A few weeks ago I had a SEO, that I’ve got mad respect for (and you all should follow this guy), tell me he was supposed to write a blog post for his company, but he really didn’t feel like writing what he said he would write about. So I thought for a minute and gave him a few ideas that I’d like to share with the audience here.
1. STOP!…Go Have Some Fun
If you’re writing a blog and get some writer’s block, go do whatever you do for fun. Play video games, hang out with friends, or go read a book. No matter what it is, you need to get your mind OFF of the Internet and the post you are supposed to write. A blank slate is better to work with than a full one. It doesn’t matter if all you come up with are witty doodles or paper shavings, the end result will always be better than what you are trying to force yourself to write.
2. Go Read OTHER Blogs
This may sound weird, but if you aren’t inspired to write on a certain topic maybe reading a few other blogs might do the trick. Whether or not you agree with the post you read doesn’t matter, if an emotional reaction takes place….REACT. Write about it and let the readers know about it. The best articles I’ve ever read have always had some sort of emotional initiation. Trust your emotions, they can produce your best work.
3. Intentionally Disagree With The “Experts”
While you may get branded as a “troll” or “flamer”, don’t let it stop you. If you read a blog post you couldn’t agree with more that is written by one of your favorite industry leaders…write a blog post that could disseminate it. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it or not, the purpose is to write something that will help you do deeper research and give another (logical) perspective to your readers.
4. Go AWOL
I’m not talking about the traditional term for it. But just go nuts, start writing and let your mind wander. The point is to write senselessly until you get tired/sick of writing. Why, you ask? Well my personal belief is that the more a person writes, the more junk he/she will get out of his/her system so that the better ideas can come to the surface. If the line between genius and insanity are too close, let your writing reflect that. After all, it’s the editor that has the final say right?
So now, inquiring minds what to know. What do you the readers (fellow bloggers…or not) do to write or judge blogs by? What type of posts or what do you think he/she does/should do to create better blog posts?