Blogging Through Writer’s Block

berryIt 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!

What to do to get around, through or over this 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.

Related articles found in this blog:
Blog It! Writing Ideas Checklist
Blogging Through Writer’s Block
Writers Block Exists No More

15 thoughts on “Blogging Through Writer’s Block

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  3. this is very nice posting.. acctuallu not much about this but i really enjoying do read this post

  4. This entire blog is amazing. You provide so much good information, write so well, model how to use the tools with ease, and share the whole works of it out for all of us who are coming along behind. Thank you for this. It is incredibly helpful.

  5. Thanks sincerely for sharing!
    I ‘ve learn a lot from this blog and also feel free to come to have a look..

  6. great informative post. this post has very useful information about overcoming writers block. in my post on this issue, i have missed some of these points which you have mentioned. posting a tutorial can be a nice idea.

    btw, rewriting plr articles can also be a solution.

  7. I would like to add to all these good tips one more: instead of frustrating yourself to much, go to the park and take your time to relax, to enjoy your life and to think.

  8. Thank you a lot for sharing this great post, I just want to add that sometimes I get my ideas from comments on my blog and also from my old posts itself, like expanding my old posts and add more information to it with in a new post!

  9. I hope this won’t happen to me because I only write when I found something blog gable and often times there are topic that’s always on the table but can’t write it because of lack of time.

    Btw good GPR ;)

  10. Good tips…I know I’ve had my share of writers block and start to feel like I’m neglecting my blog if I can’t think of anything.

  11. @timethief, a very informative useful tips. May I add that one might be inspired to write about social, or political, or religious events as well as celebrations occurring around them. Also, one may reflect on and explain some cultural aspects or events of her or his society. Thanks dear for this great post :) Your posts are always awesome as your spirit is :)

  12. This is so well written.

    I like the last point to keep a personal diary or a notebook to keep inspirations at bay.

    This is the practice I found the most useful when it comes to writer’s block.

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