Bloggers Block and What To Do

Blogging is a funny old game.  It can easily become all-consuming even when it’s just a hobby.  I have loved it as a creative outlet for over a  year now but recently I’ve not had the same motivation to write a post.

In fact, in all honesty I’ve felt downright uninspired of late.

Text saying bloggers block and what to do

You may, or may not have noticed that I’ve only published two posts this month – one about the MP Tracey Crouch and the other about our family day out to Hall Place, Bexley.  Yes I’ve been busy with the family.  Teaching and running some mindfulness sessions have also taken up my time, but this constant juggling act that most people are contending with doesn’t usually stop me.

So what’s changed?  Well I think there’s a number of things in play here.

A major factor may well be that a few weeks ago I went self-hosted.  To the non-bloggers out there this may not mean much.  However what it does mean is that I feel a little more pressure (self-imposed of course) to blog.  As explained by Williams and Penman in Frantic World pressure like this (internal or external) can quash creativity.  This is because the parts of our brain connected with being creative ‘close down’ when fear becomes involved.  The fear doesn’t have to be something nightmarish; just a small dose of uncertainty that can creep in is enough to hold us back.

It could be:

  • fear of missing a deadline
  • fear of what people may think
  • fear of whether you are making a wise investment of time and resources
  • fear of failure

Any of these – and much more besides – can stop people from feeling inspired to do something.

This is demonstrated very clearly by the ‘mouse in the maze’ study carried out in 2001 and referred to in chapter 7 of Williams and Penman’s seminal work.

In summary, a group of students were asked to solve a maze puzzle.  The idea, which most of you will know, is to draw a line from the middle of the maze to the outside without crossing a line.  The students had been tasked to help a ‘cartoon mouse’ escape.  However, there was a difference – one group were working to help the mouse get to a piece of cheese and a second group were challenged to help the mouse escape an owl.  Initially the results were similar – both groups completed the puzzle in around two minutes.  However, after that there was a divergence.  Both groups were set an apparently unrelated task that measured creativity – the group that was in a negative frame of mind (escaping the owl) did 50% worse than those who had had the more positive mindset of helping the mouse get to the cheese.

So what does this tell us?  Well for me maybe I’ve become ‘trapped’ by my own ‘sense of responsibility’ to a new self-hosted blog which has in turn dampened my feelings of creativity, playfulness and flexibility when it comes to blogging.

This does ring true.  Somewhere along the way I have started to see the blog as ANOTHER commitment in my busy life as opposed to remembering that it is a hobby.  For others, who have also lost their love for blogging, or another hobby, or who are just not feeling as creative as they once did, this information certainly is ‘food for thought’.

So what’s the solution?  Well luckily I don’t blog to make an income so by just being aware of the negativity that I’m feeling right now and noticing it may help it dissipate.  Losing the ‘blogging mojo’ is fairly common according to some lovely members of  this blogging community who I contacted and who all immediately got back to me with supportive and reassuring words.*   It means I can afford to ‘wait it out’ and from now on I will not put any pressure on myself to blog every few days.  I will just sit down to write a post when I feel inspired to do so.

So if you don’t hear from me for a while you know why.  But I will pop back when I feel like it.  Removing the feeling of being trapped by my own blogging routine will hopefully activate my ‘approach’ mode to writing again soon.

In the mean time take care and enjoy your summer.

handwritten Hayley

*A big thank you to Karen from Two Tiny Hands, Catie from Diary of An Imperfect Mum, Katie from Mummy In a Tutu and Sarah from Tammy Mum for their kindness.

26 Comments

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 22, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks lovely lady xx

  1. July 23, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Never a problem! Hope you have your mojo back now. Based on this post I’d say yes 💙

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 24, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks honey xx

  2. Pile o Books
    July 24, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    I lost my blogging mojo for YEARS. I am not saying this will happen to you, just that when blogging is something you do in your ‘spare time’ it become very difficult to prioritise it, even when you want to. And as you say, it can start to feel like a burden and then you get all scared about starting again or not contributing in the way you want to. A little mindful summer holiday and you will be back in top form, I’m sure.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 24, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks so much lovely lady – wise words indeed xx

  3. June 23, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I imagine this is a real issue for any regular blogger. If you set yourself a target, the pressure comes on to reach that target, ie a regular post, maybe on a particular day each week. For myself, I seem to have plateaued in terms of number of views etc. I suppose I want the figures to continue to grow, to give some sense of evolving, or growing. And I’m thinking now about Monday’s post because we are going away for a few days on the Monday, I am working tomorrow so i better get it done today!!! And I still have no clue what I am going to write about … eek #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 24, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Oooh good luck – I hope you found some inspiration 🙂

      • June 24, 2018 / 10:47 pm

        Luckily, yes … as we a;ways do … have it written, just to post it tomorrow!!! Thanks #thesatsesh

  4. June 23, 2018 / 9:11 am

    Really true, although from that brill blog post it looks like your mojo could be back! Hope to see more of your posts soon #thesatsesh

  5. June 23, 2018 / 10:48 am

    not having the pressure makes a big difference and knowing you can have a break is a good way of reconnected the creativity X #thesatsesh

  6. emptynestmummy
    June 23, 2018 / 10:52 am

    A great post. I hope your mojo returns soon as I love reading your posts. In the meantime, get yourself a coffee (and a biscuit) and enjoy the sunshine! #thesatsesh

  7. thesingleswan
    June 23, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I have always been self hosted, so this has never really been a thing for me, but I have had bloggers block a few times, in fact I think I am going through a period of it at the moment. It will pass, it inevitably does. Just pour yourself a glass or two of wine and start writing. Pen x #thesatsesh

  8. June 23, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I was getting stressed about finishing a post the other week when technical IT stuff was doing my head in. My husband had to remind me that I was doing this because I want to and if I didn’t want to that day then I shouldn’t – he had a point…. Really interesting post thanks it got me thinking about what makes me feel most creative #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 24, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you xx

  9. June 23, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    I don’t earn anything from my blog at the moment so I always remind myself not to let it become work so that when I write something, it would be inspired. # thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 24, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Very wise! xx

  10. June 24, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I do put pressure on myself, but I think if I don’t I’d never get anything done! I’ve had a few periods when I haven’t felt inspired or motivated to write, or sometimes it just feels like I have too much pressure from real life and it’s difficult to make time or get organised to write. I hope you feel inspired again soon! #thesatsesh

  11. June 26, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    #thesatsesh PREACH – totes agree, we should never do anything that doesn’t move us, inspire us or make us feel like we are achieving.

  12. June 27, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Try not to be too stressed over it! I find, that when one stops and enjoys life, we have more to bring to the proverbial table! We will all be here for you! <3 #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 28, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Thanks Lisa xx

  13. June 29, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    As you might have noticed I haven’t been blogging much lately, so this post really resonates with me. However, I wouldn’t say I’m having a block, rather that life keeps getting in my way, with a lot of ‘admin’ and other mundane things draining my energy (which doesn’t leave me with much, as I’m recovering from burnout caused by too many years of trying too hard to do too much). I’m hoping to find my way back to a more regular rythm soon ❤️ xx #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 29, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      Bless you – I’m sorry you have had a tricky time of it – the blog really is the least of it then. I actually wrote that post last year and will link up another post this week saying roughly what you’ve just said that rather than having a block at the moment I just have lots of other stuff on! You take care and continue to be kind to yourself and listen to your needs xx

      • June 29, 2018 / 9:31 pm

        Thank you again lovely! Yes, I saw that your post wasn’t new – but it’s just as valid nonetheless. Apart from the draining things I’ve also got a lot of positive things in life (obviously, with Penguin and the things we get up to). So it’s certainly not all bad. Just wish I could find more of both time and energy for all the things I really want to do more of, such as the blogging. But it’ll have to come at a pace I can manage 🙂 xx

        • onamindfulmummymission
          June 29, 2018 / 9:42 pm

          I agree – very sensible indeed. And yes you and Penguin seem to have lots of fun which if fab 🙂 xx

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