Blogging: When You Have Nothing To Write

It is funny that I am writing this at all considering the title. But actually just admitting to myself that I have nothing to say has led me to think quite a bit and thinking gets me to writing. You see, I have been doing a lot of blog soul searching over the Christmas holidays when I took time off to be present with my family. I came back feeling a sense of excitement for my blog, having a fresh look with a new header and headshot for my social media platforms. I edited my categories, gave them new names and mixed up the titles of a few old posts. I felt happy.

However, when it came to sitting down and knowing what to write I was stumped. I have been stuck in a never ending cycle of reviews and sponsored posts- which, don’t get me wrong, still have a place on my blog if appropriate. But what do I write about if I have nothing to review? No input from a PR company?

Now that is a nonsense of course as I have plenty to say, plenty of ideas on paper- in fact I have 36 posts in my drafts folder.ย It is just that for the first time in a long time I don’t want to write just for the sake of it.ย I had an idea for a post the other day, but to have written it I would have needed to use stock photos and to be honestย it just wouldn’t have made for a great post in the end. There wouldn’t have been anything personal about it – so what would have been the point? Habit? A panic that people may forget about me if I don’t post?

I think what I am getting at, in a bit of a rambling way, is that I am tired of trying to fill pages daily. To make a self imposed deadline. I love writing about new recipes I have tried, I love sharing our room makeovers but I don’t want to have to rush to get the job done and I don’t want to have ‘fillers’ in between semi decent posts.

So from now on, when I find that I have nothing to say, I am going to keep quiet. No more fillers. I can’t promise the posts that I do write will be gold standard but I will only write when I have something that I want to share. In the meantime I will be over on Instagram, my new found love in life. See you there!

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Katy is a wife, mum of three and professional blogger. She writes about her life, her family and the adventures they have together. With a love of all things pretty, you'll find posts about fashion, food and home- she also hopes to inspire others to make the best out of every day.

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  1. It’s amazing how it doesn’t take long to think of a good writing subject with a few hobbies, I must say I have a bank of posts from Christmas on the farm to write, I just hope I manage them all before spring arrives! #Twinklytuesday

  2. I feel the same ha ha! I know what you mean. I too have sat down after Xmas and gone….errr?? Not like me at all. I am usually driven by some inspiration and haven’t had much over Xmas. Maybe my brain needed a rest! I am looking forward to more from your lovely blog this year xx

  3. Good for you – it’s horribly hard to break out of that feeling like you must post isn’t it! I’m trying to get better at not posting until things are ready and not rushing my ideas but oh does it require patience!

  4. Love this post Katy – I used to be the same with feeling under pressure to post something each day but I definitely agree that if you really have nothing to write, then it is better not to post than to use a filler post just for the sake of it. It’s hard not to put ourselves under that pressure sometimes though isn’t it? x

  5. Thanks for such an honest post. I’ve been growing my blog this last few months and posting more often but I’m still only posting approx once a week. So many blogs post so often and I know that is a great way to grow your blog but I know that if I posted that often I would personally run out of decent content. So I keep it slow. Thanks for sharing x #twinklytuesday

  6. I went on this journey last year and in 2015, just posted what I wanted, when I wanted. I stopped worrying about my stats (in fact I don’t look at them from one week to the next!) and I felt totally liberated. Started enjoying the blog again and the community. Sounds like a great idea to me Katy ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy 2016!

  7. I felt the same before Xmas Katy- I didn’t really know where I was ‘going’ blog wise and had lost the joy of simple writing and recording memories for several months I think. I took nearly a month-long break in December (aside from brand commitments), and feel SO much better for it, buzzing with new ideas and the writing is flowing again. We’re not machines, and shouldn’t just churn out stuff for the sake of it. Hope you get your mojo back soon! x PS Love your new blog design!

  8. I think it’s quite common to go through these periods. There are times when some of us can get so bogged down in the stats, the sponsored posts, the reviews that our blogs stop being the creative outlet we intended them to be. I often take breaks and like you made a conscious choice to have a break over Christmas and New Year, I will usually take all the school holidays ‘off’ bar the whole summer and find the breaks really important to giving me the kick start and fresh perspective.

  9. Good for you Katy! My Christmas break did me the world of good – I was forced to do what had inspired me to write my blog in the first place – making memories and recording these for my girls to look back on as they grow up. This is what I love doing and I am not going to just write posts for the sake of it – I don’t care if that means it is only my family that end up reading my posts. Hope you continue writing about what you love x

  10. Once you get started writing and publishing (even with stock photos to start with) the organic creative juices will flow again and you’ll just get into. I love the way I now run my blog, no more than a couple of sponsored posts every few weeks and most of my content has been generally what is in my head!
    You’ll be happier for it – and no one will ever think any less of you for taking time for you!!!

  11. Do you know? Since I began my blog I have never been stuck for something to write โ€” I just don’t have the time, is my problem!! I think, there’s such a lot of pressure to post more frequently and often, I don’t think that it benefits a blog. Some of my favourite blogs are not the ones that post every day โ€” sometimes they only post a couple of times a week โ€” sometimes less โ€” and I LOVE reading what they have to say. The blogs that post really frequently seem to be a lot less personal. Each to their own though! You have a fab tone of (blog) voice and your best posts are the ones that are from the heart or where I can really feel how excited you are about sharing something โ€” happy new year lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  12. If I don’t have nothing to say I just don’t post for the day, I quite like having a day off very week or sometimes 2 days. And people will not forget you lovely, they will just come and check you out to see what you are up too x

  13. I know just what you mean. Sometimes I sit there thinking, I should be writing but I don’t know what to write. But there is no point in churning out stuff that people don’t want to read so maybe it’s better to have less regular posts recognised that more frequent posts ignored. Really good food for thought here! Thanks for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday

  14. I have done the very same Katy. I looked over what I wanted to share and what I had been sharing while it got me where I want to be. I no longer will be blogging one or even two times every day. Yes I did that for 2 years. EEK I know but now I have a foundation and idea where I want to go and I will write and be relaxed more about it when I don’t. It’s great to look at the year ahead and not feel pressure in filling the days every single day. I am lucky enough not to have writers block yet and I have lots of personal blog posts I have started that I want to finish too. I just needed the time to do it. I wish you lots of luck with your lovely blog this year darling. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

    1. I am the same jenny, 20 months of once, twice or even 3 times a day and it has made me so tired. I have neglected my family and what for? Well no more. Definitely time to sit back and write for fun again x

  15. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚ I am aware of doing the same thing, trying to fit in posts round work and then worrying that my figures will go down if I don’t publish. But you are right there is no point writing to fill space! Thanks for the advice #TwinklyTuesday

    1. My stats have gone down – I think mainly because I am not joining in with linkys etc but I just don’t care anymore. I feel such a relief being able to write when and what I want x

  16. I do the same thing! I used to blog every day, and while I might sometimes do this when I’ve got lots of spare time I don’t stress if I can’t.
    I keep a calender on google with all my ideas and firm blog posts with deadlines and just move things around as and when I feel inspired to write

  17. I read an interesting article on Problogger recently, and the author suggested NOT posting every day. His point being that as soon as you publish a new post, the last one becomes ‘old news’ and may not get the exposure it deserves. That made a lot of sense to me and went a long way to easing the pressure I put on myself to post daily. Sounds like you’re thinking exactly the same thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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