Blogging block. I just coined this term or read it somewhere. I'm not really sure. However, it is the blogging world's counterpart to writer's block. And it is something that I know too well. Do you have those days wherein you sit in front of your computer or laptop and you wanted to write but nothing, absolutely nothing, is coming out? You're just staring at a blank space. You doodle some words but nothing makes sense. Hence, you end up deleting everything you've written.
In the world of fashion blogging wherein regular update and posts is of the essential, this can be doubly frustrating. And it's not for the lack of trying. There are some days wherein you simply feel uninspired to write anything... and yet the deadline is closely ticking on you. You have to produce something!
Here are some of the tricks that I've used when dealing with blogging block to produce new content and keep the blog going:
1. Seasonal posts. If you are literally out of ideas to write, think of the season and its prevailing trends. Then, write a post around a generic topic or zero in on a specific topic that you love about a season. For example, during specific holidays, you can create a gift guide or tips for shopping, etc. It might seem like a common post idea but we all love to hear your insight on these topics, so don't be scared to jump in!
2. Do your research. What are the things that people are talking about on social media or search engines? This is also a good way to optimize your blog content - write about things that people want to read or know about!
3. Read! Like I've said before, the best way to generate new ideas and be inspired to write is to read, read, and read! I read at least 10 blogs a day (on a really busy day!) to get some new inspiration or to promote my blog. You'll never know where the next source of inspiration will come from.
4. Take a break. Do not beat yourself up in an effort to produce new content. If the inspiration won't come to you, take a short break. This will refresh your mind and give it a re-boot, so to speak. It is better to take a break rather than force yourself into producing low quality content.
Have you encountered blogging block before? How do you produce fresh ideas all the time?