I go through it almost every day… Writer’s block, inability to find a subject to write about… maybe just a lack of passion for a particular subject on a certain day. We’re all human, we all have up and down cycles. We all have days when it just isn’t working. Ofc ourse, those are usually the days that we really need to make it work.
There are a couple of ways to deal with it, and one may be more suited to a certain situation. When you can’t come up with ideas for a subject, having a bank of titles and ideas is usually the best answer. When you are REALLY stopped up, the passion seems to be gone, having some blogs in queue is a great solution.
I try to do both…
Let’s talk tools…
WordPress Editorial Calendar – This has to be one of my favorite Plugins for WordPress. I rave about it constantly. Here is what it does… It adds a menu option to view a calendar showing when blog posts are scheduled. The part that I REALLY love, though, is that posts can be moved from day to day by dragging and dropping. The time of day remains the same, but it couldn’t be easier to rearrange dates for posts. When something comes up and a post needs to be dropped in, adjusting the schedule just takes a few moments rather than the time to log into multiple posts and manually reset the dates.
Another thing that I do with the Editorial Calendar is to lay out Post Ideas. If I have an idea (or better yet, a title) for a future post, I try to figure out when it should run and drop a placeholder in for it. This helps to spur creativity, too… I tend to write in streaks. I might kick out half a dozen posts for a specific blog in an afternoon. That means that for that blog, I might not have the pressure to kick out a post for a week or even two.
Old Fashioned Pad and Pen – Yep… Low tech. Write down ideas as they occur. I used to carry a little pad in my pocket and would jot down a title or even an outline of an idea. I used it for ToDo List items, too. Although now, it is largely supplanted by my phone. Using Android Apps like SpringPad (SpringPadIt.com), I can keep my phone, tablet and laptop all on the same page with ideas and other items.
And some ideas…
Check your email – Some of my best posts come from my clients and other consumers. They ask me questions, and rather than writing the answer 20 times for different folks, I post up a blog post. I can then point future inquiries about the same thing to the post.
Grab your camera – Depending on the subject of your blog, a nice photo essay might be a great option. Local interests might be better served by a photo essay than by a long winded text post.
Make a video – I probably just freaked out half of my readers… But honestly, it isn’t that tough, especially if you have a smart phone or a tablet, or even a laptop with a built in camera. Here is a little of the heresy I’m known for… Don’t bother with a lot of editing. Most of the folks that will view it are NOT expecting a slick production. They are looking for the information. And they want it quick, so
- Get to the point
- Keep the time under a minute if possible… at least under two minutes
- Don’t get creative with camera movements
- Don’t flip out if it doesn’t look like the footage from the news
- Have an idea of what you want to say… maybe even practice it a couple of times beforehand. This will give you a better chance of knocking it out in one clean take
Do a ‘Best Of’ – Grab several of your previous posts on a subject and collate them into a ‘Best Of’ post. This also gives you GREAT SEO from the backlinks to the original posts.
Find a good InfoGraphic – One of my favorite sources is Visual.ly. There are a LOT of different subjects and styles. BTW, if you have a creative eye, Creating an InfoGraphic might be an option. They can be licensed to link back to your site, which can REALLY help push up your Page Rank and give you better visibility in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs).
Finally, remember that the person that knows the most about you probably lives in your house. If you can’t sit and write a bunch of posts in a row, don’t try to do that. If you have streaks of creativity, carve out some time for that to happen. Figure out what works for you, and just do it.
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