It’s a dreadful situation for every blogger.
You spend hours sitting in front of your computer staring at its blank screen trying to write your next blog post and yet you cannot even write the first few lines of it.
The writer’s block comes without a warning and it can hit you hard. Try hard as you may but nothing comes out of your head.
When you’re blogging, writer’s block is inevitable.
The dry spells in your blogging have to be there.
Every person has his or her unique ways of dealing with the writer’s blog, and what works for you might not work for others.
Once I had asked the people in a bloggers’ forum what they did in the interim between two blog posts when confronted with the writer’s block.
I had told them not to spell out tips on how to overcome the writer’s block. I was simply interested in knowing how they utilised their time then.
I got some interesting replies.
Let me share some of the views here. See for yourself whether you agree with them or not.
Carry Out More Networking
Blogging is not about writing only.
When you get hit by the writer’s block, the ‘downtime’ is the best time to carry out other blog-related activities.
You can do more networking with other bloggers.
There are forums to join, and if you’re already a part of them, you can engage yourself with the chats there or may even post your own queries there. It can act as a catharsis.
There are many ideas and views exchanged in these forums and you may even get the spark for inspiration for your next blog post.
You can even form your own mastermind group with a few like-minded people.
In the online world, it takes time to build trust and relationships. Trust happens when you put yourself out there and become more visible.
Don’t take networking as a wasteful activity.
But when you’re too busy creating post after post on your blog, even if you want to, you might not have the time to network with people.
The writer’s block gives you the perfect opportunity to do that.
Tidy up the Blog by Working on its Back-end
There’s always work to be done with your blog.
Whether it’s about revamping its looks or about trying to speed it up, there’s always so much to be done.
Because of your blog-writing schedule, you may find less time to actually work on the back-end of your site.
However, when you get with the writer’s block, you can utilise the downtime with trying to reorganise your site and bring improvements on it.
Whether it’s the layout, the images, the placement of ads and banners, the opt-in form design or even the colour schemes, there are so many ways to make changes.
You could work on your old posts to bring refinements – add subheads, rewrite passive verbs into active ones or break long sentences and paragraphs into shorter ones.
Is everything okay or does your website have some serious speed issues?
When you encounter the writer’s block and you have this ‘idle’ time in between, you can always get yourself busy trying to improve your website’s load speed.
You can either get an expert to teach you the ways to do it.
You could learn about the many caching or minify plugins.
You could even outsource the speed improvement job to an expert.
There’re so many ways to bring improvements on your website.
Do Some Topic Research
There might be certain topics of which you always wanted to find out more.
When there’s an off period in between because of your writer’s block, you can always get yourself busy doing some serious research.
You could read up articles or watch videos on the topic and learn every bit you needed to know.
Conducting in-depth research is time-consuming but you get to learn a lot from it.
You could even stumble upon certain ideas and new perspectives about your niche.
Do Things That You Enjoy
Writer’s block is a sign that you have put yourself on the back burner.
And when this happens, it’s no use trying to force creativity.
The best thing is to stop blogging for a while and do things that you enjoy.
You could get out in nature or connect with old friends who could lift you up.
You could go hiking with friends.
You can take time to breathe and catch up on housework or push up your exercise regimen a notch up.
You could even watch movies.
Revisit Training Materials
Most bloggers subscribe to various training courses. Whether they are textual materials or videos, you could be having a lot of these.
Do you have many links to courses or pdf files that you haven’t even looked at in your computer?
The writer’s block gives you the best reason to revisit these courses and training videos.
You could always learn a trick or two about the technical side of blogging. Or ways to improve your content writing.
You could even try some self-improvement courses to improve your productivity.
Read Good Books
When you’re a blogger, you will find less time to read books.
But when you get hit by the writer’s block, you could use the downtime to pick up some good books to read.
There are books like Williams Zinsser’s On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, Seth Godin’s All Marketers Tell Stories: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works – and Why Authenticity is the Best Marketing of All or Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes – Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content.
Or if it’s your choice, you could even read some good fiction to spice things up.
Reading always helps in realigning your thoughts properly.
You could use the ‘free’ time exploring opportunities for writing an e-book.
In fact, you need not even write one because there are ways to convert a few old blog post of yours into an e-book.
Your downtime could be used to design your e-book and to curate content in the best possible way.
Designing Banners With Online Tools
There are amazing tools like Canva for non-professionals for designing web banners and other graphics.
Whether they are your featured images or Pinterest pins, there’s so much you could do with Canva and when you’re having a writer’s block, this is the best time to revamp the graphics.
There are positives about the writer’s block if you know how to utilise the time efficiently.
The writer’s block is just an indicator that you need to take a break from your blogging schedule.
Instead, move out of the place you generally use for writing.
Go for a walk, meet up old friends, read blogs of other people in your niche, revamp your old blog posts, clean up your room, exercise, listen to the music, revisit old training materials, read good books, learn new skills or work on the back-end of your website to bring good changes.
The writer’s block isn’t as bad as you make it out to be.