How to Beat Mood Blogging

Hello storytellers and Happy Wednesday! I have a slight confession to make…ya girl here is a mood blogger.
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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!
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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.
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Are you a mood blogger? Do you have a way to tackle it? Let me know!

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21 Comments

  1. liamjameshaddock

    December 5, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I’ve never heard of the term mood-blogger. Interesting.

  2. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

    December 5, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Okay I love ❤️ this! I’m a new blogger but an old lady (haha) so I’ve never let the blog run me. I think you have to give yourself permission to “mood post” and grace when other things take precedence! Also scheduling is amazing!

  3. facingthestory

    December 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I can relate to this so much! I am definitely also a mood blogger so I have found that I need to schedule posts if I ever want to get any of my posts published otherwise it just doesn’t work for me. This is such a great post!

  4. Clo @ Book Dragons

    December 5, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Oh erm hi I’m a mood blogger, but I feel most people who know me (like you) probably wouldn’t think I am one *chuckles* BUT I am, I can’t write posts if I’m not in the mood to. But erm once I’m in the mood I can chuck out 3-6 posts in one day depending on how I long I feel like writing them for.
    In terms of what I do to set the mood I don’t really know. My surroundings don’t seem to affect me as much with the writing process cause I’m in constant chaos xD I guess I have to listen to country or rock…it used to be RoadTrip I listened to when blog post writing tho hehe
    loved this post! <3

    1. sammers65

      December 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Mood Bloggers UNITE! 😀 Oh Country is EPIC to listen to while being productive, if im not vibing the indie I usually meander over to country tbh. 😀

      1. Clo @ Book Dragons

        December 7, 2018 at 1:25 pm

        yasssss country is awesome for blog things hehe

  5. Jade M. Wong

    December 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I think there are many mood bloggers in the blog-o-sphere, but that’s to be expected for anything we do, whether it’s blogging or some other activity. I don’t think we’re ever going to be in the mood to do the same thing forever. What’s key, though, is understanding our moods and learning to work with them 🙂 Like for example, scheduling posts! I agree with you say the ability to schedule posts is the greatest feature the blogging world has ever given us bloggers. Being able to schedule posts has saved my moody blogging butt many times!
    Good luck with learning to work with your moods! Keep up the great blogging!

    1. sammers65

      December 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      I 100% agree with you! It’s really knowing what works for you and what doesn’t and trying to not force things to happen! And thank you, good luck to you aswell!

  6. nicolaniemc.co.uk

    December 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    I’m obviously a mood writer then, and I haven’t been in the mood for a few weeks now! 🤣
    Thank you for the tips, which I will try and adapt for writing. I love the idea of, when I do feel ready and able to write, writing that little bit extra (the ‘cushion’, as you call it). And I do carry a notebook and pen nearly all of the time, as well keep a To-Do list!

  7. Shelbi @ What’s My Page Again

    December 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I am so new to blogging but I can already tell I too, am a mood blogger. thanks for the tips and I am definitely going to utilize the schedule function in the future!

    1. sammers65

      December 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Yay I’m so glad! Scheduling is a 10/10! And welcome to blogging!!! <3

  8. daniellepitter

    December 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I’m a constant mood reader, writer, blogger, all of the above! lol but this post helps because sometimes there are days I want to write heavily but don’t know when.

    1. sammers65

      December 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      YES! That is literally me! Im glad this post helped you!

  9. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    December 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I am a total mood blogger, which is why I have 128 WP drafts and schedule content weeks in advance. I typically only feel like writing once a week, and usually bang out like 3-5 posts on that day. But I get inspiration all the time, so I jot down enough word vomit info in a draft post to remind myself later.
    Great post!

  10. Lupe @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    December 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I totally needed to read this! This is such a great list! I am definitely a mood blogger myself, but I have learned that scheduling is the best method for me. I am amazed that I have kept up with my Fandom Friday posts the past couple of years! I am totally going to try and write things down when an idea strikes!

  11. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    December 8, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Scheduling really is your best friend 🙂 and now I’m so lucky, my handwriting tablet just released a feature where it converts the text to print and I can email it to myself – omg, it has made blogging so much easier (although I still dread the formatting). I have been having a bad case of mood blogging lately! (Lately = for the past two or three months… argh..)
    So it’s a great post 🙂 loved it!

  12. avidreaderdiary

    December 10, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Ahhh this is both so fun and informative! This is well-researched, wow! By the way, I don’t think I’m a mood reader. It’s just that some days are really busy and I couldn’t write a blog post, but that’s okay. I can always make up for it some other days. 🙂

  13. Kristina

    December 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    That’s some neat tips you gave there ! im sure gonna keep that to look onto if ever I fell in a blogging slump again !

    1. sammers65

      December 17, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Yay! I’m glad they came out useful to you!!! 😀

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