So, the blank screen has been staring at your face for the past half an hour. Yet you still have no idea what it is you want to write. This is something that happens to bloggers and writers all the time. It is nothing out of the ordinary, and does not say anything about your skills or capabilities. It just so happens that sometimes you are at a complete loss on what to say.
Or maybe you are someone who has always been praised on their writing skills and want to start your very own blog. The whole idea was fantastic and you were so sure that you could do this; after all, expressing what you thought or felt on paper has never been difficult for you. But now that you are finally sitting in front of the laptop screen, you have no idea what you should blog about. The first thing you need to do is become very clear about the nature of your blog and what niche you are writing for.
Only when that is decided, can you truly deal with your blogger’s block? With that said, here are seven suggestions on what you can do in order to get rid of the mind-numbing blogger’s block.
1. Change of Scene
This is perhaps one of the most important things that bloggers (and writers) from time immemorial have been following.. Sitting in the same room, on the same desk with the same view can be very debilitating for your imagination and creativity. This is why you need to get away from time to time in order to let the inspiration flow. So take a walk, or go to the local park and people watch. You will be surprised by how many ideas come to you. You can also go the nearest café, library or some other public place where you do not need you to interact too much with people, yet you can observe others for a while to your heart’s content.
2. Free Writing
You must have been taught this when you took creative writing lessons or when your middle school teacher was teaching you how to write an essay or a story. If not, now is the perfect time to try this out. Freewriting has been considered one of the best ways to create a flow of ideas and so find that one or more ideas on which you can blog. All you will need to do is take a pad of paper and pen (or laptop if you wish) and write all that comes to mind for 2-3 minutes. You can also select a broad range of topics and free-write on that to come to the main idea.
3. Keywords Can be Inspiring
This may sound rather left-of-field and even far-fetched to you, but it’s true. The whole aim of keywords is to give you some ideas on how you can create a blog or an article. Some of the online tools that you can use for keywords include Google Trends, UberSuggest and SerpStat. These tools will let you search for some particular topic and give you keywords regarding it.
4. Engage on Forums or Groups
This is another thing that is going to do a lot for you when you have a blogger’s block. Of course, they need to be related to the topic of your blog. What you can do is start a conversation on some thread or forum or ask people what they think about a particular theme or idea. You will be surprised by the number of unique and interesting ideas you hear. Use them for your blog but make sure you don’t use them in a way that means you can be sued for plagiarism.
5. Google Alerts to the Rescue
You can easily sign up for Google Alerts, a tool that will allow you to find out all the important keywords that are relevant to your blogging topic. But that is not the only thing you will gain. Google will also send you newspaper articles, web pages, scientific researches and other blogs that are relevant to the topic you have signed up for. This will mean that you will have no difficulty in coming up with some new ideas each day and pick the one that is best suited for your blog.
6. Hang on to Other Bloggers
You need help from time to time and the sooner you realise this the quicker it will work in your favour. When it comes to blogger’s block, there is simply no one better to help you turn on the ‘ideas tap’ and revive your creativity than another blogger. So get in touch. Make sure that you follow other bloggers who are of interest, and who write on topics similar to yours. This will mean their blogs will help you generate new ones. What’s more, you can always talk to them about how you are stuck and most if not all, will be happy to help you out of the tight spot by bouncing a few ideas around with you.
7. Ask the Readers or Confront their Needs
This is very important, especially if your blog is in some way business-centric. Ask your readers what it is they might want to find out or are looking for and provide some solutions for them or help them in any way possible. Confronting the need of the market is another way to help ease blogger’s block, You can always give away objective ideas on what can be done, providing your readers with a whole new perspective based on their stated needs and wants, and not just writing about what you think they may want.
These seven tips that are definitely going to provide assistance and even a solution to your blogger’s block, if not the topic of a whole new blog for you. Try them and see for yourself. All the best, and may your creativity flow freely.