This is a self-explanatory title that can explain my absence on this blog. So, I’ve struggled with writer’s block for a while, but it comes and goes. As a blogger, writing content can be fun, but sometimes, that creative juice can run out and you start feeling stuck. Today, I’m gonna go through a few tips that I used to help get those creative juices flowing again. Before anything, what is writer’s block? From masterclass.com:
“Writer’s block is a phenomenon experienced by writers that is best described as an overwhelming feeling of being stuck in the writing process without the ability to move forward and write anything new.”
As a blogger, it is very important to have consistency for the growth of your blog. It can be tricky sometimes when you write so much then all of a sudden, you struggle to write more posts. I found some ways that I found helpful for me and I wanted to share them today.
1. Reading your old blog posts
Doing this makes me more appreciative of my content and also gives me some inspiration for future posts. Seeing how well an old post did makes me excited to write again and also making realize that you know I’m not that bad of a writer haha.
2. Reading other blogs
Once in a while, I’ll go back on Twitter and check out some new posts from other bloggers. Reading other blogs can give more inspiration and make me miss being in the blogging community,
3. Update older posts
I have a few older posts that desperately need an update but sometimes I go through my posts and I find grammar errors. I find this so embarrassing because the post would be up for months and I don't know how I missed that. I use Grammarly and sometimes it fails me haha.
4. Taking a break
I use to feel guilty about taking breaks, especially when my blog is doing really well. Sometimes, instead of trying to force out content, it’s okay to just relax, take a break and write another time.
5. Not needing to stick to a schedule
Now in a previous post, I did say I was going for once a week schedule for my blog but as you can see, that didn't work out for me haha. It’s nice to have a schedule for your content but there’s nothing wrong with not following it all the time. Life is hard, just the truth and it’s okay to miss the “new post!” day, there will be other days.
6. Writing down content ideas
Whenever I think of any ideas that come to mind such as post titles, I write them down. I also write down further ideas I could add under that post title. When I’m ready, I’ll have a guide to use so it can be easier for me to get back into writing.
7. Don’t compare yourself
I would look at other bloggers and see how they have an organized schedule. Posting one, two or three times a week and I would look in amazement haha. I would feel a bit bad for not being able to be consistent but I have to remind myself that it’s okay to miss a week. Life can be so annoying so I think it’s best to get that in order before I get back to my writing haha.
8. Working on other blog-related things
I developed a suitable method of making my graphics for my Instagram and Pinterest before even writing my post. They give me some motivation to write my posts for them so I can get to post them.
9. Improve/Change your environment
Sometimes, being in the same position while writing can be tiring so a quick switch-up can be helpful. Whether it’s cleaning up your desk or changing where you do your work. Even playing some music in the background can brighten the mood.
10. It's okay
Ideas may take a while to come and that’s okay. As I stated before, I would feel guilt or annoyance in myself for taking a while to write or just be productive on my blog. I learnt that it’s normal to have burnout, it’s okay to take some rest and get back to it when you're ready.
Well, it’s been a while, this was meant to be posted in November but you know, life happens. I hope this post can be helpful for my fellow bloggers as they have been helpful to me! Just wanna say, thank you again for the support that I received during my absence at the end of last year, it was a bit rough for me so I didn’t have much time to write. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and I wished everyone a happy new year!
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