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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!