How to Get Your Blog Back on Track After Taking a Blogging Hiatus

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I get it, you started your blog with high hopes and a strong start. You dove into learning how to start a blog, how often do you post, and how to build a community. Maybe you started writing posts weekly or even daily. But life got in the way and more important things seemed to take up your time. But you told yourself you’d have the energy to pick it back up at some point. Eventually, you notice it has been months even years since you have touched your blog and now you are here. Wondering how am I going to start again and where do I start?

I get it.

I left my blog for two years and came back to a whole new world. The very format of WordPress was different. A lot of the bloggers I used to write with had also abandoned their blog. My readers and blogger friends had seemingly disappeared. I quickly realized I would have to start over again. After eight years of blogging, I would have to begin blogging like I was a beginner building new content and new relationships which is extremely frustrating. But where do I start?

So, if you are in the same boat as me, here are some steps you can take to get your blog back on track after taking a blogging hiatus.

Where do I start?

Take a breath and set reasonable expectations for yourself. Let go of the demands you previously had on your writing. If you used to blog everyday, give yourself grace to only write once a week. It took you awhile to build up to that point then and it will take you awhile to build up to that point now.

With that being said, I recommend re-entering the blog world with an arsenal of blog posts and confidence that you posses what is needed to meet your goals. Come into it with a plan. When I first hopped on WordPress after two years of being absent, a lot of the bloggers I followed were gone. There were new faces with new attitudes in the blog world that I had to get to know.

So start with that.

This phase is important because it will allow you to set the base of expectations for your blog. You will begin publishing more posts with ease if you understand who your community is. Plus, you will have more eyes on your blog when you do decide to post again. During this time, you can also be writing posts but don’t pressure yourself with publishing them or sticking to a blogging schedule-you are just warming up.

  • Go through WordPress Reader

See what the people you previously followed are saying and doing now. Catch up with them. Read their posts and engage with them. Find new blogs to enjoy. You can even go through your existing follower (we will talk more about that later).

  • See what new blogs have emerged and which of the your favorite bloggers are still here. One way to do this is to go to your WordPress reader and put in short key words related to your blog. For instance, if you talk about gardening, type in “gardening” in the search bar. Personally, I like to have the search bar set to “date” instead of “relevance.” This way, I can see recent posts on gardening instead of a post that someone tagged from months ago.
  • Go through your current followers and catch up on those who are still active.
  • For those who are no longer active, consider managing how you follow them.

This allows for your WordPress Reader experience to be more effective as you are only seeing posts from blogs you actively follow. If you are on WordPress, you can view and edit your full list of subscribers by going to wordpress.com/following/manage after logging into your account.

Create a Plan

Now that you have familiarized yourself with those around you, it’s time to create a plan.

What are your reasons for getting back into blogging? Why do you want to come back? What type of content do you want to publish? How much time can you dedicate to your blog?

Making a plan helps you to create reasonable expectations for your blog. Consistency is key. Creating ways that you can be consistent while maintaining your life is even more important. (I have a post on that here). How is your blog going to run if you are unable to tend to it for a few days or even a week?

For me, scheduling posts is a major way that I keep content flowing. I rarely ever publish in real time because life always happens. Plus, inspiration doesn’t always strike the same way twice. One day, I will make the outline for the post while the next day I will focus on creating a title. For this reason, I recommend to use this stage to just keep writing. Don’t worry about publishing content. Focus on making your plan, creating ideas and content for your blog. Tackle one thing at a time.

  • Use your resources

What blogs did you guest blog for before you left? What interviews did you do? Revisit those blogs and consider re-establishing your relationship with those bloggers. By now, you would have made new relationships as well. Guest blog, interact with and participate in the community and you will often see that you will get new traffic as well.

  • Avoid the Stats page- at first

It can be discouraging to see the large differentiation between the traffic you used to get and the traffic you may get now. Remember, you are trying to build your blog again. Focus on getting into a consistent grove that is right for your lifestyle. Then, look at the stats page to help you determine ways you can improve your blog. I often use this page to see what posts readers have engaged with most over the past month or year. If there is a consistent trend, I try to understand why in order to create more content that people want to see.

Throughout it all here are some key things to remember:

  • Be realistic and flexible with your schedule
  • Give yourself some grace
  • Ask yourself “what is my goal for being here? What do I want to accomplish?”
  • Have ways to check in on the progress you made on your goals. I do monthly check ins.
  • Prepare for days where you fall off schedule. My posts usually scheduled a month in advance so it makes it easier to be more consistent
  • Set reasonable timelines but be flexible enough to change them
  • Realize it may take longer than you think and that things may not go according to plan

Have you come back from a blogging hiatus? What are some of your tips for creating a successful blog?

About Fairen

I am a blogger of over 8 years. I love to read, write, and garden! I can currently be found running Thoughtful Minds United (thoughtfulmindsunited.com) which is website dedicated to building, connecting and inspiring people in writing and in life.

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41 thoughts on “How to Get Your Blog Back on Track After Taking a Blogging Hiatus

  1. A great post to help those who have been away for a long time.

    I have had some hiatus in the past, but I only did on average a month and another may have been a couple of months at the most, so for me, I continued where I left off.

    I find having scheduled posts at leaat a month ahead comes in handy.

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  2. Hi, Fairen, Welcome to Renard’s World.
    Excellent points Fairen.
    Avoiding ‘Statistics’ give peace of mind. (Afterall, we humans thrive on comparisons leading to heartburn and disappointment)
    By scheduling posts, much in advance, one can keep consistency.
    Thank you Fairen for the encouragement and guidance.

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  3. Amazing post!!! What a coincidence, I’m on a hiatus right now and this will help a lot when I come back in February.

    Though I get this is targetted for the long hiatus people, some tips are useful for short term hiaters too! 😀

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  4. So much thought about a simple thing. More than I’ve ever invested in any of my blogs.
    I dunno, when I have something to say and am not content with the world until I’ve said it I just start a blog and type whatever there is on my mind and wants to get out. I guess Hemigway said it best: “There is nothing to writing. Just sit down at a typewriter and start to bleed.” Add one or two or 20 illustrations, publish and voila … Bob’s Your Uncle!

    If I have nothing to contribute I just don’t blog. Simples.

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  5. Great point…I just started blogging and I have to be honest the inconsistency of views is a bit hard to accept, but I guess with focusing on writing and all the points that you said we can more the perspective and be more productive.

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  6. Welcome back to the blogosphere!
    These are really good points. They can even work for those who have taken a short break in blogging. Scheduling posts sure is a lifesaver. It can help cover for days/weeks where you may not have time to post. Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. Excellent points, Fairen. I have not taken a hiatus from blogging but I have taken breaks from posting my weekly blogging event. Sometimes, I need a break in order to regroup and with that said, after a couple of months break, I just restarted my weekly event . Most of my posts are written ahead of time because I like to be consistent even when life gets in the way. I notice some bloggers take a break from posting but still interact with other bloggers, which is a good idea, IMO.

    I write mostly poetry and can always spill out a poem.

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing these tips! Even though I have not gone on a hiatus long or short, there are things you mentioned that can be a big help to me anyway, since I am basically rebuilding my blog after losing so many of my regular readers over the past year, mostly because they have stopped blogging, permanently or long term hiatus. Amazing how many left in just one year. Anyway, I do concentrate a lot on stats right now because I want to see what people read most so I can concentrate on more such posts. I have never scheduled posts before, it sounds like a good idea since I struggle with health problems which slows me down at times. Thanks again!😀😺

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    1. I’m glad to hear they were helpful. I think the amount of bloggers who left – some had been writing for years- was amazing. Good luck to you in your journey! Scheduling posts has been a game changer for me as I’ve had my fair share of issues. Maybe try it for one week of posts?

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      1. Thanks, I will give it a try and see how it turns out. Yes, it was hard to believe so many leaving like that, but I know that careers got in the way of blogging, or is it the other way around? Anyway, blogging does take up a lot of time, but I think that many people try to do too much when they are working full time and have families and they try to post several times a day, or even daily can be hard in situations like that. It’s easy for someone like me that has lots of time. And I don’t expect everyone to read every post, some people like certain posts, others like something else. Thanks again!

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  9. Thank you for interesting post and encouragement. Blogging is one VITAL part of my whole writing life and this is why once I found my blogging voice and understood my !identity^ the rest of writing came easier. I try to discipline my blog to twice a week and not get sidetracked but inspired just for the blog I am writing. Then all other writing becomes easier. Rest of week I use to check up on blogging friends and their posts also,

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  10. First of all, I would like to thank you for being honest with your followers.
    Second, I could honestly relate with you. I’ll be turning 25 years old when I did try to blog. I thought, on the first year I would be earning ’cause I blog 3 times a day. But got burnout easily, so I decided to blog once day. ‘Cause that time, I thought I could blog all the time. But I realize that I can’t fully commit to it ’cause we have a family business to run. So the reason why I failed to monetize my blog is because of personal matters. Now, I’ll be turning 27 this year and I finally decided to stick to my schedule and only post once a week. That way I have enough time to brainstorm, gather all the needed information in relation to my topic and lastly, to proofread before setting it to a scheduled post.
    And yes, recently I also been in a hiatus for more than a week ’cause I feel like I have to rest my mind and read whenever possible ’cause by gaining new ideas motivate me to blog even better. Apart from your advice, I would like to remind everyone to take seriously about its blog post’s title. I’ve realized that no matter how great your contents are, if your title isn’t catchy…you won’t get many readers. Well, blogging is a lifelong learning for it is evolving. The next thing you know, you have to unlearn something in order to learn things that are much more worth to it. Oh well, when we learn the hard way, more often than not we would grow and mature from it. So do not be discouraged by your stats. Money will come to us if we do our best and leave the rest to God. I hope I am not over sharing here. 😅✌️ Great post, by the way. ❤️👌

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    1. Thank you for such a thoughtful post! Burnout is so real plus life gets in the way. You’re right, time to rest and brainstorm are equally important- great points. For the past year, I’ve put a lot more time into creating titles. They are important. Thank you for your thoughts

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  11. Thank you Fairen, thanks for opening up and sharing your blogging experience. I find this really relateable and I’ll use what you’ve shared here.

    I hope to connect with you and also learn new stuffs from you.

    Thank you once again

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  12. Thanks for your honesty, Fairen!

    Like you, I’m also getting getting back to my blog after a long while, and I’m determined this time to stick to it. I’m just found out about what an editorial calendar is, so I’ve been enjoying planning out my posts. Also, I saw on your linked post about your strategy for putting the posts in the Pending Review categot, which is such a good idea!

    Thanks again for all the ideas! I’ll definitely take down the stats option for now, I’ve been obsessing about it a little bit…

    Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you found both posts helpful. The calendar is a game changer for me! Welcome back to blogging- I hope to see you around. 🙂

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  13. I’ve just come back from a hiatus (2 years or so). I even took down my website with me. There are just lots of things to be fixed and changed. Lots of things to learn..again. My main goal is to post once a month.

    This is what I do whenever I brainstorm for a new post. On Google, I look at the ‘People also ask’ and ‘Searches related to’ sections. This is a great way to add more points or subtopics to your content. I also look at the websites that are ranking on page 1 and see how I can do better and add something that hasn’t been added.

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