For When You Don’t Feel Like Blogging

19 Jan

Writing a blog post shouldn’t be a big deal, especially if you’re serious about blogging. That said, there are going to be days when you just don’t feel like it.


Check out the full series of blogging-themed images
I created over at Flickr and feel free to use them on your own blog.

Having done this for over a year now, a couple times per week steadily, I can fully attest to the occasional lack of motivation – but I always fight through and deliver the goods. Along the way, I’ve picked up these tips for those dark moments when you might not feel like keeping up with your own blog.

1. Have some posts in the bank

In those spells when you feel like writing, or when an idea hits, try to go with it. Take two minutes to get your thoughts into a few sentences or headings you can easily expand upon later. I’ve found the best tool for doing this is dictation software, or at the very least, the drafts feature in WordPress. I’ll even email some ideas to myself as a way of quickly capturing a subject or notion I know can be expanded upon down the road. That way, when the time is right, the content is ready to go.

Language Is A Virus

Another great site for
writing inspiration:

2. Know your inspiration

Have some role models or examples of sites you enjoy on hand to get you thinking about material for your own blog. Or, as Janet Aronica aptly states over at Shareaholic (among the many other excellent tips there):

“Consume the content you want to create.”

By being able to easily refer to your sources of inspiration, you’ll be more likely to generate your own material with your unique perspective – which is the very best part of having your own blog. Set up some bookmarks, feeds, subscriptions, or whatever aggregation method works best for you so you can get inspired and have your own creative juices flowing.

3. Keep it simple, genius

A blog post does not have to be 10,000 words, nor should it be. In fact, brief is often better. I’ve found some of my most popular posts are sometimes the ones with just a compelling image and only a few sentences. Being handy with the phone cam and always on the lookout for quality visuals to share is something I enjoy, and also something I recommend for having interesting blog fodder at the ready.

What do you think? Are these suggestions useful? What tips would you suggest for drumming up motivation or inspiration in blogging? Let us hear from you in the comments.

6 Responses to “For When You Don’t Feel Like Blogging”

  1. Janet Aronica (@JanetAronica) January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for giving Shareaholic a shout-out!!

    • rsmithing January 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      No problem. Thanks for tolerating my incessant link-planting! [kidding] 😉 Seriously though – I’m so glad to have discovered Shareaholic. Great content and a browser plugin I’ll be using daily? Yes, please.

  2. Lila January 20, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    Since doing postaday on wordpress for a little over a month now, I have to admit to doing the same (if not more) to get something written before the clock strikes twelve in wordpress-town every night.

    What I would add to that is: just get started! Most days I have no idea what I will write, but something eventually gets written and published by me before the day ends.

    Hope that helps the readers.

    Love & Peace,

    • rsmithing January 20, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      That’s excellent advice: just go for it! It’s surprising how simply making the effort can result in something worthwhile. Thanks for sharing your experience, Lila!

  3. Piscis January 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    All true, excellent points!

    • rsmithing January 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Thanks, Writin’ Fish! Glad to have some blogger affirmation.

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