Three Tips for Overcoming Blogger’s Block
Here’s why: I signed up for Rach’s Platform Building Crusade. All last week, I watched my followers grow. The number doubled. Thank you everyone! Squee! But now I suddenly feel as though the expectations are greater than before.
I also started following many Crusader blogs, and discovered some really awesome blogs and bloggers. I can appreciate the time that you all are putting into your blogs. Believe me, it shows.
So then I sat down to write my next blog post, and spent three hours trying to work something up. This has never happened to me before. I tried to write about three separate ideas, and gave up on each one.
I decided I needed to figure out how to deal with this new and frankly annoying problem. I’ve come up with three answers that I hope will work for me in the days and weeks to come. If you’re experiencing Blogger’s Block, I hope they’ll be useful to you as well.
1. Develop a Blogging Routine: I work on my novel every day, same time, same place. I'm at my computer by 7:00 am, seven days a week, which gives me 1-2 hours to work on my novel before leaving for work, depending on the day. I never suffer writer’s block. Working on my WIP is often the highlight of my day. I LOVE showing up for the work, and cannot wait to do so. Perhaps if I set up a time to blog every day, same time, same place, an equally delightful groove will form in my brain for blogging.
2. Don’t Expect Too Much of Ourselves: Know How Many Hours We Can Spare for Blogging; Spend that and Nothing More: The hours I’m able spend on blogging are limited. I work full time and, since last September, I've been working on my WIP for 15-20 hours a week. That leaves precious few hours for blogging. Someday there will be more. But until then, time spent blogging occupies the appropriate place on my priority list. I need to accept that limitation and not stress out about it.
3. Remember Why We're Blogging: I’m not blogging to win awards. I’m not blogging to earn money from it. I don’t feel compelled to teach or advise people on how to write, although a writer’s blog has to be about something. Ostensibly, writing. My biggest interest is in getting to know other writers. I love to discover what's on their minds and to comment on posts.
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block? How do you deal with it?