If you are a blogger, you may have experienced blogging writer’s block. This has happened to me before and I’ve recently been suffering from it. What better way to overcome writer’s block than by writing about it? Kind of ironic, but let’s go for it.
If you’ve noticed, I haven’t posted much in the past two weeks. I have found myself totally at a loss for what to post. As a DIY blogger, most posts are much more than simply sitting down to the computer. They involved coming up with an idea for a project, gathering the materials, finding time to do the project, taking photos, editing photos and then finally sitting down and typing up a post. I’m not sure if people realize how much time is involved in just one tutorial. So when I feel uninspired, I tend to just freeze up and do nothing. Here are some tips that I’ve found help with dealing with writer’s block.
1. Jot Down Ideas. I’ve found that when I sit down for a few minutes and either write in a notebook or a list on the computer and just jot down any idea that comes to mind, it helps get my mind rolling. They may be really small, kind of silly or totally random, but usually once I start coming up with a few ideas I end up with at least a few that are post-worthy.
2. Make a List. I think as a DIY blogger, I usually tend to think every post needs to be a project with photos. But sometimes, just coming up with a list of things are the most popular posts. For instance, “5 ways to cut your grocery bill”, “10 tips for thrift store shopping”, “Three decorating mistakes” and as you are reading right now, “7 ways to overcome bloggers writing block”.
3. Put Together a Round-Up Post Like list posts, round-up posts are usually very popular and don’t require any projects or photo editing. Just come up with some things around the web, put some photos together and share links and resources for your readers. I have done round-ups on DIY Sandboxes, DIY potted plants, Pom Pom Projects, Fonts and more.
4. Form a Series. If you have found yourself unable to come up with posts for a long time, a series is a great way to force yourself to post regularly. I did this a few years ago when I came up with the 30 Days series. I did 30 days of repurposing, 30 days of frugal living, 30 days of real food, 30 days of a lovely home and more. This forced me to post frequently and this is where my blog really started to grow.
5. Update Your Readers. Readers love to see your real life. Did you do a room makeover a few months ago? Post an update on how that room looks now or any small changes you made. Update your readers about how that recipe turned out or your new diet regemin is going. Or maybe just simply a life update with family photos. You’d be surprised as how much readers love taking a peek into your life.
6. Post Your Goals. Come up with monthly, weekly, or yearly goals and share them. This will keep you accountable since you’ve just put it out there for everyone to read. It also gives you an excuse to do another post letting your readers know if you accomplished each goal.
7. Do a Haul or “Favorites” Post I did a few of these this summer and it was fun. After a few thrift store trips, I decided to take photos of everything I bought and share them. I also did some monthly favorites posts and took photos of things I was loving that month. It was something different, didn’t require much thought and probably something I should bring back!
This list was a much for me as it was for you. Now I have 7 ideas to choose from and no excuse to continue feeling uninspired. Do you have any tips for overcoming writer’s block?
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