Blog: Overcoming Creative Block

creative-block

A month or so ago I was really hit by creative block. I felt like I was unoriginal, uninteresting and a bit of a flop in terms of my content. I still kept posting every 2-3 days and even though it wasn’t my best work I felt good just getting something out there.I think a lot of this worry was due to comparing myself to other bloggers – their beautiful photography and themes is something I knew I lacked and my blog seemed unorganised in comparison.

Time for an overhaul!

These are my tips for overcoming creative block on your blog:

  1. I mentioned this in my February Goals (here) but downloading a planner to organise my posts helped me think much more clearly. I also feel like now I am able to try and develop an interesting and consistent plan that I know both myself and people who read my blog can rely on. The free planner I use is here
  2. If there are certain posts you love writing and people really seem to interact with then it seems silly to not to do them. My monthly goals are something I have done from the beginning of my blogging journey and generally they’re pretty well received! They help me keep on track of everything and I love making them.
  3. Scope out other blogs. Now, I don’t mean copy or imitate. I mean take inspiration. Do you like how they sign off their posts? Do you like the colours they use in their headers? Do you like how they phrase their titles? Whatever is drawing you in to their blog and posts is likely to work for you too. If you are lost on how to title certain posts, don’t worry about getting inspiration or advice from peers or those you aspire to.
  4. Check out blog post ideas. Some of them are quite cliche but they can be really useful in finding new ideas you haven’t seen before or something you think you can take your own spin on. Mine is here
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask your followers! I generally leave questions on the end of posts or ask for advice on improving my blog. It seems so obvious but I feel like it is something often missed out which is worth capitalising on. You are then able to tailor content to what people enjoy, which is great!
  6. Take a break. There is nothing wrong with letting people know that you want to take some time off and waiting until you’re actually inspired to write about something. Sprinkle of Chatter did a really good vlog about this not long ago where she discusses ‘Integrity v Fakery’. Sometimes it’s better to put less out but great quality!
  7. Develop a schedule. I wrote down all my ideas I had for blog posts and then used the planner to decide when I should post and ensure I included variety but avoided chopping and changing between themes. I then decided to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Most people would think that scheduling posts won’t help creative block but once you see it on paper, even if it’s just 1 or 2 ideas they will soon snowball in to more. Also, it seems like less of a challenge on paper rather than letting worry take over.

I hope these tips will help any of you if you get creative block from time to time!

Ella xo

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11 Comments

  1. February 8, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Great tips! I sometimes get stuck in rut, and it’s good to see some advice! ☺️ x

  2. February 8, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I’ve found scheduling (both planning posts in advance and sticking to a posting schedule) is a really useful tool, as that way I can keep on top of blogging and usually avoid writer’s block! It’s inevitable that we all end up comparing ourselves to other bloggers out there, but at the end of the day everyone has a different blogging style and different talents, and blogs showcase people’s individuality. I particularly like your monthly goals features – I rarely get round to making more short-term goals, and really should do as I often get hung up on not achieving bigger goals!

  3. February 8, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    What useful hints and help- I like the student help posts and always pass them on to my son 🙂 x

  4. February 9, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I know that feeling… I also like publishing ‘ anything’ every now and than… Thank you for the tips! I always listen to the music when I’m feeling like having creative block 🙂

    • February 9, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Thank you for stopping by! That’s such a great tip, thank you 🙂 xx

  5. February 9, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    We all come across this creative block every now and then and it’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to other bloggers! These are all really great tips for overcoming this. I especially agree with taking inspirations from others – just that little change like phrasing a question in a certain way at the end or a new layout of photos can really help refresh things! xxx

    • February 9, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      I always feel like a failure and it is so silly when it happens to almost all of us! Thank you so much lovely 🙂 It honestly makes the difference doesn’t it! xxx

  6. February 20, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I found this so helpful. I think we all know what writers block feels like and its soooo frustrating! Fab post, Jess x

    • February 21, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂 xx

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