What to Blog, When You’ve got Nothing to Blog

by Tara Alley · 34 comments

This is a guest post by Tara Alley who is a freelance writer and spends her time promoting CoffeeHomeDirect. Tara, through this post is sharing tips that will help us to face the situation when you really want to blog something but aren’t able to do so due to writers block. I am sure these tips will be helpful for you.

We’ve all been there.  Your last post was 12 days ago.  Your e-mail inbox is flooded, and your readers are getting anxious.  But you, you’ve got zero inspiration and no motivation.  Excellent combo!

No, not really.  Okay, but the good news is that sometimes, sometimes some of the most awesome blogs stem from a mind that’s running on empty.

It sounds crazy, right?  Sure.  But, if you think about it, if you don’t have an idea, then that means that whatever you do manage to come up with is going to be entirely, completely new.  Forget the repetitive nature that so often accompanies well established blogs.

You may be a tad bit off topic, maybe just bizarre, but chances are, if you’ve got a good set of readers, they’re going to, at the very least, enjoy seeing this new side of you.  So, stop running from the computer and hiding from WordPress. You’ve got a blog to write!  With or without inspiration!  That’s coming, trust me.

In case you’re dreading something super painful, I’ve got some step-by-steps to walk you through this.

1. Go For A New Topic

Obviously, you’re burnt out.  If you just can’t blog about another way to make eco-friendly-whole-wheat banana-bread cookies or the latest way to increase your business productivity by ten-fold, then this is your golden opportunity to make a little side step.  It doesn’t have to be drastic, but it does have to be different.

You can go for something in the same field, but perhaps change up your tone.  This can make for something really fun and exciting.  Post it as a guest blogger and adopt an entirely new voice if that makes it easier.  Or, go for a new topic completely.   If you blog about real-estate trends four days a week, surprise your readers with your latest favorite restaurant or the newest coffee shop that got you excited.  You will probably discover that a break from the norm is not only refreshing for you, but for your readers too.

2. Get Out And Write Somewhere New

Chances are good that you have a place you usually post from.  Whether that’s at your home desk, your office, or a laptop on the couch, you may just need a change of scenery.  Head for somewhere where there’s some life happening.  Go hit up a trendy gathering spot or maybe an outside park if you’re living where the weather permits.

3. Do An Interview

Convinced you’ll never be able to come up with something on your own?  Find someone else in your field and do a low-key interview.  You’ll likely be excited about what they have to say and often, you’ll find renewed inspiration to once again dig a little deeper into your particular subject.  It’s invigorating to be around others with similar passions, so don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

4. Seek Out Real-Time Options

Go type your subject (food, technology, writing, etc.) into Twitter and see what’s the buzz.  You should be able to find something that gives you a new perspective, or maybe even irritates you enough you come up with an argument.  Take every advantage of the new real-time searches available.  You’ll be current and you’ll keep your readers current.

5. Put Yourself In Your Readers’ Shoes

What do you imagine they enjoy seeing the most from you?  If you were them, what would you want to read next?  You can also be totally honest with them and write an entire blog post on your admitted lack of inspiration.  Ask them what they’re excited or perplexed about lately.  I’d be willing to bet that their comments will be enough to get you going on the next post around.

6. When All Else Fails, TAKE A BREAK

If you try everything you can think of and everything everyone else can think of with no success, then you should definitely take a break.  Posting uninspired post after uninspired post will do little more than upset you and possibly drive away some readers.  Write a post saying “Stay Tuned” and then escape into a world where blogging doesn’t exist and your mind has a chance to restore a little bit.  Then get back at it with a vengeance when the next moment of brilliance comes upon you!

I am sure that these tips will really help you out from the situation when your mind is stuck at a point and is not spitting any new ideas. If you’ve got something more to add or say then do comment below. I would love to hear you.

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About Tara Alley

Tara Alley is a freelance writer living in sunny Orange County, CA, striving to live a healthy lifestyle and share her efforts and tips with others. When not baking or writing, she also spends her time promoting coffee makers for Coffee Home Direct. You can reach her at: tara[at]gmail[dot]com and follow her on Twitter @hopesiempre.

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jason@Auto Insurance April 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

Maybe a new topic or taking a break is what I will opt for, thanks for the post..

Rob Chapman April 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Really appreciate the well thought-out post, Tara. I wrote a similar one awhile ago on my site because I myself was going through some heavy writers-block. Doing some research and reading posts like yours really helped me find knowledgeable and useful information to help me write my post, and get through my writing troubles.

Lindsay Walsh December 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Really appreciate the well thought-out post, Tara. Maybe a new topic or taking a break is what I will opt for, thanks for the post..

Rahul kuntala July 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I think writing about product reviews (which you use) and interviews are the best way to write about something when we’ve got nothing to say!

Taking a break from blogging can also leads to give some instant posting ideas. I usually go for a walk when I feel void!

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