How to Break Through Blogger Burnout
As a blogger, I know how difficult it is to stay inspired. There are some days when your creative juices are flowing wild and the content ideas come pouring out of you like they're one tap. Other days, well, not so much.
The important thing to keep in mind is - dry spells are a normal, natural part of the creative process. Writer's block is a very real issue, and can be difficult to overcome, especially if you let it get to you. However, there are many things you can do to keep both your mind and your blog fresh and focused.
Possibly the oldest trick in the book, but if you find yourself feeling uninspired, pick up a pen and a piece of paper (or a cute journal, or a blank Word document on your computer - whatever tickles your fancy) and just write things down. You will probably feel silly at first, it's natural. You'll be self conscious and won't know what to write down. But power through it, and write something, because that will lead to more ideas and before you know it, you'll have an entire page of post ideas scribbled down to draw off of.
2. Have a designated space.
Set up your desk, home office, living room, what have you, exactly how you want it. Wherever you blog, make it your own. Fill the space with quotes and pictures that inspire you, add homey accents like a mug of coffee and your favorite throw pillows. Create a nice, crisp, clean space where you can write that's free from mental and physical clutter. This may not always be easy or practical, but do the best you can with what you have and you'll notice a difference. It might even inspire a blog post!
3. Have ideas on hand.
It's always a great idea to have a ready made list of blog post ideas at the ready for those days where life is particularly difficult or you just can't come up with an idea to save your life. They might be easy, simple things like list posts, product reviews, a quick check in about your life (readers love to see what makes you human), or anything else that can be ready to go at a moment's notice.
Still having a hard time coming up with ideas? Join a link up, write up a spotlight on your favorite blog or shop, tweet a call to arms, or have someone write a guest post for you. It will help expand your network (which is always a good thing - no blogger is an island unto themselves) and give you a quick fix for your next blog post.
5. Keep on keeping on.
Even when it's difficult, when you just can't come up with good ideas, simply muddle through it. Though it may sound crazy, doing it consistently will make it easier to do on a day to day basis. They say it takes 45 days to create a habit, and by then you'll have it completely down pat!