And your brain says NOPE! Not today!
- Maybe I’ll get an idea if I cruise Facebook for a few minutes (meanwhile an hour passes by and you’re still scrolling through Facebook’s news-feed)
- Maybe if I stop trying so hard something will come to me, I’ll just have a quick game of Candy Crush
- Let me just go check out so and so’s blog, they always give me inspiration
Does any of this sound familiar?
It happens to me all the time. In fact, I’m having one of those days right now (ha ha yup totally inspired this post)!!!
So we all know that we have blogging brain farts. The question is: What can we do about them?
- Keep a notebook handy or some method to record your ideas as they pop into your head. Often times, I will be folding a load of laundry and I’ll get an awesome idea for a post but I don’t immediately record the idea and then I get busy doing other things and then POOF, its gone! Don’t some of your best ideas for blog posts come when you are just about to fall asleep at night? Keep a notebook and pen by your bedside.
- Stop discounting your ideas as stupid, or that no one will want to read about them! Just because you know how to do it, doesn’t mean the rest of us do! Share your thoughts, share you recipes or craft ideas or whatever it is your blog is about. The point of a blog is to add value and if you know about something that other people don’t even if it’s something super simple, you are certainly adding value by sharing that with them.
- Take pictures that inspire content. I have a friend (Lynn Terry) who does a low carb blog called Traveling Low Carb. She constantly has fresh new content because she blogs about what she eats while she is traveling. Often, her inspiration is simply snapping a picture of what she’s having for dinner.
- Set a timer and just start writing! It doesn’t even matter about what. Just starting letting your brain dump out onto the blank screen in front of you. Often after 15 or 20 minutes of typing, ideas start to come together, and you have the makings of a great blog post that is interesting and funny. After that, you can and should go back and do a bit of editing – then boom you got your post!
- Set a goal. Time gets away on us. If you do not have a goal about how often you want to update the content on your blog, or how many posts you want to do each week, you will start to put it off. Pretty soon and before you know it 2 weeks have passed (just like me right now) and you haven’t put out any fresh content.
- Do a series. Maybe you have an idea for a blog, but to do a good job on it, the blog post would be more like a white paper or novel. Break it up into chunks and create a 3 – 5 part series of blog posts. This accomplishes 2 things. It will give you content for several days, AND it will keep your readers coming back to check out the next piece of information.
- Get involved in a community of bloggers. Often times it feels like you r just writing for nobody, and that nobody is reading your stuff. Get yourself involved in a blog community so that you can bounce ideas of each other, or just get some eyeballs on your posts. That alone will give you motivation to keep going. More on this to come in my next post by the way! 😉
Hope this helps you to overcome next time you are sitting staring at a blank screen with no idea at all what to write about.
I would love to hear from you. What do you do to get over your blogging brain farts?
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