This is a guest post by Peter Garety sharing us how we can keep our blog updated with fresh content in case we are struggling from writer’s block. Do make a visit to his Auto Traffic Avalanche blog.
The dreaded condition called writer’s block comes every so often, even to the most experienced of bloggers.
The words just won’t flow no matter how hard you stare at your computer screen with your fingertips posed over the keyboard or hold your pen against the surface of your legal pad. 🙂
The drought of words simply happens every once in a while, and when that drought occurs, the spell could last days, even weeks.
Dealing with prolonged writer’s block is another story for another day, but while you are trying to overcome your writer’s block, what happens to your blog in the meantime?
After all, not updating your blog when you have a host of readers awaiting every new post you make – not to mention revenues that you cannot afford to sacrifice – can be disastrous.
How do you avert this disaster, then, even as you struggle with your inability to write?
Relying on Others
One way to keep the content of your blog fresh even as you deal with an extended bout of writer’s block is to rely on others for your content.
As you may know, one of the most important tasks that every blogger should work on while developing their blog is to establish a relationship with other bloggers in their niche. Ostensibly, the purpose of this task is to get word of your blog out there and to make your presence known so that you can have a steady stream of web traffic flowing to your blog.
Having a good working relationship with other bloggers serves another purpose when writer’s block hits you. If you cannot seem to write your own posts, you can invite other bloggers to create guest posts for you. Most bloggers are gracious with that, especially when their guest posts generate backlinks and traffic to their own blogs as well. However, you should nonetheless be prepared in case the blogger you have invited asks for something else in return.
Aside from guest bloggers, you can also invite your readers to submit original content for your blog. Many of your readers will surely be thrilled to be featured in your blog. If they are budding bloggers as well, this may become a chance for you to lend them a helping hand and provide an opportunity for exposure to these newbie bloggers.
It is a win-win situation.
Still, you should make sure that you set guidelines for your readers to follow with their contributions so that you can safeguard the quality of your blog.
Dealing with Your Writer’s Block
Given that you can always rely on other people to help you out if you need to keep your blog fresh despite having writer’s block, you cannot expect other people to take care of your blog for you forever. In one way or another, you have to deal with that writer’s block of yours.
More often than not, writer’s block crops up when there is a pressing issue that demands your undivided attention. Whatever this problem is, you need to address it as soon as possible because the distraction will affect not just your ability to blog in the long run. Throwing the problem to the backburner and ignoring it as best as you can will not make that problem go away.
If your writer’s block is caused by fatigue or stress, then the best solution is to take a break.
Go on a holiday, get pampered at a spa, do nothing or do whatever it is that you do to get de-stressed. Also, use this time away from your blog to rethink your priorities.
Maybe your writer’s block is caused by the fact that you are tired of blogging. If that is the case, then maybe it is time for you to walk away.
At The End…
Writer’s block happens to all bloggers, even to the best and the most experienced of us. When writer’s block has been going on far too long, it can pose a problem to the life of your blog.
You can keep your blog alive with fresh content by asking other people to provide this content for you. In the meantime, you need to address the issue of your writer’s block and be definite about it.
Do let us know your solutions for writer’s block. What do YOU do when you face writer’s block? Have something to share with us? Just leave your comment below as it might help someone in overcoming writer’s block. I am waiting to read your comments.