I started writing this post and deleted it three times before convincing myself to put it aside and come back to it when I’m actually blogging again. I’m back and writing again, so I felt now would be a good time to finish the post and share it with you.
From the beginning of the year until March, I was really struggling with blogging. I wasn’t reading and I wasn’t writing. It’s not that I didn’t have any ideas. On the contrary, I had so many ideas but I lacked the willpower to actually execute a blogpost.
As I thought about this, I decided to think about why I started blogging. One of the reasons I began writing was to give me something to think about other than university and all of the stress that comes with it. More information on this can be found here. You can read more about this here. Now that I don’t have that anymore I found myself not really wanting to blog and feeling like i don’t have any reason to. I had nothing to escape from.
Don’t get me wrong: I think it’s great. I appreciate blogging and sharing these last several years of my life with you. It was only a matter of giving myself reasons to keep blogging. I needed to rediscover my passion for blogging. So I decided to stop blogging till I rediscovered my love for it. I wasn’t going to come here and publish material that I didn’t feel passionate about. That has never been and will never be my brand.
In this blogpost, I will share some of the things I did to rekindle that fire and passion for blogging. Maybe someone could find them helpful if they are going through something similar.
1. Finding the WHY behind the blog.
Some people will argue that you don’t always need a reason for doing something but I, obviously, disagree. If you’re going to commit to something, you need to have a reason for doing that. The reason why is that, among other things, it what will push you to get it done or even push you to give it your best. Always identify the “why?” behind projects that you embark on and things you decide to do. Why are you friends with them? Why are you dating that man? Why did you decide to apply for that course? Why did you use that specific formula? Knowing why helps you make decisions and just gives you an idea of which direction to go. I really believe in knowing why. I am that person who reached the age where toddlers always ask why and never moved on from it.
I had to ask myself why I started blogging and why I loved it. One of the reasons I started blogging was because my blog gave me something to think about that wasn’t university or the stress that came with it. You can read more about this here. Now that I don’t have that anymore I had to look for more “whys”. I did this by reading some of my very first blog post like this one where I wrote about fear. I absolutely love this post and I can’t believe it was my first one. I also read some of my favourite posts just to remind myself of why I started.
I was able to come up with 6 reasons why, two of which included my blog being a place to share my untold stories and the fact that it is not only a blog, but it is something bigger.
You Can Also Read: Addressing Fear
2. Reading Work By Other Bloggers & Following New Bloggers
Another thing I did was start reading work by bloggers I follow. When I stopped blogging, I also stopped reading blogs which is honestly not a good thing. So I started catching up on work by different bloggers, just trying to see what’s going on in their minds and their lives in general. I believe you cannot be a writer without being a reader. I am choosing to die on that hill. Seeing my blogger friends in action really made me excited about posting weekly as well and of course, there is always so much to learn from people. Photo by Pixabay: https://www.pexels.com/photo/blog-icon-information-internet-262508/
I also looked for more blogs with a niche similar to mine and about things I’m interested in. It was such a fun time discovering blogs, reading about people and what they do and just doing a lot of learning. Unfortunately, during this time, I found that not so many African bloggers are geared towards things I enjoy reading. Of course, there are some I know of and follow closely, dare I say I have even become friends with. That really helped me want to get back to blogging. Just so I can create content I, personally, want to see. This is one of the why’s behind my blog.
You Can Also Read: Blog FAQs: Writing Process, Why I Blog etc.
3. Reading Books Again
Like I said, you cannot be a writer without being a reader. Something I had lost over the years, was my habit of reading for pleasure. I went from reading 5 books a month to maybe 4 books in a year. I just didn’t really have the time to read for fun but I also didn’t make time for it. So, during this journey of falling in love with writing again, I decided to fall in love with reading again. I have a whole blogpost about this scheduled for later so you will be reading about it soon. I set a goal to read 1 book every month and I’m on track right now. I have read some very interesting books so far and others I had to put down because I simply couldn’t get into them. I’ll share more about this soon. For now, you can follow my Instagram if you wish to keep up with my book escapades.
Reading books has introduced me to different writing styles and always shows me different ways of expressing oneself through words. It has also made me eager to tell my own stories and actually try to write a book. I need to write at least one book in my lifetime.
4. Switching Up The Design Of The Blog
I had to make things look a little different. I don’t know how noticeable the changes are to everyone else but they are there. I figured that making the blog seem new, by giving it a new look, would make things much more enjoyable for me.
5. Creating Content That I Enjoy + Fresh Content
While I’m planning on trying out different styles of writing, the plan is to create content that I enjoy. So as I jotted ideas down, I only wrote things that I, Wonani, would read if I was not the main contributor of posts here. Writing content solely for other people can take the joy out of things and honestly, I just want to enjoy my blog. This isn’t a job so I want it to be something I enjoy. Everything I have written down since making this decision has been something I love.
Additionally, I was reminded of a time last year when my blog was reviewed by African Bloggers on the Afrobloggers WhatsApp platform. One person suggested that I steer away from following a monthly routine in my blog. In the moment, I didn’t really understand the comment but I do now and I really appreciate that comment! My content actually started becoming repetitive. If you look at my posts from 2020 and 2021, you’ll notice some similarities at certain points of the year. I’ve made it a goal to break out of the boundaries or limitations I unknowingly set for my blog and write and tell fresh stories. I will still write about certain things that happen in certain months but I decided not restrict myself to that.
These are some of the things I did to make blogging enjoyable again. I must say though, that sometimes, we genuinely lose interest in certain things and that is okay. If you decide your interests have shifted or you’re not enjoying a particular hobby anymore, try out something new. This just wasn’t one of those times for me.
Here’s to making blogging more enjoyable again!
Have you ever found yourself losing interest in a certain hobby? Did you drop the hobby or did you do what you could to enjoy it again? Please let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!