April 19th, 2010 by Louise - Posted in Your Content
Writer’s block is a problem that all bloggers and content creators face at one time or another.
Trying to think of new and interesting ideas every day, without repeating yourself, is certainly not easy. That is why many blogs die before they even get to their six month anniversary. Their authors have simply run out of new things to say.
So, How Do You Keep Coming Up With Fresh Ideas?
To avoid writer’s block, you need to pay attention to how others generate fresh new ideas, day after day.
Well, unless you’re a blogging superstar, it’s probably not possible for you to hire a team of writers to come up with new content every day. But, don’t let that deter you. You can still pick up new ideas from a group of people for free!
- Follow forums. By following two or three of the best forums that cover your niche, you instantly get access to a great pool of ideas. You potentially have hundreds of people who will indirectly give you new ideas to write about every single day. Forums are a great way to get to know what people are thinking, what problems they are facing and what hot trends they are talking about. Forums also help you promote your blog if you make sure to take part in the conversation and link back to your site through your signature
- Follow other blogs or content sites in your niche or that cover the topic your are interested in writing about. You’ll soon pick up on what’s hot and what is generating a lot of comments and Twitter retweets
Nail Writer’s Block With Recurring Themes and Segments
Here are a few ideas for recurring segments, that you can implement for your blog or website:
- Interviews – try and interview an expert in your industry every week or so
- Book or Product Reviews – it’s worth writing a review once a week, making sure to use affiliate links if you want to generate some revenue. If you tweet the Twitter ID of the company or person you are referring to, it makes it worthwhile for them to promote your post as well
- Q&A Posts – Encourage your readers to ask questions, then answer a few of these per week in a blog post
- ‘Link Love’ – Write a post that shares some of the articles and blog posts you’ve read that week
- ‘Top 10’ lists – Readers love these kinds of posts. Examples include ‘Top 10 Networking Sites’ / ‘Top 10 Ways to Make Money Online’. These kinds of posts are always very popular
- Open Discussion. Ask readers to share their experiences on a particular topic, by getting them to post in your comments area
And Finally . . .
To prevent yourself getting bogged down, it’s important that you create a publishing schedule for your blog or website. With the introduction of 2-3 recurring segments per week, you will soon start to fill up your schedule.
How have you overcome writer’s block? Have your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.