The following post is from James of Google+ Tutorials:
I often have those days where my body tries to tell me: don’t bother blogging.
See, it’s not easy to be creative on demand, yet, if we are to be successful in what we are trying to do as bloggers, consistency has got to play a big part in that.
Writers block can affect the best of us, and when it happens it is not at all nice! But, as they say, you have to be in it to win it, and perseverance is key. The big question is this, what can you do in those times where you are uninspired and your body is trying to encourage you not to bother?
Get Rid of Distractions
When you are trying to focus on the task in hand and write something awesome for your audience, yet not feeling it, one of the worst things that you can do is allow distractions anywhere near you. Don’t let it happen!
What do I do? Stick some headphones in, put some soft music on, and use the awesome fullscreen feature on WordPress. Right now as I am writing this post all I can see on my 23″ monitor is this very blog post. The world may be falling apart behind it, my inbox might be going crazy, my Skype might be constantly ringing, Katy Perry might even be tweeting me, but I am blissfully unaware. I am getting stuff done, and it feels awesome!
Mix Up Your Process
One of the reasons that you might be struggling to get that awesome content down is that you have been stuck in the same routine. Mix it up a bit baby!
If you are someone who meticulously plans your blog posts before writing, why don’t you try freestyling it a bit and see what comes out? If you are someone who normally is more freestyle – why don’t you try and get a structured plan on paper before going straight for the kill? I think you will be surprised at how well this might work for you!
Look For Inspiration
I know that I talked above about getting rid of distractions, but sometimes before you get to that point you need to look around for some inspiration. Don’t use it as an opportunity to get distracted from the task, but looking at other websites and blogs in your niche can be a great source of inspiration. One thing that I have mentioned before that I find very helpful for this is Google Reader.
Don’t Give Up
Please, don’t give up. There are thousands and thousands of bloggers competing for your space. The ones that will have the great success, are the ones that don’t give up. Don’t be the quitter!
Guys – I am rooting for you! Have an awesome week and keep at it!
I’d love to know, what are some of your tips for pushing past the “don’t bother blogging” feeling? Let us know in the comments below.
|James Brooks is a professional blogger, web designer and social media consultant based on the South West coast of England. As well as being a co-founder of GPlusTuts, a blog about Google+, James also enjoys blogging about technology, food and tea!|