I’ve hit a wall.
When I first started this blog, I was an idea magnet. About 85% of my life experiences were classified as, “Hey, I could write about this!” I followed through on most of those self-promises.
But here I am in my fourth (!) month of blogging and I’ve finally reached that point where I’m racking my brain for something to talk about.
Perhaps this is where failing to have a set content calendar and a niche outside of “I Blog on Mondays!” work against me. Spontaneity seemed to be working for me at first. This is a side gig. It’s something I do for fun, and it allows me the opportunity to express myself in my own, unique-as-a-snowflake way.
Sometimes, the well runs dry, and I’ve nothing to offer outside of a lamentation about how I’m at a loss for words. It’s not that I don’t have anything to talk about — if I think long and hard enough, I do — I just lack the spark to turn it into anything meaningful right now.
So I’m turning it over to you, fellow bloggers: How do you keep the channels of inspiration and creativity flowing?
Are there any processes or schedules you follow? How about any books you look to for advice, or sites you scour for prompts? Do you venture out to sit under a waterfall, so the waters of the earth can cleanse you with creativity…? If you’ve any advice or words of encouragement, please feel free to share the comments.
The good news is that I already have something in place for next week’s Valentine’s Day post. (Head’s up: If you were a fan of November’s Loneeaters challenge, then you’ll be anticipating this.)
Beyond that, it’s up in the air. I do have a week-long holiday coming up. Maybe the downtime will rejuvenate me and I’ll be a regular writing machine again…or I’ll succumb to Netflix. (I mean, Fuller House is going to be released soon!)
This has been roughly 360 words about how I don’t have anything write. We’ll return to a more typical Monday Diaries next week, with much more words.
Til next Monday!
4 thoughts on “Blog Posts: They Can’t All Be Winners”
I feel your pain, truly. Granted I did not set myself a schedule as you have, but there have been months that have gone by without a single vessel tipping. How many times can you say “I did push ups, kicked and punched stuff, got sweaty, learned a new piece of my form, the end”? The only reason I’ve been writing with any regularity at all so far this year is because of black belt testing.
Seriously though, don’t worry about it needing to be meaningful every time. Just write whatever is on your mind. You can get some really interesting things writing flow of conscious.
Thanks! I know it happens to anyone who writes, and ideas seem to flow faster when you’re in the midst of a big life event. (Then it’s just finding the time to write it all down!) I’ll find that groove again, but yes, sometimes writing for the sake of writing is all I can do, and that’s not a bad thing. 🙂
I had writer’s block for a couple of weeks and my posts show it! One of the things I’ve noticed is that I really like working off of suggestions for posts. People will email me asking to write a post of a certain nature and I usually have a lot of fun with it. I think it’s because I get this feeling of “someone actually cares about my blog” or “someone likes my writing.” Maybe you can turn to other bloggers, friends, family (depending on how much they know about your blogging) to ask for a prompt.
Another thing I like to do is reflect on my day. Sometimes when I’m thinking about the stresses at work or the car struggles I just paid to fix I get a spurt of inspiration. Often times we only reflect on large periods of time, full years even. I like to reflect on smaller time frames because it let’s me zero-in on life and find what truly inspires me and makes me happy. I’m sure this doesn’t work for everyone, but hopefully it can help you!
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I think it could be fun / interesting to open the floor to readers/other bloggers and see if there’s anything they would like to see. Of course, I’ve always been open to suggestions but an official call for ideas may be in order. It’ll be a good way for me to track of the pulse of my readership, for one. Thanks for your input! 🙂
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