Blogging Podcast, Productivity

197 What To Do When You’re In A Blogging Funk

By Leslie Samuel

Have you ever reached that point in your business when you're trying too hard to come up with something and nothing seems to be perfect no matter what you do?

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You're tired. You feel like just stopping.

That's what happened to me today.

I initially had a different topic in mind for today, something you'd normally hear from me at Learning with Leslie but, I just didn't feel excited as I usually am.

I didn't have the drive to finish everything for today's podcast episode.

I am exhausted.


Sometimes, when we work too hard all the time, it's better to pause and take a break to give ourselves some time to think and rest and just relax so we can be more energized when we're ready to come back and do our work.

So, for those of you listening for the first time, please stop. This is not the best episode to listen to me 😉

Inside This Episode

What To Do When You’re In A Blogging Funk

I decided to share some things with you from my heart, things that I plan to do to help me deal with this.

You don't have to feel frustrated. You are not alone. It happens to me. It happens to other bloggers and other business owners just like you go through it. It is but natural for us to feel that blogging funk.

But, we can't have that moment bring everything else down for us. This season too, will pass but, as we are in that situation, we have to learn to face it.

This may be a relatively shorter episode than usual but even so, I hope you still get some value from it. Don't worry. This is but a phase in our business and there are definitely things we can do to surpass that from as simple as taking a break to creating a support system of like-minded individuals around you and your business.

Question for You

Has this happened to you before? What have you done or what do you do to overcome that? Come and share your thoughts in the comments below. Let us know we are not alone in this 🙂


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About The Podcast

Learning With Leslie

Learning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  1. I hear ya, Leslie. My blogging time is usually at around 8 pm on weekdays, and after 8 hours at my day job, a gym workout, a shower, and a dinner made from scratch I often find myself drained… but I still get up and give it a go. Most of the time.

  2. Thanks Leslie, for giving us the permission to be human!

    Whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all been where you are. The key is to recognize that this too shall pass. I’ve always tried to live by John Maxwell’s statement “…I’m never down, I’m either up or getting up.” (Not always easy to do!)

    And contrary to your concern, I think it’s these exception episodes to the rule that will stand out and be remembered b/c they bring us closer to the real you.

    There’s a phrase in a poem by Walt Whitman that I think applies to your podcast today; he wrote, “Camarado, this is no book. Who touches this, touches a man.” This is what I heard in your words today.

    1. Roger, you always have the best quotes. I hereby dub you the “Quotes Guy”.

      I love that John Maxwell statement. I’m gonna be using that one.

      Thanks for your encouragement.

  3. I am sorry to here this experience..Thank you for sharing.Thank you for warning me too in my baby steps.Sound advice.
    Man look at you ,your not really on vacation. You are tending to the sick.Everything about you now ,all the people with you are in the same slap.They are just not opening up.The best cure.I think you need to reach out to mother and child..just like you did to me.This by all discriptives is not just funk.We do get in stressful circumstances.Stay there a little and heal some more.Michigan is still too cold for you…I know I am part of the puzzlingwhirlwind.We all are.Stay with granny ..that is time she is giving you.Feel better,live long and prosper.Guess what I successfully posted a hoplink yesterday on facebook after I saw your face with ultimate facebook Marketing Strategy on Sunny Days Produce page.Enjoy the day.Take another walk to the beach.She may enjoy it too.

  4. That sounds great. I should try playing more games. I honestly don’t do that, besides playing with my son. I need to get back to more of that 🙂

    Thanks for sharing AJ.

  5. Leslie…GREAT podcast today…one of the reasons I follow you is because you ”keep it real”…I am sure every blogger and IM person out there has been there done that…but for some reason we think we have to be ”all that” …all the time and it’s SO ”refreshing” to hear someone admit…it’s not always …FUN! Take some time off..Enjoy your last few days with your family and we will all benefit! God Bless you!

    1. Thanks for your encouragement and support Joyce. I really do appreciate it. You’re right. It’s not always fun. I LOVE what I do, but every so often, you need a little break.

    2. I’m a professional organizer and like you I LOVE the difference it makes in peoples lives…but it’s also both physically and emotionally draining at times (especially when they still want to hang onto the clutter that caused them to call you in the first place) And…for a ”few VERY BRIEF seconds” ….I just want to say “keep your clutter…can’t deal with your ”mess” today!” but at the end of the day when I look at all I was able to accomplish and the customer is standing there with a big smile on their face…I get the energy to do it again…tomorrow!!

      I know that is what these encouraging words are going to do for you…so thanks again for keeping it real.

  6. Leslie,

    We all have days like this and the trick is allow yourself to relax then kick yourself in the backend and just treat the new day as the next greatest day of your life. Relax enjoy your family and may god bless you all.

  7. Oh Brother – Thank you for sharing and being REAL! The “fake it til you make it” is just – well FAKE. The same folks that pitch that will also tell you to be yourself so others will know, like and trust you.
    Knowing folks are like us helps me to relate to them and trust them a whole lots more.

  8. Thank you for being GOD’s obedient servant. Even “when Leslie has a mood swing,” you still manage to continue to touch others lives in so many ways though your inspirational words. YOU ARE TRULY ONE OF THE BLESSED.

  9. Hi Leslie, When this happens just take time out, I usually lie down and do some deep breathing, bring more enerchi into my vessel. This I will do for as long as I need to, some people may meditate, you can find ;lots of breathing techniques on YouTube. I have also started chi gong which is great. These techniques allow for your mind to clear which will welcome new and fresh ideas to come. Try it, it really works, you will be taking in more of the creators enerchi. If you decide to go for a walk, breath deep as well, sometimes when you change your environment, it will clear your mind as sometimes our environment can build up stagnant energy. Open a window as well so the energy can circulate in the room. I will do a video on some breathing exercises and send you a link, Let me know how you get on with it and how you feel.

    1. Excellent to here, new enerchi to refresh the mind, it makes you motivated and you feel good afterwards.

    2. Great podcasts you are doing, it makes people think, it will change lives for the better.

  10. Great article! Being an adolescent blogger attempting to market my social smart start-up, finding folks to share my content will be one in every of the toughest things. Your tips and insight ar extremely reasonable , and that i can’t wait to utilize them for my very own diary soon!

  11. Great podcast! i’m reaching to truly begin my diary this year. I actually have been footling around with it off and on between work and family, however these days I took five hours straight to draft my pages. i’m moving forward.

  12. Hi Leslie, Thank you for your honesty. dealing with these feelings is part of what we all go through. Onwards and upwards.

  13. Leslie, you are one of the most from-the-heart, completely open and honest podcaster/blogger I know. You are talking about things we all experience, but so many are afraid to admit.

    Thank you!

    1. Leslie,
      I find that my funks are cyclical. And if the pattern holds, I will enter my “I don’t want make any podcasts/blogposts/tweets/PInterests/etc” in about 2 weeks. Generally Feb-March are my down months. Maybe it’s the cold of Wisconsin. Maybe its the midpoint of the winter term at our college. I don’t know. But I started my podcast on Apr 9 2014, right after breaking out of last year’s fog/funk. I don’t want–I can’t allow–a 2 month break this year! I need this show to be consistent, and not just because I stockpile 8 shows in advance. I need to find a way to work with my rhythm, and still be productive.

      I think hearing that I am not the only podcaster/blogger who just gets exhausted and funked (had to spell that one carefully!) will help me power through this year!

    2. Wow Trevor. Trust me – you are NOT the only one. There are many of us. ESPECIALLY when you are doing this in addition to a full time job. It can be quite challenging. But, we push forward and do the best we can. We take breaks, and come back stronger. Hopefully not for 2 months this year. If you need encouragement at some point, tap into the community around you (myself included).

      Wishing you all the best. Thanks for the interaction on twitter 🙂

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