Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
Recently I’ve been having a little trouble putting
pen to paper fingers to keyboard when writing my posts. I love blogging and I honestly feel like it’s what I’m meant to be doing right now. But sometimes, like with all other things in life, I have off days. Sometimes, I feel like I have absolutely nothing of consequence to say, and it makes it really hard to get a post with quality content published.
Last night, I started Googling tips for overcoming writer’s block but quickly realised that nothing was really specific to bloggers. Sure, brainstorming, keeping a post idea list and coming up with themes is useful, but those are just arbitrary tips in my opinion. I couldn’t find a real guide for bloggers wanting to get out of a writing slump. So, I decided to cure my writer’s block by writing about writer’s block. Ironic, I know.
5 Tips for Bloggers Dealing with Writer’s Block
1. Check Linkups
Many of the linkups in the blogging world have optional topics for the current week’s post. When I can’t figure out what to write about, I look at some of the topics for those linkups and write a post about one that interests me. Removing brainstorming from the equation and makes it a lot easier to produce content since the content is all you have to focus on. Plus, linkups are a great way to get free exposure for your blog and interact with other bloggers. Two birds, one stone.
2. Do a Roundup
Roundups are great because they can be about anything, from things on your Fall bucket list to a collection of your favourite granola recipes. You can limit the roundup to your own posts or include links to other blogs and sites, but once everything you’re listing goes together, you can make it work. Yes, you’ll still have to write a couple paragraphs for the post, but you’re not starting from scratch, which makes writing easier.
3. Share some Link Love
Link love type posts are pretty popular in the blogging community. They’re similar to roundups but the topics can be varied and you don’t need as many words. It’s basically just a list of links to interesting articles from around the web, with an optional one-liner of your thoughts tacked on. Some of my favourites are Link Love on Running with Spoons, Bean Bytes on The Lean Green Bean and Sunday Funday on Skinny Fitalicious.
4. Think out Loud
Another great idea from Amanda of Running with Spoons is her Thinking out Loud Thursday series, which I’ve actually never done on a Thursday 😳 It’s where I got the inspiration for my Wednesday rant a couple months ago and my brain dump on Monday. What I love about thinking out loud is that I don’t have to make everything too coherent. Each of my points will make sense (theoretically), but the post in it’s entirety doesn’t have to be about one thing. May sound strange, but it works.
5. Update old posts
I have a lot of posts I plan to update in the near future. Some of them are recipes that need picture updates, some are nutrition or fitness tips that can have some tips added. Sift through your old posts and see if there’s any you want to update or maybe expand in another post or series of some posts. Your archives are a treasure trove of inspiration for future posts and you shouldn’t neglect them.
- Hit the gym for inspiration. You may come up with a new workout to share or randomly think of a fitness related topic to talk about
- Spend some time experimenting in the kitchen. You might just create something amazing, and then you’ll have a recipe to share
- Scour magazines in your niche. Magazines are also a great place to get topic ideas. Just the article titles can spark some creativity.
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What about you?
How do you deal with writer’s block? Any other tips for bloggers with writer’s block?
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