I’ve had blogger’s block for months, and fighting it is starting to get reallllll tiring.
The mind is a mysterious thing. Creativity is a muscle*, and it can tire just like a regular muscle. Use it too much, it gets sore, and won’t give you the results you want. Use it too little, it will atrophy and it still won’t give you the results you want. If you ask me, creativity is a finicky little motherf*cker.
My blog has been almost silent for months. Words just weren’t coming to me, and it stressed me out to try to produce content that made me proud. Eventually I just stopped, because it was making me anxious to try to worry about it.
But then today (after a conversation with my therapist, of all things) I decided to just lean into the blogger’s block. Why not write about that? How many other bloggers get blogger’s block? It’s a universal thing. Everyone can relate, so everyone will get this post. How can that possibly go wrong?
Bingo. So here is a post you definitely didn’t ask for.
10 Fool-Proof Tips To Fight Blogger’s Block
- Throw your computer out the window. It may not help you write a post, but at least it will give you an excuse as to why you don’t have a post. The dog ate my homework. My laptop is in a pile on the asphalt. Whatever.
- Write about what you ate for breakfast. Who doesn’t want to read a 500 word essay about your Cheerios? I know I’d be riveted. Extra points if there’s bacon.
- Interview your cat. I’m sure he/she has great ideas. When the cat is no help, interview the dog.
- Spin around in a circle with your laptop clutched to your chest until the words just come to you. It especially helps if you have Bloglovin’ open on the screen while you do it.
- Copy and paste another blogger’s post. Copy their pictures too. Make sure to remove the watermark, it’ll be fine. Nobody will notice that you blatantly ripped off someone else’s material.
- Look up those super helpful blog posts about needing blog post ideas. Reading about writing about your worst nightmare, or everyday make-up routine for the 40th time is definitely bound to spark some creativity. It’s like flicking a switch. Brain go ON!
- Cry in the shower.
- Organize your house. Then quit halfway though and think of a great idea to blog about as a procrastination tool while you avoid the mess you’ve made while organizing your house. You can’t find your cat, or your child (if you have one) but who cares because now you have MOTIVATION.
- Listen to Lemonade and feel Beyoncé’s words move you. Becky with the good hair is bound to spark some ideas.
- Have a glass of wine. Or six. Totally forget about how you can’t think of a story, and just enjoy your night. Motivation is for losers anyway.
Or, you can just take a break, realize that it’s not that big of a deal, and just write what seems to flow out of you. And I’m only sort of kidding on #10. Sometimes the glass of wine really does help. Just be careful not to take it to an extreme, or you’ll end up completing #1.
Do you have blogger’s block? How have you combated it? Share your tips — real or silly– in the comments!
*Alright, scientist. No it’s not a real muscle, it’s a metaphor. Get off my back. Gosh.