This is a guest post from Carlie Hamilton of Sproutspire.
I’m sitting in front of the computer, and I know that I’m a couple of days overdue for a blog post. But my favourite online store is having a sale, and I’m having a great chat on Facebook… Oh, and the floor needs a vacuum, and I should start an exercise regime.
I’m sure we’ve all been there. We start a blog with the best of intentions. We are full of excitement and enthusiasm, yet months (or days?) later the newness wears off and there comes a time when you know you should write a post but you don’t want to.
It happens to all of us. So what can we do to get through the slump? Here are three ways you can get through it until the enthusiasm comes back. And it does come back, I promise!
Record Your Ideas and Inspirations
My dad always said he was saving his money for a rainy day. The same can be done for blog ideas. Record your blog post ideas down as they come to you. This way, when you are feeling uninspired you have a list of ideas ready to go.
I personally use Evernote to record my ideas. Usually inspiration strikes me in the middle of the night as I’m drifting off to sleep. I roll over, write an email on my phone and send it off to my Evernote account.
You can also use Evernote for recording other’s posts for inspiration and research. If you are reading someone else’s blog post and you have a different way of doing things or you have ideas to expand on it, save the post in Evernote to remind yourself later of it; After all, how many times have you thought to yourself “I know I’ve read about that recently but I have no idea where” and your google fu brings no results – that’s when I’m happy for Evernote. (Evernote also saves the URL from where it came from so you know the original source).
With your supply of notes and inspirations in Evernote (or your own way of recording them) you will never experience a legitimate writer’s block again.
Do It All At Once
The best way to write your blog posts involves setting aside a chunk of time and writing a whole heap of posts at once. This process is called Batch Processing, and it is a way to not only be highly efficient, it also stops you falling into the “I don’t feel like it” trap.
Set aside a day – or every night for a week, whatever suits your schedule – to write as many blog posts as you can. Depending on your writing style, maybe you will pump out 4-8 posts at once. You can then schedule them to go live on your blog over a period of time.
Depending on your posting schedule, you may be able to pump out a week to a whole month’s worth of posts at once. This way you are always ahead; and if blog-itis sets in you have a bit of leeway until you have to get your stuff together.
Love What You Do
In the end you will get over your hump. At least, I have and I have been blogging for thirteen years. I’ve had my ups and downs but I have always come back to it because I love doing it.
If blogging is a chore for you every single time, I would seriously question why you are doing it. If there isn’t a good reason, a reason stronger and more important than needing to like it, then I would reconsider if it is necessary.
At the very least you should be blogging in a topic that is meaningful to you, and in a niche that you are active in so you know what the latest trends are and you know what readers of your niche are experiencing.
If not, then consider if your website or business needs a blog. If it does, hire someone else to write in it. Then you won’t have to worry about not feeling like posting again, saving you time and stress.
What You Need To Do
- Keep a vault of all your ideas and inspiration
- Write a whole heap of posts at once
- Know your enthusiasm will return (or hire a writer)
What do you do when you simply just don’t feel like writing? Let me know in the comments below!
Bio: Carlie Hamilton, the founder of Sproutspire, is a writer, teacher, web designer and entrepreneur. She likes tacos and is devoted to helping you grow your online presence. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.