10 Tips to Cure Bloggers Block

Curing bloggers block isn't easy. However everyone faces it at some point their blogging career. I often sit down and stare blankly at my screen, sometimes for hours, desperate to produce some form content for my readers. It can be stressful - desperately digging through the depths of my brain trying to come up with something that people actually want to read. Bloggers block has often lead to weeks, some times months of little to no uploads, which stresses me out even more. It's no secret that running a successful blog requires regular and quality content. So to give us all a shove in the right direction, and cure bloggers block, here are my top 10 tips to budging the block!

1. Read other blogs.

There is so much amazing content out there, bloggers from all over the world are posting 24 hours a day. Reading other blogs is a fantastic way to get your creative juices flowing. I get huge blog envy, which spurs me on the improving and developing my blog and pushes me to think outside of the box. Reading other bloggers work can inspire you on what to write, how to write and give you that boost you really need to start tying again. I use BlogLovin' to keep all my favourite blogs in one central place, you can follow along with Glitterview too. 

2. Re-read old posts.

When I read back my old posts, parts of me wince - particularly with my very first posts, I think 'What the hell was I on about?'. But I often find things that I'd completely forgot about. A Blush that I used to love for example, which would work perfectly for a new 'beauty look' post. I often find that my opinions have changed on a particular topic too, I then feel compelled to write an update. Re-reading old posts can also be a big confidence booster when you're feeling demotivated. You remind yourself why you started blogging and why you still do it too.

3. Check old 'draft' posts

So many times I've started writing a post, only be distracted by something new, often shiny and pink, then completely forget to finish the post. On many occasions I've discovered some really great content, that I simply never got round to finishing. With a bit of tweaking and updating, those old unfinished posts can become something new and exciting for your readers.

4. Take a different angle.

The main thing to remember when you're struggling to write, is not to limit yourself. Just because you are a beauty blogger, doesn't mean you can't write about something else. Adding different dynamics and topics to your blog can draw in new readers, and re-engage old ones. Think, if you're a fashion blogger, why not try a foodie post? If you're a lifestyle blogger, why not write about a social issue? Think outside of the box, push your limits and you'll amazed by what you can create.

5. Listen to your readers.

Give them what they want. This is a little golden nugget for good blogging. You want your readers to engage with your post, so they're the best people to go to for advice and ideas. Use social media to ask them directly what they want to see next on your blog.

6. Do a Tag

Tags are a great way to cure bloggers block, the questions are all laid out for you. Little creativity is needed. A big plus about tags is that people love to read them, and they have a built in community, who search for particular tags. Ask Me or About Me tags are particularly popular, you can follow a set of questions, or even shout out on social media for people to contribute questions of their own. My favourite tags to read are 'What's in my bag' posts, see my most recent one here

7. Instagram round up.

When all else fails, do an Instagram round up. For me this is a great go-to post when I'm struggling for what to write. It's simple, easy and you're content is already there. Simply upload a bunch of your recent Instagram photos and share them with your readers. It's also a great way to build your Instagram followers at the the same time.

8. Brain storm session.

Grab a note book and a pen, schedule yourself an hour and relax. I like to head to a coffee shop and use that time to brain storm some ideas. I write down anything that comes into my head, even if it's rubbish to begin with, it's a start. It's also useful to consider the direction your blog is going, where do you want to be as a blogger? What do you enjoy writing about? Why do you blog at all? These questions in themselves make great discussion posts to explore. See my recent post, Why am I blogger?

9. Collaborate with other bloggers.

We all go through Bloggers Block, so there's no need to suffer alone! Collaborating with other bloggers is a great way to inspire each other and come up with unique content for your readers. Reach out to people via your social media, or even approach bloggers you admire to work on something together. Not only will you produce great content, you're also combining your readership, and making friends in the process.

10. Blogger idea books.

There is a whole range of books on the market at the moment which are full of blog post ideas to get you thinking. These are a great investment if you often find yourself struggling with what to write. Sometime all you need is a little nudge and a new post can almost write itself. 100 Ways to Find Ideas for Your Blog Posts is only 99p, or 365 Blog Topic Ideas: For The Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing to Write About is one of my personal favourites.

Ultimately, we will all face bloggers block at some point in our career. Try not to despair, but look at it as an opportunity to explore new directions and really engage with your readers. I hope you found these 10 tips for curing bloggers blog useful. I'd love to hear if you try any, or your methods of curing dreaded bloggers block!