So, you are a Professional blogger or a part-time Blogger, and your daily routine includes writing new articles for hours and publishing them and making money. Sounds good, but after years or month, you will find your Blogging routine monotonous and find it hard to write or you will notice your hungriness of updating your blog is not the same anymore.
All bloggers face that blank wall at one point or another. Call it Writer’s Block or anything else, all bloggers (and all sort of writers be it news, features, editorials, etc.) will come to face to face to this wall. Don’t think that the problem is unique to you. Also, don’t think that it’s the end of the blog. It can only become the end of your blog if you let it beat you by no longer posting. We decide our end. Remember this.
So how does one beat this problem? Here are 6 tips I usually use to overcome this problem of Blogger Block, and I’ve been using it since the last three years that I’m blogging.
Beat the hell Out of Blogger Block situation
1. Backtrack and Expand
Go through your old posts and see what and how you can expand them. You can never exhaust a topic to blog. There are always “branches” of a topic that can be further expanded and posted. What is important is that you set aside the time to take a look at what you have written about in the past and closely study the “branches” that you can further discuss. You can even edit that old post and add new information to it and republish it.
2. Interaction Gold Mine
A blog that has a good readership has an endless well of information, feedback, or reaction that is a great source of related ideas for your blog. Since they are reactions to the topics you have blogged about, then the connection to your topic is there. All you need to do is further expand them or go the direction they are leading to.
3. Flexible Tone
If your blog has always been “newsy”, try writing humorously. If you’ve been blogging editorially, try self-help. Get the picture? Just play on points of view and posting style. It will give your post on an old topic a new twist and may even lead to new, fresh topics.
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4. Follow up Posts To Update Them
Topics always have new views as time passes. Take a look at what you’ve posted and see how those ideas and opinions have changed since you first posted them. Remember, the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. Several hundred years ago we KNEW the world was flat. That isn’t the case now, right? NEW TOPIC!
5. Guest Posts
Yea and that’s what I’m doing right now for Shoutmeloud.com – Having a guest bloggers post on your blog is also a new twist that can keep your blog fresh by giving a different point of view on an old topic. Remember, you’re not the only one with an opinion and knowledge on any given topic. It will also give your blog a more “rounded” personality and character by allowing different points of view to be read.
6. Hire Bloggers
Of course the downside of this is the cost involved but, well, it’s the easiest way out – if you have the bucks. As at now I’m managing two blogs related to my country Mauritius with on average five posts a day. I’m also working on my new blog WP Spells (WordPress codes and tips) and two other projects related to online publishing. You think I can write for each of them myself everyday? The solution is to hire and outsource when needed.
7) Try something new:
There are times when your blog is growing at a consistent rate, and you are not getting that internal boost to work on it, as now growth rate is consistent. It’s time to implement something new. Work on Video Blogging and create videos for your Blog. Or work on adding the new layer of the element on your site. The idea is to bring a change into your daily monotonous routine and see what works and what not. May be you can start working on eBook, which you have planned from years. The only thing that you need to do is to start.
These are but a few tips on how to keep your blog fresh and get out of Blogger Block situation. You can develop other ways just as you go along and as you continue to read reactions to your posts. The most important thing to do is to find the time to explore these techniques aside from being keen to notice new ways to keep things fresh. Don’t get overwhelmed by that “wall”.
Get over it, around it, go underneath it…just do it. Remember old is gold, and most of the time, re-using your original old topics is the key to rejuvenating your blog.