I’ve been hanging around the blogosphere and twittersphere for years. Almost too many to mention. Ok – at least 5.5 yrs because I remember writing a blog post about my first pre-natal Dr’s appointment when I was pregnant with Sierra back in November 2004. See – here’s that post. Over the past 5 yrs that I’ve been blogging I have become very friendly with a great number of people that I have never physically met. I call them my bloggy friends. I chat with my friends on Skype, Twitter and through our blogs almost daily. I really really want to meet my friends – in person, but we’ve never really had the money for me to go visit my friends – there’s always a more important bill to pay.
This year a great number of my friends are going to the BlogHer Conference (yes – a blogging conference, can you believe that I have NEVER been to a blog conference?). The conference even has a 5k Fun Run that I’m putting together a learn-to-run forum and clinic to help other bloggers train for this run. I really really want to meet my friends in person, and meet the people that I’ve helped train for this event. In particular I really want to attend this seminar: “Fitness Blogging: Motivate yourself and Your Readers“. But, I can’t afford to buy a ticket to go. Hubby has enough air miles for me to get to NYC, but we don’t have enough cash to pay for my conference ticket. But wait! There’s a contest!
I want to go to this conference and meet my bloggy friends so badly that I’m entering a contest to go. Moomette, who has a product reviews and giveaways blog can’t go due to other commitments, so she’s giving away her conference pass!! Moomette – please pick me so I can meet my friends, run the 5K and cheer on the gals I’ve helped train for this run! Thanks!
Writing a great post every day, week after week is hard work. I spend hours each day looking for cute things my kids do to share with you and daydreaming about what to blog about. Thank goodness my employer hasn’t found a way to monitor the things I think about ’cause I spend the majority of the day daydreaming – I need to break up the monotony of my day somehow. (Though if there was a way they could monitor my thoughts they would, as they monitor every thing else we do at work). Unfortunately, despite all of my daydreaming, I do occasionally encounter “blogger’s block”:
blogger’s block – Inability to think of anything to blog about.
Now one of the first things you’ll learn when researching how to grow your blog is that content is important. Very important. So much so that most sites will also tell you that if you don’t have any great posts to post, then don’t post at all. It’s better to skip a day or two then to write crap that no one is interested in.
Unfortunately you can only skip so many days before you start losing readers. And that’s why this post will come very handy to you. Go on now – Stumble It! or bookmark it right now so that when blogger’s block strikes you’ll know just what to do.
Alright – so here’s a list of things to write about (or do) when you have blogger’s block:
- Go to twitter!
Check out what people are chatting about right now! I don’t think you even need a twitter account to view the public timeline. As I write this the Twit Scoop suggests that people are talking about “The Bachelor” (which is on right now and I’ve changed the channel to it). they are also chatting about: Chuck, Heroes and Christian Bale.
Find out what some of your twitter followers WANT to read about. From the suggestions I got regarding busting Blogger’s Block, my twitter followers like reading about the cute things my kids say and do. What do your follower’s want to read about?
- Read the news!
What’s going on in the world? Got a personal opinion to share? Then share it!
- Read blogs!
Do a top ten recap of all of your favourite blogs (thanks to @theamanda for this idea). I’m going to check this one into my back pocket to pull out later this week.
- Do a google search for “Blogger’s Block”.
There are a TON of great blog posts written about this subject. Such as these ones:
* 101 Great Posting Ideas That Will Make Your Blog Sizzle
* Battling Bloggers Block
* 10 tips for beating blogger’s block
- Write a post about Blogger’s Block!
That’s what I did!
Happy blogging folks – I hope that you were able to find some great blogger’s block busting tips – I sure have. Now I’ll leave ya with two cute cartoon’s I found about blogger’s block:
Thanks for stopping by!
-Janice aka @momontherun
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