One of the worst things about having a blog? Is also one of the best things.
Now writing may not seem hard, especially when you’re reading someone elses posts or articles or novels or short stories or notes on bathroom walls, but when you actually sit down to do it yourself, it’s really damn hard. (note to all, I don’t make a habit or scrawling crap on bathroom walls whilst peeing)
There are times when I have such great ideas for a post and then I sit down and it’s just gone.
There are times when I’m mid-post and I’m in full flow, only to read it back and think “what a load of shite” and delete it all.
There are times when something happens that I can blog about and once it’s there in black and white, it’s just not the same.
There are times when I have so much stuff that I want to write but I can’t because it’s not time to share it yet (believe me there is a LOT of that shit).
There are times when I feel pressure to write a post that is witty and amusing and that shit just doesn’t help at all.
Writing is hard. It really is. However there are lots of tools and ideas that can help.
- Scheduling posts – a great option to use. Most blog platforms have this option. Normally once you start writing, your creative juices start flowing in abundance. If that happens, GO FOR IT. Keep writing, because you can schedule those posts for another time. You can go back to them and edit them, improve them, take things away, change the schedule date. Blog Scheduling is your friend.
- Blogging Apps – so many times I have a great idea for a post, but computer to access my blog and write. Sometimes not even a pen and paper to jot down the idea. To be honest, even when I do that and go to write a few hours later, what I write isn’t good. Find an app for your smart phone. I use the WordPress for iPhone, it’s easy to use and FREE from the app store. It allows you to blog on the move as long as you can connect to the internet.
- Blog Prompts – so many sites offer blog prompts. Use them. It can kick-start your muse into gear and lead you to producing some excellent work.
- Silence – sometimes you don’t even need to say anything in a post. A picture is sufficient. You can have Wordless Wednesdays, Silent Sundays or even Muted Mondays. Afterall the saying does go “a picture is a thousand words”
- Share – use your blog to share things, like posts from other bloggers. Is there a blog that you read regularly or a blogger that inspries you? Write about why they inspire you, link back to your favourite post by them. Just make sure that you have permission to use any of their site content and give credit where it’s due.