Creating fresh, engaging content, week after week is every blogger’s challenge. Here are seven blogging hacks for getting unstuck during those days when writing is difficult. Try them out next time writer’s blog sets in, and turn the dreaded white-screen on your computer into your next blogging masterpiece.
7 Blogging Hacks For Regaining Momentum
Blogging Hack #1: Start Early.
Morning is a writer’s best friend. As a husband and daddy, there is one thing I know for sure. Making time to write never gets easier as the day progresses. I’ve heard stories of professional writers who got started by waking up an hour or two earlier to write. However, I rarely hear success stories about writers who stay up late getting the job done. By starting early you are:
- Making writing a priority.
- Not allowing the hustle-and-bustle of life, and the crises of the day, to creep into your blogging time.
- Freeing yourself from the pressure to write for the rest of the day. This keeps blogging fun!
Writing early and enjoying the rest of the day is a great way to find balance. It’s far better that stressing over what you are going to write and then scrambling to get the project done before turning out the lights. So put this simple blogging hack into practice by setting aside a regular time in the morning to write.
Blogging Hack #2: Sleep on it.
Our subconscious mind is amazing. Although I’m not a huge fan of the book The Secret–as it over-promises and under-delivers–the key idea of focusing on what we want, works. Of course, the universe is not a genie waiting to deliver our every desire, as the book implies. Nevertheless, I do believe that our God-given minds are powerful tools. If we focus on what we plan to write about before going to bed, the jumbled conglomeration of ideas will begin to form together overnight.
Most of us know what it is like to step away from a problem frustrated, only to stumble on to the solution the next day. That’s the power of our subconscious mind at work. [Tweet “The next time your writing hit’s a wall, try sleeping on it.”] Chances are, you’ll be surprised at how well the ideas smooth out while you dream.
Blogging Hack #3: Start.
Getting started is the most difficult part of writing. Yet, the more we write, the easier the words flow. [Tweet “When it comes to blogging, doing something is always better than doing nothing. Pick a topic, and force yourself write.”] Next time you feel stuck, write anyways. You might even surprise yourself with how much you have to say!
Blogging Hack #4: Squash the A.N.T’s.
A.N.T.’s is an acronym for Automatic Negative Thoughts. Ants are pesky creatures that creep into our homes. Similarly, A.N.T’s are intrusive pests that wreak havoc in our minds. Examples of automatic negative thoughts include ideas like:
- This post isn’t good enough.
- I just can’t write today.
- No one is going to like what I have to say.
This negativity is helpful. Instead, increase your awareness of the stinking thinking that keeps you from writing. Then, squash the A.N.T.’s, and keep pressing forward. There have been times when a post I was disappointed in, turned out to be a reader favorite. [Tweet “Don’t deprive your readers of your best work by letting negativity invade your mind.”] Squash A.N.T.’s quickly and keep writing.
Blogging Hack #5: Commit to a schedule and stick with it.
Decide on your blogging schedule and stick with it. Blog, post, and repeat.
- Short posts are fine.
- Simple reminders are perfectly OK too.
- Personal stories are always a hit.
Mix up your writing style and expand your topics, but whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to stop writing. Know that some days the writing will flow easily. Other days, it will feel like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall–it’s messy and takes a lot of effort for minimal results. This is normal. Push through the challenges, commit to a consistent schedule and at the end of the year, you’ll be amazed at what you have accomplished.
Blogging Hack #6: Team up with others.
If you are blogging in isolation, then you are working harder and not smarter. 2016 is our year of teamwork. Jenny and I are discovering that the more we connect with others, the easier the writing becomes. Mini-brainstorming sessions, finding inspiration for new posts by reading the thoughts of others, and addressing common challenges others share in casual conversations, are excellent ways of using teamwork to get unstuck. [Tweet “Find a blogging partner, cheer each other on, and watch the writing flow!”]
Blogging Hack #7: Keep a journal of writing prompts and catchy blog titles.
Evernote has become my favorite place to jot down new ideas. The phone app makes it easy to record topics for future posts, on the go. When I get stuck, I force myself to choose an idea from my list and start writing.
Have any of these ideas worked well for you? What blogging hacks do you use to get unstuck when writing is difficult? I look forward to continuing the conversation in the comments below!
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