We've all been there. Sometimes it doesn't matter how hard you try, the ideas just aren't flowing. Just because it happens to everyone doesn't make it any less frustrating, so here are some tips to get you through your inspiration dry spell.
- Just write. Even if your thoughts aren't cohesive or publishable, chances are you will find your groove after a while and you will be able to turn your thoughts into something worthwhile. Worst case scenario you save the post as a draft and come back when you're feeling it.
- Read through old posts. Sometimes the best thing for my writer's block is to go back and read over some of my old posts. Doing so helps me re-discover my voice when I seem to have momentarily lost it.
- Prepare in advance. It is only to be expected that sometimes you will have a flood of inspiration, and sometimes it will be like pulling teeth to get a post written. Whenever I have lots of ideas I schedule the posts to publish two days apart. That way I am covered for a few days to a few weeks. If I have a post that is not time sensitive, I save it as a draft for when the writer's block hits.
- Write a review. Do you have a product or clothing item that you love? Go ahead and write about it. You don't have to be sponsored to tell the world how much you love something!
- Ask for reviews. Have you been coveting that $20 mascara or wondering if the pretty penny is worth it for the comfortable shoes? Write about it! For example, I have been looking at Woven Pear socks for months now, but I can't bring myself to pay more than $3 for a pair of socks, especially when I have a hard time seeing myself getting good use out of them. I might do a blog post explaining how I came across these socks, which ones I'm interested in, why I haven't bought them yet, and then ask if others have purchased a pair and if they think it's worth it.
- Get a guest blogger. Many bloggers are open to doing a guest post as it gives their blog exposure to a new audience. Make sure any bloggers you contact about a potential guest post share your blogging style. Obviously if you are a food blogger you don't want to ask a fashion blogger to post. Keep it in context so your readers will be interested.
- Consider quality vs. quantity. When all else fails, is it better for your blog to have a less inspired post, or to just skip a post? This would depend on why your blogging. If you have sponsors who are counting on you to post, you need to come up with something. If you are blogging for friends and family, they will understand that you don't have inspiration every day.
How do you handle the inevitable writer's block?