Over the last few weeks I’ve been dealing with a serious case of writers block. Or “bloggers block” as I like to call it. I had been finding it really hard to come up with new and original post ideas. It’s so frustrating when you’re sitting there with your laptop open, publish day is looming and you have nothing but a blank page. Don’t worry – it happens to all of us.
Take A Break
There really is nothing more frustrating than looking at a blank screen. Getting yourself worked up about it won’t help either. Disconnect for a while, having a cup of tea and come back with fresh eyes and a clear mind.
It’s amazing how much a little bit of fresh air can change your pattern of thought. Go for a walk – who knows you might see something that will inspire a blog post.
Change Your Surroundings
Take your laptop/notebook to a different location. I recently sat and worked on my blog in Caffe Nero for 4 and a half hours solid. This is far more than I could ever do in one sitting at home.
You don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t want to. Changing your surroundings could even be as simple as moving from your desk to your bed.
Start a Conversation
Talk to a friend, family member or colleague. You don’t even have to be as direct as asking them if they have any blog post ideas. Let natural conversation flow and you never know what topics might come up to spark a new post!
I love asking my readers on Instagram and Twitter what kinds of posts they enjoy reading and try to plan my future content around that. Listening to your audience is crucial to make sure that your readers and subscribers stick around.
Read Other Blogs
One of the best places to find inspiration for blog posts is other people’s blogs. I definitely DO NOT mean copy their content but getting inspiration from fellow bloggers is one of my favourite ways to combat writer’s block.
Find out there’s a popular topic in the blogosphere at the moment and think about how you can put your own spin on it. Or maybe there’s a popular new tag going around?
Get on Pinterest
I bet there isn’t a single thing that you won’t find on Pinterest. Seriously – if you leave Pinterest feeling uninspired there’s something wrong! There are even a number of pins which link you to a master list of blog post ideas. Problem solved!
Tidy Your Surroundings
Make sure that your desk or worktop is clean and tidy. It can get overwhelming when you’re surrounded by clutter and this could be making your blogger’s block worse if you’re unable to focus.
Make Sure You Always Have Somewhere to Record Your Ideas
I always make sure that I have my phone, laptop or a notebook with me so I can note down my ideas as they come – no matter where I am or what I’m doing. You never know when inspiration might strike.
Revisit Your Old Blog Posts
Go back and re-read some of your most popular posts. Remind yourself of what made them so great and think about how you can make them relevant today.
Explore Opportunities for Collaboration
OK – this might be cheating slightly but if you’re REALLY stuck for ideas – open your blog up to contributors until you get your mojo back. This also works really well if you have a super-busy schedule for a week or two or if you’re going on holiday and won’t have as much time to dedicate to your blog.
Using a guest blogger is a good way to ensure that fresh content is posted regularly and it allows you some time to get yourself back in the game.
Obviously, it’s a great way to meet and connect with other bloggers too!
When You Are In a Good Writing Flow – Write in Bulk
Ok so now you’re inspired – that’s great! Whenever I have a bolt of creativity – I tend to sit and write a bunch of posts in one sitting. Just in case writer’s block decides to strike again!
I’ve mentioned before that I always like to have a little “post bank” of pre-written blog posts that I can publish when I have writer’s block or if I have a busy week and don’t have time to create new content.
As always, if there are any topics that you want to read about that I haven’t covered already, drop me a line – I’d love to hear your ideas. Equally if you think I haven’t covered something in enough detail – let me know!
How do you overcome writers/bloggers block?! Let me know in the comments section!