Being a blogger who writes and shares content that connects deeply with what you want to put out into the world can provide a powerfully creative outlet. No matter what topics or blog niche/s you work under, there’s nothing better than writing a blog post that you’re proud of … that is until writer’s block decides to show up.
Anyone who has ever tried to put something together for a blog post has likely experienced the deep frustration and stress that comes from dealing with writer’s block (or should that be blogger’s block, in this instance?). You can be on one of the best creative streaks of your writing life when suddenly everything changes; you either can’t produce any fresh ideas about what to cover or all motivation disappears; sometimes for no apparent reason.
As writing of this kind is customarily a labour of love that takes far more effort, preparation and time than non-bloggers may realize, overcoming it can be anxiety inducing. Additionally, if you’re experiencing struggles and challenges that negatively impact your mental/emotional health; it’s likely your ability to focus on writing will get disrupted — and that’s okay; you should take care of yourself first.
Whatever form and for whatever reason this kind of creative obstacle manifests; if you still feel the need to release something into the online world, try out these successful blog tips about how to get over writer’s block.
*It’s also healthy and appropriate to take a break and not write anything; you can (and should) allow yourself to rest for as long as you need.*
Update And Reshare Older Posts
This is a really quick and easy option that doesn’t require too much effort. You can replace links with more up-to-date outbound information; add internal links to your current content that fits the subject matter; use recent photographs or even briefly explain how contemporary knowledge has altered your initial opinion/ideas, etc. (which could be further explored as a post of its own when you’ve come out of the content writing funk).
Most Popular Post Lists
As blog content ideas go, this is a genuinely effective one to develop (even if you aren’t struggling with writer’s block). By taking a look at the most popular content on your site, not only are you utilizing this information to construct a basic ‘Top Ten’ style blog post; you’re highlighting your writing skills and using more internal links that help boost how search engines navigate, define and index your site. You may also garner some inspiration about what you want to cover next.
Favourite Post Lists
Another list-style alternative to try out is curating a collection of your favourite posts from other sites and bloggers. This is an encouraging way to demonstrate appreciation for the writing community; establish positive relationships with other creators and possibly get some inbound links if your post is shared by those you featured; their web pages or social media can serve as an extensive source of traffic.
Inspiration From Other Bloggers
Taking a look at what other bloggers are writing about can provide some useful themed ideas for your writing; just make sure you do not copy someone else’s work. If you’ve discovered something that compels you to communicate your own thoughts or experiences, that’s inspiration; if you reproduce their words or style and claim it as your own, that’s plagiarism — avoid it at all costs. However, if it’s a general topic like self-care, for example; that prompts conceptualization for your own blog post; it’s reasonable to utilize what you enjoyed reading as a starting point. Giving credit for what influenced you; with a link to that post, isn’t necessary but it is good etiquette, especially if it performed a direct role in what you ended up publishing.
*If content is proprietary to a particular blogger; using any of it as impetus for your own writing should only occur with their prior knowledge, approval and agreed upon citation.*
Use An Online Blog Title Generator
When you know the subject matter you want to approach, but are struggling with anything beyond that; try typing the topic you’re considering into a (free) online blog post title generator and see what suggestions are offered up. They won’t be ideal and may require editing/refining but they could provide enough insight to break the block. For example, by typing ‘self-care’ into one of these generators it came up with a number of ideas, including: 10 Facts About Self-Care That Will Instantly Put You in a Good Mood; and Why It’s Easier to Succeed With Self-Care Than You Might Think.
This is fairly self-explanatory, but if all else fails, find some writing prompts to use as a blog post guide. They are usually very thought-provoking and may trigger some motivation to start writing again; you can uncover many choice examples of questions/prompts online or in available books for purchase.
There are many ways to overcome writer’s block but the six recommendations included here have consistently rescued me when I’ve hit that creative wall but still want to regularly publish on my site. It’s worthwhile having a few things in a blogging ‘toolkit’ to fall back on when we lose inspiration and motivation — I hope you found these suggestions useful!
If you’ve experienced writer’s block, what helped you get through it?
Fighting Writer’s Block? – Psychology Today