If I had a penny for every time I sat at my desk, staring at the wall in front of me trying to think of a killer blog post idea that will go viral, I’d never have to work a day in my life.
When you are constantly pushing out content, you’re going to run out of ideas at one point or another. I can promise you that. And let me tell you, it sucks! I, along with many other bloggers I assume, love writing and turning out content, so when you can’t think of something to write about, it sucks! It’s like being a runner without any running shoes.
So if you have ever been in the position that every single blogger before you has been in, this is the post for you!
Don’t Post Too Much
This is more of a preventative step than a solution, but it’s still super important! You want to take all precautionary steps to avoid what we call “blogger burnout”. If you’re posting on your blog every single day of the week, you’re bound to burn out eventually, and when you do, it won’t be pretty. It is completely impossible to write a post, edit that post, SEO said post, plan content around said post, and publish that post…then do it all over again the next day. And keep that up for the rest of your blogging career. As great as it is to see the numbers super high because you’re posting every day and therefore getting more views, that won’t last. Your readers will not be disappointed if you don’t post every day, I promise. But they will be disappointed if you post every day and then just stop posting for months because you got a nasty case of blogger burnout. Set yourself a schedule that you think you can EASILY handle, then add to it later on if you feel that you’re able to.
Shhhh…don’t tell anyone I told you this, but all of your blog posts don’t need to be these super groundbreaking, original ideas. In fact, if you try to make every single blog post you publish something that no one has ever written before, you’re never going to end up publishing. I truly believe that working off of someone else’s idea, and changing it to be your own is the best way of making a post. Now, this can be a little tricky because you NEVER want to copy someone else or steal someone’s content. Not only is this a dick move, but from a readers perspective, why would someone visit your blog when they have possibly already read the same thing?
One of the my favorite ways to get blog post inspiration is actually podcasts! I’m a big podcast fan, so if I’m lacking inspiration I’ll check out titles of my favorite podcasts, and podcasts related to my favorites, and try to write about it!
Google is Your Friend
This seems SO DAMN SIMPLE, but it can be a game changer. Let’s say you have a fashion blog. Google: “fashion blog post ideas”. Most of these are going to be super lame, but they’ll at least give you the inspiration to put your own fun twist on it!
Just Start Typing
I don’t care if you start writing about the adorable position your dog is sleeping in next to you, just get it onto the screen. Sometimes getting out of your head and just starting is enough to bring you some motivation.
Take a Quick Break
Now. I do realize this is the opposite of what I just said, but sometimes this is just what you have to do. If you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, get out of the house for a while. Sometimes just staring at the blank screen can be kind of intimidating. Go grab a coffee, go for a run, go shopping, just distract yourself for a while! Who knows, inspiration might hit you halfway through your latte.
And if none of these work, just start over tomorrow! You may end up posting a day late, but that’s better than not posting at all.
Or you know, you could always just write a post about how to beat writer’s block!
That’s all for today’s post! Be sure you leave a comment telling me your tips on how to beat writer’s block because I could really use all the tips I can get!
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