Brenda over at Pondering with a Purposeoffers up a different writing prompt each Thursday to help us with subject matter....you regular bloggers know how tough that can be at times. Pondering with a Purpose is a hop so visit the site for complete rules if you'd like to join in or to view the list of other participants.
This week's prompt: Blogging rut?
A blogging rut? Never had it happen!
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Sometimes the rut isn't bad...kind of like a tire track in the dust. A day off, doing something new, reading new blogs, watching the news are all likely to stir the creative juices.
Other times the rut is more like a raging river and it's going to take a bridge to get across. Sometimes finding new memes or other blogging challenges that are out there gets things back on track, but a little "vacation" from blogging might be called for.
And there are those times when the rut is a chasm, yawning deep and wide, waiting to devour posts and send them packing into obscurity. Those times call for desperate measures...a complete reevaluation of what the purpose of the blog is, possibly a total redesign, asking for outside help, or maybe even shutting down the blog.
As I mentioned last week, I've been at this since 2001 so I've run into all the ruts and I've tried all the solutions...right down to shutting up the shop and walking away. When it's become a chore rather than a pleasure or labor of love, leaving it takes the pressure off and eventually those gears start turning again. You can always come back to the same blog, though for me, the time away usually gets the creativity flowing in a new direction and I start a new blog. It's nice because then you have a choice....invite all your old blog friends to the new site or maybe just a few (or none at all) and create a new community with new ideas floating around.
I hear so much advice about blogging, but I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do it. It's what works for you, what gives you pleasure, what accomplishes the goals you've set for your blog. There are as many ways to blog as there are bloggers and no matter what you post, somewhere out there is your audience.