Discussion: Keeping Things Fresh

My three year blog anniversary is just a couple of months off and over my nearly three years of blogging I’ve noticed something: sometimes it feels like your blog is going stale.  Your writing isn’t as good as it seemed to be before, you’re doing the same features over and over again, etc.  You really do lose your motivation and doubt yourself every once in a while; I think every blogger experiences that.

What’s different is how everyone deals with that funk and how they keep their blog fresh.  When I get in a funk, sometimes I’ll just take a day off from writing altogether (usually a Sunday).  Or, I’ll start researching for an article I want to write instead of my usual four reviews in a week.  That’s actually what I’m doing right now since I was just in a funk: I’m researching for an article about how history seems to be at odds with so many dystopias.

My question for you guys is this: How do you keep your blog fresh when you feel it’s getting stale?  What’s the best way that works for you to get out of a writing rut?  And how do you personally stay motivated to keep going?


  1. Jay Dee

    Sometimes I just get inspiration. My ruts tend to come when I have too much to do offline, and I have no motivation to post. But I’ve managed to keep posting every day since March. More than half a year, and I haven’t missed a single day. I’m not exactly sure how I do it, but I have several features going on at once. Sometimes, just reading other blogs gives me some inspiration.

  2. mblaylock4

    Well, I’ve only been blogging for a year (today is my one year blogiversary), and I started doing it as a platform to promote my paranormal trilogy, but it’s turned into much more. I find that when I get into a blogging rut, I turn to my “Random Thoughts” posts and manage to blog, and laugh, my way out of it. Interestingly, I’ve also found that blogging is quite helpful when I’m suffering through a bout of writer’s block as it helps to keep me writing something, even if it’s not my current manuscript, which is so much better than just sitting and staring at a blank screen. Congrats on your upcoming three-year blogiversary. That’s awesome.

  3. patricksponaugle

    I don’t know… since I operate at best on a once-a-week-schedule and at worst a semi-monthly (bi-monthly? fortnightly? Every Two Weeksly?) schedule, I haven’t had a chance to get burnt out.

    It does help me to have a list of things I’ll be writing about. And since I don’t post daily, I have more time to polish up my drafts.

    None of this is relevant or helpful… hmmm…

    Anyway, congratulations on your upcoming anniversary. I look forward to your blogservations.

  4. Tanya Patrice

    Hmmm … I try different things – read old blog posts and see if that inspires me to write something similar; read blogs in other areas and see if that sparks some ideas; not blog or write at all and read a few books on the same theme.

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  6. Jemima Pett

    Well, I know what you mean. I’ve been doing a Tuesday haiku for the last 18 months and I’ve suddenly tired of it. But I have readers who like it and post haikus in return. Maybe a change is as good as a rest and I’ll bring them back in the new year.

    Another author-reviewer and I were discussing the problem of not enjoying the books we were reading – our grumpometers were on over-drive. That’s another sign we need a change, I think – possibly to books we want to read rather than those we should.

    But I think a change is as good as a rest, and I’m looking forward to that history v dystopia article 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

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  8. Finley Jayne

    I’ve only been blogging since February of this year, but I’ve already changed some things around on my blog, because I could already tell that I was going down this road. The biggest thing I’ve done is gotten away from labeling my blog a ‘book’ blog. I still post about a lot of bookish topics, but I now also blog about non-book stuff like recipes, my experiences with weight loss etc. By adding in these other posts occasionally, it keeps things interesting for me, and I think that translates to my readers as well 🙂 Right now I’m at a really good place with my blog, and I have post ideas coming out of my ears lol. I’m currently scheduled out with rough drafts into June of next year, and have drafts fully put together and ready to post, out through the end of January of next year 🙂 And I’m excited about all of them-no filler posts in the mix!

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  10. Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc.

    Sometimes my brain just will not function and I just can’t think of anything to put in a post. I usually just end up leaving them in drafts and working on something I am enjoying writing instead. I think if you feel like you’re out of ideas it shows in your writing so it definitely helps to take a break and think up some new ideas. I also think that meme’s are good for when you are in a bit of a blogging slump. They often get me thinking of other topics I can work on.

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