I tell you something which is really annoying. When I scratch my plans for a couple of hours in hope of sitting at my desk and writing an informative and engaging blog post when in actual fact, I can barely string a sentence together. Such a pain in the arse!
I’m not the first one to have writer’s block (I know some people say it’s not a real thing but I’ve certainly struggled with it) and I certainly won’t be the last. So this is the post for anyone who hits that wall sometimes and needs some direction – bookmark it, send it to your pal or just remember these points on things you should do when you can’t write a blog post!
Don’t force it
In my opinion, the worst thing you can do on your blog is force it. I’d rather not post for a few weeks than publish shit content that I’ve knocked up in five minutes which I’m not proud of. If you’re struggling to write, maybe it’s time for you to take a step back and re-evaluate where you’re at with your blog. Are you still writing content you’re interested in? Are the topics you’re talking about still relevant? I’ve found in the past that the times where I felt like forcing myself to write were often the times where I wasn’t in love with what I was writing about. All it needed was a little break for me to realise what content I actually enjoyed creating so I wouldn’t ever have to force myself to blog!
Look for inspiration
If you’re struggling to write, it may well be because you’re not feeling inspired or creative. I get this a lot. The remedy? Hunt high and low for inspiration. Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, online publications, the news and other blogs are all amazing sources of inspiration when you need them. You might find anything from a quote or a photo to a headline or interesting blog post which triggers something in your head and gives you the inspiration you need!
Edit existing posts
I mentioned this in my post about ways you can give your blog some TLC and although it’s not quite writing a new blog post, updating an old one is the next best thing. When you haven’t quite got the drive or words to write a whole post, you can still get the satisfaction of hitting publish by editing existing posts which requires much less effort. Consider it a little cheat when you’re not feeling overly creative!
Do something else productive
There is so much more to blogging than tapping away on a keyboard and chucking out a new blog post here and there. So what you’re not in the right frame of mind to write a blog post? There’s a million other productive blog related tasks you could be smashing through – scheduling tweets, taking blog photos, editing photos, updating your shop widget, having a clear-out of followers on social media – so don’t write off the rest of your blogging session just because you can’t properly put pen to paper (or fingers to keys).
And my final point (which doesn’t justify a whole paragraph so I’ll just slip it in here) is don’t beat yourself up when you freeze in front of that blank page on your laptop. We’re not all switched on 100% of the time and that’s okay so maybe just take it as a sign that you need to chill out!
Can you think of anymore things you should do when you can’t write a blog post?