Do you ever get to that point where you hit a brick wall with your blog?
No matter how hard you try, you feel like you’ve covered all the bases and there’s nothing useful left for you to write about?
Don’t worry - it happens to the best of us. Blogging is a tough game and there will be days where the inspiration just isn't flowing.
I mean, sure, you’ve got the ideas there in your head, but the oomph, that motivation to get those ideas translated into something that makes sense is a challenge. How do you bridge that void between brain and blog post?
The answer is fairly straight-forward. Get away from your blog!
Here’s six ideas that I've personally tried (and which really do work) for helping you to give your brain a prod, allowing you to create some amazing blog content.
They say that practice makes perfect and the same can be said for when it comes to writing. Translating your thoughts is a difficult process - mostly because thoughts are fleeting things that are a struggle to pin down.
Get over this by writing. Yes, more writing!
Sit down, grab a pen and let your head do the talking. Write about your breakfast, your dreams - anything that comes to mind. This process warms you up, gets your brain into gear and helps channel your thoughts easier than staring at a blank screen.
Taking a walk, breathing in some fresh air and having some light exercise is a brilliant way to change your perspective on your day. The exercise will help improve your mood with those awesome feel-good endorphins, the fresh air will help oxygen to course through your body and the experience will give ample opportunity for inspiration.
One thing I love to do is people watch. Stepping back and observing people as they go about their daily business is inspiring in itself and you can be sure that by the time I get back to my desk, my head is brimming with the urge to get writing.
Now I can guarantee that all of you have at least one book in your life that you read over and over. Whether that book is an old childhood favorite, or a profound classic - the point is you have it and read it for a reason - because it inspires you!
Go grab that book when you’re struggling to articulate your thoughts. Read the words the author crafted and intertwined into a story. Feel how it flows, experience reading it out loud with the words rolling off your tongue.
Then write. Pure, simple writing for the joy of it, for the feeling of it. Not only will this help get you into the zone, when you’re enjoying what you write, your personality shines through in your words.
Similar to the practice of writing for writings sake, keeping a journal of your thoughts and experience is a great way to start-up a daily writing habit. Not only will you slowly begin to build up a body of work related to your own thoughts, inspiration and feelings, you’ll also be honing your craft with each word that you write.
In the future you’ll be able to draw inspiration from this for your blog posts, as well as having a starting point to show upon your achievements.
This is probably one of the biggest tips I can give you. Writing when you’re not at your best, or in ‘off-peak’ times - especially if the work you’re doing is of a creative nature - can actually have some pretty good results.
In an article from Scientific American, research has shown that,
“...if you need to open your mind to alternative approaches and consider diverse options, it may be wise to do so when your filter is not so functional. You just may be able to see what you’ve been missing.”
Therefore, if you’re not coming up with any amazing blog post solutions when you’re feeling great, it might be worth waiting until you’re drowsy or more relaxed, to look at your problem from a different perspective.
Lastly, there’s nothing better than getting involved in a great conversation to kick-start your gray matter. Chat with your tribe on Twitter, respond to blog posts on Triberr or chat with a friend over coffee.
Your fountain of knowledge may be a little depleted, but that doesn't mean it can’t be replenished. Use conversation to your advantage to seek little nuggets of inspiration, which you can transform into a blog post of value to your audience.
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With so many ways to tune into that which inspires and delights, there’s now no reason you should be in the blogging doldrums.
Take these tips and run with them! Use them to get your thoughts written down and to make the amazing content I know you can create.