How do you overcome blogger’s block?

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060922 blogging material How do you overcome bloggers block?

Let's face it. We all experience it once in a while, especially when we least expect it.  It doesn't matter how long we have been blogging, there are times when we just can't think of anything to blog about.

Following are some websites that help bloggers overcome blogger's block:

Lorelle's Blogging Challenge

Once in a while, Lorelle @ Lorelle On WordPress throws her readers a blogging challenge. These blogging challenges serve to challenge our thinking and efforts in blogging and blog writing.  I personally love Lorelle's Blogging Challenge not only because she always comes up with original blog topics but because after completing each challenge, Lorelle makes sure that we have learned something along the way and that we would be able to share, on our blog, what we have learned from taking up the challenge.  In other words, besides helping us overcome our blogger's block,  Lorelle is also actually helping us learn how to blog.  Some of the more recent blogging challenges are:

Mindbump — Where great minds collide

Mindbump is a web-based remedy for blogger's block that also serves as a blog promotional tool. Mindbump serves up random blog writing prompts generated by bloggers. If you've decided to take up any of the writing prompts, simply copy the code which is located below the prompt, paste it on your blog, and respond to it. Don't like what you see? Hit the REFRESH button!

If your creative juice is overflowing, you could submit your blogging prompts and your suggestions will be displayed randomly, along with a link back to your blog. If a blogger picks up your writing prompt, he will write about it, copy and paste the code on his blog and link back to your site in their post.

Some examples of mindbumps:

  • If there was one person who best exemplified everything that you are against, who would that person be? Who is the "anti-you"?
  • Describe your most embarrassing musical purchase. What's hidden in your skeleton CD rack?
  • Has the internet taken over your life? Do you think people are too reliant on technology today? Does technology really make tasks simpler, as they are supposed to do?
  • If you had to select only one photograph from your photo albums to represent your life, which photograph would you choose? (this would make a very good group writing project!)
  • Describe your most embarrassing moment.

Blaugh – The (Un)official comic of the Blogosphere!

I have only recently discovered Blaugh, a site that publishes a web comic every few days. The comic strips are very nice and colourful, and apply very much to the current blogging situations too.  If you wish, you could copy the code below the comic strip and use it on your blog. If you haven't noticed it, the comic strip above was taken from Blaugh.   In fact, this post was inspired by the comic strip!

Google trends

I have never tried this myself, but apparently, what you need to do is to type in a keyword or a couple of them if you'd like to compare and see which keyword is being talked about the most at the moment, and hit the SEARCH button. A graph will appear on the next screen, that shows how each keyword fared in the last few years.

But of course, there may be other sites that you find more useful and interesting than those mentioned above.

So, tell us, how do you overcome blogger's block?

By Pelf.

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My thanks go to Pelf for writing this informative post with such great links!   We all know that a great deal has been written on techniques to overcome the writer's block,  and this still seems to be an ongoing problem with us all.   Here is some more great articles on this subject! 

Blogger's Block: A Growing Threat to the Blogosphere
How to survive blogger's block
How to deal with lack of motivation
Make a decision and stick with it
12 Tips for Battling Blogger's Block
How to overcome blogger's block

and then of course there is this mother of all posts (or is it father of all posts?) Battling Blogger's Block  that covers just about every idea out there to get over this problem! 

 By Pearl.

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15 Responses to “ How do you overcome blogger’s block? ”

  1. Personally I never run out of the things to blog about. The world is such a mystery. There is always something there to inspire and motivate me. :)

  2. Pearl I mostly have to overcome poor time management. There is no lack of things to write about , I started a post last night and its at 1300 words and I’m not near complete. I’m usually caught between learning about my blog site itself and adding content.

  3. @Mig and @Don

    I agree with you both! I have a slew of draft posts written and some with just one or two lines of thoughts in them – so the ideas are there, its the time I struggle with…… I also feel that the ideas in most of the posts about writer’s block and getting rid of it actually revolve around better use of time with a spin!

    Don – learning about the site or wordpress technicalities has been the biggest for me… especially the theme tweaking! I’m confident if I had more time to spend on it, I could do a better job – so there… its all about the time :)

  4. It seems that we all manage well the blogger’s block. Too bad the blogger’s time is limited to 24 hours per day! I also have a headfull of ideas, I just don’t have the time to write them down.

    I liked very much the cartoon! I wish my boyfriend runs out of blogging ideas (too bad he doesn’t blog :( )

  5. haha Simonne – you took the words out of my mouth :D

  6. I keep a list of websites and resources to talk about. It is basically a web notebook/link list of things to talk about. It keeps getting longer all the time and I never seem to run out of ideas that way. I just need more time to actually site down and write now.

  7. Some excellent tips here. My usual problem is that I need a 36 hour day. Love the cartoon, haha!

  8. haha I have the same problem Deb… but then, everyone has 24 hours :) even people with Page Rank 6 or 7 :lol:

  9. hey LGR – you suffer from the same issues? I thought web masters were better with time than the rest of us not so tech savy people :-)

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  12. Reading the paper always gives me ideas… if not that a drive… or even better a nap!

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  13. @Stock Trading Software aka Justin – nap is always a good idea :)

  14. I’m a sporadic blogger but I just decided days ago that I’d blog regularly. Since I blog at night, during the day I try to keep an eye/ear out for topics that I could write about. I note it down and scribble a few words to remind me of my point when I look at it later on. =)

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