To be honest with you, I never thought I would face bloggers block. But, I’ll admit that lately I’ve neglected ‘INT’ and trust me when I tell you it’s been killing me. Meanwhile I’ve been running around like a lunatic, trying to keep up with everything else in my life. Juggling three jobs, yup you heard me, THREE jobs.
As well as figuring out a new workout regime, gradually fitting back into a daily life routine, meanwhile remembering to let loose and enjoy myself from time to time (which isn’t as often as it should be).
It’s hard work, let me tell ya. My hat goes off to everyone who can stay on top of managing their blogs along with everything else. Because to be honest, I’m seriously struggling.
My spark of inspiration has quickly fizzled away. These days, my time feels over-consumed, with most of my focus on ‘real work, the money maker’. I seriously just can’t find the time to centre my energy on the one thing I love most. I guess while I was traveling, I was inspired to write more, being based in a different city/country every few days. Having all the time in the world to work on a post, day in and day out. My creative juices were flowing and now, well, they’re not.
Now being home, the idea of writing or figuring out what to write about is proving to be difficult. However, today I’m making a promise to myself, to write every day whether it’s 5 hours or 5 minutes. Writing is my biggest passion, therefore I need to MAKE time to do it. With that in mind, here’s a few tips I’ve found have helped me overcome the block, feel slightly better about it and more ready than ever to keep going.
1 | Connect With Like-Minded People
When I tell my family and friends how it’s eating my alive, they don’t really understand, why? Because, we don’t share the same creative gene in the brain. A big deal for me, is a small inconvenience for them.
I’ve found chatting with other bloggers/creatives, people walking the same path can comprehend what you’re going through. Better yet, they might even spark an idea or re-light the fire inside of you. Look online within blogging communities or even individuals through Facebook pages or my new favourite method Instagram. I’ve recently connected with several different individuals, as well as a few blogging community pages and it’s so refreshing. Learn from each other and build what I can only imagine will turn into long lasting relationships, even if our paths never cross. It’s like your very own cheer squad, a collective of complete strangers who encourage you to keep going and do more of what you love, as opposed to settling for the convention lifestyle. It’s the best support network I’ve come across lately, so don’t be shy, give it a go.
2 | Just Go With It
What makes your writing stand out from the crowd is that it’s yours. Your opinion, your perspective and no one else can copy or replace that. I can’t tell you how many draft posts I have half started, nearly finished that are still sitting there. Nothing but a bold title waiting to claim glory.
The majority of my posts start out as a journal. I begin writing about something that day, a thought in my mind at 3am or a story worth sharing. Some posts take a few hours before they are ready to go live and others can sit there for six months and more. Constantly editing them, until I either decide it’s good to go or into the trash. The best advice I can give is just write it down, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense or has no meaning. As long as you are writing, that’s what counts.
Write what you know, eventually it will start making sense and find its meaning.
3 | Read Other Blog’s
This is my most favourite theory to get those brain juices flowing. Now I’m not encouraging you to go online, read a few blogs and steal their work (that’s actually illegal). I’m saying find blogs or articles that you like and enjoy reading, ones that you as a reader can relate to. This might help you remember something funny worth sharing, flare your memory on a past event or anything along those lines. Before you know it, you have hundreds of ideas you can’t wait to share and talk about.
4 | Stay Creative
Just because the words aren’t coming, that doesn’t mean to say you need to stop being creative all together. In recent weeks I’ve been unable to publish a post, I’ve focused my time around staying on the right path and shifted my energy to different passions, this has included upping my photography and cinematography game.
I almost always carry my laptop and camera gear with me, anywhere and everywhere I’m going. Sometimes I spot something worth my while, other times I don’t, but it’s good to know I’m prepared. Although my blog has been lacking my attention lately, that’s not to say I’m sat doing nothing. I’m focusing my time on several other projects as well as learning new skills and software’s.
There is nothing wrong with trying out or pursuing a different art form, so don’t beat yourself up about it. As long as you’re putting in the time and working towards a goal, the rest will follow and fall into place.
5 | Take The Break
When writing won’t come and you’re trying just about everything you can possibly think of, then it’s safe to say you need a well-deserved break. So take the time off, let your brain re-charge and face it head on when you feel ready for it. Just be sure to let your readers know you need to take some time away, especially if you have a large following. Being both a blogger and a reader of other blogs, I can relate to both and we ‘readers’ care about the human behind the screen.
I hope this post has helped at least one person today, truth be told it’s actually helped me get back into the zone. I feel more eager to channel my inner writer again. Let me know if you’ve ever experienced bloggers block and what you do to overcome it?