There are those moments when bloggers do not feel like blogging.
What are some of the things that can rob a blogger of their zeal for blogging?
Truthfully speaking, it can be a number of factors; such as:
- Encountering a severe case of writer’s block.
- Being low on energy.
- Burning oneself out due to creating and publishing too many blog posts in a short space of time.
- A person having doubts about being always able to come up with topics for their blog.
- Being incapacitated due to a mental health-related issue.
- A person being displeased with the blogging platform that they are currently on.
Anyone who is experiencing the things that I mentioned above, needs to take a short break (or a long break) from blogging (Hopefully, the blogger will figure things out while they are on that important hiatus of theirs).
In the meantime, a blogger can engage themselves in other activities — the types of activities that would help in the area of lifting their spirits.
1.) Watch A Movie
Everyone is already aware of the fact, that movies, on the whole, are entertaining; especially when we are viewing the genres of movies that we love.
Dear friend, watching a movie is a great way for you to relax.
As an added bonus, you are granted the opportunity of putting together a review that is based on the movie that you saw whenever you feel like blogging again.
Most of us watched our fair share of movies during our COVID-19 quarantine lockdown period.
In my case, I watched Season One (twenty-three episodes) of Space: Above and Beyond.
What did I think of that American science fiction television show?
For starters, it was okay, but the people who were acting as the United States Marine Corps aviators did not have their hair cut or styled according to the USMC hair regulations (That took away from the believability of the characters).
Jeff E’s article, Marine Corps Grooming Standards: Haircuts, Mustaches, Beards and More, will bring you up to speed with the United States Marine Corps hair regulations.
Okay, I will admit, that I am a bit hard to please where movies are concerned.
In your case, you are free to watch any movie or television show that entertains and relaxes you.
2.) Read A Book
Reading a book is also a wonderful form of entertainment.
Reading is also known to:
- Reduce the reader’s level of stress.
- Help the reader in the area of expanding their vocabulary.
- Improve the reader’s focus and concentration.
- Improve the reader’s memory.
- Strengthen the reader’s analytical thinking skills.
- Increase the reader’s ability to empathize.
- Expand the reader’s knowledge.
Reading books on a regular basis certainly works in our favour.
You are free to choose reading material that is based on fact or fiction.
By the way, if you do not own any books, I strongly suggest that you borrow one from a family member, a relative or a friend.
In spite of not having a gigantic personal library, I do re-read those books that I purchased from bookstores many years ago.
You can even write a review on a book that you have read; which will come in handy the day that your blogging hiatus comes to an end.
3.) Get Some Sleep
Getting some sleep might be the easiest thing on the list for many people to do.
Sleep is known to:
- Improve our memory.
- Reduce our levels of stress.
- Keep our weight under control.
- Reduce our chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Strengthens our ability to fight infections by keeping our immune system strong.
- Increases our libido.
So, my friend, you must never take sleep for granted.
4.) Get Some Physical Exercise
You and I both know that physical exercise helps in the area of keeping us healthy.
Also, some of you are probably thinking, “Renard, I am under lockdown. How am I going to get my daily quota of physical exercise?”
Well, if you are under lockdown, you will have to do all of your physical exercises at home.
If you happen to be one of those people who do not own any sort of exercise equipment, I highly recommend that you read, Anthony J. Yeung’s article, Your 10-Minute, No-Equipment, Total-Body Workout.
Here in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I am allowed to go outdoors with the intention of conducting essential business (Since walking is a form of physical exercise, I can walk to the supermarket, purchase some food and walk all the way back home).
I am keeping my figures crossed with the hopes of my government lifting the quarantine restrictions on Friday 15th May 2020 (If they do not, I fear that I may develop a severe case of cabin fever).
5.) Listen To Some Music
The majority of people that I know enjoy listening to music (The genre will, of course, vary from person to person).
Listening to music can:
- Decrease our fatigue.
- Improve our mood.
- Help to lower our anxiety.
- Help us to manage our pain.
- Reduce our levels of depression.
- Strengthen our learning and memory.
- Motivate us.
- Improve our cognitive performance.
Do I listen to music?
Yes, I do; I listen to it whenever I can!
I am a music-lover.
Do you like listening to music?
6.) Do A Bit Of Soul Searching
Try to remind yourself of the reason you wanted to blog.
In the beginning, you probably wanted to have fun and now it is no longer fun for you because you fell into the trap of blogging competitively.
Or you went along with a niche because it was highly popular and you lost your interest in it as time went along.
Or you created your blog with the intention of it bringing in additional cash via the monetization of your blog, but the amount of money made is not enough to help pay the bills.
Whatever the issue might be, a bit of soul searching will help you to find a solution; for example:
- Discontinuing to blog competitively and going back to blogging solely for the fun of it.
- Going with a niche that you actually like or doing away with niches altogether by taking the miscellaneous topics approach.
- Taking a blogging course that will help you in the area of making a reasonable income from your blog.
Dear friend, a bit of soul searching, will assist you in resolving that inner conflict of yours — the one that caused you to take the wrong blogging approach.
One must never underestimate the power of doing a bit of soul searching once in a while.
Whenever you feel as though you do not want to do any sort of blogging, you can always engage yourself in the following activities:
- Watching a movie.
- Reading a book.
- Getting some sleep.
- Getting some physical exercise.
- Listening to some music.
- Doing a bit of soul searching.
Doing the above things will help you in the area of rejuvenating your energy (And, that, my friend, will come in handy the day that you choose to end that blogging hiatus of yours).