Could I really be burnt out after blogging for only 7 months? Maybe, I should have stuck to journaling scribbles in a private diary and left the blogging for the visionaries?
So when I heard about Momcomm’s Content Brew course and how blog saving and revitalizing it was, I signed up.
Here’s the thing, I have read a lot of ebooks on blogging, listened to a lot of podcasts, and own almost every book on writing that I can find, but there’s something about Melissa’s very practical content that has changed the way I look at blogging.
Her content calendar ideas alone helped to get me out the rut and instead of always trying to gather thoughts and think outside of the box, the practice of filling in the boxes and ideas gave me a structure with which to build.
I always thought of myself as a sort of free-spirited life blogger. Writing about whatever is trying to escape my scrawled ink dance, but I realize I lacked focus.
I would participate in Five Minute Friday’s over at Lisa Jo’s and I could always (or almost always) just crank out five minutes and they were decent. Granted, they may have been better if I had the time to edit and rewrite but for the purpose of the exercise, I usually just read the prompt word and the pictures formed in my mind and arranged themselves in neat rows of type across the page.
But I know now that one tiny word prompt, although interpreted freely, gave me a framework to build my story.
And sometimes no matter how free you think you are in writing, you can get lost without a good direction.
So, here’s to a new page or post in blogging and to avoiding burn out and time suck while I gather my #$@&^% first draft.
These were my thoughts and I am getting no kickbacks, boxed chocolates, or wink winks from MomComm but I seriously recommend taking a Content Brew course if you need some blogging oomph. We’re only on day three, and I’m loving the information so far. Do you have any blogging tips, advice, or practices that have helped you overcome burn out or make you more efficient? I’d love to hear what works for you.