It happens to all of us – the blog rut. It’s that moment when you know you need to blog, and you want to, but the ideas and the words are just not coming. It can be incredibly stressful and downright frustrating, especially when you want to be providing consistent content for your readers.
But blog ruts are not something you need to just ride on out like a bad cold. Blog ruts can be dealt with if you try a few different approaches to your usual routine.
10 Ways To Get Out of a Blog Rut
1. Write by hand
Sometimes the act of writing your post by hand will bring about new ideas and style. Most of us write slower than we type so that process allows your brain to process and think at a different speed.
2. Listen to music
Not only is music good for the soul, but it’s scientifically proven to stimulate different parts of the mind. Some believe that listening to classical music makes you more intelligent, whether that is true is yet to be found. But pop on some inspiring music, close your eyes and let your mind wander.
3. Go for a walk
Don’t force the creative process if you’re in a total rut. Get your shoes on and get outside. Some of the great creative geniuses such as Charles Dickens and Beethoven used to take a daily walk as part of their creative routine.
If you’re over-tired, stressed or burning the candles at both ends. Just get some sleep. Your brain can’t function without it. And if, like me, you go through insomniac phases, try just lying down for a nap. It will give your brain space to think.
5. Change your environment
If you usually blog in your study, grab your laptop and head out to your favourite coffee shop. The change of scenery should stimulate your brain into thinking creatively.
6. Write it all down
Make a list of everything that’s on your mind, your frustrations, goals, dreams…anything that’s filling your brain and getting in the way of the creative process.
7. Something different
Blog about a topic that is totally different to your usual content. If you push your mind to think differently and try a new topic, you will often find it sparks ideas for your usual themes.
8. Forget perfection
One of the most common frustrations I hear from bloggers is that they are too scared to publish posts if they’re not quite perfect. This pressure itself is not conducive to creative thinking. And you might find that something you think is not perfect is actually received really well by your readers. The beauty of blogging is that it’s a fluid process, so try your best and hit publish. You’ll only grow if you keep at it.
9. Creative shrine
Surround your usual blogging workspace with things that inspire you. This is particular helpful for people who learn and respond to visual stimulation. For instance, on my desk I have a beautiful small painting by Natasha Newton, a vintage pink glass bowl for my stationery, vintage tins, colourful pens and a gallery wall of my favourite photographs and artwork.
10. Get chatting
Some of the best ideas come from talking to your peers. Talk about blogging, your ideas, your niche or anything you’re passionate about with fellow bloggers or your friends. You’ll be amazed how generous people are with ideas, and just a good natter you should help you get your next blog post at the ready.