I’ve talked to multiple people recently who admitted blogging was hard for them. For different reasons. Some of them feel like they don’t have time to blog. Others feel like they don’t have enough to write about. And still others cite the pressure that comes with having to deliver consistent blog posts.
I love blogging, but I have to admit that I’ve felt writers block many a time. For me it happens when my life is busy and my mind is full. That’s when blogging gets hard. But I’ve learned a few things that help me publish even when I don’t feel like it. I’ve realized that a blog post doesn’t need to be long. I’ve learned that a blog post doesn’t need to be perfect (embrace the power of the edit button!) And I’ve also learned a few little secrets that never fail to jog my creativity. Maybe these tips and tricks can help you too:
1. Find a Quote
This is one of my favorite tricks. I love quotes. If I can’t think of something to write about, I find a quote that I like and write about that quote. Usually it’s a quote that relates to something I’m going through. For example, I might find a quote that talks about hard work leading to success and tie that quote to a story of my recent entrepreneurial endeavors.
2. Post a Video
TedTalks are GREAT. Find a video that inspires you. Find a video that makes you laugh. And write a commentary on the video. How did it make you feel? What did it make you think? Do you agree or disagree? Readers love videos. It will probably be one of your most-read posts!
3. Choose a Picture
Choose a picture, any picture. Maybe it’s a picture of the ocean. Maybe it’s a picture of your friends and family. Maybe it’s a picture of your office space. What does that picture make you think about? Do you need a vacation? Do you want to talk about the qualities you look for in a friendship? What do you love about your job? Like quotes and videos, pictures provide a great foundation for a blog post.
4. Ask a Question
This is a great way to increase reader engagement on your blog. Ask your readers a question and ask them to respond. Ask them what their dream job is and tell them about your dream job. Ask them what their new years resolutions are and tell them yours. If all else fails, ask them what they want you to write about. They’ll be happy to put in some requests!
5. Make a List
When all else fails, make a list. Lists are quick and easy. Try making a list of your favorite books or your favorite apps. Make a list of things to do on your next vacation. Make a list of people you admire. Lists are fun to write and interesting to read.
Whether it’s your full-time job or an on-the-side hobby, blogging should be an enjoyable activity. It shouldn’t feel like pressure and it shouldn’t be a burden. Blogging is a chance to communicate with people. It’s a chance to express your thoughts and feelings. A chance to share your experiences and opinions. Blogging is a wonderful thing! I hope these tips help you overcome your next bout of writers block…