It happens to us all sooner or later. We find ourselves at the keyboard staring at the monitor and can’t think of a single thing to write about – writers block!
Writer’s block is a condition, associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task in hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.
Ideas for breaking through writer’s block
(1) Appreciation post
Make a brief list of guest authors, most frequent commenters, and/or fellow bloggers who have backlinked to your posts and write an Appreciation post.
(2) Best of feeds post
Keeping abreast of the news in your niche via the media and social networks, and by subscribing to the RSS feeds of the blogs of several leading bloggers in any niche may provide inspiration for new posts. By sure to read the comments received on those posts as they frequently contain inspiring new material and new angles to explore on how to present older material. Online groups and forums related to your blogs’ niche will also provide inspirational material.
Go to your feedreader and check out which topics are being featured in the posts of the authoritative blogs and/or forums and/or groups in your niche. Create and publish a “best of feeds post” using brief excerpts from the blogs and/or forums or groups in question and enhancing those with your advice, tips and/or observations and opinions.
(3) Canvass social networks
Select one of the main categories in your blog and then search for posts on the same categories published on authoritative blogs in your niche and promoted through social networks . Write a post that briefly summarizes the main points in the posts you select and locate and be sure to backlink. search: writers block site.digg.com
(4) Deep links post
Create a new deep link summary post using any of the primary categories in your blog. In the new post be sure to use anchor text linking to internal posts correctly to draw attention to all your related posts in that category. See: How to select and use anchor text effectively
(5) Edit and update one or two earlier posts
Editing and updating to include new information gained by searching the web means that the search spiders will re-index the post, and you will usually see an increase in traffic to it. Or , employ one of these strategies: Writers Block Exists No More
(6) Create and publish a new pillar post
Pillar posts are content rich longer blog posts that require research. They outline the blogger’s expertise around a specific topic and are of timeless value to your readers. Be sure to incorporate keywords and phrases that identify your blog’s brand as these are what other bloggers type into search engines to find content rich posts. Also include include plenty of links to authoritative and popular external resources. After you publish your new pillar post AKA flagship content it will be indexed and the usual result will be an increase in targeted search traffic to your blog from search engines.
Blogging: Characteristics of pillar posts
(7) Create and publish a “how to” instructional /tutorial post
When it comes to making lists and giving advice, creating tutorials or guides bloggers in all niches can benefit their blogs. These how to instructional posts attract search engine attention and consequently direct targeted organic traffic to blogs. Not surprisingly they are frequently among the top posts in social networks like Digg, reddit, etc.
(8) Create and publish a humorous post on writer’s block
Simply describe all the strategies you employed but still came up empty and appeal to your readers for suggestions. Although the strategies may not have worked for you, one or more may work for other bloggers. Be sure to include images, cartoons, clip art that depict frustration and be ready to collect the ideas that readers provide.
(9) Create and publish a rant on an annoying forum behavior
Select an annoying and self serving forum behavior, for example threadjacking. When you compose your rant do so skillfully and write with style and integrity. Include links to authoritative articles on netiquette, as well as, links to authoritative articles pertaining to the psychology behind this and other attention seeking trollish behaviors.
Bloggers and their reader’s create a blog’s brand. What the blogger determines the purpose of the blog will be, their goals for the blog, keywords and tags are all used to derive new content as the blog grows and the brand evolves. A talented wordsmith can use language in effective ways to point out shortcomings and to put forward convincing alternatives in an entertaining and informative manner. And, once indexed such posts usually attract a strong inflow of targeted traffic from search engines.
(10) Create and publish a post on the search terms readers use to find your blog
Keeping a record of search terms readers used to locate your blog is an excellent resource. Setting up Google alerts for key words, phrases and concepts is helpful too. Being mindful of reader feedback in comments made on posts, and responding to reader questions is also a means of inspiration for new posts.
(11) Create and publish a post based on your notes in your personal diary or journal
Recording potential blog fodder you experience in everyday life events in conversation, and by reading newsletters, ebooks, ezines is also a helpful way to find inspiration for creating new posts.