Bloggers/writers, have you ever sat staring at the computer screen? That blank page taunting you, the flickering cursor mocking you. It has happened to all of us – blogger’s block. Several times I have been really hit by the block. Mostly, it seems to be a symptom of stress and pressure. We find our brain muffled and the words trapped inside. Sometimes sitting in front of a computer screen, waiting for the words to come out, can be daunting.
After I won an award I had a period of doubting myself. I suddenly felt that I had to write posts that were worthy of the accolade – award-winning blog. But what words constitute as being an award worthy post? That’s part of the problem, what makes a good piece of writing is very subjective, sometimes we need to take a step back and stop analysing. Sometimes we just need to go with the flow. How do the big bloggers do it though? The ones that post every day, the ones that post twice a day. I post 5 days a week, sometimes 7 days a week. The writing hasn’t always been easy and so I thought I would share my tips for what I do when I have blogger’s block.
What to do when you have lost your blogging mojo
- Don’t sit there staring at a blank screen. The longer you stare at it the bigger your fear becomes of starting to write. Instead, start writing anything, the first thing that comes to mind. Just get some words down. Write anything and everything and don’t worry about it. Pour your feelings out. You can always delete them later. No one needs to see it. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation, this is just you overcoming your blogger’s block.
- Read. Reading is a great one for inspiring new content. You might read a newspaper article that you don’t agree with. You might read another blog that prompts an idea for a post. Stumble is a great idea for finding new ideas as you find yourself reading articles that you might not normally do so.
- There is a saying that you hear a lot in blogging “that comparison is the thief of joy”, however, there are times when comparing blogs can help you. You might see something that another blogger is doing and it might spark an idea. It might inspire you. Look at your favourite blogs and think about why you like them, what do they bring to the table?
- Use visual prompts. Go through your phone are there any photos in there that could spark a post? Perhaps you have a series of nice photos; could you do a more visual post? A review of a day out perhaps.
Do you need to take a break? Try something different?
- When I am feeling uncreative I look through my recipe books and I get cooking. The process of baking is a brilliant one for unravelling the mind and there is also the potential for a post there too. Get baking and taking photos.
- Read your favourite novel. Absorb yourself in the words. You will then find that sometimes this triggers the need to write and you suddenly have a good idea for a post.
- Sometimes not being able to write is a sign that we need to take a break. Get outside and take a walk, go to the coffee shop, find a change of scene.
- Perhaps your brain is feeling overloaded. Go old school. Switch off the computer, switch off social media and switch off your phone. Get the paper and pen out and start mind-mapping your ideas. I love a good diagram when I am trying to come up with a new post.
Tidy space, tidy mind
- Is it the space you are writing in? Look at your desk/sofa/space. Is it clutter free? I find that I can’t write in a messy room. If it is messy take some time to try to clear a little bit of space. If you can’t face tidying but have a laptop then try writing somewhere new. A coffee shop for example.
- Put the laundry away. I know, I know, but sometimes doing a mindless and boring task can help trigger ideas for writing.
- Make a mood board. Get a magazine and create a collage or mood board. Again the act of cutting images and creating a board can help stimulate writing.
- Go over your old posts. What were the most popular ones? Ask yourself if you can create another post in a similar vein? Can you extend it or add to it anyway?
Find your routine
- Routine. For me having a writing routine normally helps. So knowing that I am going to write at the same time every day, and that I have a set amount of time, normally means that I get on with it.
- Write a list post like this. A good list post often helps unblock the blogger’s block.
- Tell a good story. Is there anything that has happened recently that would make a good story? Even the most mundane of events can have something extraordinary in them. I frequently share conversations with my mother, a great example of the mundane becoming an interesting post. It’s all about how you tell it.
- Music. Listening to emotive music is a great way of prompting good posts. It gets you thinking.
- Lock yourself away. Run yourself a bath and switch off for half-hour. Then tell yourself that afterwards you will be starting the post.
- Get chatting to other bloggers. Share your ideas, mind map a post together.
- Think positive. Don’t think of it as blogger’s block. You will overcome it, you just need to find a way of unblocking it. Look at it as a challenge.
Refresh old posts
- Go through your old notebooks. Are there any ideas in there? Go through your drafts, could you finish any of the posts?
- Colour in. Sometimes a good colouring book can do wonders for calming the mind and, therefore, being able to write a post.
- Try something new. This could be going somewhere different, changing your routine or going out for dinner. Sometimes shaking it up a bit can help.
- Watch trashy TV or your favourite TV programme. For me, I love a bit of ‘ Location, Location, Location’. There is nothing like a bit of Phil and Kirsty for unblocking the blogger’s block.
- Guest post. If all else fails you can invite someone to guest post on your blog and therefore taking the pressure of you to write.
Have you ever had blogger’s block or writer’s block? How did you overcome it?
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