It seems the world is conspiring to rescue my blog from inertia. I've been trying to get back to posting regularly but nothing seems to be working. First I did a week-long Drabble Fest. I struggled to sit at the computer each day, posting my entries late into the night. Once the Fest was over I was back to square one.. Idealess, inspirationless.
Now I get a second chance...
Write Tribe asks us to list five ways to tackle bloggers block. If I don't make use of this bit of introspection to help myself, I truly never will. So here goes...
The first thing I should be doing is
Read read read
...blogs. I find reading other blogs often opens the floodgates of my creativity. Something somewhere sparks off an idea - an agreement, a disagreement an add on - And voila.. I'm off. Then there are times (like now) when reading doesn't do it. So then I look for ..
Sites like Write Tribe throw up prompts which are a great way to begin that conversation with your blog. I often weave my current state of kind into the prompts. Not just is that a bonus but it also helps me open up my heart. And that's how blog posts happen for me - from the heart. Less mind more heart!
If that doesn't work either, I try a..
I often win my battle with the block by pushing myself to sit down with the sole purpose of writing. That in itself is a task - no browsing, no FB, no tinkering with the kids' projects... just writing. It's hard, often. However, once I make myself sit I simply write the day's happenings. Mundane details like what I did, where I went, how I felt - a good meal, a nasty neighbour, a challenging day with the kids, a spot of good behaviour from them - anything can make for a post. Of course a bunch of such free writes never get to hit the publish button and languish in my drafts. And that's where I go scavenging when I'm at my wits end.
Going through my drafts...and trying to rework them helps sometimes. Seen days or months later from a new perspective they throw up new insights.
And my final astra against the bog block are
Listicles.. articles written as lists. I try some easy ones...
5 reasons I love blogging
5 reasons I enjoy going to the gym
5 kinds of people I cannot stand
5 ways to handle cranky kids
And that normally does it for me.