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I get a block pretty much every other week, sometimes it lasts a day and sometimes it lasts months. No way does blogging come easy to me, even at the best of times I still have to push myself and remind myself of why I started, there have been numerous times I've wanted to quit, but I'm still standing, somehow. 

Blogging is bloody hard, and anyone who says it isn't is lying. It doesn't get easier with time and experience either, if anything it gets even more difficult because there's higher expectations and higher standards. The amount of bloggers/Youtubers etc has risen so rapidly over the past couple of years, so it's extremely hard to stand out and make people want to follow you and not them. Honestly, I don't think my blog is anything special, nor does it have unique content, but I always remind myself why I started and just write about what I want, when I want. It's like there's this invisible 'good blogger instruction manual' and in my entire two years of blogging I've never followed any of the rules. And hey, I'm still here and growing.
So what do I do when I'm in a rut?

Take a big step back...
Don't check your page views, your unfollowers, in-fact don't look at any engagement levels whilst you take a break, lets just pretend it doesn't count. If I'm taking a break from blogging, I don't even go on Blogger, and I don't look at any stats on Bloglovin. You know how they say distance makes the heart grow fonder? It's true with blogging, create some distance and you'll end up missing it.

Dip into strange waters...
I started my blog because I loved make up, and I wanted to do something more than just buy it and wear it, I wanted it to have more of a purpose. For a good six months all I wrote about what what make up I'd bought and how good it was, and it turns out, that's not what I'm best at and thats not the content that's the most popular. It was when I started writing about my personal life and mental health that my audience grew and engagement was on the up, I made some proper blogging friends through this too. I then dipped into lifestyle, which brought a new bunch of readers too, and now my lifestyle/blog/mental health posts are so much more loved by my audience than make up. Although, I will not stop with make up, because that's why I started and that's what I like.

Give the walls a fresh lick of paint...

There is nothing at all that motivates me to get content out there than having a new layout/header or new features on my blog, I get really excited about the new look and just want everyone to see how good it is, so I pretty much write up a post as quick as possible and publish it without even double checking (bad, I know.) But, it does 110% motivate me again and make me love my blog again. You don't have to go all out and buy a new £40 template, maybe just edit your header, your colour scheme etc. But for me it has to be the whole shebang, new template, everything. At my lowest time I even changed my blogs URL/brand completely. and trust me that was hard but it worked like a dream.

Stop looking at the same four walls...
99% of the time I sit in bed at night and write my posts, and I do have to push myself. If it gets to the point that the pushing isn't enough, I'll just stop and wait. In the morning I'll change my environment, I'll get ready and then go and sit at the dining room table, with a proper chair and set-up so it feels more professional. Sometimes it's that simple. Sometimes, it's even harder than changing rooms, sometimes I need to get my ass to Starbucks and have the awkwardness of sitting alone doing nothing make me feel bad enough to start doing something, and there's often other people working too- which makes it more of a 'normal office job' environment. (Coffee helps too of course.)

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