How to keep blogging

There are many benefits of blogging. It’s a good way to reinforce what you’ve learned, because by trying to explain what you’ve learned to someone else, you come to understand the thing better yourself. It’s a good way to connect with other people, because part of the fun of blogging is being able to link to other Websites and be linked to in turn. It’s a good way to challenge yourself to try new things, because experimenting on yourself makes for fun blog topics, like breaking up with your clothes.

But sometimes, you just don’t feel like writing. Or rather, you just don’t feel like continuing. This has happened to me at least twice since I started this blog a year and a half ago. So I have some experience in this matter.

Here are some tips on how to keep blogging, after you get stuck:

* Recognize that you are stalled. It may not be immediately obvious to you that your blog has stalled. You keep thinking, “I should post something” but time rolls on and you just aren’t posting. Sort of like that feeling you get when you keep pressing the snooze button. After a while, you don’t even know how much time has passed. If you keep thinking “I should post something” too many days in a row, pause for a second to recognize that something isn’t right.

* Change it up. If you feel a particular topic has gotten stale, try writing about something else. When I stopped my blog the first time, I had been writing about personal development topics. I got going again by switching things up and writing about parenting and home organization, and then drawing cartoons. Just recently, I switched things up by posting a couple articles about the US federal budget. Whoa! Some readers were disappointed. Others wrote in to say they loved the new twist.

The first time I quit my blog, it took me 2 months to realize that I should just switch things up and carry on. The second time I stalled, it took me less than a month before I admitted I was stalled and changed things up. So maybe that means I’m getting better at admitting defeat.

Ultimately, I know that if I don’t change things up regularly, the blog will die. So now you know — this blog may wander a bit, in the interest of survival. Now, watch this video of a Slinky on a treadmill:

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