41 tips to overcome writer’s block and rekindle your blogging mojo
Many times it so happens that you feel like you have lost your cool and that blogging is no more that fun as it used to be. It’s a fact that blogging is no more as easy as it used to be. Neither is it a child’s play to be visible online and create a place for you in the blogosphere. But, what you did as a passion can’t be ignored due to these silly reasons. If you feel like you have lost your blogging mojo or want to cure your writer’s block, here are 41 awesome tips to overcome writer’s block. These points will also help you in case you are looking for ways to avoid writer’s block or run short of blog topics.
I have been blogging since two year, in this very short span of blogging itself I have seen many bloggers abandoning blogging, some due to family circumstances while others in order to pursue other careers. These “many bloggers” include the ones who one day inspired me to blog. And today they have left me to ponder why was that they left something they were passionate about.
I approached some and they said, “I have to give time to my newly married life”, some said their priorities in life have changed, some took to studies and career as an excuse while someone bluntly said, “blogging is not my cup of coffee.”
It’s okay when priorities change, for we have no control at what life has planned for us. But is it the only reason you divorce someone you loved so much (Blogging, I mean). Going deep into their mentality you find they had lost the charm they had with their blogging career. Something was not right. Their life had been monotonous and the creative blogging juice had stopped dripping down their nerves. Passion can never be something random. If you are happy doing something it probably is your calling.
1) Stop blogging right away:
Think I have lost it? Nope! this is a great way to identify your calling. If you think you have no more interest in blogging. Leave it. Give some time to yourself. Pamper the offline you. I am sure this will give you some time to freshen up and you can start writing with a new enthusiasm.
2) Revisit your first to-do list you had written:
Though this is a matter of availability but as far as I am concerned I still have the diary where I had my first to-do list of blogging written. The tasks are over but when you see them you rejuvenate. Those mixed feeling of new blogging and fears ahead will give you a rush of adrenaline flow. You will suddenly feel like you were born to do that- blogging. I feel this is a solid tip to overcome writer’s block.
3) “I don’t have time”:
Reconsider this excuse of yours. It’s not about no time it’s about priority. If time is what is stopping you to flow your creative juices, the best way to cure for writer’s block is to turn off your clock. Stop reading your emails at the first place in the morning. Abandoning emails will only help you concentrate on your to do list.
4) Hop over other blogs:
Whether I blog or not I daily hop over at least 8-10 blogs. I don’t visit these blogs because I have a network with them. I randomly go from this sight to that. Most start from the links they have been mentioned on authority sites. It may be a new blog or a blog of a guest blogger.
What do I get from them? – Inspiration, monitoring trends, seeing what audience is reacting to their writing. Analyzing content demand and studying their designs and then trying to incorporate the good ones in my blog. This way I have been self-schooled in blogosphere. I have discovered many sites like aha-now.com, bloggingwizard.com and so on in my initial days through this method.
5) Update your old posts:
Not finding an inspiration for blogging can be quite hazardous. Instead of succumbing to it, try fighting. Go edit your blog posts to rank them, update the content according to the relevancy of the date, change the images, add the alt tags to your images if you haven’t done that.
Updating your old posts actually will give you two benefits. it will get your content freshen up in the eyes of Google. The second is it will provide more relevant content for your readers.
6) Re-design your blog:
Sometimes having the same set of color scheme and style can sub-consciously get you bored. You might think to change the layout of your blog. You can also change the color scheme. If you are a brand with an image you should consider keeping your tone similar. Hubspot recently changed their blog design for the good.
I would suggest keeping in mind the security of your blog during the whole process of redesign. A premium theme is what you need amongst others. Never ever use a free theme given by a so called buddy or downloaded from any site. Instead, use search engine optimized themes like the ones from Studiopress “themes on the genesis framework” or Themeforest. I use genesis for my personal blog and grovepixel‘s Glob theme here.
7) Change and update your media kit:
Change or design a brand new media kit for our blog: Many times we see we do not have a branded media kit for our blog which is very important if you are thinking to attract advertisers to your blog. Here is something to inspire you.
8) Take a feedback:
Sometimes we are so busy satisfying our inner voice that we forget to hear what others are asking us or expecting from us. You need to hear your customers/readers if you want them to promote you. Try asking a feedback from your readers. It can be the content they would want to see or a new feature they would want to be introduced at your blog. When you don’t feel like writing,try these tips from your readers. It will surely help you avoid the deadly writer’s block.
9) Edit broken links:
Over the time, you must have surely accumulated a lot of links that might lead to nowhere. These are not only confusing for your readers but also take a toll on your site’s ranking. Take benefit of writer’s resistance and install broken link checker and correct them. Or you can change the permalinks of your blog to a new search engine friendly one.
10) Go hang out with your locality bloggers’ group:
Many big towns have their blogger group or union. If you are a member of one, go hang out with them, join their annual conferences. Not only will you update your blogging knowledge, but also you will have plenty of opportunities to build networks and relationships that can help you further.
11) Ask for a help:
Sometimes you wouldn’t know what you need. Blogging alone can lead you to depression. If you have a problem ask a friend. Talk to him or her and make some progressive decision. I have so many wonderful friends blogging far and near, but my 3 am friends in blogging are Harleena Singh and Atish Ranjan. These two super talented and pro-bloggers will never let you get demotivated, besides having their huge treasure of experiences you can learn from.
12) Write a product review.
13) Write guest posts:
Writing for other blogs can expand your reach and you can learn a lot following rules for writing and talking to an audience other than yours.
14) Do affiliate marketing:
Sometimes a little money is all what we need.
15) Organize a link party:
Are you bored of creating content for the audience? Believe me your regular audience also might be bored away reading the same monotonous posts at your blog. Conduct a link party aka best posts round up. It can contain the top posts that you have read in the week and related to your blog niche.
16) Start a podcast:
Podcasting is now in the trends. Whether you have a blog or not people are just going mad over podcasts. If you think you can manage the requirements for a podcast, start one.
17) Read a book:
Whatever device you may read a book on, ultimately there is no satisfaction than the one reading a real paper book. Yes, try reading a book/novel, complete it at a stretch or even read short stories. This will make your creativity sparking new.
18) Watch a movie:
Try watching a movie. I haven’t seen a movie since six months or so. Its there in my to do list 😛 too. But I haven’t lost my mojo yet, if you have lost the charm of blogging try watching an old classic or an epic cult movie. They will instill a new aspect of positivity and looking things differently. I am damn sure you will kick off writer’s block for sure.
19) Try standing upside down:
Yes that’s the form of yoga but you need not do it regularly. Try standing this way for at least some plenty seconds. It will make oxygen and blood flow is a better way. Consult your doctor before doing any yoga.
20) Try meditation:
It’s the best step to search for inner peace and serenity. Try meditating for at least 20-30 minutes daily. This will soothe you and help you overcome the anxiety caused by writer’s block.
21) Talk to an old friend.
22) Challenge yourself:
You can challenge yourself to overcome a fear you have been succumbing to since long. This can be any fear like fear of lizards, a dark room or fear to talk with a stranger. If you are afraid of swimming like I am you can try overcoming it too (but under supervision of someone you know). This has directly nothing to do with your blogging passion but will instill courage and confidence in you. This will surely help you to blog better.
23) Convert your blog posts into an eBook:
Take a few posts of yours, hopefully belonging from the same catagory and turn them into an eBook. You can use this as a lead magnet or can sell it on amazon.
24) Help a friend:
Helping someone who needs your help can also have positive effects on your blogging career. You might be motivated to do more. Recently I installed genesis framework on my personal blog. I had difficulty constructing the magazine pro theme on my domain. When I asked Angela-one of my designer friend, she readily agreed. Despite having full loads of clients, household works and even more she made this video tutorial just for me (it will help you to in case you are week in trigonometry and HTML coding like me!).
This is certainly a good trick to use the time that would otherwise have been wasted because of writer’s block.
25) Come up with something that will be helpful for others:
Instead of sharing typical posts try researching to find common problems faced by your niche members and fellow bloggers. Suppose they are asking for some distraction free writing tools compile one for them. No matter there may be a million sites with the same info but your loyal readers will love to read it through your blog.
26) Conduct an interview series:
I am yet to revive my interview series. Interviewing someone inspirational can help you cure if you are suffering from writer’s block.
27) Accept an interview request:
28) Announce you are open to guest posts:
Try allowing other writers post relevant stuff of your blog. This will spicen up the whole criteria.
29) Come up with an ultimate post:
You can also write something creatively, this will make your audience go crazy over your writing style. I love how Enstine Muki has come up with this amazing and innovative post.
30) Conduct a webinar:
A webinar will definitely help you increase your audience.
31) Listen to a podcast:
Spend at least 30 minutes listening to the podcast of your favorite blogger. It can be Pat Flynn, or any other blogger who inspires you and who you can connect with.
Try sleeping your time out. This will relax you. We as bloggers work almost all the time in front of computers and that too late night shift. A healthy sleep can make your tiredness disappear.
33) Wikipedia someone you admire:
Needless to say we have done this many times before. But, I know you are gonna agree that reading their lives can inspire you like magic. They have gone through pains and sorrows and still have achieved such much today. You can use their lessons to risen your mood.
34) Write your plans down:
When had you last written on a real offline notebook? I guess not any time soon. Try jotting down your plans and thoughts in a notebook. This will help you open up.
35) Write your most miserable blogging moment down and tear it:
That’s a science. Writing all negative things you feel on a paper and then tearing it to pieces can surprisingly high your strength.
36) Adopt a dog or cat or a mice:
This will not kill your time but will feel you with vigor every time you decide to play with them. You can write your blogging posts after that.
37) Play a board game:
Board games are nothing but excellent mediums to spend some quality time with friends and family.
38) Go for a picnic:
Plan an outing, somewhere far from the common din. Drop your phone, tablet and laptop at home. After returning see the difference you feel when you get down to blogging. I am sure you will be a better you. Taking offs is the key to overcome writers block and find new ideas to write.
39) Clean up your work place:
De-clutter your work place. Remove those files and books you no longer open. Update your table calendar and do everything you need to keep it clean.
40) Don’t blog from your bed, please!:
For heaven’s sake beds are meant for taking rest and all those things that is now coming in your dirty mind. I would not want to see you from your bed in your next video. Neither would this habit instill energetic work environment for you. Instead it will kill your productivity.
41) Read regularly and interact with your audience:
Nothing is better than interacting with your direct audience. You will come to know their mindset and thoughts and then can figure out what is that you are missing to connect with them. Once you recognize this you will click through.
This post showed us how to come up with creative blogging idea especially when we have reached a tipping point in blogging. By following these sure-fire techniques, I am sure you can overcome writer’s block. These tips are really good when you want ideas for blogging or thinking of how to get inspired for blogging. What are your secrets? How do you avoid creative blocks? Do share in the comments section.
And here is a lovely message for you in the picture. 🙂