Having to keep up a regular schedule is something many people do well. There is another cohort of us who have great intentions. Other things seem to get in the way and we find ourselves staring at a blank blog page for a few days or, even worse, weeks. Ok. Maybe months. Anyone see tumbleweeds?
So what’s the best way to keep your productivity up when you’re struggling?
Here are a few tips that should help.
1. Write more when you are in the writing mood.
I know when I’m in the mood to write I can pump stuff out easily if I’m in that zone. Words flow, keys tap, and before I know it I’ve written more than expected.
Getting and staying in the zone is the challenge!
When you are, stockpile a bunch of articles or posts that you can then schedule out to appear on future dates. That way it doesn’t matter what your mood is like – your blog will be populated.
Same holds true for any other writing where you control the content. It’s just a matter of making sure you keep an eye on when you need to top up the stock!
2. Work out a few blogging themes or a structure.
Trying to write out of thin air can be a struggle. It’s way easier if you have an idea of the topic you will write on.
Mark up your month or quarter or year and pick a theme or topic for each week. Example, week 1 – blogging issues, week 2 – writing methods, etc. Then write out 7 articles on that week’s theme and schedule them to run.
Or, you might structure it so you have a different area for each day of the week. For example Throwback Thursdays, Funny Fridays, Review Mondays etc. Then write out an article for each daily theme and plug them in to publish.
If you’re not that organised, a further idea is to just write up a bunch of titles relevant to your blog’s focus, then pick 7 to write about and schedule them to publish.
By having an idea of what you will write about, the task of actually writing is one step closer.
3. Re-purpose existing content.
This is one of the steps I am taking on another blog.
I have a few videos and slideshows previously prepared that tie into the blog audience focus. I plan to turn each of those into a series of blog posts. All I have to do is play the show or video and write the content for the articles based on that. Easy as. Great approach for when you can’t think too well!
You could also look at anything else you’ve published and rewrite it, refresh it with new content, or extend the ideas from earlier posts.
If you have some PLR available related to your topic, there’s no reason why you can’t use that by revising it. Sometimes you don’t need to start from scratch – use what you’ve already got.
Like what other people write? Curate industry news, press articles, journal articles or even books. You can include some of their content then top and tail it with your commentary.
Still stuck? This is an oldie but a goodie 🙂
So give yourself a break. We can’t all be word-pumping writing machines 365 days a year. Think about how you best work eg structured or inspired and find a writing method that will let you perform and produce … even when you don’t feel like it!
How do you get out of blogger’s block? I invite you to jot your thoughts in the comments!