Hello storytellers and Happy Wednesday! I have a slight confession to make…ya girl here is a mood blogger.
I know what you are thinking, what in the ever-loving world is a mood blogger. Well folks, you know how you have a mood reader? Well, it is like that except for blogging. As you come to learn in life, there are just some things you gotta do even though you aren’t in the mood to do. However, I’ve learned that blogging is something I have to be in the mood for.
I honestly can’t do it. Believe me I have tried, I have really, really tried. But for the life of me I can never write something that I am okay with publishing if I’m not in the mood to blog.
Throughout the months of me being in this blogging community though, I have learned and picked up a few tricks here and there to combat mood blogging; and I thought it would be fun and helpful to share them with you in hopes to help my fellow mood bloggers out there!
I am telling the truth when I say I get worked up over the fact that I don’t write posts daily. In my head (especially when I started out) I constantly felt guilty over the fact that I didn’t feel in the mood to write a post. Every blog I read, talked about staying consistent and posting regularly–that when I didn’t do those things, I automatically felt like a failure or a bad blogger.
WHICH ISN’T THE CASE!
I’m a mood blogger. This doesn’t mean I’m bad or good, it literally just means I let my emotions of the moment dictate what I do with my blog, just like I do with my reading.
AND THAT IS TOTALLY FINE!
Simple as that; and once I allowed myself to relax and own the fact that this blog is indeed my own and I can do whatever I want with it.
Relaxing gave me the opportunity to breathe and think clearly and in some cases that alone put me in the mood to blog!
Scheduling Is Your Best Friend
I swear to you, the ability to schedule your posts is the greatest feature the blogging world ever gave to bloggers–especially us mood bloggers. When I find myself in the mood to blog, I try to write more than just one post, that way I have a little cushion for the blogging slumps I know I will undoubtedly enter. Scheduling is also a great way to keep yourself on a schedule (if your blog has one) and allow you to see your consistency.
Keep A Notebook and Pen With You
Growing up, my mom use to tell me and anyone that was around, that I came out of the womb with a notebook and a pen. I’m not sure about the whole popping out with a notebook and pen, but I do know that for my entire life I have never gone anywhere if possible without some form of pad and writing utensil.
Keeping these items on my person at all times when I’m out and about as a blogger has allowed me to jot down ideas for a post or a thought to add to a draft later when I am ready to write. This has become a necessity of mine, as I get inspired by the most random of things and as I find myself more out of the blogging mood than IN the blogging mood. So when I do get in the mood to bang out a few posts (like now for instance) I have a nice list of ideas and inspirations that I can look back on and flesh out!
To Do Lists
Now for me personally, I always suck at following my To-Do lists and feel all kinds of guilty when I don’t get to the task, so this doesn’t work for me personally–BUT! A lot of my blogging friends swear by this function and they say it helps them combat mood blogging, so I thought I would add this to the list!
According to my friends, putting down blogging related tasks on their daily to do lists has helped them get into the blogging mind-set quickly and has also created a daily habit for them. They recommend starting off with just doing 2 blogging related things each day and work your way up to more.
Set the Mood
Okay this one may sound silly, but I swear to you it works. Let’s say you are still not in the mood to blog but you got a schedule and you have officially ran out of scheduled posts. It’s officially time to set the mood.
Now, numerous scientific studies have shown that the traits of a physical office environment can have a direct and huge effect on mood and productivity in an individual. These traits can be from the design of the room you are in, the lighting, noise, color, temperature, and even the plants within the room. So the next time you are feeling in the mood take notice of your environment. Try to replicate the environment that put you in the mood and make that your blogging space.
For me I have to put on my indie folk music, put on a pair of jeans (weird I know) and throw my hair in a messy bun. The brighter the room is for me the better, and when it is a white light (like natural light) even better! I can’t be in a small crowded room (unless I’m already way into the zone) and I must have space to stretch out.
Are you a mood blogger? Do you have a way to tackle it? Let me know!