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Give Yourself a Break!

It is 2012 and the world has not yet ended so we bloggers still need to keep writing and inspiring our readers. For some people this might mean coming up with their best blog lists or whatever…

But for some of us maybe because of life’s problems writing can become a chore, or even worse you can’t think of a thing to say and you wonder what to write about or even how to do it.

I am speaking from personal experience by the way and I can tell you it is a very unpleasant experience which has kept me up at nights, had me questioning myself and wondering if I will ever write again.

Instead of doing the typical inspirational post on how to get back on the horse with typical tips and encouraging words, I am going to say…

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK !

The reality is sh*t happens and so does life and you need to find ways and means to feel better so that you can indeed write again, and that means taking time for you!

Now I can hear many of you groan as you say, hey that’s all fine and dandy if you have only a few readers or blogging is just a hobby. But what do you do if your blog is your business and life blood? Taking time off for you is not an option, and in fact by not writing you could lose readers, customers etc.

Really?

My answer to that is then you have not planned very well have you?

As with any business, blogging is not a “sometimes” affair, but something that has to be nurtured and published on a frequent basis, for it to become a success - you are after all a publisher even if it is a self-publisher!

On that basis, I am (oh dear - blog tips!) going to make my top three suggestions:

My suggestions

1. When you are in a writing mood, create a lot of different posts and keep them on file. When you are going through a blog fugue then pull one of them out, clean it up if need be and then post it.

2. Everyone talks about having guest bloggers. Well it is a darn good idea, especially for those times when writing becomes a challenge for you. Keep at least 2 or three people in the background that will help write for you and lets face it, having a new face, a new idea or a different point of view never hurts your readers.

3. Keep talking to others via social media. You may not be writing blog posts, but your blog can stay alive just by communicating with others whether it is using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or other communities. The reality is that when you talk to others it might give you the push you need to be able to write again.

Going through a blogging fugue is never easy, and if I have learned anything then my top resolution for this year (if the world does not end) is to be kinder to myself, to do the best that I can and to keep doing what I love.

What about you?

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Edited by Blog Bloke. Many moons ago I found myself asking a similar question. And here is another guest blog post on the subject of inspiration for writing blog content.

Written April 22nd, 2012 by | 28 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Featured Tips, Writing Blog Content

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  1. Good pointers as always Diane. It’s a subject that is close to home for all of us bloggers, including yours truly.

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    Reply by: Diane at 4:21 pm said...

    @BB, I remember only too well, you and I talking about my not writing and I came up with so many reasons. The reality is that sometimes we just get tired and we need to take a step back to find that focus.

    I really hope this post will help others, because there are those times that the guilt of not writing, will only make the problem worse.

    As always, thank your for your support and encouragement and hey you didn’t have to nag me…too much…lol

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    Reply by: BB at 4:35 pm said...

    @Diane, I think it’s called turning your scars into stars or blogging by the seat of your pants, or…

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    Reply by: Diane at 4:44 pm said...

    @BB, and having support of good people who will be there for you and maybe that should have been my number one tip for giving oneself a break…having your family and friends help and support you ( even if they do nag at times..lol)

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  2. O.K folks what do you do to help yourself out of a fugue. We keep reading all the inspirational things and they are useful, but I really want to hear your personal experiences?

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    Reply by: BB at 5:19 pm said...

    @Diane, well I have used all of your pointers over my decade long blogging career. I find that Twitter helps me a lot coming up with headline ideas that I can later flesh out into a full blog post. I have also solicited ideas from my readers as noted above. And as you know I am against writing every day just for the sake of writing and filling the search engines with recycled garbage. I firmly believe in quality over quantity so I fully support the notion of taking some time off.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 5:27 am said...

    @BB, lol, just had this thought, we need to create a badge of excellence ” I took time off and I am proud of it”… just my humor running rampant this morning

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  3. Writers block, as we writers used to call it, is one of the most exasperating and frustrating things to experience. But, also very common! You provided some wonderful tips Diane. I have often found that I hit these slumps when my life has become too routine, or I’ve been writing too much. A change of scenery, shaking up the schedule, anything that is a change can sometimes jump start the creative juices. Great post! Thanks.

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    Reply by: Diane at 4:55 pm said...

    @Dorothy Sander, Hi Dorothy ^-^ That is what I found I needed - a change of scenery, which meant not being online as much and just taking time for me. I did make the effort to keep up with the social networking as I knew that if I stopped talking altogether, well, to be honest I am unsure if I would be writing this today.

    We all need to do what we got to do, to get back into that saddle and while we need the inspiration, we also just need understanding

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    Reply by: BB at 5:28 pm said...

    @Dorothy Sander, taking a little time off and a change of scenery can be very helpful for inspiration. They say that a change can be as good as a vacation. That is when those draft posts we saved up can come in handy.

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  4. I do get fed up sometimes and do not want to write, make comments on blogs and so on. When I get in this kind of mood I tend to stay away from writing and learn about other things I am interested in like Gimp, Audacity and recently I found this Mind Mapping Software for Ubuntu. That’s what I do when I do not write. I go explore other interests and maybe write about them later.

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    Reply by: BB at 2:05 am said...

    @Roezer, I hear ya buddy and been there and done that myself. I love to take breaks from writing and delve into the technical stuff myself. Love to explore new things and keep learning. I bounce back afterwards with a renewed vigor to write and more things to share.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 5:24 am said...

    @Roezer, good morning and being “fed up” is very good wording!
    I sometimes feel that as bloggers ( and I am sure it is the same for many professions” just get tired of the 9-5 mentality and what was an enjoyment becomes work and we need a holiday from it all.

    I also feel that we get so caught up in what the so called experts are saying…writing posts all the time, commenting all the time and do this and do that - that we burn out!

    The reality is that the world will not end if we don’t write all the time and the search engines will not give a hoot if we get tired, so learning to be kinder to yourself and learning to be O.K if you don’t write all the time is needed..we are human and there are so many things to do.

    Thanks for voicing your thoughts, I know it has helped me stay on track and keep my resolution to take care of myself in a better way, so that when I do write and talk to people via blogging etc, I will be more refreshed and I know I will be less snarky :-)

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