Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
Is it a summer slump that causes such apathy? Is it contagious? Harmful? Whatever it is, I have seen lots of posts out there in the blogosphere the last few months from bloggers who are in a funk. Myself included. Last week I talked about tips for capturing ideas for future moments of blank slate syndrome. I'm not talking about a lack of ideas now though. I'm talking about being uninspired to bother with any of them at all.
When you lose your blogging mojo, what do you do? It happens to everybody in the blogosphere. We aren't machines. This isn't a job. It is for many of us a hobby, something to do for fun, to meet people, or to build confidence in talents we're reluctant to unveil in the real world. So when the fun stuff becomes a chore, that's a problem.
When my mojo decides to take a vacation, so do I. I step away from the blog. I step away from the feed reader too. No Twitter. No Google chats. No e-mail. No Facebook. Well, OK, I'm not even on Facebook. But you get the idea. For the most part, I just take a cue from my missing mojo and give myself a break too. I don't stress out or go looking for that mojo. I go my own way and let it come back to me when it is ready.
Now - a prolonged lack of mojo can spell death to a blog, if you care about such things. I do care about such things. I can't help it. I like having visitors stop in, even if they don't always say hello. And I'm not going to apologize for it either. I know many of you don't care. You blog for you and you alone. And that is just as valid an attitude too. Either way, an extended mojo vacation means that it is trying to tell you something.
Sometimes what that absent mojo is saying is that this blogosphere is not so fun anymore - and you need to give it up and stick to living your life beyond the blog. Sometimes it means that you are just stuck in a rut and need to shake things up a bit - become braver, or more active or more focused in whatever it is you want to do out here. Sometimes it doesn't mean anything deep. It is just a reminder to get those priorities back where they belong - on the real world around you every now and then. After all, face to face living is good for the soul - and the mojo too.
What do you do to get Mr. Mojo Risin'?