Blogging writers block: What you need to know 84


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.

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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’reย 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!

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Blogging writers block: How can you get out of it?

Embrace it

Sometimes you just have to stop fighting it. Trying to force yourself to write will not necessarilyย 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?

 

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84 thoughts on “Blogging writers block: What you need to know

  • Kat

    These are all really helpful and it’s so true writers block can happen to everyone at anytime. I think a brain dump is a really good idea to help clear your mind. #kcacols

  • Silly Mummy

    Good advice! I’m a bit overwhelmed with a lot of things at the moment, and I have plenty of ideas, even half written pieces, but struggling with the focus to actually write or finish them. #KCACOLS

  • Emilie

    I’ve only been blogging a few months so haven’t experienced it yet but I know it will come! It really is very consuming and there will come a time when I just need a break for a while! #KCACOLS

  • Becky at PinksCharming

    Really great advice, thanks for sharing on #KCACOLS I will be trying some of these I am sure!! Luckily I don’t suffer from writers block much (as it’s also my job, I would be panicking if I did!) but I do go through periods where I can’t be bothered to blog and these ideas will be helpful! xx

  • Someone's Mum

    Really great advice. I tend to try to just wait for inspiration to strike when writing at the moment. if I force it, I know it’s not as good. And that means times between posts can vary a bit. it doesn’t help that this time of year is so, so busy for me. Sometimes I get a real gem of an idea but by the time I get to write about it the spark has gone! Some good tips here ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

  • Kerry

    This is a really useful post, I often get stressed that I haven’t written anything for ages because my life is so busy in other areas, but then I have to remind myself that I started blogging for fun and it’s OK to take a break. #KCACOLS

  • Sarah@teammomlife

    Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas about writers block. I’ve just started out so I haven’t had it yet. Have mostly just experienced having a hard time getting too busy to work on my blog as much as I want to. I love all of your advice though. It sounds very practical. #KCACOLS

  • Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn

    Great advice. I think you’re definitely right that blogging can take over your life sometimes, the problem is you can end up trying to think of content to write for the sake of it rather than things that you like and feel passionate about x #KCACOLS

  • Sarah-arthurwears

    Great advice! I had a bit of a break at the start of this year – so much was going on all at once, if started working more days which ate into my time, Arthur dropped a nap and started sleeping even less at night and my mother in law was diagnosed with breast cancer. All these things that were consuming my thoughts were all I could have blogged about and out of respect I couldn’t talk about most of the things that were bothering me so I took some time away. I’ve always been of the opinion that the moment blogging becomes a hindrance rather than a help then it’s time to step back a little. I love blogging, but like most I have days when it feels like hard work and that’s the great thing about it – you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to … I think that’s where the joy of blogging lies for me – it’s a choice #KCACOLS

  • Mommy's Little Princesses

    Fantastic tips here hon and I just love how throughout it you constantly point out that “it doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer and that it doesn’t make you a bad writer!” It’s been lovely co-hosting along side you this week. Xx #KCACOLS

  • Cal at Family Makes

    Great pieces of advice. I haven’t had ‘writer’s block’ as such, but have had difficulty writing due to being poorly. The advice still applies, and it is very good. It makes me feel better about things, thank you. I hope you do too xx #KCACOLS

  • Maria

    Some fab tips here Clare. I think taking breaks is a great way to just get away from it as it can sometimes just get too much can’t it? I am pretty much living and breathing the blog these days when I am not working and I am starting to feel it a little – especially after BML!
    #KCACOLS

  • Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    Fab advice! I have days when I feel like I want to write, but nothing is coming. My brain is just too jumbled up to know where to start and inspiration just won’t come. On days like that I just let it go, and remember that the world won’t end if I don’t publish a post! Love your idea of doing a brain dump though, I think that would really help me. x #KCACOLS

  • laura dove

    Fab post, I am having a huge illness-induced writers block the last couple of weeks and already thinking oh god, I should really write a post soon! I’m just going to try to relax and tell myself that sooner or later a post idea will hit me over the head! I’d rather wait for something I am really happy with than sell myself out just to give in to the blogging pressure. #KCACOLS

  • Bread

    Taking a break is a great idea and I find if you write as much as you can when you have the ideas you can schedule things and take the break without stopping the routine of posting. #kcacols

  • Tammymum

    That was really useful, if never heard of a crowd source post (bit shameful being a good 7 months in now) but there are some really useful tips there and you’re right sometimes block isn’t the lack of things to write about just struggling to actually get your thoughts out. I have definitely been there! #KCACOLS

  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller

    Taking a break is really good advice. I have evenings when I know I have a lot to do on the blog but the words won’t flow. That’s when I grab a glass of wine and turn on Netflix. When I do come back to my posts the next day or in a few days I feel like I’ve a new head on! Brain dumping into a note book also helps me to see that my ‘blogging mountain’ isn’t actually that bad #KCACOLS

  • becca farrelly

    Really handy post as it can be quite daunting, this blogging malarkey, at first! After a few months of blogging, I lost my way a bit partly overwhelmed by what I was doing and feeling like I needed to keep up with it all was tricky but I did learn that it was ok to take a break and really that’s all I needed to get me back to it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    #KCACOLS

  • Yummyblogger

    Handy post! I never have enough time for blogging… And myself with plenty of ideas and reviews to write up, it’s getting started that I find difficult… Once I’m in the flow I’m ok! #KCACOLS

  • Jane Taylor

    I haven’t suffered from it in my blogging life yet but I have in my writing life. I do really struggle with formulating my posts and words in my head into the page though. I faff so a 1 hour post becomes a 5 hour post prep! I admire you getting 4 posts done the other day!

    Great tips. Especially the crowd sourcing idea! I may well be in touch;) #kcacols

  • Laura

    These are absolutely brilliant tips, thank you. Writers block is so tough. Completely agree with them all, especially re stats as I’m a little too obsessed with them at the moment. Thanks for sharing X #kcacols

  • Mummy and the Mexicans

    My problem is usually that I just don’t have time to write- and properly focus on writing – about all the ideas I have in my head. Sometimes there’s just too much going on in my personal life, too . Last year I went about a month without writing any posts at all – or I think I spent the whole month trying to finish one single post! – because I just felt like my head, or heart was in the wrong place, kind of an emotional block that made me feel incapable of writing anything, even though I had lots of ideas. I hope that never happens again. It’s a phase that passes, eventually. #KCACOLS

  • Alison (MadHouseMum)

    Blogging is all-consuming! I never dreamt how much it would take over my life! You give some really good tips that I’m sure will help a lot of people. Thank you for voicing your thoughts and experience. Alison x KCACOLS

  • Nicky Kentisbeer

    Yes, yes I do. Great idea to blog about. I found the worst thing was to beat yourself up, panic and try to write. That generally goes nowhere toward helping. I always have a list of things to do on the go so I try and flip between commenting, writing and site maintenance, as well as research and social media. I always believe in the fact that everything is for a reason and it may just be that while I’m reading and not writing, I’ll generally see something that sets me off with a whole load of ideas. I’ve also found that planning ahead is a help rather than hoping for the best when it comes to writing. I just crack open new posts and dump my thoughts into them for a future post then at least I don’t feel like I’ve not achieved. I’m also a bit partial to an A3 sheet of paper and a brainstorm (on my own) yes I know. It’s what I’m used to doing when working so why not have a one person brain-storming with myself. #KCACOLS

  • Lisa

    I get stuck some weeks. Im sitting thinking well I didn’t really do anything this week, nothing has really happened. What am I meant to blog about. I always try to thing out the box. Recipes or a weekly round ups of photos (no matter how silly) is always good posts!
    Great post and tips!
    Lx
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com
    #KCACOLS

  • Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Great tips and advice here! Yes, I did experience it too and it was down to mental and emotional stress. I didn’t force myself to write, I had to take a break and took things easy and the motivation and passion eventually came back. #KCACOLS.

  • Catherine

    I have only been blogging a couple of months and I have recently struggled ! I lost my uncle and had to travel to attend his funeral and then my baby got chicken pox so life has been a bit of a nightmare really! I love the ideas though, it would never have crossed my mind to do any of these things, I just break down and cry about what a useless blogger I am! Thank you! #KCACOLS.

  • Savannah

    Oh man, sometimes a brain dump really is the best thing! Wrirer’s block truly is extremely frustrating, and sometimes it’s impossible not to pore over your stats during a slump. These truly are some great tips! Thanks so much <3 #KCACOLS

  • Geraldine

    A brain dump is a really good idea! If you haven’t had writers block before it can be an incredibly frustrating time in your writing life. Your tips are definitely worthwhile and useful. Thanks #KCACOLS

  • Bridie By The Sea

    Great tips – I have only been blogging for a few months but I do get days when I have ideas but just no motivation to sit down and write them. I love your tip to embrace it and also the brain dump, so useful especially as you say with all the negativity in the news at the moment. It was fab to finally meet you at BML! Xx #KCACOLS

  • Lizzie firstooth

    I love your post. I recently had writers block and I took a little break, went to BML and found my inspiration againg along with a whole new way I want to blog. I found that too much pressure on churning posts out really made it seem like a chore rather than the passion I love to do which is write #kcacols

  • Mum in Brum

    These are great tips Clare – I had a terrible case of writers block a couple of weeks back and just couldn’t think of a damn thing to write. Posts were taking me forever as the words were just not flowing. Luckily we had a holiday planned so I took a break for a week – I now have about 20 posts in my head I can’t wait to write! I think having a brain dump is a really good idea – sometimes I just want to do everything and I get completely overwhelmed, it can be so counter productive. xx #KCACOLS

  • Emma Plus Three

    I think I have the opposite to this, or at least at the moment anyway! I post every day and could probably post twice a day, my mind never stops thinking about blog post ideas haha x #KCACOLS

  • wendy

    I’ve not jihad writers block yet but sometimes I find it hard to write if I have too many posts in my head and they all end up getting jumbled together. Like you said writing everything down in a notebook helps and really does help you see things more clearly. Lots of great advice here ๐Ÿ™‚ xx #KCACOLS

  • Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine

    I have been feeling very demotivated over the past few weeks. With the baby turning one I should have more material than ever, I just can’t be bothered to put pen to paper; figuratively speaking of course! Some great tips here for getting back on the horse ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

  • Jo smith

    My personal circumstances took over any idea of blogging for at least a month a little while ago. I reignited that by crowd sourcing a post so I 100% missed at your tips!!#kcacols

  • Ali Duke

    This post is very helpful. Last week I was generally feeling a bit down and found it hard to want to write. I did a brain dump and it really helped. Just getting those things onto paper seemed to make them easier to manage. I will definitely be keeping these tips in mind for when it happens again x
    #KCACOLS

  • jeremy@thirstydaddy

    Like you say, this happens to everyone. I find that re-sharing some of my older posts helps keep some traffic coming. There are a lot of people that have found me since I started that they would be new for. I keep a notebook handy and just scribble random notes until an idea finally starts to take shape #KCACOLS

  • Beta Mummy

    I’ve never (yet) run out of ideas, but I do sometimes find that I just don’t have the energy for my blog on top of everything else. But a while back I made the decision to only post once a week, which makes it more manageable – I’d rather publish one quality post a week rather than lots of rushed, rubbish posts.
    One trick I have is to change things up a bit – if you have a laptop, take it somewhere else. I have a favourite coffee shop where I always feel my creative juices flowing – so much more than at home where it’s too easy to be distracted by piles of laundry, etc!

  • Joanne Mallon

    Oh you’re so right, every writer gets stuck from time to time. What I find really helps me is to do some exercise, so you’re really focused on your body and your mind gets a bit of a rest from over-thinking. Then that gives you a bit of mental space and this is where ideas can start to flow again. #KCACOLS

  • Amanda

    I can relate to this, I sometimes get writers block, and I also get reading slumps. (I’m a bookblogger). I think the best tip I use fro your list is to take a break from it. It always returns.
    Thanks for sharing your tips. It is good to be reminded that it doesn’t mean we are not any good, and it will pass.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  • Tracey Bowden

    I’ve not long had writers block and I think it may be back again ๐Ÿ™ I usually find I want to write but the words don’t flow so I write about whatever pops into my head and leave it in drafts. I also try to take time out and just read books or other blogs for inspiration. I am trying to write a novel and I have gotten so far and I have lost it so I might try to revisit it soon and see if I can pick it up again it might help #kcacols

  • Cat

    I love the ideas for overcoming writers block. Mind dumping in particular – I’ve heard this truck before for helping you sleep. Thanks for sharing!
    #KCACOLS

  • emma

    fab tips ๐Ÿ™‚ I def agree with taking a break too. I had a proper week off a few weeks ago and it was good to step away for a bit. my probb at the moment is I have too many things I want to write about. I find I procrastinate though and end up faffing on twitter :/ ! #KCACOLS

  • justsayingmum

    Thank you so much for sharing this – when it hits you just feel really alone but your point about it not lasting is so true and you’re right about not watching stats too – tough to do though! #KCACOLS

  • The Tale of Mummyhood

    This is really reassuring, it can seem so daunting when you feel stuck without anything to write. I totally agree that taking a break can make a huge difference!

    #KCACOLS

  • Lucy at occupation: (m)other

    Oh these are such good tips…I particularly like the embracing it, the brain dump and the getting collaborative posts. The act of working with someone (or a few bloggers) on a post may feel like hard work if you’re not in a good writing space but usually by the time it’s done you have moved on to something fresh in your mind AND you’ve made great connections and fired a few more creative neurons. Really useful post #KCACOLS

  • Leanne

    some fantastic tips. I am not a prolific blogger and struggle with confidence – as I think i just sounds stupid when I talk – but maybe I need to embrace and just keep trying. Thanks for sharing some things to think about #kcacols

  • Kim

    Great tips, thanks so much for sharing! I like your advice on doing a brain dump. I couldn’t agree more, clearing your mind absolutely does wonders for creativity! Here’s to a week full of great ideas!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #KCACOLS

  • MouseMooMeToo

    Oooh, I enjoyed reading this. My blog is still quite new and as I became more involved in the ‘blogmin’, I was surprised to find that the writing almost became secondary, and the fear factor associated with this led to a bit of a creative pause. I stumbled across one of Mumzilla’s posts where she’d decided to select and describe 5 of her favourite things from her house. I decided to follow suit and this was enough to get me back in the zone. So sometimes it’s good to think outside of the box and approach your posts with a new insight. #KCACOLS

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos

    some great advice, I think running a linky or joining a linky is another good one. I find my Country Kids link up ensures I am doing something fun outdoors with the kids each week giving me valuable outdoor time and plenty to blog about. #KCACOLS

  • Lydia C. Lee

    It can be the worst. I have so many unfinished stories because of this. I find it easier to start a new one than finish when I’m stuck…but I hope to go back and finish at some stage…#KCACOLS

  • Nadia Koch

    Super tips, Clare. As you say it happens to the best of us. When I found out how many posts you produce a week (at the BML16 event) I was wildly impressed, but it was so very inspirational. Lovely to meet you there. #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  • The hippy christian mum

    Luckily for me at the moment, being so new to blogging, it really is just a hobby so I don’t have the pressure of maintaining stat figures or regular readers to cater too. I really like the idea of a ‘brain dump’ though and that is definitely a technique that would help me in day-to-day life so thanks!:-) #KCACOLS

  • Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    These are great tips, I love the idea of doing a crowd sourced post when I am next suffering from writer’s block as I always enjoy reading them. I am going to try clearing my brain next time too – I am sure that’s the cause of it for me – too much going on #KCACOLS

  • Pen

    Hi,

    Great tips. I find that I cannot force a post to come before it is ready. I often get an idea for a post, but it will take me a few days to figure out what my angle is and what I need to say, particularly if it something that lots of people have or are writing about. Anyway, thanks for your post. I am glad you got over your most recent bout of writer’s block. Pen xx #KCACOLS

  • BloggerMummyLauren

    Ah the dreaded writers block! I suppose it’s one of the perils of being creative. I get it a lot, sometimes it passes quickly and other times it goes on for so long. Taking a break definitely helps, it takes the pressure off a bit. I love a good brain dump too, because like you I find I have too much going on in my head sometimes!