If you’ve been blogging consistently for over a year I believe that you are a seasoned blogger and the thought of “Writer’s Block” shouldn’t even cross your mind.
What is a seasoned blogger? It’s anyone who’s been blogging for at least a year (12 to 52 published blog posts), who’s commented and shared many blog posts, and have been growing a community whether it be subscribers or commenters within this length of time. With that said, I believe you should have enough resources and knowledge to come up with different topics for your future blog posts.
There are 3 things I see that can actually block you from being a successful blogger and they are how well you write copy, the level of quality of each of your blog posts, and how often you engage your audience. Do you agree?
In this post I’m going to go into more detail by giving you great ideas of how and where you can get some great ideas to dispel the writer’s block myth.
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” ~ Neil Gaiman
If you thought that before I wrote this post I couldn’t think of anything to write about, then you were absolutely right!
Isn’t it funny how it works out like this?
It seems like every blog post I read with a similar topic, usually the author had writer’s block just before they started to write about the topic.
But I guess it show’s how much all of us are not so different from each other.
Now many of you have a set schedule where you can sit down, write your blog post, and then publish it on a set day.
This is great that you make every effort to stay consistent, but there comes a time where you sit down, launch your word processing program, and just stare at the screen for a long time.
This has happened to me quite a few times.
And you know what? At the oddest times I figure out what I want to write.
Does this happen to you?
In this post I focus on the specific group of veteran bloggers who have been consistently blogging on a set schedule for over a year but sometimes can’t think of anything to write for their next posts.
If you have been consistently blogging, reading other blogs, attending webinars, connecting with your email list, commenting, and networking with other bloggers, then I’m going to show why you have no excuse to come up blank when it comes to writing your next blog post.
You have so much experience and resources to not come up with anything.
This is why I recommend applying these tasks to newbie bloggers so that they can build up their resources, communities and relationship resulting in not running out of ideas.
14 Avenues You Can Take To Dispel The Myth Of Writer’s Block
There may be many of you that say it’s easy for me to say and there are many times where you get writers block and it can be a challenge for you to put anything down on your blog.
One thing I suggest is to blog smart.
The more I blog, the more ideas I write in my posts to publish, and the more resources I have as well as more experiences I get. This is all in the journey of a blogger!
So what I like to do is give you 14 different ideas of what you already have in your arsenal to show you how writer’s block is a myth for all of us veterans.
Write About What You Always Had Questions About
In the previous year I went on a quest to write about unanswered questions.
Although they were questions that newbie bloggers would ask, a lot of the veteran bloggers had those same questions to my surprise.
So this was a learning experience for both me and everyone who visited my blog.
It was definitely a relief for me and many others. This made me feel like more of a professional blogger after publishing and applying the different strategies and “To Do” list I’ve always had questions about but yet felt dumbfounded.
Research Topics Using Sites Like Buzzsumo
I learned about Buzzsumo towards the end of the previous year but didn’t apply it until a couple of months ago.
I tell you, it was a great tool to add on to my arsenal of tools I use.
I specifically use this to help me create the headlines that get the most traffic, but you can also use this to search topics. Especially the ones you’ve always had questions about.
This is a great tool to “cheat” or “take a short cut” of writing similar traffic driving headlines and blog posts that can boost your blogs ranking.
Go To Q&A Sites Like Quora
Speaking of a Question And Answer site, this is a site recommended by some of your successful bloggers to go to in case you have questions on certain topics or provide answers to questions from others.
It’s a great site to network with bloggers within your niche and build your Authority when it comes to certain topics.
With that said, you can find all type of topics within Quora that you can incorporate into your blog for future posts.
Sign Up With Blog Communities
If you haven’t done so already, sign up with different blog communities.
Not only can you network with other bloggers within your niche, but also you will find all types of topics you can write about.
The best thing I like about these blog communities is that they actually act like a real community. There are a lot of support and networking within these sites as well.
Here’s a list of 5 communities you can check out:
I do have to say out of all the communities, I benefit the most from kingged.com.
Repurpose Old Blog Posts
Repurposing your old blog posts is a smart way to keep the content rolling.
If you don’t know what I mean by repurposing your content, it’s basically taking your old blog posts and putting it into a different format.
So say for instance you wrote a blog post on how to generate leads through PPC. You may want to take this old content and make a video, or do a slide share, or maybe do a podcast.
Whatever it may be you can take your written content and put it into a different type of content the may be more appealing to a specific niche of visitors.
I recommend that you check out Rebekah Radice’s post 11 Ways To Repurpose Blog Content Into New Media where she goes more into detail about it!
Make A Blog Out Of Your Sub Headlines From Old Posts
Here’s a great way to blog smarter
I’ve listed 14 Ways you can use to not get writer’s block, and you can use each of these points to make a blog post out of.
This is what I like about list posts!
I can go back to my old blog posts, find a sub heading in each of them and turn it into a blog post. This is why it’s beneficial in the long run to write these types of posts.
Ask Your Email List What Topics They Want You To Write About
The money is in the list.
Also, you can become of more value to your email list by writing about topics that they have questions about.
What better way to improve your rapport with your list than to focus on certain topics they feel uncomfortable about.
I not only do this with my email list but also with my commenters.
Sometimes my commenters give me great ideas by asking questions on certain topics. Especially if they want more detail about it.
Type In Keywords On Google
When it comes to Google, serendipity is your friend.
You can type in certain keywords and Google will bring up a list of topics based on this.
Sometimes I have a topic in mind, type in the keywords in Google, and as a result, Google will list 5 topics derived from the one I typed in.
This helps out a lot, especially when it brings up those topics that are a bit more targeted.
Brainstorm By Writing Down Long Tail Keywords For Your Headlines
One thing I like to do before I write a blog post is brainstorm.
That is, brainstorm about the headlines I want to use for my next blog post
So I’ll write them down in put them in coschedule’s headline analyzer.
It gives me a score on which headline would be the most engaging for my target audience.
Also I use the EMV headline analyzer which I mainly use for my first sentence of my posts and the sub headlines.
I do have to say that sometimes it takes me over an hour to find the perfect headline I want to use for my next blog post. The other headlines I have left I would later use them for future blog posts
Do You Case Study Post
This is something I have yet to do also, but writing case studies can give your audience the statistics that can build confidence in the topic you’re talking about.
A lot of your visitors want some type of proof that’ll give them a reason to apply what you conveyed in your blog or invest in products your promote.
How many of you decided to invest in a product or strategy without any type of information about it?
9 times out of 10 you haven’t unless you knew the person well enough to buy from them.
Although you’ll have to do your due diligence and do some research or have some experience, in the end, both you and you’re readers will have something to gain from the information you put out there for them.
Write A Product/Service Review
Speaking of research and experience, doing product reviews are topics to cover.
I have done a few product reviews myself and I have gotten some great results as far as traffic and sales.
If you’re in a specific niche, your target audience will highly appreciate you giving them a brief summary of different products and services that applies to the niche.
Especially if it’s going to help them get out of a rut they’re in. Your audience will really appreciate the information you give and this will also give them the reason to consider investing in the products and services you promote.
Invite Guests To Write On Your Blog
One thing you can do for your audience is to invite other bloggers to your blog to write about a particular topic that your audience will find value in.
This can also expose your blog to your guests’ audience as well.
When it comes to blogging, you want to get into the habit of the two C’s which are cooperation and collaboration. It makes it a win/win/win for you, the blogger and the audience!
Do An Interview
Doing an interview is another way to expose your blog to your interviewees’ audience.
Sometimes getting to know the background story of different bloggers within your niche and outside your niche can give your audience someone else to relate to.
Some of the blogs I started following were through an interviews I’ve read and you also can gain the same.
If you keep this up, your blog can be the “go to” blog to find other great bloggers, especially those that are in the same niche.
Do A Roundup Post
I love roundup posts.
I just did my first around up post for the Month Of April 2015 and it went quite well.
If you don’t know, a roundup posts is where you gather a list of bloggers to get their advice on a particular topic or list the posts that you consider may be valuable to your audience.
In my case, I list the posts about backing up your wordpress blog, keyword search, optimizing your blog with SEO, and ways of generating traffic back to your blog.
This too is another way to get exposure to the audience of those bloggers within your roundup list (After you contact them to let them know about the blog post)
When it comes to all the resources you have and your experiences after a year of writing, you have too many options to say that you have writer’s block.
This is why, in this case, writer’s block is a myth.
I thought that I had writers block this week up until I thought, why not write about writer’s block.
Make’s sense huh?
Now if you’re a newbies then this really doesn’t apply to you. My advice for all of you is to get the experience and start gathering the resources you need to keep writing about great topics that you’re audience can enjoy and find value in.
One thing I like to get across is that you don’t want to write a block post on your set schedule, just to be writing. Your blog posts will definitely start to lose quality after a while.
So to all of us veterans, lets keep putting out valuable content into the blogosphere and keep proving how writer’s block is a myth!
Now It’s Your Turn!
If you’re a veteran, do you tend to say you have writer’s block?
What have you done to overcome it?
Do you feel that you have enough resources and experience to not have writer’s block?
Is there anything you want to add to or subtract from the list here?
Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends! I look forward to read them!