Have you ever sat down to write a blog post and the ideas just wouldn’t come? I think we all have. And even though it’s better to skip a date than to post something that’s not up to snuff, doing that too often may make your readers think you’ve abandoned them. Before you pack it in, consider these five ways to beat writer’s block.
1. Do Something Strenuous
Engaging in physical activity is a great way to clear the cobwebs from your brain. Whether you prefer swimming, jogging, or a workout at the gym, exercise can often help you shift your thinking and discover new inspiration.
2. Do Something Relaxing
Conversely, relaxing can also help you overcome writer’s block. Many of the world’s best inventors came up with their ideas while on leisurely strolls, in the shower, or when they woke up from a nap.
When you’re stressed or tense, try doing something relaxing instead.
3. Read Your Competitor’s Blog
Your competitors can be a great source of inspiration. What are they doing right? What are they doing wrong? How are their readers responding to them?
Read the comments as well as the content of the posts. See which posts are popular and consider covering similar topics in your own style, being sure to include any points they may have missed.
4. Just Start Writing
Another great strategy is to just start writing about any old thing. Write about the state of the industry, write about random tips, write about off-the-wall ideas you’ve had. In short, just start writing.
Later on, you might edit what you wrote and find something useful. Or you might not. What’s important is that you’ve gone from “stuck” to “writing.” That in and of itself can help you overcome writer’s block.
5. Browse Related Forums
By browsing forums related to organizing, productivity, or related topics, you can often come up with ideas for blog posts based on what’s on your target market’s mind.
What are people are talking about? What are some of the most often asked questions? What are questions that people are having a hard time getting answered?
These are five ideas you can use today to generate blog post ideas. Bookmark this post, and whenever you’re having trouble coming up with something to blog about, just come back and try one of these five tactics. Most importantly, try something you wouldn’t normally do. After all,
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
~ Mark Twain