Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Eleven Ways To Get Out Of A Blog Funk

I've been blogging since 2007. At first, blog posts were easy to pop out, because I would write without a care in the world, about whatever topic popped into my mind. As a new mom, most posts were about my children, but now that they're older, I find myself writing more about other things. Sometimes, though, I'll find myself in a blog funk, and it can sometimes be painful to get out of. What happens when you get writer's block, or when you're stuck in a blog funk?

Here are some tips to help you get out of the blog funk you're in:

1. Take lots of pictures. There is always a story to tell behind the pictures you take.Take one picture you took this week, and blog about it. What were you feeling? What happened right after you took the picture? Did you drop your phone in the toilet because you were taking another bathroom selfie? Did you finally manage to take a great picture with your children, with all of you smiling? That's totally a blog post right there!

2. Get inspired by others. Although we're all so busy, try to find time to read the blogs that made you start blogging in the first place. I find inspiration to blog all the time from other posts I read. If you're writing about the same topic your friend just wrote about, make sure to give credit where it's due. I also love Mama Kat's Writing Prompts. Every week, she lists topics you can blog about, so all you have to do is write!

3. Stay current. What's making headlines in the news? Write about that. Make it personal. I often write out my feelings after a tragedy, or share my views on a controversial topic. These types of blog posts are always well-received, even if people don't see things the same way you do.

4. Offer tips to your readers. If you've been to several blog conferences, write a post dedicated to the people who are attending for the first time, with advice on what they can expect. If you've just returned from a really fabulous vacation, write about why it would make a great travel destination for other families.

5. Get someone to contribute a guest post on your blog. If you can get one of your favourite bloggers to do this for you on your blog, bonus. (Hi, Marinka!)

6. Interview someone you love who also blogs. I used to interview my favourite bloggers back in the day, and I plan on getting back into this soon. I love featuring my friends on my blog.

7. Email a friend and ask for help. I often email my friend Ali and ask for help or an idea if I'm especially stuck. "Help! I have nothing to blog about!" Sure enough, she'll give me an idea, and I'll blog about it.

8. Be terrible at something. I suck at baking and cooking. I suck in the kitchen, in general. Making fun of yourself can really be fun.

9. Be good at something. If you're awesome as making cupcakes, tell us why. What's your secret, Martha Stewart? If you're awesome at finding the best deals, write about that. Share what you're great at with your readers. I'm great at spending money, but that's not really going to help anyone... unless it'll make them more responsible with their money by learning from my mistakes!

10. Leave comments. I miss the old days when we all left comments on everyone's blog posts. I love Twitter, but Twitter really did kill comments on blogs. Try to leave comments on every post you read. Even if it's only two a day.

11. Be honest. Most important of all, be honest. Write from the heart. Tell your story. Share your fears.

That's my advice... happy blogging!

19 comments:

Suzanne said...

I definitely suck at blogging consistently. Thanks for the post, Lou! It's gotten me thinking... xo

Marinka said...

all really good recommendations! Especially getting other people to blog for you while you eat bon bons. I'm all over that! xo

Shweta said...

I totally needed this right now. Haven't blogged in months and I miss it :(

alimartell said...

I love #8 and #9. I love when people tell me what they are good at...and bad at. :)

Jen Wilson said...

I love this!!! I miss old-school blogging as well. I've been blogging about gardening and canning lately, things I'm not necessarily good at, but have been trying to get good at. :)

Elaine Alguire said...

These are great tips! I've thankfully never been in a blog funk before. I seem to always have SOMEthing to say! But, it could happen some day. If so, I will come back here to get out of it... ;)

Tasha said...

Such great suggestions for writers block. I am definitely bookmarking this and saving it for future reference:) Thanks for sharing!

Virginia said...

Great tips. The summer is so busy for me and finding the time/ inspiration/ and ideas can be difficult!

Anna See said...

I love these tips! Thank you, from your "blog funkified friend." :)

Crystal said...

Great tips Loukia! :)

Mama Kat said...

Aw thanks for the love! Sometimes I think the Writer's Workshop is the only thing that inspired ME to write too. :) These are excellent tips!

Angella said...

Great tips, Lou!

I make myself blog a minimum of two times a week, using some of these to make it happen.

xo

orangemush said...

New to your blog but this post has already given me some much needed inspiration - Cheers.
Could not agree more with the comments one don't just 'like' write!

Jess D said...

I also miss the old days when we all left comments on each others blog. I'm guilty of not too! It's "easier" to just retweet and comment your likes on twitter. However, I also had screwed up my blogger commenting ability by deleting that email account SO, that didn't help. But I made a new one because I was tired of not being able to comment ;)

Great post! I'll be sharing this on twitter as well because I know a lot suffering from writers block ;) myself included most days!

Mom vs. the boys said...

I think this summer has been one big block of writers block for me

Avitable said...

I've gotten to the point where I blog less than once a week, and I hate that. I loved blogging daily, and think I need to get back to it soon. Great recommendations.

Alison said...

The commenting has really dropped off, hasn't it? I've only been blogging since early 2011, but even back then, commenting was still awesome.

Love all of these tips!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

great tips! I had when I hit that blogging brick wall. I'm keeping these tips in my back pocket for those days.

Marta G said...

Love these tips! I've been in so many blogging funks. Also, I too am really good at spending money!

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