Five Killer Ways to Defeat Blogger’s Block

September 2, 2011 · 3 comments

by Tara Miller

Five Killer Ways to Defeat Blogger's Block

No matter what kind of subject you blog about, at some point or another you will face the dreaded blogger’s block. Even if you feel like you’ve never been blocked, I can promise you that you’ve unconsciously felt blocked once or twice in your blogging career.

Blogger’s block doesn’t just mean you can’t write. Blogger’s block can also mean you can’t focus on your blogging goals or you have trouble figuring out how your blog might fit into a certain niche. It could manifest itself as a problem you’re having getting sufficient advertising revenue.

In any case, there are ways to get around blogger’s block. The following is a list of some of the most successful methods I’ve used in dealing with my own blogger’s block. I hope this can be helpful to you!


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Walk Away from Your Computer

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If you’re ever feeling especially frustrated, then you should consider walking away from your problem. Of course, I don’t recommend doing this all the time or with every problem; however, sometimes it can be a great way to get around your block. Sometimes blogger’s block is our brain’s way of telling us to take a break. Don’t feel bad if you take a break. Most likely you’re a hard working blogger who can afford to take a short break every now and then.

Interact with a Real Person ‘In Real Life’

Another cause of blogger’s block could be the kind of interactions you have with people on a daily basis. Because bloggers are often online for most of the day, they interact with people through electronic means. We email, chat, and post statuses on social media sites. We rarely talk to people in person. Maybe your block is a result of this strictly electronic correspondence. After all, it’s a very one-dimensional way of communicating with others. If you’re blocked, try to go out into the world and interact with people ‘in real life.’ The jolt to your brain from such an interaction could be enough to get your blogging again.

Seek Out Inspiration from Unusual Sources

This tip sort of piggy-backs off of the last one in that it suggests that you seek out inspiration from sources that you don’t usually use in your everyday blogging. Just like you can find inspiration from real people outside of your blogging community, so too can you find inspiration from unusual sources, sources that you don’t often check out. Look at art, architecture, interesting memoirs, television shows and movies, as well as other forms of writing that appear offline. These other communication mediums have many sources that do interesting things that you might be able to translate into your own blogging. For example, a scientific article on how chimpanzees use rudimentary tools could be interesting to a blogger who is trying to write about the latest tech gadgets on the market. The point is this: be creative in how you apply unusual sources to your sources, and you’ll find yourself gaining new readers every day.

Make a List of Long Term Goals

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If you’re blocked regarding your daily content, then you should consider switching your focus to a more long-term approach. Write out a list of long-term goals you have for your blog. Try to answer questions as to how long you see yourself blogging, what sorts of people should read your blog in five years, how much money you would like to make by blogging. By refocusing on the long-term, you can then work backwards to come up with a list of concrete actions you should take daily and weekly in order to reach those goals. This might help you  get started on your daily blogging again.

Write for Yourself

So much of blogging is about writing for an audience that it can be all-consuming and sometimes intimidating. If this happens to you, then you should try to flip the switch. See what would happen if you write for yourself! What would happen? You might just find a new and interesting idea that you’d not thought of. Then, when you revise it, present it for your readers in a new way.

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Author : Tara Miller

This guest contribution was submitted by Tara Miller, who regularly writes for psychology degree. She especially loves hearing back from her readers. Questions or comments can be sent to: miller.tara23@gmail.com.

 

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Bic May 14, 2013 at 4:55 am

Hi Tara,

I agree on all points! This is what I do when I come up against a wall
and more often than not, it works!

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Lorwai TAN PhD August 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I tend not to stare too long at a blank screen.

I took the advice of Yaro Starak and started blogging about a passion of mine; it is how our thinking or mindset can set us up or spur us on. Same brain different outcome.

The impetus for me was watching people slowly die on the inside going to jobs that did not give life to their spirit and souls. They were basically trading their life force for nickels and dimes. The compromises cost them too much, if you ask me.

I believe that when we change our thinking we change our circumstances (including the amount of money in our bank accounts).

Hence my topic: money and mindset

Any time I get a “Blank Screen” moment, I just have to close my eyes and recall the faces of those people in my previous job (before I escaped the hamster on the wheel trap).

That alone is a big enough reason why I can hammer out another blog article on this subject. Damn straight I am passionate about liberating people!!

In a funny kind of way, I see what I do as the best means I can help people get out of the hopeless/helpless rut. BTW, the definition of a rut is a grave with both sides kicked out.

Blank screen? Bring it on!!

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Premiere Reviews April 10, 2011 at 3:07 am

Great advice!

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