
1 Monthly Reading Roundup (BOTM + Links)
Sprinkled into that will be a health and wellness, weekend recaps, and travel, which will happen less frequently, but will still occur as far as content goes. I think of all of these things as a form of passion, desires, and connectivity and that's why they will be my topics. I'm also planning to get a real deal holyfield newsletter at least a couple of times a month so be sure to sign up!
I struggle with social from time to time because I have anxiety and get anxious about having to post regularly in order to keep my platforms updated and fresh. It's definitely something that I have to get over for the sake of growth and consistency, however. I want to try to post at minimum once every 1-2 days on Instagram and post a handful of times on Twitter.
I don't always have insightful things to say, but I love sharing quotes that resonate with me with my followers, as well as links.
I figure if I'm creating what I feel is quality content, might as well share it with the masses. Self-promotion is one of those things where you have to remind yourself you're doing yourself a disservice by not sharing your content that you've worked so hard on with your audience. That will keep you consistent.
In the grand scheme of things,
I'm on the purusit of happiness and this quarter has been very clarifying for me in terms of what I see for The Indie Byline. I see a place of community, of inspiration, and of self-expression. My guide will be quality over quantity. Pageviews matter, but so does my integrity as a creative.
Thank you to those of you that follow me here, on Instagram, Bloglovin', Twitter, my newsletter, etc. Thank you for joining me on this journey. You are incredible, you are dope as hell, you are loved, and you are valued. Thank you.
Still trying to figure this whole blogging thing out, one post at a time.
Have you ever had a blogging funk? What have you learned coming out of it? Let's talk about it in the comments below!