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How I'm Getting My Blogging Mojo Back

I have been blogging for a long time now. 2 years and 10 months to be exact. For the majority of the first 2 years I have been posting very regularly, always thinking about what to blog about next and planning upcoming posts. Blogging was at the forefront of my mind. It was something I loved oh-so much. Something that allowed me to express myself in a way that I didn't feel like I could in real life. It was awesome because people actually cared, people were listening, commenting and following me and it felt so good. I felt accepted and like I mattered and since I was in between college and working, I didn't have much else to occupy my mind so it honestly kept me sane. 

But over the past number of months blogging has been on the back burner due to a combination of reasons. Firstly, I felt like I didn't have anything to say, I felt so uninspired and like nothing I would write would be good enough or that no one would care.

 I was also looking at other blogs that were a million times better than mine and I felt like I couldn't possibly compare. I didn't have the beautiful background props, the latest high end make-up to talk about, I wasn't travelling the world, I couldn't take a good outfit post, I didn't have a rose gold iPhone and all that other stuff that it seemed like you needed in order to be a proper blogger.
I was blinded by the glamour of it all, the glamour I didn't have, the glamour that I had no idea existed when I first started blogging. I mean when I started I just thought of it as a personal diary where I could talk about what I liked and create a conversation with people online. I had no idea about the flat-lays and succulents and all that perfection. I felt like I could never reach that perfect, instagrammable life so there was no point in me blogging.

However, blogging had become a habit, and it was my number one hobby so I pushed through with writing for months but I never really felt like any of it was good enough. 

Then I started working. I had a new focus in my life. I had barely any spare time and any time I did have was usually spent socialising or sleeping. I kind of forgot about blogging to an extent, I didn't need it to keep me sane any more. I didn't need the project to focus on. But the love for it has always burned beneath and I tried to hit publish at least once a month.
In March I realised how much I was missing blogging. There was a part of me (the most fun part of me) I wasn't getting to express myself any more and it sucked. It's not good when you don't have a passion to spend time on and all you do is work. I knew I had to continue blogging and that I couldn't let it die. I wasn't happy with just uploading one post a month though, I wanted to push myself and to do a good job if I was going to do it at all. 

Here are some things that helped me get my mojo back. 

NEW BLOG DESIGN
This is the no.1 thing that has helped me get back into blogging. I really didn't like my past layout. It just wasn't professional looking and so I felt like whatever I published wasn't good enough, because it didn't look good enough. I love my new design, it seems so much more finished and sleek and as crazy as it sounds it has helped me feel more confident, I feel like my blog is good enough now, it does matter and what I write matters. I was alway reluctant to buy a blog design because I didn't want to spend €20+ that might not work for me. But I found this one on Etsy at an extremely affordable price, and it looked so good. The best decision I've ever made blog wise. 

STOP COMPARING 
This is a lot easier said than done and honestly I would be lying if I said I have completely stopped comparing my blog to other blogs, I still look on in envy at other blogs but the trick is to not let it get to you. Don't let it make you think for a second that because someone else's blog is great means that yours must be rubbish. Yours is great in it's own way. It's unique, it's yours, you shouldn't want it to be the same as anyone else's anyways. 
TAKE INSPIRATION
Instead of feeling like quiting your blog because someone else's is better why not realise that your blog could be this good too. Surely theirs hasn't always been so great. You could grow to be just as awesome. Let it push you to work harder on your blog. Take inspiration from posts you like, I don't mean copy them, of course give credit where it's due but try and create your own ideas from other people's ideas.

REMEMBER WHY YOU BLOG
I try to constantly remind myself the reason why I blog. I blog to record and share my thoughts, life stories and experiences and connect with like-minded people who can relate to me. Not because I want to show the world that my life is perfect. I try not to beat myself up over the fact that I don't have a marble dish to present my make-up on for beauty posts. 
MAKE TIME
I've mentioned how since I started working I didn't have time to blog, but there is always time for something you really want to do. I set two evenings after work to focus on my blog and it seems to be working. I use this time to brainstorm ideas, read other blogs, plan and write posts, when I give myself the time it's funny how inspired I can become. I have to say I haven't perfected this one yet though, I find it difficult to find time to comment on other blogs, and my interaction with other bloggers on twitter and stuff is virtually non-existent. I'm also finding it difficult to find a time to take pictures to accompany my posts. But hey, I'm making progress from a month or two or go so we're getting there!

I hope these tips will inspire some of you who, like me, have fallen off the blogging horse. Maybe you can try hop back on with me and we can support each other over the hurdles haha ok I have no idea where this analogy is going! I know this has been an incredibly long post but I'm so glad I got it all out and you know where my heads at. Here's hopping I keep my blogging mojo going!

Toodles,
Sinéad x
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