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How To Get Back Into Blogging

I used to blog back when I was a SAHM. Then I stopped.

There was no good reason for me to stop blogging. I didn't become busier. I didn't have less content to share. I simply lost my blogging mojo. I stopped as I fell out of love with my blog. I changed, I grew, the blogging world grew but my blog didn't.

I'm back blogging (obviously) and have all the motivation I had back when I first started blogging back in 2011. These are my tips on how I have to get back into blogging.
Whether starting fresh means starting a new blog like I did or refreshing your current blog through design or differing content it's important to feel you are beginning new.
Shake up your content. 
Write about what you love or know whether it's what you previously blogged about or not. Growing apart from your first post or first year is natural, we all learn and grow. Life changes and your blog should change with you.
Change your blog's appearance.
If the ideas are flowing like before and the content is similar then I suggest changing your blog's appearance. It could be as simple as colours or font, or as complex as a whole new theme. There are great free designs available if you aren't keen to spend money on your blog. My previous blog was custom made and I've done this blog myself with a free theme. Full disclosure - it took me a while to get it exactly how I wanted but I hadn't done any background work on websites since early 2014.
Start a new blog.
If shaking up your content isn't enough of a fresh start then don't be scared to start a whole new blog. It may seem daunting especially if you've built up a following and that's ok. Starting a new blog isn't for everyone and nor should it be. If it were then there'd be all these beautiful, interesting dormant blogs floating around the interwebs. Starting a new blog is ok too though, of course I would vouch for that as this is my new blog with my old one dormant.

The reason I decided to start fresh with a new blog was simply because my old blog didn't feel like me anymore. The content, name and journey was past Amy's not current. It's still live as I love trawling through it every now and then to read how life was when the kids were little. It's great for our family to go through especially as we live so far away. As much as I love it, I didn't feel like I could continue to grow with it so I started fresh.
Photo - calendar
Whether your goals are small or big, short term or long term a plan is necessary.
Know your goals. 
Identifying your goals and how to reach them is important whether you want to blog for yourself, friends or a wider community. Break your goals into short and long term but be realistic. Don't go overboard with too many goals or go too big too quick. Mind map if necessary. Actually, do anything that works for you.
My short term goals are to blog consistently, to set up a schedule that is realistic to keep. I have a tendency to go balls to the wall leading to burn out and eventually falling out of love with blogging.

My long term goals are to increase traffic over the year from nothing to more than my previous blog. I plan to do this through Facebook and Pinterest. I realise it takes effort and again the plan is to not burn out. Ride that fine line on the right side and keep my head above water.
Draft ideas immediately.
Every time you have an idea draft posts even if they simply have a title. Dot points also help so you don't forget when you are less inspired. I am finding that this is really efficient and I can do it anytime I have an idea even on limited time and regardless of where I am.

If you aren't near a computer or phone then never underestimate the power of pen to paper. Buy a notebook and pens you love to use that are good quality and carry them in your bag or car. You'll look really important too and be the envy of stationery lovers (aka me).
Use calendars.
Online or paper calendars - use whatever floats your boat. Map out when you want to blog and what topic. For example my monthly plan is on the calendar at the top and bottom of this post. I love pretty visual calendars and the one I'm using this month is from Shining Mom.
There are thousands of bloggers out there with differing levels of success. Beautiful blogs with amazing content and photos by bloggers earning a living off their blog. They aren't you though, they don't have YOUR voice. Support the blogs you love rather than compare your blog.

Changing how you view other people's blogs will change how you view your own blog. You won't be happy with your blog you envy other blogs. That doesn't mean you can't admire them, admiring is not envy. Be kind to yourself, you deserve it.
Pinterest
Never underestimate the blogging community, it is amazingly supportive. I have made long term friends through blogging, people that I know will build me up and vice versa. There are many different platforms to be involved.
Facebook groups
My favourite Facebook blog groups for networking and supporting other bloggers are;
- Bloggers Supporting Each Other
- Blogging for New Bloggers
- Boss Girl Bloggers
- Blogging Network
Pinterest
Pinterest is surprisingly good for networking and sharing content with bloggers. I admit I'm just starting to uncover the true ability of Pinterest (though I'm an avid pinner of pretty and helpful things). There are a heap of boards for bloggers. I predict many of my hours will be spent perusing these boards and discovering new blogs.
IRL meet ups
I have fond memories of meeting fellow bloggers through events advertised on other blogs and Facebook. My advise is to jump at any opportunity to attend blogging events. It can be scary at first but one thing to always remember is the community is supportive. I'm so glad I beat my anxiety and attended events.
I am a firm believer that blogging should be enjoyable. Blogging should not be a chore or you'll end up stopping again.
I hope that the above has helped you to get back into blogging. I'd love to hear any additional tips, advice or experiences if you have any.
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  1. This is very helpful. I was having trouble in promoting it. I feel a little shy promoting it. I'm new to Pinterest group boards.

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