10 things to do with your blog when you don’t feel like blogging

10 things to improve your blog

Every now and then us bloggers lose that passion for writing and just feel a bit ‘meh’ when it comes to our blogs. Lately I’ve been going through this and just don’t have the same urge I usually get to sit down and thrash out a post. The words aren’t flowing and I don’t have a long list of topics I’m itching to write about. It’s not the first time this has happened, but it can be a little unsettling when it does.

Rather than beat yourself up about it, or writing half-arsed posts that you won’t be happy with, there are heaps of things that you can do to help build your blog in the meantime. Of course, all of this actually falls into ‘blogging’ and I use that title loosely to mean actually writing blog posts.

So, here are some other blogging tasks you can get cracking on until that light bulb reappears once again…

10 things to do with your blog when you don't feel like blogging

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Other blogging tasks when the words don’t come…

1. Grow your social media following

We all know that social media plays a vital role in driving traffic to a blog. Brands will also want to know how many followers you have, so it’s definitely worth dedicating some time to your social media if you want to earn something back from your blog. In addition, our interactions and follower numbers on social media affect our Klout scores, which in turn affects our ranking on the likes of Tots100 and the Parent Blogger Leaderboard (if that’s of interest to you).

So although it can be time consuming, it’s worthwhile when you see your engagement continuously increase. From Twitter to Instagram, I’ve learned that the key to all social media platforms is to engage – people soon lose interest if you just continuously publish links to your posts. Take advantage of your writer’s block by dedicating some time to your communities and nailing each platform one by one – one size definitely does not fit all. Which brings me on to…

2. Make your images Pinnable

I don’t know about you, but as much as I try, I don’t create Pinnable images for every post. I just run out of time or get too excited about hitting publish – and then it’s onto the next. But what if I told you that Pinterest has been my biggest traffic driver this year? And I really only have a handful of posts with Pinnnable images (by that I mean scaled to size and designed with text). You would tell me to get on it and get pinning! According to Google, the perfect sized image for Pinterest is 736w x 1104h in pixels which is the size I scale my images to. Don’t quote me on that though…if you need any more convincing check out this post by Katy at What Katy Said about Why Pinterest is her biggest source of blog traffic.

3. Add internal links to your old posts

Again, this is something I’ve not been too hot on – especially in my first year of blogging when I didn’t really understand the importance of internal/external links within blog posts. Links help to improve your Domain Authority which is basically how well a website performs on search engines. This is important if you want to work with brands and increase traffic to your site. If you have a heap of published posts with no links, go back and update them. The more posts you write, the more content you have to link back to.

4. Update plugins and install new ones

Since going self-hosted last year I’ve been taking full advantage of the many fabulous Plugins you can get on WordPress. I’m not going to go into them here but it seems that there is literally a Plugin for everything. If you want an initial list to get you started, read Stevie’s post over at A Cornish Mum – Top WordPress Plugins for Bloggers. Make sure you keep them updated and review their notifications regularly to keep your site performing at its optimum.

5. Respond to comments

I recently wrote about my struggle finding the time to respond to every comment on my blog and questioned whether there are better ways for bloggers to spend their time and create a sense of community. I still stand by that post, but in reality, I do find it almost impossible to not respond to comments – whether or not people actually read my replies! However, I try to limit the time I spend on it to my downtime, fitting it in and around my other blogging tasks, rather than dedicating a set period of time to it each day. If you’re feeling the comment guilt because you have a backlog, or simply need more time to procrastinate about that blog post you’re planning, get responding to your lovely blog pals.

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6. Read and gain inspiration from other blogs

When you feel a bit ‘meh’, sometimes all it can take is a bit of inspiration from fellow bloggers to get your creative juices flowing again. If I’m ever struggling I find that having a look at some of my favourite blogs or having a browse through Pinterest can help trigger a new blog post idea. Linkies are also a great way of discovering new blogs, being part of a community, and getting more eyes on your posts. Some of my favourites include KCACOLS hosted by A Moment with Franca, Coolmumclub hosted by Mum Muddling Through/ Motherhood: The Real Deal, and Best and Worst from Run, Jump, Scrap/All The Beautiful Things.

7. Purchase a new theme

Sometimes you just need a bit of a makeover to help redefine your identity and make you feel like your better self again. Most themes cost around $40-$50 and can breath a new lease of life into your blog. When I updated my blog theme last year, it really set the tone for my posts and everything I wanted the blog to stand for. I feel like I need a bit of a refresh again and I’m considering another new theme soon, so watch this space!

8. Update and republish old posts

We all have a heap of old blog posts from when we first started out. I think my mum was probably the only person who read my first 15 – and yet there’s some pretty decent content there (aside from the appalling photos of course!). If you’ve been blogging for some time and have some ‘evergreen’ posts in your archive, it’s worth giving them a refresh and republishing them for your much larger audience of today.

9. Shoot and edit photography for future posts

Recently, I’ve started to try and plan my post photography in advance so that I can get photography for all of my planned posts shot and edited in one morning. It’s so much more efficient than having to get the camera out and set up shots multiple times each week. If you don’t feel like writing, get out your camera instead.

10. Create a newsletter

Admittedly, this has been on my ‘to-do’ list for ever and I still haven’t got around to it. But having read this post from Aby over at You Baby Me Mummy, I’m convinced I need one and that actually, it’s really not that difficult or that time-consuming to set up. Read her post The 5 Minute way to create an awesome newsletter for a brilliant step-by-step guide.

Do you ever have writer’s block? What other blogging tasks would you add to this list?

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  1. S and b mama 2015
    July 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Some great blog ideas here, feeling re-inspired x

  2. Sarah Golisti
    July 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hi Nat,
    I love your blog! It’s inspired me to have a go. I started just as a creative outlet whilst on mat leave (it’s defo just my mum reading at the mo!) and reading this post it seems there is sooo much I have to learn. I can see this blogging thing getting quite addictive…
    Hope all is well, sarah xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Agh think I just sent you a comment without finishing it – I really should not do this on my phone! Lovely to hear from you and glad you like the blog. Good for you for setting up your own – yes, be prepared to get very addicted, it will consume you within no tine! I will pop over and check yours out. Hope you’re enjoying motherhood – How old is your daughter now? xx

      1. Sarah Golisti
        July 28, 2016 at 9:18 am

        Hey! Ahhh please do it’s Sarahbelblog.wordpress.com – but it’s not very slick at all so any tips are very gratefully received!
        Matilda’s 8 months and I can not believe how quickly it’s gone. I still feel like I should have a newborn. She’s now crawling like a pro (why was this the only milestone she was quick to master!!) and eating everything in sight.
        Hope you’re well xxx

  3. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    July 27, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Very useful ideas! I will be making note of these for future reference 🙂 #bloggerclubuk
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  4. Laura - dear bear and beany
    July 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I haven’t lost my mojo yet, but I am finding it hard to find to write juggling the school holidays. It’s a good idea to focus on building my following, I could do this in between writing time. X #bloggerclubuk
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  5. Lisa
    July 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I think most of these things need to be done regularly even if you have lots of new post ideas. I’m a newbie blogger and must admit I still have to try and get my head around pinterest (just followed you for inspiration!) and I don’t even have an Instagram account 🙈. Must try harder, so much to do! #BloggerClubUK
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  6. MotherofTeenagers
    July 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    It is great to get some top tips from someone who has been at it for a while. I am still learning all the ins and outs of blogging but am inspired to see that everyone started out slowly. I will certainly be putting some of your ideas into practice. Thanks for sharing. #BloggerClubUK

  7. Right Royal Mother
    July 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Very useful. I have suffered writer’s block a couple of times since starting and found distractions everywhere! I’m going to try and be more disciplined with what I do if it strikes again (rather than just walking round the shops a bit aimlessly!) #bloggerclubuk

  8. Jessica Foley
    July 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    These are great ideas! I definitely have those days where I know the writing won’t be stellar. Then I find I’ve “wasted time” on social media – but that’s good for my blog too right?!? 😉
    Wonderful post, I’ll be sure to remember these for any days when the words won’t come.
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  9. Bridie By The Sea
    July 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Oh this is fab – such great idea for when that blogger’s block comes a knocking. I think for me building my social media following and replying to comments would be a great thing to focus on x #bloggerclubuk

  10. Coral
    July 27, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    This has come at the perfect time for me! Struggling to get back into blogging after our holiday, so think I’ll follow your advice and concentrate on building a social media following (might start Instagram!?) and have a look at changing my theme. Great tips!x
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  11. Tim
    July 28, 2016 at 12:34 am

    When I started out blogging, I never thought I would spend so much time reading and commenting on blogs, but it has been an unexpected pleasure. I get so much inspiration from other blogs, whether it is people whose writing I really admire or just triggering ideas for new posts. I also have a policy of replying to every comment on my blog (well, every meaningful one, anyway) – that’s quite a commitment given that I often get 100+ comments a week, but it’s something I like to do because I value engagement.

    Just as a footnote, it now appears that Tots have dropped Klout from their ranking system. #BloggerClubUK

  12. Blabbermama
    July 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I’m a bit like Tim, above, I try and engage every meaningful comment on my blog- it’s tough sometimes as I let them rack up for a couple of days but like you say, it brings engagement and sometimes I find the comments more useful than the blog post for ideas for the next post! Great tip on going back to old content- I cringe to think of the photos I used just a few mere months ago 🙂 fab links as well will be checking these guys out #coolmumclub
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  13. Tall Mum in Manchester
    July 28, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Some great ideas here. I think it’s also a good time to go through and sort out tags, categories, SEO descriptions, image captions, ALT tags etc. #coolmumclub

  14. One Messy Mama
    July 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Great ideas and definitely a post to keep and refer to later. #coolmumclub

  15. The Tale of Mummyhood
    July 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I love this, it will be great to come back to on those days when I need a blogging kick up the bum! Thanks for sharing.


  16. James Hopes
    July 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Really useful post! I’ve never really got in to Pinterest or Instagram but am slowly giving it a go! Good idea about linking back to old posts too – will give that a go. Top stuff! #BloggerClubUK

  17. Lex
    July 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. As a fairly new blogger this is a post that I will definitely bookmark and keep rereading. It’s made me aware of a few things, especially Pinterest – I don’t currently have one so its most definitely on my to do list. Thanks for writing in such a friendly, warm tone #coolmumclub

  18. Jessica Harvey
    July 28, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Some great tips !. Pinterest is something I really need to get my head around as I can see how benifical it can be #bloggerclubuk

  19. Min
    July 28, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I need to get on it with the pinnable images. Pinterest is most definitely not my biggest source of traffic, but I know what I need to to do to improve it (I think). Photos are not my speciality though so it’s something that doesn’t come naturally to me (also I don’t really tend to write the sort of posts that do well on Pinterest!) #coolmumclub
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  20. Andreea
    July 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    These are great tips! Now that I’m getting better at creating images, I’m considering updating old posts with better pictures and reshare them. Thanks! #BloggerClubUK

  21. MMT
    July 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Nat – this is freshly pinned to my ‘hot blogging tips’ board!.

    There are loads of bits I could / should do on here – number one being redesign my site. I’m just a bit scared I’m going to break it! Also totally awful at replying to comments, and of late, engaging via twitter.

    I also like to do a bit of brain storming / mind mapping…it helps me get my creative juices flowing for when that productivity returns with a bang.

    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub
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  22. Cat
    August 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I definitely need to get on it with the Pinterest images! Exactly as you said, I’m too keen to hit publish! Next bullet on my ‘To do’ list.
    Thank you x
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  23. Caroline Robinson
    August 6, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Some great tips. I have had a bit of an unintentional blog break lately because I completely lost my mojo, but the break has done the world of good because now I am back and loving it again 🙂

  24. the frenchie mummy
    August 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    SO much to think about in this post. If I don’t have time to comment, I make sure that I like the comment, just to show that I read it. I don’t have a newsletter yet but I def need to look into that. Great tips! #TheList
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  25. Mouse, Moo and Me Too
    August 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I really like the idea of a newsletter – it’s on my one-day list but there are some great tips here, thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  26. Sunita
    August 6, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Hey Natalie, hope you’re doing well. This is such a handy post!! There’s lots of things on here I need to do now, let alone when I lose my blogging mojo ;0 Thanks for teaching us all some cool tips to make our blogs even better. I wrote a post about everyday sources of inspiration for bloggers the other day. Maybe I’m worried I’m going to get writers/bloggers block one day!!! Hope to catch you at BlogFest this November? x Sunita #KCACOLS
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  27. Soppy mum (Sara)
    August 7, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for list! I’ve just started blogging but keep getting confused by it all!! Need to build my social media presence but not sure how!! I will get there! I love your theme by the way, great choice #kcacols

  28. Emma
    August 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I have been through this lately and as result took some time behind the scnes to try and make my blog better. Lots of great ideas #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 8, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Emma! I’m currently trying to sort out a newsletter but not getting very far! Think I’ll move on to the next point 😂 x

  29. laura dove
    August 7, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Wow these are great ideas and things that I had never really thought of before! My blog is still very much a hobby and so I tend to ignore a lot of the “blogging tips” when actually, they are really important! I’m going to book mark this and take the time to work my way through it, thank you! #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 8, 2016 at 10:15 am

      So glad it’s helpful! I think even if your blog’s a hobby it can be quite fulfilling seeing it grow xx

  30. Emma me and b make tea
    August 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    loving these tips and agree on using time to go through images and also re look at old posts. ive spend a lot of time adding in backlinks in older posts and refreshing them 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

      I really need to do more of this x

  31. Ali Duke
    August 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    These are brilliant ideas. I definitely need to go back and look at some of my older posts, there may be life in them still 🙂

    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 8, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I need to do this too! X

  32. Hayley Mclean
    August 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Great ideas! I definitely need to devote more time to all of these things, I`ve been meaning to create a Newsletter for months now!

    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Good luck with it! I just tried to set mine up but just couldn’t get the sign up button to function! I’ve given up now! X

  33. Mrs Morgan Plus 3
    August 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Some great tips 🙂 I have a YouTube channel as well and find out so much easier to create content on there than I do my blog. I really need to look at all my platforms and get everything sorted and working together xx #KCACOLS

    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

      I keep considering YouTube but I’m not sure how I could keep on top of it! It can be so hard having to juggle everything – there’s always something that needs doing! Xx

  34. Joanne Mallon
    August 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

    So many great tips here! I think it’s important as bloggers that we give ourselves permission to take a break from time to time. Sometimes you just need to take a step back from things to refresh your energy and creativity and rediscover what you liked about blogging in the first place. I’ve just had a week off and am raring to get back to it. #KCACOLS
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  35. Emma (Upside Mum)
    August 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Great tips. I’m fairly new to sharing my blog with others and I’m finding it really hard to grow followers both of my blog and on social media. Thanks for this. #kcacols

  36. OddHogg
    August 8, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I like this list – its useful not for just when you’re feeling a bit meh about blogging! #KCACOLS
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  37. Jenn @ Mad Mommy
    August 9, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Love these ideas, currently I just am looking to drive traffic but many of these are applicable just for that! #TheList & #KCACOLS

  38. Sarah - arthurwears
    August 9, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Some great ideas in here – lots of them are already on my to do list…if only i had the time lol!! That’s my biggest issue, I wish I could just sit and work on my blog all day I love doing it that much. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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  39. Maria
    August 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Some fab tips here. I keep meaning to update some of my old posts – never seem to be able to make time for it though! #KCACOLS
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  40. Madeline (This Glorious Life)
    August 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Such a fab list of ideas, there’s always something we can be doing isn’t there! x #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much! X

  41. Kate (Along Came Poppy)
    August 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Very handy thank you! Off to create some pinnable images… #KCACOLS

  42. Katy (What Katy Said)
    August 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the mention. I adore Pinterest, although like you I don’t pin everything. I should though as you never know who is waiting to pin! 🙂 x

    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      No problem Katy I learned a lot from your post. I still need to pin more though!! X

  43. Debbie
    August 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Great ideas here that I know, but not utilizing like I should be. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Debbie! Hope you get around to utilising some of them

  44. Gina
    August 18, 2016 at 3:39 am

    These are really amazing tips! Sometimes I really don’t feel like blogging and the variety of different ways to keep growing your blog that you listed are fantastic! There’s something that I can do no matter what mood I’m in. I’ve pinned this to look back at later when I’m not in the mood to blog. 🙂 I particularly like the ideas of working on a newsletter or images.
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Gina so glad it’s helpful. Thanks for pinning x

  45. Linda at Mixed Kreations
    August 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    These are all great tips! Blogging takes a lot of work and there’s plenty days that I get so overwhelmed that I don’t get anything accomplished especially writing. I need to make a schedule, then if I manage to get everything done on the list for the day then fall back on one of these. I could always stand to post more on social media, read, and commenting more. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      That’s the bit I find the most time consuming – probably because I get so distracted by social media!

  46. A Cornish Mum
    August 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for including my post in this lovely! Brilliant post, I mostly lack any spare time to do most of these but they are forever on my to do list! 😉

    Stevie xx
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      August 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Always on the to do list!! I know that feeling! 😉 xx

  47. You Baby Me Mummy
    August 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for including my post. What a great post huni x

  48. Esther @ Inside Out & About
    August 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I’ve just discovered your blog tip series and it is so fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing them all. Time is just such a huge factor to me as none of my kids are are school yet and life can be a little hectic! Will definitely be coming back to some of your posts! xx

  49. Nikki
    August 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    LOL. It never ends does it? These are some great tips, I find it that I need to go back and edit my ALT tags for Pinterest. When I was newer to blogging I had no idea that my ALT tag was what was displayed on the PIN. So when I have a few free moments I go back and change ALT tags on images. I also need to go back and work on SEO for the first hundred posts or so. I could be in a much better standing with Google for SEO if those first posts were optimized well. There’s always something to do, and I will refer back to your list whenever I don’t feel like writing, but need to get work done on the blog.
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  51. Laurie
    August 24, 2016 at 6:35 am

    This is so informative. I have never added links to my post, so I will be looking into this. Also I am totally crap at Pinterest. I need to learn this too !

  52. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    August 28, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Natalie, great tips here! From time to time, I go back and add links to old posts. I need to do more of that, but I’m being rather lazy about it at the moment!
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  53. Sarah Christie
    August 31, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Gosh the list never ends does it? There is always something to do and I have a list as long as my arm at the moment x

  54. Liane
    September 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Love all these ideas! I’ve had a few blogging slumps so I’ll be saving this for the next one 🙂

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