Sunday, September 11, 2011

Getting Unstuck

We all hit those low points in blogging - the momentum starts to lag, the interest decreases and interaction starts to decline and, if you're like me, the blogger starts to stress.


We're talking about every-other-waking-thought stress.

What am I going to eat for breakfast today and what can I do to boost traffic to my blog? What do I need to buy at the store today and how do I get more comments on my blog? I wonder what we'll do tonight and what am I going to write about on my blog.

Yeah. Blogging is awesome. But when it's not going well it can ruin your life.

Okay, well maybe that's an exaggeration (ish). But I'm sure you know what I mean, especially if you've made the transition from "I have a blog" to "I am a blogger".

I have been experiencing this same type of lull in my blogging lately, life briefly fell apart and when I picked up the pieces blogging was just not as front-and-center as it had been, and it felt good.

Until I checked my stats (you know you know what I'm talking about!).

So the other night I'm sitting outside on my back steps, thinking about my blog - it's late, so it's dark and cool and everyone is asleep but me and it's the perfect time to do some good hard thinking, maybe a little meditation as well.

Sometimes, in moments like these you have a thought that completely changes your perspective.

Here's what that thought was for me:

Embrace it.

Okay, so I 'm no expert, and this might not be universally helpful advice, but it's worked for me. I embraced the lull and accepted this quieter time as an opportunity and do you want to know what happened? I suddenly became unstuck, ideas started to flow.

I have more ideas than I have time to blog them. I've got enough stuff to keep me busy just about every day through the new year. I started finding new ways to connect with other bloggers and set realistic goals for the next weeks and months. I've got ideas for new features on my blog, new design and layout ideas, an idea that I'll have to wait at least a year to start on just because I'm too busy now working on other ideas. This is an awesome place to be in, and I don't think I could have gotten to this place if I hadn't gone through the valley of low stats.

So I am choosing to embrace this season, accept it, think of it as a blessing and stay unstuck!

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