6 Blogging Tips to Overcome Writers Block
Steve asked me this morning to do a post for you fine folks here on TSA, and without a second thought I said, “Sure!”. Then I started thinking about what I should write about and after about 25 minutes of deliberation, I smashed squarely into the writers block wall.
So with that said I decided to write a post to give you a few tips for overcoming bloggers block. Bookmark this post, and next time you need to put out a post, and your mind just can’t seem to squeak out a single creative thought, stop back and check out these helpful tips.
1. Looking Through Old Email – Some times all it takes to spur your memory is a walk down memory lane. Open up the inbox and look back through all of your old saved emails. Personal experiences coupled with some advice on how you handled the situation or would have handled it if you had to do it over again make great posts. So open up that inbox and get to typing.
2. Let Them Learn From Your Mistakes – Speaking of personal experience, nothing makes for a learning lesson better than a mistake. Think back over the past few months (or weeks…days?) and recall those situations you might approach differently if you were to have the chance. Well, you might never get the chance, but your readers could. So help out and start imparting your wisdom!
3. Stop Worrying – Many of you may have a great idea that your not writing about because you think other people will find it stupid or inconsequential. Believe Me! If I didn’t write every post I thought might be found stupid by someone, I would have written about 2. (Example: This Post )
4. Do an Interview – Have a favorite restaurant or business that has really impressed you recently? People LOVE free publicity. Try giving them a call and ask for an interview. Tell them how much you love their establishment and that you would like to tell the rest of the world about it. Jot down 8-10 good questions and do your best Barbara Walters! Another way to incorporate interviews is to ask a peer for their thoughts on a particular subject. Introducing another perspective can really spice up a post (or create a non-existant one!).
5. Solve a Problem – Think about all of the problems in your life, your industry, or even this country. Pick one and provide your solution. It may not work, it may not be realistic, people may disagree with it (see #3) but it will make a good post.
6. Google Alerts – This last point takes a little bit of set up work but once its in place it will help provide you with great content ideas. Setting up Google Alerts for all of the main topics on your blog will always allow you to see what else is being said about those topics across the internet. As these alerts come streaming in, read and respond.
So there you have it. 6 Great ways to over come writers block. Still can’t think of anything to write about? Write a post about how you overcome writers block!