There is nothing worse than trying to write a blog post and the feeling of discouragement slides in and ruins it. As many of my readers know I write this blog for the sole purpose of enjoyment. I love to write and always have. I try to post consistently throughout the week and provide content that is as fun to write as it is to read. But with anything creative, blogging can be challenging at times and I am guilty of being a “Discouraged Blogger.” What exactly is a Discouraged Blogger? A discouraged blogger is someone who lets the voices in their head deter them from writing or creating content. It’s self-esteem shattering and often causes the blogger/writer/creative to stop creating. Like many creative types when it comes to sitting down and writing content the little venomous voice in my head steps in to try to stop me. This voice usually says the following:
- You suck at writing.
- Why do you bother writing content for this blog? No one reads it.
- No one likes your writing.
Pretty harsh, right? It’s helpful in hurting the motivation and inspiration needed to keep up with blogging. I know many bloggers can relate to the discouraging thoughts in their heads when it comes to writing. I get the discouraging feedback at least once a week when writing and posting. One of my favorite musicals “Title of Show” made a song about these evil voices that discourage our creative process labeling it the vampire in our heads. “Die, Vampire, Die.” is a creative types anthem! Anytime I feel really down about my work I play that song and dig myself out of the self-driving rut. Take a listen:
So how exactly do I tame the vampires keeping me from creating? Here are a few tips on how to stay on track with writing when your feel like a discouraged blogger:
- Get inspired! Flip through the pages of your favorite magazine. Search through the endless amounts of Pinterest boards on an area you’re interested in.
- Get some fresh air. Sometimes it helps to just get up from your desk/blogging area and go outside. Getting some fresh air can also give you a new perspective and it’s better than staring at your desk wall.
- Take a break. Never pressure yourself to write. If you don’t feel like it then don’t write! Sometimes a break can be exactly what we need to get inspired and motivated with the confidence to finish a piece or come up with new ideas.