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Break down bloggers block

by fouts

don't be a boring bloggerI know I know, I just wrote a post on how important it is to be a regular blogger and here I am not having blogged in days! Weeks even! Maybe I jinxed myself. Frankly, I’ve been busy coaching clients and speaking and traveling and that’s all good, but it’s not an excuse.

I expect you might have been here too. You let the ol’ blog post slide for a day or two thinking you’ll get back to it and then it dawns on you that you STILL haven’t posted and now you’re behind schedule and the pressure starts to build. The more you think “I gotta get that blog post written, I gotta get that blog post written, IgottagetthatblogpostWRITTEN!” the worse it gets.

The fact of the matter is you really don’t. Unless you get paid to blog on a schedule it’s worse to stomp out something for the sake of doing it than it is to just not post. Do you want people to think you’ll blog about just anything or do you want them to miss you and look forward to your next post?

I couldn’t get out of my writer’s block and I mentioned it to some of my friends and on the Third Tribe members forum and lo and behold there were a load of people who have run into the same thing and they all had great advice.

So here’s their advice and some of my own ideas on how to get past what I call Bloggers Doldrums.

Stop trying so hard
The world will not end if you miss a few days. Cut yourself some slack and write when you’ve got something to say.

Don’t fake it
Most good bloggers really are writers. Why mess up your reputation with a crappy piece that feels forced? If you got nothing good to say just don’t.

Get out of your rut
For me this is riding my horse, but anything that takes you completely away from having to write something NOW is a good thing. Quit trying to cram ideas in your head and let it go where it wants to.

Read
Read books, watch tv, read other people’s blogs to see what they’re thinking and see if it sparks something. This doesn’t have to be on the same topic, you never know where inspiration may come from.

Comment
Sometimes just commenting on somebody else’s blog will get you to thinking about the topic and spark your own perspective or new tangents. If so, write that blogger and thank them!

Go to your list
I keep an Evernote entry that is nothing but lists of things I’ve been meaning to blog about. You know, stuff like writer’s block! Sometimes these lists can spark totally new ideas or refresh a thread that you never got to follow.

Get some air
Get out of the office and the house and go for a walk, ride a bike, get on your horse, just that bit of distraction can free your mind to stop churning.

Turn off the noise
With Seesmic open in one monitor, email in the other and a browser full of links to chase it’s amazing I get anything done some days. Start turning it all off for an hour at a time. The world will not end and the *ping* of new tweets and emails will not distract you.

Put down the brick
Most importantly quit beating yourself up. This happens to all writers and it’s not a big deal. You’ll get out of it and when you do it will feel fantastic! (I promise)

Of course you could just write a post about writers block…. ( :

Whatever, my block is gone (knock on wood) and I’ve got a pile of ideas, so expect me to catch up soon!

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  • http://www.secretsushi.com/ Adam Helweh

    All good stuff. I'll share some brief but wise words from someone I know “It doesn't have to be earth shattering.” AKA don't over think it or ou will never write it.

  • http://janetfouts.com Janet Fouts

    HA! That sounds familiar. Not drinking my own koolaid I guess? Amazing how one can just get all wrapped up and not get unwound. Silliness.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/internetmarketingnickstamoulis Nick Stamoulis

    All great ideas Janet, sometimes we need to just get re-inspired, and these are all good ways to do so. Turning the world off for a bit is important, when we have distractions it's hard to think straight. I find myself making a list of ideas as they come to me and then write about them later.

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