Overcoming Bloggers Block

Bloggers block. It’s happened to us all at some point I’m sure. I remember telling a blogger that I’ve never had it before. That was about 18 months into my blogging journey. Fast forward a few years later and I find I do get it from time to time. I used to think bloggers block was when you didn’t have anything to write about. Now I realise there’s more to it than that, because I always have ideas ready to go. However, there are times when I get a total mental block. When that happens, here’s what I think I should do….

Overcoming Bloggers Block

Take a break

Sometimes I’ll be preparing a blog post and I find it just isn’t happening. I’ll start off with one idea, and it’ll keep changing because something’s not quite right. It’s at that point the procrastination begins. This is a really unproductive road to go down, and I’ve learnt that it’s better just to take a break. Even if it’s for an hour, because by the time I go back to work my idea is right on track. I’ll make full use of my hour off, giving myself that wax that is overdue or an eyelash tint! Now I’m not saying you should do something like that (unless you’re a beautician or that’s the kinda thing you like to do!). My point is, make full use of the time, but pick something that you don’t need to think about too much. That way your ideas will come flooding in. A whole blog post can literally come together when I’m sat there waiting for an eyelash tint to take!

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Google ‘blog post ideas’

Maybe I’ve taken that break, but still don’t know what to write. It’s not happened to me yet, but if it did I would try Googling ‘blog post ideas’. I always see bloggers posting lists, and in the past I’ve written a few myself. Here’s some I’ve seen doing the rounds recently:

30 Post Ideas for Spring for Every Blogger by The Sunday Girl 

20 Blog Post Ideas for Spring by Dorkface

25 Unique Blog Post Ideas for Spring by Makeup Savvy

25 Blog Post Ideas for Spring by Beauty Life Becca

….and if books are your thing? Dana from Wonder Forest has published one with 365 Blog Topic Ideas

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Change location

If I found my favourite bloggers couldn’t inspire me I think I would try changing location. I currently work from home in my lovely blogging room, but sometimes I get cabin fever. I think taking myself off to my local coffee shop might just do the trick. As long as they have wifi I’ll be good to go. Or I could use tethering on my phone. Failing that I would just work offline, and publish my post later.

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Use my ideas book

Talking of publishing later, most of my posts are scheduled well in advance, and something that helps me to keep on top of this is my ideas book. My head used to be filled with all my beauty advice and potential posts I could create. It would quite literally drive me crazy. I’m a really creative person, which is wonderful but I can’t keep these ideas floating around in my mind. So the solution was to create an ideas book. Now whenever I become inspired I make a little note in my pad.

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Respond to requests

My pad also has a section for special requests, so I often write blog posts based on those. But there’s no reason why I need to wait for requests to come in. I should make the most of social media, and go out there and ask my readers what they want. After all, this blog is primarily for them. On that note, if you have anything in particular you would like me to write about please e-mail me, or leave a comment in the section below!

There’s so many ways to overcome bloggers block, this barely tips the iceberg! Is it something you’ve ever suffered with? If so, what did you do? Let’s help each other out with lots of ideas.

Carly x

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  • These were great tips, I think its good to take a break, Ideas always come to me when Im not thinking about it x

    Zoe Mountford x

  • I take a week or two long break whenever I get a writer’s block, it’s just good to get away and come back refreshed. I like the idea of entertaining requests, that’s definitely one for me to remember too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    Thanks for sharing. I usually take some time off whenever I face a block, but never tried searching for blogging post ideas.
    How about we follow each other on bloglovin’? Follow me and I’ll follow you back.
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/

    • Theres always quite a few lists doing the rounds, so it’s a great backup plan. X

  • Katie

    Bloggers block hasn’t happened to me yet so fingered crossed! It is early in my blogging days, hopefully I won’t run out of ideas any time soon. Taking a break to do a mindless task is a great idea, I always seem to think of ideas when I’m in the shower or trying to fall asleep 🙂

    http://www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

  • i haven’t run out of ideas, but i do find sometimes i have to completely change the way a post starts out to the finish. as crazy as it sounds, taking a shower is where i get my best ideas.

  • I haven’t run out of ideas yet, but I do think that I need to refine my ideas a bit. I love those links you shared they’re great ideas! I also try to keep a notebook handy so that I can jot down all my ideas when I’m feeling particularly creative. Thanks for sharing all of these tips, it’s good to know we can all relate to each other 😀

    Characters & Carry-ons

  • this was really helpful Carly as I’m suffering with bloggers block at the moment! My plan is to power through and try to keep posting until it comes back to me again, a break can definitely be helpful but I think it might have the opposite problem with me right now and I’ll find it harder to get back into it! Changing location is a good idea, now it’s a bit warmer I’ve been enjoying writing up some posts in the garden xx

    • I’m glad you found it helpful. Writing posts in the garden sounds like a fab idea. That’s exactly where I am right now actually. X

  • lovably

    Thank you so much for this blog post. Bloggers block really gets every blogger once in a while. I only started my blog a week ago, so I hope it does take while until I get bloggers block too! 😀

    • You’re welcome. Good luck with your blogging journey. : )