Do you ever get the feeling that you can’t write? Or just don’t want to? I definitely do, and I refuse to force myself, but I still want to be productive and not waste away the day when I could be doing so much more for my blog. So I’ll spend the majority of my time, working on other things, until the inspiration comes back and I can write again. – Plus, many of these things can bring the inspiration back to you.
WORK ON OLD POSTS
Working on old posts doesn’t mean you have to write – you can do so much more for your old posts in so many ways because, your old post still get a lot of views even if they aren’t at the top of your blog. – This can also inspire you to write up a part 2 or an updated version of an old post.
Update Your Photos – I’ve got to admit, I haven’t fully got round to doing all my old photo’s just yet, but I am definitely getting there. When I first started blogging, I didn’t know much about blog photography or these amazing apps. and honestly my photos were terrible. Having high quality, light photo’s stand out and attract people, so when you’re sharing an old post, it doesn’t seem like one and it will encourage that viewer to check out more of your blog.
Edit Your Tags & categories – Quite a lot of my first posts were/are a bit muddled with too many tags that just aren’t useful at all & included in categories I don’t even use anymore.. It takes just a few moments to quickly edit or remove tags & categories that could be completely pointless. & while you’re editing your posts, you could also Check Your Links – Add the links to your social medias that you might not have been using since the start, keep an eye out for links to sites that may no longer be available too.
WORK ON SOCIAL MEDIAS
Social media is fun. So working on your social medias to increase views/follows can actually be fun, can’t it? Well quite a lot of it includes having a good natter with fellow bloggers.
– Twitter always has blogger chats going on for you to get involved in or accounts that re-tweet your work, Instagram allows you to comment on fellow bloggers photo’s and build friendships. Facebook allows you to really connect with other through groups such as the one me & a fellow blogger created,which you can join here. You can build a strong business through having your own page (although mine seriously needs some work haha) and Pinterest, (which gets me the most clicks) is a great way to share your content from posts to simple images to draw people in. There are also hundreds of group boards, like this one I created, that allows you to share your content with hundreds of of fellow bloggers.
Update Your Photos For Pinterest – this is something that I am actually right in the middle of. If your wanting your posts that you’ve pinned to be shared and seen by millions, photo’s without writing can really work, but if you’re wanting people to actually click you pin for a reason, say you have shared Blog Post Ideas, then make it obvious, use some fancy writing and add it to your main pin.
MAKE FRIENDS AND EXPAND YOUR AUDIENCE
One of my favourite things to do when I just don’t have the motivation for my blog is to go search for new blogs to read or people to connect with. I’ll search through pinterest, taking a look at each pin’s link, I’ll have a nosey at hashtags on instagram and twitter to see if anything catches my eye, or anything I can get involved in and I’ll interact more on Facebook through the groups. Finding new content/blogs can seriously get the creative juices flowing and you’ll be ready to write again in no time.
Even if you don’t have any idea what you want to write about, or simply cannot write, plan. Plan what you want to write about over the next few months, what days and time you might want to share on twitter, insta, pinterest.. and if it comes to that date, and you cannot write, don’t stress, just try something new. Check out some blog post ideas or this post may help! Remember your blogging because you enjoy it, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself, although sometimes deadlines can really help.
BACKUP YOUR WORK
If you’re using a free wordpress platform, you could loose on your work in an instant, although it’s very unlikely, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry. I literally save all my work to word documents on disks or memory sticks. Yeah, it’s not all that technical, but it’s simple and effective. If all the technology suddenly broke on me, I have my backup disc so I have nothing to worry about.
Always remember, everyone goes through this at some point, so don’t give up! Give yourself a break and maybe try something new!