Are you feeling trapped and uninspired by your blog?
Every blogger hits rock bottom, the occasional black space where you feel like you’re going nowhere and the idea of giving up is so strong that your brain begins to marinate in the thought of quitting. The bubble may hit you after only a few posts when you first feel that edge of panic that you have absolutely nothing important to say. Or maybe when you’ve been stuck at exactly 38 subscribers for 6 months and counting, or you’re two years in and you feel as if your well has run dry.
Feeling trapped inside a blogging bubble – with no windows and no doors – can be daunting and intimidating and make you question why you started blogging in the first place.
There are several solutions to your insanity.
You could call it quits.
But the thing is, just when you hate blogging most, often if you stick with it and come out the other end, something magical happens – often something better than you can imagine.
You hit a breakthrough and end up with your best post or
You stumble on a life altering aha! or
You strike a real cord with a reader and change their life or
When you feel trapped in your own blog and the urge to walk away starts to overwhelm you, here are some ideas to get you free from that gloomy bubble and back on track.
1. Poke & Humiliate Yourself
- Write up all the reasons why you really should stop blogging. Sometimes we just need to indulge all those negative voices in our head. Let them be heard and they might just be quiet for awhile. You can turn this into a post or burn it.
- Pick an honest humiliating topic and write it up – embarrassment be damned. This is the equivalent of diving right into the freezing pool – head first, no toe dipping just plunge. It’ll get your juices reflowing
2. Cheerios Anyone?
- Reduce your pressure. Pick something that happened to you this morning and use that as your launching pad for some new posts. Start bringing every day happenings into your posts – everything you write does not have to be life altering. It just has to be interesting. Did I tell you that one of my twins found a triple Cheerio this morning? He burst out laughing and said, “Hey, mom, this looks just like a….”
3. Change it Up
- Change your schedule. If you write at the same time every day then it’s time to shake that up. Or, if you always write when the urge strikes, set a schedule. The point is to do something different because it will change your perspective and probably your attitude.
- Change the surroundings where you write. Go to a friend’s house, or outside, or downtown, or sit on a street corner.
- Change your writing pattern. For instance, if you write short posts, write long ones, and vice versa.
4. Step Away from the Blog
- Get out there and live. Too much web surfing can limit your thinking so go try some real actual at the beach surfing – or anything that gets you out “amongst ‘em.” This will give you more fodder to expound about later. Remember, vacations exist for a reason.
5. Alter Your Perspective with One of these Quick Tips
- Use one of these tried and true tricks to get some flow going; Read, organize yourself in a new way, make a new plan for your blog, take notes as ideas come to you rather than when you sit to write a post, make a play date with yourself, keep it, then tell us about it, start a journal, go play with your kids, lie naked in the sun.
6. Read through your archives
- Which articles could use some follow up? Which categories need filling out with more posts? What have you intended to write about but never seem to get around to?
7. Write Different Types of Blog Posts
Sometimes we get a rut with our posts and cranking out the same type of posts all the time causes creative boredom. So, try on something different for a change. Here is a smattering of Blog Post Types for you to choose from:
- Instructional (how to)
- Informational (think Wikipedia)
- Case Studies
- Profiles (research a particular person)
- Link Posts – what’s great out there? link to it
- ‘Problem’ Posts – address a genuine problem
- Contrast two options –two products, services or approaches
- Collation Posts –combo research and link posts, pick a topic then research what others have said about it then tie them together with your own comments
- Prediction and Review Posts – think end of year posts
- Critique Posts –find positives in what others do and to suggest some constructive alternatives
- Debate –argue both for and against a topic in one post
- Hypothetical Posts – “What if…”
- Satirical –or parody
- Memes and Projects – for example, start a poll, award, ask readers to submit a post/link or run a survey or quiz
Chances are pretty good that if you find yourself stuck and unhappy with your own blog, it’s only a matter of time until your readers will be too, so shake it up, shake it out, and keep at it – we need your voice and ideas out there.
(personal note: stick with me, I’m working through my bubble now!)
What do you do when you hit the blogging wall? I’d love to hear – please post comment below.
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