Has this ever happened to you? You sit down to write your latest and greatest blog post ever and then…your mind goes blank. It has happened to me more times than I can count. However, I still (typically) blog 5 days a week and I have to say, I never push publish if I feel like I’m just writing junk to post something. Not saying that each and every blog post is profound, but they do all have a purpose and thought goes into each and every one of my posts. So what do I do to deal with inevitable writer’s block? Here are my tips:
- Write down everything. I’ve talked before about the benefits of using an editorial calendar – one of those benefits is that you can start a blog post with as much or as little information as you have. For me, the hardest part of the process is the initial idea. So I’ll utilize my editorial calendar and start a post titled “training” or “kale artichoke dip” or whatever it is I’m thinking of. It really helps to have those idea written down somewhere.
- Read often. Reading the news, books and other blogs can help get your creative juices flowing. Being knowledgeable about what’s happening in the world can definitely spark a post. Many times, I’ve written a Friday Five based on something I’ve read somewhere.
- Reflect. What do you know that could help your readers? When I was going through the process of learning how to self host my blog (read all about that here and here), I made sure I simultaneously took note on each step because I knew that many of my readers would be interested in the process and I thought it could be helpful.
- Share your life. As much as you are comfortable, share with your readers what is going on with you. I was excited to blog about my engagement and I like sharing details about my wedding planning with you all. I realize that this won’t work for everyone because not everyone is comfortable sharing details about their personal lives, but it really works for me.
- Lists are your friend! This ties in to number 3, but as you think about what you could help your readers with, make a list! I’m Type A so lists are my best friend, but even if you don’t love them, chances are your readers will find them helpful.
How do you handle writer’s block?