Five Tips to Kill Bloggers Block
If you have a blog, you've been there before. You are staring at your content management system and an empty new post screen is staring right back at you. It's daring you to write something. It's saying, "Hey you, are you going to show me some love today or what?"
You've hit writers blog, or as I call it, bloggers block. It's the point in your blogging cycle that you get tired of the interwebs; tired of writing the same old junk over and over again; and, you feel like you've crawled to the end of the Internet and back, only to find zippo, nada, nothing to write about it.
Well, when you get to that point and you're about to smash your head off the wall, here are five quick things you can do to spark creativity and get your fingers dancing again.
If you're a blogger, you MUST use RSS feeds to feed your creativity. I break my feeds into subject matter, but I also prioritize them by ones I need to follow constantly; ones I need to follow frequently; ones I need to follow somewhat regularly; and finally, ones that can marinate for a while.
During bloggers block, I dig deep into that last bucket, pull out three random posts and do a blog review, story analysis or riff on something they have written.
Release the Hounds
Everyone needs to rant every once and a while. And there are always things bugging us — what's happening in politics, sports, at home, etc. Whatever is bugging you, unleash 200 words of fury. It'll make you feel better.
Cruise Video World
You know how many videos there are online? Well, I don't either but if you cruise YouTube, Vimeo or Blip.tv long enough, you'll find some gems that you can embed into your blog, slap 100 words on it so the Google gods pick it and you're off to the races.