August 27, 2014
BLOG TALK: PREVENTING BLOGGER'S BLOCK.
Do you ever get blogger's block? I mention it here and there on my blog and definitely suffer from it every now and then. I'll have streaks of good blog post ideas and find myself cranking them out like there's no tomorrow. Normally I blog in batches, writing up to five posts at once and then scheduling them for the upcoming week or so. But I'll also have blog droughts, where I cannot for the life of me get a blog post written and then force myself to create a post because I like to stick to my schedule (it's the organizer in me).
But I've always wondered where people get their ideas to blog. I mean, how do those bloggers come up with those amazing posts that I wish I'd written? How do they come up with content? And how do they do it without running dry?
When it comes to my blog, I tend to come up with posts from real life and then I'll throw in some wishlists, fiction, and other fun stuff here and there, too. But for the most part, I get my blog post ideas from life--the experiences I have, the people I meet, the thoughts that run through my mind, or even the sermons and songs that I hear. I'll come up with ideas when I'm shopping, about to go to bed (thank goodness for post-its!), or even walking my dog. And then I'll sit down, type them up, and schedule them to publish.
If I'm really running dry, I'll occasionally look into my archives and will also turn to Pinterest for a few blog post ideas. I'll also try and keep up with my blog post series and pull out my camera and just snap away, too. Sometimes, just clearing my mind and getting away from the blogging scene helps, too.
Coming up with blog posts is a weird process, especially when you want to create original content. But it's a good challenge for the writer in me and preventing blogger's block is something I'm always interested in doing.
So where do you get your inspiration and blog content from? Do you get it from other bloggers, creating copycat posts? Or do you get it from real life and the everyday moments that you live? How do you prevent blogger's block?