How to blog when you are disturbed

Recently, I have experienced immense mental trauma due to some personal anxieties. It is extremely difficult to concentrate and blog in such situations. If blogging is more than a hobby to you, you will certainly face the same situation, if you haven't faced it already.

Unfortunately, readers of a blog don't forgive the bloggers for inconsistency, whatever the reason might be. They will probably unsubscribe from your feed and will never come back. So, I decided to blog about the things that might help us blog through these tough times.

How to blog when depressed?

  • Motivation from idols

This is something I did all this time. I have always found that the top bloggers that inspire me, have a tremendous posting frequency irrespective of the day. Have a look at the statistics on the left.

I am certain that these people go through bad phases as much as we do. But still they never give up blogging. I really admire the professionalism they bring to the table.

I asked my Bmom Liz about this. As usual, she helped me out. This is what she told me to do:

When I'm down I try get away from my computer, I go looking for things that we're made by people -- trees and sky and the lake and I look and I reflect until I don't have any words. I let the space fill me up until I can breathe again.
When I can breathe, then I think about what I will write
That's how I wrote this.

  • Motivation from with in

You will only get to half the post and again crawl back into depression, if you aren't self motivated. You must force yourself to think why you started blogging in the first place. For me it is the traffic and readers' comments that keeps me going.
  • Know what is at stake?

To cope up with the situation you will need to be a little strict with yourself, think about what you will lose if you dint write the post. Some of the things at stake are reputation, reader count, money count, blog credibility etc.
  • How will it be good?

Show yourself the brighter side, the result, if you do make the post. This is another psychology which will give you a positive frame of mind, to make the post. Also, you will be able to put in a 100% since you will be thinking about the good which will come out.
  • Watch a cartoon/anime

This is a personal tip which will be different for each one of us. Basically, you need to watch something that takes you to another world. I get a similar experience when I read Harry Potter in one sitting.
  • Taste the money

Everybody is motivated by money. Some more some less. It works wonders for me. I go to a forum, people generally show off there earnings when they have had a good day. This invokes a competitive feel and shows you that it is possible for you to get there.
  • Credibility is Blogging Money!!

If you don't care about any of the points above. This is the point you just cant ignore. The years or months of hard work that you have put in your blog can all go to waste in a single day.

The wealth you have earned is not Google Pagerank or Adsense Dollars, but it is the role you have assumed in the blogosphere. If you want credibility you have to work through the tough times, without losing readers.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.


Michelle said...

A great piece. As someone who often struggles to find the perfect words and writing style in writing blog posts (I'm quite new to blogging), it's easy to think you're the only one finding it difficult! Especially when reading professional blogs.

I'll remember reading this - very thought-provoking.



ME Strauss said...

Think of something that isn't you. When you are the center of the universe. Everything is about you. When you see something else that hurt or is beautiful, you can forget yourself, crawl out of yourself and realize that there is a whole world besides the one that revolves around you. :)

I know, it was a surprise for me too! :)

Basketer said...


Thanks :)

We all think that we are the only one at fault and it is easier to recover when you know somebody else went through the same thing.

I will be looking forward to your visits :)

Basketer said...

@ Liz

Welcome Bmom, welcome to my blog.

This is what you tell me everytime I keep rambling about how sad or depressed I am.

To detach me from my own self is a tedious task but it does help a lot after you manage to do it. Takes a lot of self confidence to do it.

I read it on google and this is known as a helicopter view of things.

James said...

Wonderful post. It can be hard to write when you feel down - unless that is the subject you normally write about.
Find something inspirational or fun to listen to or watch. I find that helps me forget about myself.
Find something that you have been successful with or that has made you feel good before an build on it.

Basketer said...

Hi James

It is nice to see you visit again. The way you have summarized the post is just wonderful and that is the gist of this post

Bobby Revell said...

Beautiful Blog! I love it.

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