Every now and then, we bloggers face dry spells in our writing. We get writer’s block. We get stuck in the doldrums. We stall out. We lose inspiration. Whatever you want to call it, it’s the same for everyone: a period of inactivity, despite our desires to stay up on our work! So, how can we deal with these doldrums? I’ve tried to put together a short list of 5 methods that I’ve used to get myself out of the blogging doldrums. Hopefully these can be just as useful for you as well!
Shake It Up
If you’re stuck with how the blogging is going, you should try to shake up your routine. If you’re stuck with writing a post, then work on the administrative aspect of your blog. If you are frustrated with seeking out advertisers for your blog, then switch up and work on a post. The point is that if you run into a huge barrier and need to step away with one aspect of your blog, that’s okay as long as you shift to another task that could improve your blog.
Take a Hike
Another thing you can try is to get away from the computer. If you’re block is really bad, it can help to completely shut down your brain’s access to all electronics. This miniature technology fast can really recharge your thoughts and abilities to think about your blog. Think of this short break as similar to getting a eight hours of sleep every night. Your body needs the sleep, and you feel refreshed the next morning. Your brain will feel the same way if you get away from the technology for a little bit.
Look for Six Sources of Inspiration
If you feel as though you’re all out of blogging ideas, you should go on an inspiration scavenger hunt. Make some categories for yourself: art, music, books, movies, nature, and friends. Seek out one specific thing from each category and examine how it could inspire you. Ideally, this exercise will give you six new possible topics that could help you write a new blog post.
Comment on Other Blogs
Sometimes we’re only stuck if we’re writing on our own blog, but we can write perfectly well when we comment on a post at another blog. In this case, you should check out your feed reader and look for a blog post that seems interesting to you. Force yourself to start writing a comment that responds directly to that blog post. Once you have a paragraph written, copy and paste the text into the post editor at your own blog and flesh out the text so that it’s a full post. Then make sure that when you post it, you put a link back to the other blog. Hopefully, your new post will draw some great traffic.
Stick to a Routine
One way to avoid blogger’s block is to write and work within a blogging routine. You can try to train yourself to always write posts at a certain time of day. That way, even if you get stuck, you can fight through it because you are just used to doing it every day. The routine of the blogging will help you force yourself to think of blogger’s block as an easy thing to overcome. Some people even argue that blogger’s block doesn’t exist, and this helps them overcome it simply because they work in a routine!
This guest post is contributed by Leslie Johnson, who writes about health, green living, parenting related articles at masters in health administration.