Sunday SHort Musings

Sunday Short #7 – Blogging Slump

Welcome all, to the seventh Sunday Short, this week on my blogging slump.

And yes, it’s Thursday, and this post has been procrastinating in my draft folder since Sunday. Along with quite a few other drafts that just need a little more thought.

Things I’ve been thinking about this week – Blogging Slump

I have hit it. The expected 3-month blogging slump. Things that used to be fun, new and exciting, have lost a bit of that new magic. And I’ve lost my enthusiasm.

So here is my request, I need your help, and am actively soliciting advice. How do I get over the slump? Do I just wait, or should I force myself to write and get the posts out?

I know that I need to persevere, to get through this. But how? This is a call out to all the more experienced blogger out there, what worked for you?

Week Review

The Sunday Short also features a review of the past week, and some thoughts on the coming week.

Past week

  • Another busy week at the day job, but you know what? When the weather is bad, it doesn’t seem too bad to be working away on the laptop and listening in to endless conference calls. Who wants to be out in the rain? And I always remind myself that I actually like my job, it can be very fun.
  • As you may know, I am looking for additional volunteer roles that match my values. And I’ve been applying lately to quite a few that have come up – some long shots, some more realistic. And one that I was really interested in, a feminist travel charity has got back to, and after an interview, I am the new treasurer. Fabulous result, really looking forward to working with these ladies.
  • And I decided to release some of the internal Type A pressure on myself and booked my next Chinese test for June, not the ambitious May. Time to get revising, and enjoy the learning process.
  • Finally on the money side – I’m a millionaire. Well a dollar millionaire, which as a Brit is not a real millionaire, but I’ll take it as a quasi-millionaire, and an interesting milestone none the less.

Gardening season progress

  • You know what likes rain? My garden. It has been very appreciative of the water recently. Especially since Thames Water have forced a water meter upon me, and I’m afraid it’s not going to be pretty.
  • And my patience has been rewarded. As well as the salads coming along, the elusive broad beans and potatoes are now showing themselves. They are clearly in #teamrain.

And the coming week 

  • And it’s another bank holiday, so another trip away – got to maximise the holidays. This time it’s Portugal another new country, where I am visiting Lisbon for a city break. Has anyone been and got some tips?

Over to you?

  • What items have you been thinking about this week?
  • Has it been a good week?
  • Any plans for next week?
  • And any hints or tips to get over this blogging slump?

34 comments on “Sunday Short #7 – Blogging Slump

  1. I’ve been in a blogging slump the past three weeks or so. Coincidentally, it’s roughly the 3 month mark. I found pulling away (still sticking to posting schedule) but stepping away and doing other things for as much as I can while still get that post out has improved things. Get fresh air. Garden. Talk to friends. Don’t think about the blog.

    I’m also formulating a plan on how to approach social media and limiting my time for all blog related activities. Something about balance? Maybe it’ll help you too? I don’t know.

    Job, confidence and competency are on my mind lately. I keep waiting to be discovered a fraud and that I can’t do the job. That I’ll mess up on my projects. Then I get a vote of confidence from business and two colleagues tell me I’m their mentor. So dunno what gives with my brain!

    1. Hi Whymances, thanks for stopping by and sharing. I like your idea about balance and stepping away when things aren’t working. I need to get better at that, it’s the downside of my stubbornness!

      Why the imposter syndrome? As your colleagues are telling you, you are killing it at work. That is awesome, something you should be proud of.

  2. Congratulations on reaching the US millionaire status! That’s a huge achievement. The first million is the hardest, the next one will be much easier. 🙂
    As for blogging slump, I just keep writing. I found that if I keep writing, I eventually break through the slump. Read other blogs to get some ideas. It’s okay to put out some sub-par posts. You can always go back and rewrite it or delete it later. Maybe blog about something else that’s not related to finance for a week.
    Good luck!

    1. Thanks Joe, that’s so kind of you. They do say the second is exponentially quicker, given the first took 37 years I’ve got a lot of leeway there.

      And thanks for the tips, sounds like I just need to keep tying away there…and yeah, I had forgot I could always delete it later. Or improve it. Thanks.

  3. No advice to offer, but very much enjoying your blog so far. Definitely one of the best UK based FIRE bloggers, so very much hoping you do find a way to continue.

  4. Congrats on the dollar-millionaire! Woo-hoo!

    As for the blogging slump, I might not be the best person to give advice since I have 20 hours back in my week after going part time at my job. That extra time has given me plenty of space to write and I’m weeks ahead on posts. Realizing that most folks are blogging AND working 40 or more hours a week, I have to say, that just sounds hard.

    I find that sometimes reading non-finance stuff gives me ideas and inspires me. The other day I read an online outdoors article from this woman who’s writing style inspired me so much that I plan to do a post about it in the future. When I finished her very short piece, I said “Damnnnn, I want to be able to write like that, and I’m gonna try!” There’s tons of talented folks out there to get inspiration from. Good luck!

    1. Thanks AF, it’s great fun sharing the numbers with a supportive community.

      Oh yes, I could easily fill an additional 20 hours a week with fun stuff – hope you are making the most of your time.

      I agree, I love reading lots of non-finance stuff, there are so many inspiring people in the world and I feel I only scratch the surface.

  5. I love your blog posts, too and although, it was hard to get this one out, it doesn’t feel to me that this is indicative of a slump! I’mEnjoy the rain, the veggies, and the millionaire status! Yay, Ms. Z!

  6. I think every blogger hits a slump at some point.

    The main thing is, don’t worry – your readers won’t just disappear overnight! You’ve written a lot of quality posts in a relatively short space of time, so they (including myself) will still be around when you get your mojo back. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore so don’t feel that you must write if you don’t feel like it.

    If all you can manage is the occasional Sunday/weekday short, then do that. If you can’t manage that, then just take a break and see how you feel afterwards. I find that I have a lot of draft posts, most of which will never get published but they’re just ideas I’ve jotted down or topics which have interested me but which I’m not sure how to articulate yet. That post about my mum retiring at 42? It had been sitting as a draft for over 2 years!

    Aside from some after work drinks tonight, I’m looking forward to a quiet and spend-free Bank Holiday weekend as I’ve now booked my holiday so need to keep my expenses down for the rest of the month! If it’s dry, I might do some gardening, by which I mean weeding!

    Anyway, double congratulations, firstly on being a dollar millionaire (woop woop!) and secondly, on the treasurer role. I’d be interested in something like that (the treasurer role, not the dollar millionaire!), though not right now as I don’t think I’d be able to commit myself.

    1. Hi Weenie, was absolutely delighted to read your thoughtful post – thanks for the congrats, it feels kinda surreal. Cause dollars are not real in a way? Yes, I need to see how much time the treasurer roles ends up being – they don’t have any money and have an accountant, so it doesn’t seem too onerous yet.

      And you are so right about the slump, I need to make sure blogging is fun and not turn it into such a chore. Can’t believe that post (which was epic by the way, your mum is badass) was sitting in drafts for 2 years!

      And yes, the rain does mean the weeds are coming on in bounds, I really should sort mine out, but instead I’m jetting off. Enjoy your relaxing spend free weekend, and I look forward to hearing more about your holiday – somewhere warm I presume?

  7. I went through a blogging slump after my six-month mark. I actually took a five month hiatus, and it was a bit tough getting back into the writing flow. I would echo Joe’s recommendation to keep writing. Once you stop, it’s hard to get started again. If anything, just stay engaged with the PF community, whether it’s on social media or commenting on blog posts. That might help you break through your slump.

    1. Thanks SRGO, that really makes sense to keep going, as the inertia from stopping is hard to break. Glad you made it back after your hiatus, I really enjoy your posts.

  8. Congratulations on becoming a millionaire!!!

    I think you’ve written a lot of posts in a short space of time…there’s a saying in the writing world, something about having to refill the creative well because if you draw from it a lot, it will run dry from time to time. So going away on your weekend trip sounds perfect – being out and about, visiting places & people watching – you’ll get some fresh ideas and soon be back to your normal enthusiasm. Enjoy the long weekend.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting firethe9to5. And for the congratulations.

      I love your analogy about the creative well – it may well be the case! I shall enjoy the long weekend, thanks for your encouragement

  9. Congrats on your half-millionaire status!

    Oeffff, I feel you on the blogging slump. It definitely happens in cycles. Here’s what works for me:
    -Reading stuff I absolutely love, even if it has nothing to do with money. Read writing that’s amazing. I find I almost always get inspired this way.
    -Getting out of the house and doing things (attending events, etc.). You almost always find inspiration when you’re out living life.
    -Find something you’re super passionate about. It’s a million times easier for me to write about something that’s currently “on my mind” than a new topic that I’m not quite as “close to.”

    1. Thanks for commenting Luxe – it’s amazing how some topics are just so easy to write, and they are not always the ones you think! I love the rest of your ideas as well, reading is always an enjoyable way to spend time!

  10. It’s normal for your blogging motivation to have dips. The eimportant thing is to give yourself a break and not force yourself to crank out posts just for the sake of getting something out there. It’s ok not to post for a couple of weeks, as Weenie said, we’re not all going to go away and forget about you if you don’t post as frequently. If your blog becomes a chore you’ll be less likely to keep it going and it will become a negative thing in your life rather than a source of happiness. Chill for a bit and enjoy Portugal!

    1. Hi MrsW, thanks for your kind comments. I agree that I need to make sure blogging remains fun and does not become a chore. I shall enjoy Portugal, can’t wait to see what it’s all about. And play with my new camera.

  11. My Friday Frugal Five posts were born out of my 3 month slump, and as you know, I’m still writing them now. They’re more or less just life recap, so they’re fun and quick to write. Maybe find some easy structures life update sort of post to work into your schedule? It’s been huge for me.

  12. hmmm… didn’t know about the 3 month slump…my fruga asian finance had blogged about a slump around 7 months… so two to look forward to… thank you both for sharing… if i know it’s coming i can shore up my reserves… i think the million dollar milestone should give you at least a post on a what-if scenario… as in what-if i retired today…what would i do? what would my life look like? what would be my immediate next step?

    1. I’m sure we all get the slumps in different time frames, and you don’t have two to look forward to!

      The whatif for retiring today is a very bad case scenario ………. I’d have to sell up and move somewhere cheap. And live an uber frugal life, as it would be at least 20 years before I can get my hands on my pension funds. I’d have to half my spending, which sounds miserable.

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