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
.. 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.
If my top five didn't work for you, do check out Write Tribe for more bright idea from some of the most fabulous bloggers. Good luck!