Blogging writers block! It will happen to the best of us, and it will come when you least expect it. But how do you cope with it? And more importantly how do you get yourself back out of it?
I have had writer’s block twice now, once around 8 months ago, and another very recently. Both times were different experiences for me, so I thought I’d share with you some things you should know and some things I have learnt along the way.
Blogging writers block: What you need to know!
It happens to everyone
Whether you are a blogger, a journalist, a novelist it will happen at some point. You don’t always know it is coming and can last any length of time. It is quite normal to go through it at some (if not multiple) times in your writing career.
It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re stuck for ideas
Writers block doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have anything to write about. It could be the words aren’t flowing, you have no desire to write for a period of time or it could be that you desperately want to write but don’t know what to write about.
It won’t last forever
No matter how long it does last, it wont be forever. My first time it was around a month. This time it has only been a week. A stressful week though!
It doesn’t mean you are a bad writer
As I said above, it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t mean you are bad at what you do. Some of the best bloggers and writers get it. You could liken it to a bad week of sales if you are in a sales based role, or a month without hitting targets for your manager. It is like any job. You have good days and bad days.
There could be a number of reasons why it is happening
Writers block could happen for a number of reasons. You could be putting too much pressure on yourself and you’re burnt out. You could have too many ideas and your brain cannot focus on one single thing. Or maybe you’re just not feeling it! Remember…
It does not make you a bad writer!
Want to help get your brain motivated again? Have a look at some of the techniques I have used to help me along the way! Each one have helped me in different ways!
Blogging writers block: How can you get out of it?
Sometimes you just have to stop fighting it. Trying to force yourself to write will not necessarily help. Content that is nothing compared to your usual standard will be more damaging than no content at all. If you want to try and write, keep these posts in your drafts for a few days and go back to them. You will probably find that they need a full refresh before being published.
Don’t watch your stats
Unless you are spending much of your time promoting older posts, you will find your stats will reduce. For some it will only be a small difference, but for others it could be huge. Watching your stats will only cause you to get down about it all even more.
Have a brain dump
My most recent ‘block’ was down to too many things going on. I’m working on 2 new projects, a rebrand, had BML16 to attend and the news was full of negativity. My mind would not focus. I got out a notebook and just dumped everything going on in my brain. Yesterday I got up, and wrote four posts. Clearing your mind will work wonders for your creativity.
Put together a crowd sourced post or invite someone to guest post
If not publishing posts fills you with dread, why not get the amazing blogging community to help you? Have someone guest post for you! Crowd sourcing posts are always a great idea too! Get other bloggers to give their opinion on a hot topic and put it all in one place. Don’t forget to give these lovely people a link back! Nothing worse than bad blogging etiquette!
Have a play with your design
They say change is better than a rest. And a lot of the time I agree with this statement completely. My writers block last year was because I lost direction. I was falling out of love with my blog and had forgotten who/what I was writing for. I decided on a complete overhaul of my design and branding. Within a week of going live again I was head over heels in love with my blog again. It doesn’t have to be a massive overhaul like mine, maybe just refresh some categories, or clear out some posts that are no longer your style. Every little helps!
Take a break
If all else fails, take a break. Blogging can really consume your life if you let it and sometimes you can become really burnt out. Take a weekend off. Or even a week. Whatever it takes to come back with bundles of inspiration and creative ideas.
Have you ever experienced blogging writers block? How did you overcome it?