I once wrote an article about writers block and I fear that at the moment I – myself – may be suffering a little from this phenomenon. It seems that my trip to Europe has inspired me to do other things and it looks as if I am keener to explore those further. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to write. In fact I have some very exciting ideas however maybe not so much about blogging itself. There is even an idea for a book but that is future talk.
A bit of self-analysis
In my post about writers block I suggested various solutions and one of them is to take a ‘blogging break’. Well I had my break so that can’t be it. Another thing was that blogging could have become a chore. Not really either as I still like to write and am eager to start every day.
Is it the content or the topic? Does it still inspire me? As a matter of fact it does and I am looking forward to listen to another webinar of Darren Rowse of Problogger that was presented last week. I do feel that there is heaps more to learn about blogging and more importantly ‘to be successful’ at blogging. And whatever I learn I can pass on to other bloggers.
Recap may be the answer!
My last suggestion was to recap and maybe that is what I need to do. I have written 65 articles and it could be that I have lost overview of my topics and content. I feel a bit of an outsider of my own blog. I suppose it is all part of the experience. I keep on forgetting that the purpose of my blog is to explore ‘the road to professional blogging’. That counts just as much for me as for my audience.
Okay then, my next task is to ‘evaluate’ blogexercise, to look at what I have covered and what is left to explore. How can I get more readers and followers? As a matter of fact that is what Rowse’ webinar is about. That is surely the most difficult task for any blogger and website – to achieve visibility. You need visitor to your sites otherwise nothing happens – neither comments nor sales.
I have covered a fair bit on that subject but I am certainly no expert. I wonder who is in the end. On occasions when people with a web page around me hear about my blog, one of the questions that always come up is ‘how to increase your traffic’.
To finalise this train of thoughts I have just come across an interesting way of looking at evaluating my blog. I figure that I have to create a ‘mind map’ of all my posts, a schedule that shows me what I have covered so far. Rowse suggests ‘Blog granularity’ – breaking down your blog niche into grains (Problogger, Darren Rowse & Chris Garrett, 2nd edition) with the aim to keep your blog simple, easier to analyse and consequently more effective.
I may have a go at that and hopefully it will have some benefits – one of them being that blogexercise can be easier read and scanned for both me and my readers.
I feel some inspiration coming my way……………..
I wonder if bloggers ever run out of something to say. I have mentioned before that my inspiration comes and goes. It is in general the most fruitful when I have just finished a blog post. Exploring certain topics opens up the road to other content. Many bloggers get inspiration from reading other blogs or their comments. And offcourse when you have heaps of traffic yourself there will be many comments and the ideas will just flow.
When your blog becomes a chore
What should you do when writing becomes a chore? There may be times in your life that blogging is not your first priority and other things take over. Depending on the type of blog you have, it may be appropriate to admit that. If you speak the truth – your truth – you may find that the words come easily even when you have got a lot of other things on your mind.
In fact when you are honest it could well be that your readers can better connect with you. You could tell them that you did not feel coming out of bed and spent the day in your pyjamas. I bet there will be many who wish they had the courage to do the same! Just take a break and let your readers know when you will be back.
Blogging should always come from the heart. When it becomes something you feel you ought to do, it is not optional anymore. I bet that whatever you write about won’t be that captivating, could be repetitive or lacks originality.
When to have a break
Another thing that could stop you from blogging is when you get ill. Can you imagine writing something worthwhile when the only thing you like to do is cuddling up in bed with a hot water bottle and a box of tissues? My suggestion in that case would be – give it a break!
There are a couple of things that you can do when you suffer from writers block, are sick or just want a break. Being sick or a having a holiday may grant a real break! Writers block on the other hand may be a good opportunity to do some reviewing, do a recap or dig up those old posts you have written but never published.
It may also be a chance to evaluate the success of your blog or look at ways to improve the amount of readers or how you market your blog. Stepping back, evaluate and reflect may well get the juices going again!