Blogging sounds like so much fun that you can’t wait to start. All you have to do is write you thoughts online and people will read them? You can even make money this way? Seriously?
Seriously. So you go out and set up your very own blog. Maybe it’s a personal blog or a blog about something you’re interested in. Great. You pick out an awesome theme and upload your best profile pic. Wonderful. And then that ‘add new post’ page stares back at you. All of a sudden you forget all of those witty antedotes and funny stories and you can’t think of a thing to write. For the beginner blogger, here are five how-tos that will help break blogger’s block.
- Choose a topic you really love talking about – You know that thing you and your friends spend hours chatting about? Or that subject you’re always searching online for more information about?
- Don’t overthink it too much - Remember, people are coming to your blog to read the real you, not some fake “writer’s voice”. Blogs are meant to be less formal and more friendly so don’t get too caught up in what you say and how you say it.
- Save a draft - Sometimes when you spend a good deal of time working on something you begin to lose perspective. In much the same way as when you say the same word over and over again and it begins to lose meaning. If you start to feel like nothing sounds just right, save the post to draft and come back to it later when your view has had a chance to replenish.
- Read other blogs – Sometimes it helps to read other blogs to get a new perspective. You can choose to read other blogs that are related to the topic of your blog or you can just read any other blog that you like. The point is to get some fresh ideas and possibly a different direction to go in.
- You can always rely on links - If worse comes to worst you can always fall back on what I call a link post. You either write a little bit about another blog, site or page and then link to it. Once your blog has been going for a while you can write a “favorite posts” post and link back to your own posts. It’s a win-win situation.