Guest post by: Carlina Yepinski
When you run a blog day in and day out, it can become difficult to come up with fresh, new content. Writing can feel like a chore. You can run out of ideas, and you can lose your motivation for finding them.
Blogging block can cripple even the most seasoned bloggers. However, it doesn’t have to be the end of your blog. You can beat the block and come up with interesting new content. Four ways to beat blogger’s block are:
1. Find Your Passion
Months or even years of blogging can cause you to lose sight of the passion that inspired you to launch your blog. If that’s the case, your lack of enthusiasm will show in your writing.
Do what you need to do to reconnect with your passion. Read the blogs that got you excited when you started. Reconsider what your audience wants and how you can deliver that with passion. Do the things that inspired you at the beginning, and you will soon reconnect with that initial passion. The topic ideas will start flowing.
2. Pay Attention to Trends
If you’re ever stumped for topics, scan the feed on your Facebook or Twitter account. You’ll learn what people are talking about, what they care about and what they’re interested in right now. You’re bound to discover an array of topics that will resonate with your readers right now.
You can also check out Google Trends to get the most-searched topics for the week or the month. Not only will you get a lot of great ideas for topics, but you’ll also increase the likelihood of your posts bringing traffic to your site.
3. Get Reader Feedback
Not sure what to write about? Ask your readers. End your blog posts with a call to action that asks readers what questions they have or what information they need. Include a call for suggestions in your newsletter. Post it on your social network pages.
You don’t have to ask readers “What should I write about?” You can couch your request as an offer for help, such as “What aspect of building your blog are you struggling with?” Their answers will help guide you.
3. Welcome Guest Posts
Guest posts provide you with a steady supply of new ideas and perspectives, along with fresh content. Guest bloggers are happy to submit posts in exchange for the links they provide, which helps boost their own sites in search rankings. It’s a win-win situation: They get a valuable link, and you get new content without having to write it.
Post a call for guest bloggers on your site, and advertise the opportunity on your social networks, your e-mail list, and other blogs and forums. You are likely to get enough guest posts to get you past your blogging block, however long it may last.
Blogger’s block hits even the most seasoned bloggers at some point or another. Finding ways to get past it is critical to the continued success of your blog. These tips can help you find your enthusiasm for writing again and jump-start your creativity.
How do you beat blogging block? Share your tips in the comments.
Carlina Yepinski is the primary researcher and writer for networkmonitoring.org. Her most recent accomplishments include graduating from Kentucky State with a degree in communications and computer science. Her current focus for the site involves free server monitoring software.
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