How to Keep on Blogging

 

 

by ARHuelsenbeck

 

It’s a common experience across the Blogosphere: you’ve made a commitment to your readers that you’ll post consistently on certain days, but, every once in a while, as the day approaches, you can’t think of a topic to write about; or your post is boring, even to you. What should you do?

 

What to do:

  • Recommit yourself to blogging regularly, but to be realistic, give yourself permission to miss one post a year. But unless you’re experiencing a life-crisis (like a death in the family, a birth, a move, a fire, surgery, prolonged illness, a flood), you only get one pass a year. Work on the following tips starting today, so you won’t become a habitual slacker.
  • Keep a notebook where you jot down your brilliant ideas. I know from personal experience that no matter how vivid my ideas are, if I don’t actually write them down, they dissolve into the ether. Elizabeth Gilbert says something to the effect that if you don’t diligently take the idea and do something with it, it will go away and find someone else to birth it.
  • Don’t have any ideas stockpiled? Brainstorm. On a blank page, write down any idea that comes to you (even if it’s stupid) and let it suggest other ideas, along the same lines or totally unrelated. Make it a game to come up with at least twenty, then chose the five best to craft into posts (and you’re allowed to fine-tune them as you work).
  • Your blog probably has a focus. Mine is the arts and the creative process. What aspects of your focus have neglected? Certainly you haven’t exhausted every possible angle. Or if you feel you have, think up something totally unrelated for a change. For example, I might write about garden tools (though it wouldn’t be hard to make that into an art or design article). Or take an outlandish position on something and work it into a humor piece.
  • Interview somebody. It can be someone connected with the focus of your blog, someone you know or someone you’ve never met. Ask her. She might say no, but she might say yes. You can interview her in person, by phone, or by email.
  • Tell about your life. I follow about 100 blogs, and I think I know these bloggers as well as I know my friends. Then they’ll post about something that happened to them and I realize I don’t know them at all. I’m honored when they share their private lives with me. You can tell your readers about an incident from your past, or what you’re going through right now, or come up with a list of interesting factoids about yourself (like your major in college, your first job, what cities you’ve lived in, your hobbies).

Being stuck for a blog post idea isn’t fatal. You can take steps to prevent yourself from running out of ideas, or you can inspire yourself to come up with an engaging topic.

Is there something you do that I didn’t mention that helps you keep going in your blogging life? Please share in the comments below.

 

 

 

Guest post contributed by ARHuelsenbeck. Former elementary general music teacher ARHuelsenbeck blogs about the arts and the creative process at ARHtistic License. She is currently writing a YA mystical fantasy and a Bible study guide, and submitting a poetry chapbook, with mystery and MG drafts waiting in the wings. You can follow her on Twitter, and see some of her artwork, photography, and quilts on Instagram.

 

17 thoughts on “How to Keep on Blogging

  1. I have set a blistering pace for myself of posting 5 days a week. I have maintained it for 3 months, but I think at some point I am going to run put of ammo. I do have a list of topics and update it quasi-frequently, but I still worry. Well, worry is too strong a word, but I wonder how I will manage. Great post!

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    1. Todd, I just took a look at your blog. It’s fabulous! (I’m your newest follower, by the way.) You have a good mix of short pieces and in-depth articles on a variety of subjects, and you give your readers a glimpse of your personal life. Nicely done! I especially like the Writer’s Lexicon! (Readers, if you want to see Todd’s blog, click on his name next to his picture above.)

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  2. This post is timely for me. Over the past few years, I had pretty much neglected my blog, but just this month made a commitment to start blogging five days a week. I have five standard topics for each day of the week and that makes it much easier. I allow for flexibility so that I can open my blog for a guest here and there. And I’m jotting down those ideas for future posts!

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  3. Awesome tips! Sometimes I think of something to blog about, but then think “does this really go with the flow of my blog?”. I like what you said about including your personal life. Sometimes it’s hard to do that. And then giving yourself a break. 2019 has been a crazy year and I’ve missed two or three posts from medical or family issues. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Thank you, I needed this. I am too inconsistent. I am now committing to two posts per week and will work it up from there. I am sort of also in the arts, but not in a way that you would expect. Blogging helps me to order my thoughts. I just need to write it down more.

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