It’s a real challenge to create fresh content everyday. I don’t want to write just for the sake of writing and fill up my blog with tons of stuff I’m not passionate about, or worse, no one wants to read. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of snoozers here, but I try to keep things fresh and readable. Right now, I sort of have blogger’s block. So, what’s a blogger to do when they don’t really have anything profound to say? What happens when we run out of ideas and are left with lots of crappy posts ideas our draft folder?
Skim Headlines-Spend some time thumbing through your magazines, reading online articles, or other blogs. This is a great way to see what topics people are reading and writing about. Once you have an idea of what’s “hot topic”, add your own voice or opinion to the matter and, Walah!, you have a new blog post. Skimming headlines is a great way to spark your own passion about the topics people are already reading about.
Journal-I keep a journal with me all the time. I write down ideas when they pop in my head. Sometimes those ideas turn into to a good post and sometimes they don’t, but going back through my journal helps me remember things I wanted to write about. Writing in my journal is safe. I don’t hit publish there, so if it’s a bad idea, too personal, or just a dud, it’s in my journal for my eyes only. Journaling helps me filter through my thoughts and ideas and make sense out of them.
Mind Map-I learned how to mind map when I took the Content Brew course by the ever fabulous Melissa at Mom Comm this past September. That course rocked! Be sure to read her post on how to mind map for better blogging. Your ideas will never be the same! It takes the mess inside your brain, categorizes it, and somehow helps you turn the brain mush into posts. It’s like magic.
The Back-Up Batch-A back up batch is what I call posts that are relevant and fresh, but didn’t take a lot of brain power. Like list style posts, how to’s, or posts with more images and less writing. I try to save these type of posts to fill in the gaps between those that required a lot from me. Not every post can be a tear jerker or a fire starter. When I write, I write form the heart. That can be draining if I try to do it everyday. Sure, you want your content to be useful and still be read, but when you’re feeling like you’re writing is not up to par, grab from the back up batch. This will help you have fresh content without the stress of stellar writing every single day.
Take lots of pictures-I snap pictures of everything. Many times it’s a way for me to “journal” a thought without actually writing anything. Just one picture can remind you of a post idea or topic that you want to write about. Go through your pics every week and I’m sure this will spark some blogworthy topics. I often write about daily life, and having images to go with my thoughts is so helpful.
Clean house-It’s important to clean up your blog every once in a while. Maybe those 5 main categories you planned on focusing on have turned into 20. No wonder you’re confused! Get rid of what’s not working. Take time to see what people are actually reading at your blog. What are your most popular posts? How much content do you have that just isn’t taking off? It can be refreshing to delete old crappy posts, or generally clean up your home page and links. Giving your blog a little pick me up will give you a little pick me up!
Recycle-Don’t be afraid to reuse an old post! Perhaps there are some great posts hidden somewhere in your archives? Spruce them up, sprinkle a little love on them with a fresh image or opinion, and repost! You’d be surprised how much readers like the post, but just didn’t see it the first time around. I have a lot of posts hanging around from my pre-Wordpress days. Maybe you started a new blog recently and have lots of oldies but goodies? Use them!
Then and Now-Recycling posts can easily turn into a “then and now” style post. Perhaps your readers would love to hear an update on a topic you used to blog about, but haven’t in awhile? Take an old post, add a fresh perspective and you’re good to go! This is great for family updates or a change of opinion. A new look at an old topic can spark all sorts of writing ideas.
Step away from the computer-You have to take time away from the computer! Especially when you have a case of blogger’s block. Nothing makes blogger’s block worse than that cursor blinking back at you. You have to live life in order to blog about it! Go out, enjoy the day, have some fun with your kids, and take a break from the madness of social media! Just be sure to grab your journal and take pictures. By the end of a blog free day, you’ll have plenty of ideas to start fresh the next day.
Reevaluate your mission-Why did you start blogging? What are your goals? It’s easy to get caught up in the blog world. You feel pressure to participate in different events, visit others, and generally keep your presence online alive, but you want to stick to the plan! Don’t forget why you’re blogging to begin with. Sometimes, just simply reminding yourself what you want from blogging will help you refocus your goals and give your content a kick start.
How do you cure blogger’s block?
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