If you run a blog you will know exactly what I am referring to when I say the phrase blog-block…it’s like writer’s block but with blogging. It happens to us all and can cause a lot of stress as the more you try the stronger the block becomes.
Blogging has come easily to PoLR these last few months, you could say we’ve been a lean, mean writing machine! But talking in the office the other day I wondered out loud when this run of ideas would slow (as I know it will at some point).
Never one to miss out on a blog post, I have compiled a list of 5 inspirational ideas about what you can you do when you’re faced with the dreaded block.
1) Stop what you’re doing.
A tired mind is a blocked mind. Stop trying to force your blogging, put your computer to sleep and go do something else. Read a book, go for a walk, plan your next holiday…anything that takes your mind off the job. A 10 minute break does the power of good and when you do go back to the computer the words should flow.
2) Go Retro.
There is nothing worse than staring at a blank screen. Unless you’re and artist, in which case there’s nothing worse than a blank canvas – I could keep going with this one…Anyway, what we mean is once again closing your laptop and do some retro-writing. Grab a pen and paper (that’s the retro part) and a cuppa. Sit down, relax and start jotting down ideas as they come. As with art, a change in medium encourages you to think in a different way and with a different viewpoint.
3) Play some ‘Mallet’s Mallet’
As with point two, grab a pen and paper and start brainstorming. Start with a single word and write everything you can think of relating to it, in any haphazard manner. Don’t worry about forming an actual blog post, the aim of the game is purely to get ideas and phrases down to build on later. If a blogging idea becomes obvious at any point then go back to your comuter and get writing. Save the notes you have taken and go back to it later on – you never know what gems it might throw up later.
4) Brainstorm with your friends.
I have been known at the start of a night out to whip out a pen and paper and start quizzing my friends on Intenet issues. Do they know what X is? Are they fans of Y? You get the picture. They hate it but just remind them they are supporting a friend’s business 😉 Talking to people who don’t work in the world of web puts a whole new slant on things that we may assume is common knowledge. For example, until the other day I assumed EVERYONE knew what RSS was. Turns out they don’t (hence this blog post!).
5) An old ‘un but a good ‘un.
Go back in time and read over some of your first blog posts. Is there anything that wasn’t clear in your first attempt? Maybe a left comment could give you inspiration for a post? Maybe what you wrote is already outdated and needs a fresh slant? Maybe you’ve just changed your views from the first post? Don’t just re-word the initial post (where’s the imagination in that!) but try to think of another angle.
Word of warning when looking for inspiration though…
Although reading other people’s blogs is great for sparking off an idea, never and I repeat, NEVER copy other blogs posts or even structures. Not only will it be demoralising to you after a while but it will also be noticed eventually. Preserve your reputation and use your fabulous imagination! Hopefully these tips will help you do just that! 😉