As a busy blogger or writer, it is very easy to run into a block when it comes to writing out new content for your blog. You sit down and attempt to write, but the information just won’t come. You become frustrated because you know that your blog has not been updated for over a week. You realize how crucial it is to keep updating your blog weekly at the very least, but the words are not coming and you find yourself frozen. That is how that dreaded writer’s block manifests. And I have a confession to make. I have had it too lately. I have been so incredibly busy working for some new great clients, and I am quite grateful. However, the other night when I attempted to write a blog post, I froze and left the blog. That is not something I recommend because these blocks can be pushed through. When you know you need to update your blog, yet you are frozen by this block- you need to be inspired! Here is some advice that I will also remember to take the next time I bump into another block.
Read Other Blogs– When you are stuck on finding a topic to write about, go look for other blogs in your niche, and you may find a topic that you would want to write about. Now, I am not telling you to take someone else’s written content and place it on your own blog! That is plagiarism, and you could get into a huge trouble for that. Not to mention, your reputation will be negatively affected. Only look for inspiration and ideas. It won’t take long before you find something that you would be ready to write about. That is a great way to cure writer’s block.
Go on Forums– Forums in your niche are another great place to find content that you could write about. Look at the discussions, and chances are you will find something to elaborate on in your own blog.
Listen to Podcasts– There are many podcasts around and all you need to do is check some out on iTunes, or Blog Talk Radio, or do a Google search for podcasts that are relevant to your niche. You will surely find one that will give you some ideas to write about.
Watch videos– Go on YouTube or Vimeo, and do a search for videos that are relevant to your niche. You may find one that will inspire you to start writing.
Set Aside Time to Blog– When you are running a business and raising a family, or if you have other responsibilities to tackle- you may find yourself not having any time to blog. However, it is very important that you do in order to keep your business moving forward. Being overly busy can create a writer’s block as well. Make sure you set a date and time to blog, or if you find yourself hitting the walls from a block, then be sure to use one of the suggestions mentioned above to help before that frustration hits.
These are great ways to push through writer’s block. We all get to that point. I like the idea of reading other blogs. As bloggers we do that every day. When something pops out at me from reading another blog post, I jot it down for later use. Then looking at the list I’ve made, I can always get a post out of a great idea.
That is good Donna! It is best to always jot down and idea for blogging to use for when you need it!
Thank you so much for these tips. Writers block is definitely something I contend with. While I do some of the things you mentioned, I don’t have a set “blogging schedule”. Going forward I will be sure to set aside blogging time.
Thanks for the advice!
Thanks Monisha, I need to also take my own advice!
Good ideas to get yourself over a stumbling block when blogging.
Sometimes I worry if I do read other posts or listen to podcasts that I may end up using something I’ve heard or read by accident. I guess if that did happen, as long as I make sure they receive credit it would be okay.
Thanks for the information.
Hi Monna, yes, you can always credit them if you are concerned! Thanks for the comment.
These are all good suggestions, and I’m a big believer in being inspired by others. So yes, if you don’t know what to blog about look at other people’s blogs. Podcasts are a very overlooked , rich source of both information and inspiration. Thanks for including that one.!
Very true, podcasts are overlooked way too often. Thanks for pointing that out AK.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who hits writers block every so often. Writing is my passion, yet I’m challenged at times. These are great ideas, which I will remember for sure. Thanks for sharing!
You are definitely not alone Willena, glad it helps!