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Don’t Burn Out! 7 Tricks to Make Lifelong Learning a Part of Your Blog

This is a guest post by Katheryn Rivas.

When you first become a blogger, you’re often ripe with information to report and new ideas to write about. But, the longer you do it, the more difficult it can become to come up with exciting ways to create new blog posts. However, by taking care that you constantly continue learning, you can make sure to always have new material to keep both you and your audience inspired. Next time you’re feeling a lack of inspiration or beginning to burn out, try a few of these ideas for lifelong learning.

1. Take free online classes

There are plenty of free classes available online in a huge array of topics. In fact, some of the most prestigious American universities have begun to offer free courses to the public, available year-round. Check out open courseware opportunities at MIT and Yale to start.

2. Listen to free podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to get a healthy dose of new information on a regular basis. They are basically audio recordings of talks from experts on a variety of different topics. You can listen to them online or download them as mp3’s to listen to in the car, while taking a walk, or while travelling.

3. Ask your readers questions

When you’re at your wits end for a new blog idea, you can always rely on your readers to propel the conversation. Instead of writing your typical blog post, try posing a question to your audience. Use their answers as inspiration to fuel your next cycle of posts.

4. Invite experts to guest post

Another good way to add some new color to your blog is by inviting guest writers. And, the more learning involved, the better, so try to locate writers who are experts on a topic of interest. They will be able to add completely different points of view, and your blog will only look more interesting with some new variety.

5. Never stop reading

The ultimate way to continue learning is to keep reading. If your blogging career has left you with little time or energy left for reading the things you love, then it’s time to get back in the swing of it, or you could burn out entirely. Read the paper on Sundays and buy a few novels or non-fiction bestsellers you’ve been meaning to dig into. It will only bring great things to your writing.

6. Watch more documentaries

The next best thing to doing research on your own is to watch a well-made documentary. It only takes a couple hours, and you can come out with tons of new information under your belt and some fresh perspective on your own writing. Go for topics you wouldn’t normally write about to expand your perspective.

7. Enroll in a university course

Whether you take a course in person or online, enrolling in a real university class is one of the best ways to push yourself to learn something new. Whether it’s a foreign language or Accounting 101, taking a class will force you to read, write and think more, no matter what.

About the Author

Katheryn Rivas is freelance writer and blogger who dedicates her time to discovering the latest online education trends. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing softball or reading a good book. She encourages your comments at

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2 Responses to 'Don’t Burn Out! 7 Tricks to Make Lifelong Learning a Part of Your Blog'

  1. Neale says:

    Watch TED Talks they cover so many different topics and can be inspirational and offer lots of new ideas. They are also fairly short.

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