Forgive me, as I have been behind on my blogging schedule. And I am not just saying that either – I do feel bad about this.
I will tell you though (even if you don’t particularly wanna know) what has been keeping me busy these last two weeks.
I have been sick.
I have been organizing my son’s 8th birthday party. That includes shopping, the venue, the invites, the guest list, the food etc. Seemed more like the 18th to be honest.
My kids have been sick.
I was putting the finishing touches on my shiny new ebook. I have been writing guest posts.
I have been trying my best to make sure the house is running fine.
So you can see for yourself, nothing extraordinary that won’t fit under the term conveniently known as ‘life’. This time, my ‘blocks’ have simply been a mixture of logistical and management issues. Sometimes they go deeper and become creative or motivational issues which are harder to deal with.
What has been keeping you away from your blog and your writing? Before you go on declaring you have some sort of writer’s block, it’s worthwhile to be clear what sort of a block is it. The problem identified is a problem half solved – you know.
Is it a Logistics Issue?
- Sick / Tired / Kids etc / Lack of time
- Easiest to fix
You can’t sit down and write. You want to write, but you are physically unable to do that due to exhaustion or illness, or lack of time.
Take a break from blogging. Let your readers know you are going away for a while and do just that.
While you are on a break, don’t try to take notes for future posts, don’t sneak and check your stats. Make a clean break.
Start saying no to people. In order to write, you have to drop out of the race of Ms Popularity. Over extending yourself can be a resistance issue as well. Are you sure you are not doing it on purpose?
Get some help. You have kids, you probably have a significant other, you have a job, you have a life. You cannot take a break from them, although you might want to sometimes. Do the best you can.
Is it a Management Issue?
- Information Overload /Disorganization / Procrastination
- Will require some inner discipline to solve this one
Cut back. You Suffer from Information Overload. You subscribe to 199 blog feeds, 13 print magazines, 57 cable channels etc. Get rid of all the noise, keep only the most important. Simplify.
Prioritize. Do the most important things early in the day.
Batch your tasks You are disorganized and it is costing you valuable time. Batch as many tasks as you can, telephone calls, email, errands – do them in single blocks of time.
Stop spending hours on twitter, stumble upon, surfing the web, you tubing or whatever it is that you do that takes you away from writing. When you are procrastinating, you are resisting work – explore why that is.
Is it a Creativity Issue?
- Lack of Inspiration / Don’t Know What to Say
- Seems very real but can be fixed with some effort
Go on an active hunt for ideas. Look into books, blogs, social media channels, real world, television – whatever catches your fancy.
Force yourself to keep looking till you have something you can’t wait to write about.
Is it a Motivation Issue?
- I am not good enough / I am not creative / No audiences / No money
- Needs a deeper look at the problem and possibly some skills training or education
“Why bother?” Sometimes this keeps playing in your head like a broken record. No matter how you try to shut this up, won’t go away.
Why is that you feel you are not creative enough, talented enough or smart enough? Are you not happy with the size of your audience? Are you not able to engage them? Are you not seeing any results?
Time for some education? Identify what is causing this feeling, explore the gaps in your knowledge. Learn and acquire some new skills if that will help you.
Be a bit more active on social media. Tweet other people’s posts and links. Do more frequent facebook status updates. Reach out to your mentors, peers and fans. You will begin to see people respond and help lessen your feelings of isolation.
Go on a guest posting spree. Don’t approach only the big, A list bloggers. Ask medium sized blog owners if they would like some help with producing content. Join communities where people routinely write guest posts for other bloggers.
You will have the benefit for writing for people who already have established audiences. They will respond if your work resonates with them.
All of us feel like this some of the time. The important thing to understand is that these feelings are totally normal, even for the most successful and established writers.
For me, most of the time its the lack of time that prevents me from writing as much as I’d like to. What about you? What is the biggest reason for your writer’s or blogger’s block? Share in the comments below.
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