Nothing’s worse than having your blog page open, ready to post something world changing and enthralling, and then realising that you have absolutely no inspiration, and no idea about what you should be writing about. Unfortunately, writer’s block is something that affects even the best writers in the world, people who have published several books or popular articles, and that means that it is important that you think about techniques that you can use to find the inspiration that you seek.
The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you stay updated with what’s going on in the news. If you’re a general blogger then the world news will do, but if you specialise in something then you’d be better reading publications based around your area. Blogging is all about sharing your opinion, and our opinions can often be formed based around those of others. Simply taking a look around what other people have written can help you to find something that you feel strongly enough about to write an interesting blog post. Also, if you choose something that is relevant currently, then you’re more likely to have people searching for that topic, and therefore finding your blog.
Whenever you find something that gives you even a hint of inspiration, even if you don’t yet have enough to write a full blog, you should make sure that you write it down. Some of the best writers have papers all over the place with keywords written on them that they’ve noted down whilst watching television or even doing things such as sitting on the tube or cooking their dinner. If a bit of inspiration comes into your head, it’s vital that you write it down, because there is a chance that it will have slipped your mind again by the time you come to think about actually writing your blog.
If you can’t think of anything to say still, then the least helpful thing to do is to sit at the computer and stare at the screen. This will do nothing other than make you frustrated, and this won’t help you to become more productive at all. The best thing to do in this case is to leave it, go and do something else, and forget about it until inspiration hits you. A lot of people can find that exercising helps, as the endorphins can improve your productiveness and likeliness to think of something new.
Most important of all, though, is to take note of the things that your readers like to hear from you. If you notice that a certain topic always sparks discussion on your blog, then this is something that you should consider focussing on. After all, your readers are the ones who you are writing for, so it makes sense that you should write to please them.
Writer’s block only usually lasts for a short time and, provided that you don’t get too stressed about it, you should find that you will soon be able to blog effectively again.