One of the most common issues us bloggers face is the dreaded ‘Bloggers Block’ – it can creep up when least expected and before you know it you’re staring gloomily at a blank screen wondering what the fudge to ramble on about next. There’s no denying, it happens to us some stage or other, however being able to overcome it is easier said than done… trust me, I’ve been there and worn the tiresome tee-shirt many times with my first blog.
As much as our minds try to convince us we shall never be able to string another interesting sentence again, trust me when I say it doesn’t last as long as you anticipate. However, how quickly you recover is entirely up to you *sigh* So for anyone out there who’s numbly trying to fill a page with a few interesting words here’s some of my own tips that help me unblock the thought process and get back on the blogging wheel once again…
Close The Laptop:
Glaring into space or being hypnotised by a blank Microsoft Word document is never a quick fix for getting your mindset back into vibrant virtual health. Shut everything down, walk away and give yourself a breather otherwise you’re just simply trying to squeeze out words that refuse to flow naturally. Instead, flick on the kettle, pour yourself a glass of vino, watch a movie, take a nap… anything, yes, anything other than eye-balling your computer screen for hours on end.
If I’m struggling with any aspects of my writing, the one thing I find usually clears my mind quickly is a relaxing dander along the beach. Just getting out of the house for a while blows of the cobwebs and makes me feel so much more relaxed compared to sitting hunched over a keyboard straining to string a sentence together. Realistically it doesn’t matter where you go or what you do, as long as it’s relaxing, distracting and therapeutic you’ll more than likely feel refreshed and ready to go afterwards!
Read Old Posts:
Sometimes we simply tend to lose our own unique voices. I spend as much free time as I can reading other blogs but I always make sure I take a little trip back to read my own before writing my next post… sounds ludicrous? Well actually it’s not as bizarre as you think. Before embedding my posterior into a chair for a good blogging session I need to get back into the mindset of where I left off. Liken the scenario to reading a dozen books at once; often the last thing we read is the last voice in our heads, so check back through your posts – particularly your favourites. They’ll soon inspire you to roll up your sleeves and jump straight in.
Grab A Glossy:
For any like minded bloggers I literally cannot recommend you keep a copy of your favourite magazines to hand, whether they be beauty, lifestyle, fashion or your prized copy of Tractors Monthly *ahh hemm* Flicking through some of their top features is ideal for keeping your interest at peak performance and is also an excellent learning tool when it comes to layout and editing. The more professionally created pieces you read chances are the better you’ll become at mastering your own handy work!
Up Close & Personal:
Oddly enough some of the most fun posts I’ve written have been personal ones such as documenting a special day, taking piccies of my little work area, date nights, weekends or holidays with friends and family etc. Even more shockingly they’ve also been some of my most successful posts for interaction and stats… which is always an exciting little buzz to see!
Product Reviews are great, Favourites are fantastic, Wishlists are wonderful but sometimes the best way to make an impact on via blogging (and have a whole heap of fun in the process) is taking time to share a little bit about yourself! If you’re anything like me, blog buddy interaction is one of the biggest driving forces to feeling part of an encouraging community.
If throwing yourself in the spotlight seems a little terrifying then why not attempt a fun TAG post? There’s a ridiculous amount of them floating about to get involved in or better still create your own and nominate some of your fellow followers to get on board. The inter-world’s your oyster 😉
A Problem Shared:
Why not take your troublesome tit-bits and share them with the world? In other words ask your blog buddies for their advice or input on something that you might be trying to find a quick fix for? It doesn’t have to be anything deeply personal or profound! It’s a super way to get chatting with others, especially those who may have the perfect solution to your conundrum or indeed share the same issue.
Keep A Notebook:
I’m now at the danger of sounding like a broken record when I stress how super-helpful keeping a little notepad & pen in your handbag at all times really is!. Only a few days ago I was flicking through ancient magazines in my doctors surgery when I spotted a great little article on a topic I thought would be good to blog about in the near future. Rather than make a mental note and run the risk of letting a great idea slip through the net – I whipped out my trusy note pad and jotted it down! My notebook is now bulging with post ideas that are itching for creation. Another great remedy for banishing bloggers block!
Check Out BlogLovin:
If you’re a newbie blogger and haven’t yet checked out BlogLovin get yourself over there pronto. It’s packed full of amazing blogs from all platforms such as WordPress, Blogger etc which enables everyone to join together in one happy virtual party. This allows you to follow & read through as many of your favourite blogs as you want, which will most likely stir your musings with a sprinkle of inspiration! All you have to do is note down some fun post ideas in your trusty notebook and put your own unique spin on them! Voila… a great feature hot of the press for the rest of us to feast our eyes upon.
Ps: Don’t forget to mention anyone who’s helped inspired your post or feature, you’ll be surprised at how appreciated it is by other bloggers!
Be My Guest:
Another great way to beat bloggers block is by collaborating with others or inviting some of your blog buddies to guest post on your blog. By getting others on-board to share their mullings on like-minded topics is a great way of shaking up some ideas for fresh content. Alternatively why not arrange a fun interview with someone who might be of interest to your audience? It’s often a super way to inject some new and exciting topics and may even help you meet new bloggers into the bargain! Bit of a win-win wouldn’t you say?
Take A Break:
Often the dreaded bloggers block stems from external factors such as pressures at work/home or even emotional stress that most of us go through from time to time. Blogging should never feel like a chore or hard work, so if you’re not having fun writing your posts it’s pretty safe to say others probably aren’t having fun reading them either.
If you’re struggling to keep up or stay tuned in then it could be time to take a well deserved break until you’re back to feeling on top form. Considering that your blog buddies & regular readers are also human they’ll be more than supportive of your decision and will still be around to give you a cheery welcome on your return, enabling you to fully enjoy your virtual vacation!
Have you suffered from bloggers block? What top tips would you recommend for helping overcome it? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do take a moment to say a quick hello!
Have a wonderful weekend chums & as always thanks for reading…