Firstly, an apology. April really hasn't been a fantastic blogging month. It was not something I planned and it certainly isn't something I am happy about. But as it often does, life got in the way. I always planned to take a few days off to enjoy my holiday in Majorca, but the unexpected additional few days away teamed with the massive mountain of work I am trying to get through has meant that my blog has ended up taking a back seat. When you get out of the habit of blogging for a few days and weeks, it can be a lot harder than anticipated to fall back in love with it. When you feel like you need to blog, rather than blogging because you want to blog your content starts to suffer and that was not a risk I was willing to take.
Blogging can be such a love/hate relationship. It annoys me to no end when bloggers beat each other down on twitter or define a set of 'rules' about how often you should blog and the importance of sticking to a schedule. I personally feel that blogging has no rules. Your blog is your own space for you to do with what you wish, so don't let other people dictate this for you. Below I have compiled a little list of things to help you get back on track when you feel like you may be losing some motivation:
1. Remember why you started - I started blogging because I love to write. I love telling stories and the idea of being able to share bits of me, my beauty habits, my fashion loves, my advice with other people in the internet [somewhat] anonymously really appealed to me. I blog because I love the feeling that people all over the world are interested in what I have to say and I blog because the community of bloggers are a really incredible and lovely bunch of people. You should only ever blog when you want to. Never feel pressured to post more than you are comfortable with, and don't feel obliged to post empty content just to publish more frequently.
2. Don't let the topic of your blog define you - When I started my blog is was primarily beauty with a little bit of fashion. One day, I had writers block and had absolutely no inspiration for anything beauty or fashion related that I wanted to blog about. So I wrote about feminism instead. My blog has now evolved greatly and become a 'lifestyle/self help' blog with elements of beauty and a small amount of fashion mixed in. Don't allow yourself to feel confined by the topic that you initially planned to base your blog around, your blog is your own, use it as you wish.
3. Read, read, read. - When I am struggling to find inspiration I spend hours on end scrolling through the bloglovin popular page, reading blog post after blog post after blog post. After these sessions not only am I always full of inspiration for numerous blog posts but it's also a fantastic way to discover new blogs.