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Mar
09

I didn’t blog today because…

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Blogger’s block is something everyone faces from time to time. Even the most proficient and prolific bloggers complain they run dry of topics and inspiration on occasion. But they keep at it, and they notice that the blocks come and go, but constancy makes for consistency of keeping their blogs alive.

Here are some quick ideas to keep you in the mood, and some things to consider that may get you over the hump of being blocked:

Read other blogs. Google the topics that interest you. Find blogs that are radically different from your opinion or belief system. The mental stretch may spark something, and get you ready to fire off a heated comment on other’s blogs. Do so, and then write a blog post about it on yours as well.

Do you have Evernote? Jott? Do you mark favorite tweets on Twitter to go back to later so you won’t forget them? Writers routinely keep notebooks of ideas, these are just 2.0 ways to keep notes for later…especially useful if you think the well has gone dry.

A picture is worth..well, a blog post, at the very least. Do you take pics with your iPhone of things that atract your eye, make you laugh, make you cry? Do you sketch, doodle, draw on a note pad, or the back of business cards? Have a flickr account? Visuals will create strong impressions, both on you and readers. Load them onto the blog and write about it. Or don’t, and let the picture tell its own story.

Use your Seinfeld brain. Jerry Seinfeld’s television show was considered brilliantly funny, yet was a show about…NOTHING. The cast of characters became quirkier the more we looked at them, but at first glance seemed very commonplace. How about looking at what you’ve written before? Go back to an old posting, one that really makes you proud. Maybe you can rewrite it, six months later, with a different point of view. Don’t be afraid to revisit old topics, your audience will forgive you. You might actually develop much deeper content with a series of posts that are linked together through a theme or subject.

Prayer and meditation are fine things to do. After you have done that for a while, it’s time to just bite the bullet and write. But just dip your toes in the water. Write a half dozen post titles, and don’t plan on using any of them. Make a bulletpoint list of 7 things your bloggers should know. Don’t explain it, just make the list. Write a thank you note to another blogger who inspires you (you need not send it, but we all can use support). The act of writing will beget more writing. That’s usually the effect. If not, you have permission to go back to square one, reading, observing, enjoying a good laugh or fuming over an opposing position. Take heart that you’ll get past the block, and with repetition, the exercise will make you a stronger blogger each time you do.
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