There are those days on which you just can’t write. When the days stretch out into months, you can be sure that your blog is treading the path to death. Unless you do something about it, that is.
Why Aren’t You Writing?
This is the first question you have to ask yourself. Here are the more common reasons:
- Other “more important” tasks get in the way.
- There are so many unimportant interruptions
- You love your blog, but you’re just not inspired to write.
- It seems that you’ve exhausted all the topics you can write about
First point: important and unimportant distractions are both roadblocks to blogging. When you’re in a writing mood and the phone rings or your mother insists that you come down for dinner, there’s the huge chance that the “writing muse” will simply drift into la-la land and there’s no saying when she’ll come back again. If distractions are your problem, try lessening them. Course all calls to voicemail, give instructions that you’re not to be interrupted at any cost except for life-or-death situations, and resist checking your emails and the amount of likes you got for that last Facebook status update.
Second point: There’s always something that you can get inspired about. Take a walk with your dog, take dancing lessons, grab a chill pill and go to the beach, talk to a sidewalk vendor, read the latest post from your favorite writer, derive inspiration from other bloggers. Find something to write about.
But let’s drop all pretense and get real, too. Writers are not inspired all the time when they write. There will be blah days. There will be days that you won’t know what to write about. So what do you do about it? You take a break and come back when you’re feeling fresh again, or… you write. You write even when it hurts and bleeds. You write even when you feel that you’re not making sense. You stick to your writing. And then you edit.
Commit to Your Blog
Sometimes, the problem is when you’re just not committed to your blog from the get-go. You treat your blog like a fling and move on to the next more interesting domain name. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you want to commit then make up your mind to commit.
Stick to a Schedule
When do you blog? Some find setting a schedule restrictive. But if you’re low in the self-motivation department, then maybe you should consider setting days and times for blogging. When is it that your mind feels the most active? Whether it’s the wee hours of the morning or in the usually groggy lunch hour, stick to a blogging schedule.
Disrupt your Schedule
Paradoxically, you should also recognize spontaneous moments for blogging. Blog even if it’s not on your schedule to blog or if the topics seems offbeat. You see an inspiring photo and an unexpected quote that could go well with it. Blog it if it fits your blog niche. Maybe you can blog it even if it doesn’t, but you know that the disruption will connect with your readers.
Redesign Your Blog
There’s something about spring cleaning that gives us the feeling of a fresh start. Do the same with your blog. Personalize it to fit yourself again then make a blog post about it. Aside from attracting new readers and engaging the existing readership again, you’ll also be motivated to blog after the rehashed look has been unveiled.
Lastly, accept when your blog has run its course. Some blogs just need to change their names or to migrate to another blog service. But some blogs also reach the end of their ropes. There might come a time when you’re absolutely sure that you just don’t want to write in your blog anymore. You and your readers might feel sad about it. But you know what? It’s okay, because bloggers are always going to blog again.