Ever sit down at the computer to blog and the words just don’t come out? Your fingers are poised over the keyboard but the voices in your head are busy telling you that you’ve had a long day, there are a million other things you need to get done and it’s past your bedtime.
On those days, it doesn’t matter how many great sources I look at for inspiration, or fantastic blog post prompts I’ve got, or how many different article templates I browse through. All the great advice about “write in advance” and “keep a list of ideas” isn’t helpful when you’re stuck. Sometimes our brains just need a break and they go on strike until we take some time off to recharge.
So what can you do when you want/need to blog but it’s the last thing you feel like doing and ideas just don’t seem to be coming? Never fear! Here are some simple ideas to help you survive and get a blog post published quickly.
Try Something Different
Do a video post – turn on the webcam and talk, or do a screencast recording with Jing.
Share Something Cool From Someone Else’s Brain
Your brain wants a break. Be nice and give it a break. You could share…
- a YouTube video (here’s how)
- a TED talk (here’s an example)
- an article from EzineArticles (here’s an example, and here’s the system I use for finding stuff to share)
- a resource or tool you like (I do this a lot, including just this morning: G+ Guide)
- some cool links/bloggers you’ve run across in the past week
- share a post with links to your best past posts on a topic (like your best advice for bloggers, your 5 most popular recipes, the most commented stories you’ve shared, etc.)
Take Time Out & Share It
Give yourself a break. Take a walk. Go to the library. Grab a mocha. Read a book. Do something to recharge your batteries, then share about that.
I’d love to see a photo of the sunset where you are. Or that peaceful spot you like to sit and think. I’d even love to see a photo of your local coffee shop (surprised, aren’t you?)… Yeah, it’s probably not what you usually blog about, but it’s okay to show the personal side of yourself and give your readers something to connect with.
Though if you choose to relax in the bubble bath as I do, I’d prefer you not share that photo. In fact, keeping the camera away from that particular room is probably a good idea.
You get the idea though–share something different that helped you relax. Your readers probably need to relax, too, and just might follow your lead and be thankful.
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