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.
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:
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?