You are not alone – we’ve all been bitten by “blogger’s block” from time to time. And for anyone who makes money out of writing on their blogs, it is scary to be at the point where you can’t think of anything to produce.
But don’t panic. Though it seems that this situation is unavoidable, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get out of this limbo. Yes, you need inspiration to come to you and if it takes too long, then you should do something about it. You can start by getting your mind going and following these dos and don’ts:
Do get out and have a walk
Sometimes, all you need is to see a new environment to get those creative juices flowing. Looking at your screen for hours can be exhausting, I know. So if you’re working at home, why not take a break and walk your dog outside? You can also visit a friend’s place and try to work there.
For those stuck at work, invite friends to have a coffee break in the nearest coffee shop at your office. Conversations with friends can also help you clear out your mind and come up of ideas you can use.
Do browse blogs that inspire you
Browsing other blogs can either help or distract you. I suggest you go for blogs with posts that help you prep your mind for a whole day of writing. You can also visit blogs of the same niche and take a look at how they write and what they’re writing.
Do change things up
Review your previous posts and try to deviate from the tone and article types you usually write. You can easily get stuck if you keep writing the same things. There are a number of blog posts you can try like lists, interviews, rants, and cheat sheets, among others.
Changing your voice is also a quick way to say things in a different light. Write a rant or share a story using the second and third voice for a change.
By making these little changes from time to time, however, maintain consistency with your branding. Always keep in mind the identity and core values of your business when attempting to mix things up with your articles.
Don’t edit yourself while writing
You’ll finish nothing if you write and edit yourself at the same time. Set ample time to do each task. If it’s time to write, then just let your thoughts just flow. One of the best writing tips I’ve received is to sleep on it and edit the next day. This way, your mind will be recharged and you’ll have more energy to see and correct errors.
Don’t push it
Chances are you’ll get more frustrated and exhausted when you can’t write any. Every writer knows what time of the day they are least productive. For many, ineffectiveness kicks in after eating lunch, when our mind unconsciously gets into siesta mode. Thus, it’s better to schedule other things to do during this time. Instead of writing, you can use this time to gather the info you need for the post or take a power nap to let your mind rest.
Don’t keep to yourself
Get rid of your anti-social possibilities and interact with other bloggers. Join forums, write a guest post, or comment on their blog posts. This allows you to voice out your opinion and to get your name out in the open. You’ll be surprised how inspired you can be just by exchanging ideas with them. Next thing you know, you’re already making a post out of your comment.
Let these tips inspire you to think of more ideas to fight blogger’s block. Remember that it’s never too late to try new ways to write and blog better. If you have other suggestions to get over blogger’s block, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me!