Last Updated on January 10, 2022 by ellduclos
How To Get Out Of A Creative Funk
It’s no secret that the past year I was in a serious blogging funk. My mental health was struggling and I needed to embrace that time to really go through a healing journey so that I could get my energy back to create content that I enjoyed. I’ve learned a lot through taking the much needed time away from this blog. In this post I’m going to share some simple ways to help you get out of a creative funk so that you can find your spark again!
Take a break
Taking a break can sometimes be the best thing you can do for your blog. However, I know so many fear taking a break. What if I lose my audience? What if my inconsistency breaks my audience’s trust?
The truth is, most of the time your audience will value and appreciate you more when you are vulnerable and honest with them. Those who truly love and appreciate your content will be waiting for your return and they will understand. If someone doesn’t understand and doesn’t return to your content when you are back, then that person wasn’t in alignment. It’s better that they have moved on.
Those who are meant to find your content will find your content effortlessly. When you are in alignment with your viewers, you will attract them with ease.
If you are burnt out, not feeling creative, and you are forcing yourself to create content, this lowers your vibration and creates resistance between you and your audience.
Put your mental health first and take that break if necessary. Your loyal readers will be here waiting when you get back. Trust me.
Update old content
Another great way to get out of a blogging funk is to update old content. This is great when you don’t feel motivated or inspired to create new content.
I find that updating old content can actually spark ideas and creative downloads. Perhaps it’s just the thing you need to do in order to get re-inspired!
Not to mention, updating old content is a great practice for SEO!
Listen to or read inspiring content
When I am in a blogging funk I try to listen to inspiring podcasts, watch motivational YouTube videos, and read inspirational content. This can really help get my creative juices flowing and it’s extremely motivating!
Also try to declutter your social media. If you are following people who aren’t aligned with you anymore, then it’s time to declutter! Only follow accounts that make you feel motivated, inspired and uplifted.
Have a brainstorm session
One of my absolute favorite things to do is to have a brainstorming session! This is always a great way to bring me out of a creative funk. It truly sparks my creativity again.
Find a quiet space with no distractions. You can even play some uplifting music in the background if it helps. I usually will play jazz/piano music. Use this time to brainstorm content ideas that inspire you and make you feel good about creating!
Ask yourself these questions
Something that REALLY helped me get out of my creative funk was asking myself these questions:
Am I creating content I enjoy or am I creating content that pleases others?
I was always a people pleaser growing up and this started to show through my content. I would create content that I thought others wanted to read rather than creating content that I actually enjoyed.
The truth is, if I’m not creating content that I enjoy, that’s when I get burnt out and uninspired.
So ask yourself, do you enjoy creating the content you are creating? Or are you creating content in hopes to attract an audience?
A lot of marketing blogs will tell you to write for your audience. Yes, you should write for your audience because it does help you grow however, it’s so easy to lose your authenticity.
There needs to be a balance between what your audience wants to read and what you want to create.
I truly believe that when we are creating content we are passionate about, it will attract our ideal audience regardless.
Is your mindset holding you back?
Another thing I learned through stepping away from my blog a year ago is that my mindset was holding me back.
I started to doubt my abilities because I had 2 other well-known marketing bloggers talking badly about my content.
The truth is, this was just triggering a self worth wound I had that stemmed back to childhood. The universe was pushing me to work through this wound and because of that, the universe sent me triggers many times last year.
What I’ve learned is that people are going to love your content and people are going to hate your content.
When it comes to blogging I’m not someone who follows every rule. I don’t do things by the book. I don’t have a huge email list that I send emails out to constantly because that doesn’t work for me.
I don’t have a set day that I post content because that doesn’t work for me.
I am an organized chaos and I can finally admit that and be okay with it.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I have my shit together because I most certainly do not, but the thing is, showing up unapologetically works for me. Creating when I feel impulses to do so WORKS FOR ME.
Start doing what works for you and don’t let your mindset stand in your way. Don’t try to show up as someone you think people want you to be. Show up as your most authentic self because that’s what attracts your audience.
Push through the fear based mindsets like,
“No one is reading my content so why should I bother.”
“I’m not good enough to create content, others are better and there’s no room for me.”
“If I show up authentically people might judge the real me.”
These are all limiting beliefs that just hold you back.
What I’ve also learned from taking a step back is that when we focus too closely on the numbers, we actually create resistance.
Focusing on the numbers can also cause self doubt and this can lead to giving up. I challenge you to create and market your content without paying attention to your numbers for a month or two. See if it brings back motivation and enjoyment when it comes to creating content!
I’m going to create a blog post dedicated to mindset and content creation so stay tuned!
Research content ideas to inspire you
Lastly, another great way to get yourself out of a creative funk is to research content ideas. This always re-inspires me! I have a post on ways to find blog post ideas that you might find helpful!
Also grab a list of 600+ blog post ideas for free below!
I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any additional tips for getting yourself out of a blogging funk, definitely leave them in the comments below!