6 Quick Tips for Beating Blogger's Block
You know when you’re faced with something like doing the laundry, and you can suddenly think of 78 reasons why you shouldn’t actually start laundry? I have to go to the store soon, and, if I start the laundry, I won’t be here to put it in the dryer the instant that it’s done washing! Things like that. I’m an expert at making – let’s just call them what they are – excuses. I found that for a solid 2 months, I started doing that with blogging. I’m going on vacation, so I won’t be able to give the new post the attention that it needs. I have a lot of restaurant visits scheduled, and won’t have time to commit to writing. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Blah, blah, blah.
I had to ask myself why I was doing this for something that I actually enjoy. I mean, it’s not like blogging is like laundry to me. I actually enjoy writing. So, I had to do a quick self-check, and what I came up with is that I was starting to feel pressure! (Oh boo hoo, Adriana – get over it.) The thing is that blogging is the one thing that I can actually put on the back-burner without having any immediate backlash. Think about it, you couldn’t just not show up for work or decide to not provide meals for your family anymore. Every other area in my life where I feel pressure comes with requirement – but not blogging. The thing is that by succumbing to the blogging pressure, I effectively dismissed something that I do for myself. So I committed to throw caution to the wind, pull up my big girl pants and get writing again.
Just like with anything, the key is maintaining momentum and staying motivated. (I’m looking at you, failed diets of years past.) To do that, I’ve come up with a plan to stay excited, stay involved, and to stay out from under blogging pressure.
I’ve spent hours on Pinterest – hours. It’s basically my utopia, like walking around Home Goods, Target and Hobby Lobby at the same time! When looking for inspiration, I think about: What things are landing in my feed? What are people writing about? What are people repinning? Not that I want to do exactly what others are doing; however, it’s perfectly acceptable to see what’s trending and to pull motivation from that. You could even pull up a recipe, make it, write about it and credit the person who originally posted that recipe with a good ole “Inspired by _____.” Listen, just start browsing and, before you know it, you’ll feel a spark of inspiration.
2. Facebook Groups
I’m in a few Facebook groups that I really love. Sometimes when I can’t sleep I’ll browse for good groups – it’s like online shopping, but for bloggers. Anyway, check in on groups that have been collecting dust, and see what’s getting everyone going. I love when people in my groups are offering advice, sharing what they’re posting, and inspiring others. That motivation alone is enough to get me fired up to start a post. And, if all else fails, reach out for some encouraging words: Hi everyone! I’m in a rut and need some blog post inspiration. What do you do when you’re stuck?
3. Monthly Trips
I don't mean taking full-on vacations, but a visit to a local farm or signing up for a fun experience is a great place to start. Not only is this a great way to get up and out of the house, but it’s something to write about. I’m sure I could write an awesome post about hanging out on my couch, and you might read something like that once or twice, but let’s be honest, that’ll only get me so far. Although, if I’m wrong, let me know and I’ll happily commit to writing about my various lounging positions and couch snacks.
4. Once-a-Month Short Posts
Sometimes writing 2,000 words can be tough! Not because I don’t have it in me, but because sometimes Life is like, “Yeah, you’re not going to get enough time to take a shower. Oh, and you’re about to drop that coffee on your lap in 3… 2…1.” I understand that there are analytics to support that longer blog posts are better for SEO and all of that good stuff, but sometimes shorter blog posts are better for ME-O. The O doesn’t stand for anything – it just sounds better if it’s there. (5 points for wit.)
5. Instagram Land
There are so many bloggers on Instagram now, and their content is literally everywhere. All it takes is a quick check on hashtags like #blogger #blog #travelblog, etc. to tap into what others are doing now and what they’ve done. Get lost on Instagram for awhile and take some of that visual motivation away with you. Plus, those who have actual sites generally link them in their bios, so you can get a first-hand peek at what people are doing on their pages.
6. Blog Prompts
You can definitely come up with a list of prompts that you’d like to write about, but you can also just do a quick search on the Internet for things like “blog post ideas, or “30 day blog challenge.” Having a plan for what to write about is nice, because it takes off some of that pressure. You just have to sit down and write about it. Also, keep in mind that a plan is not a structure – it’s just an idea. If you come up with something else that you’d like to write about when the time comes, go for it!
Really what it all boils down to is making moves to keep yourself engaged and active. It’s like when you look at a pretty magazine or watch a home renovation show, and walk away from it feeling like you should suddenly crowbar off all of the tiles in your bathroom. Finding inspiration from others is a fast and free way to get charged up for your next project/post.
P.S. If you’re wondering, this is one of those short posts I mentioned earlier. Generally I shoot for a couple thousand words, but this one is coming in just over 1k. Let’s be real, if I kept you here for another one thousand words, we’d both be struggling to get through this. Some messages just need to be short and sweet.