5 Things To Do For Your Blog When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

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5 Things To Do For Your Blog When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Writing doesn’t always come easy.

There are times when I can sit in front of a blank Word document for what seems like hours, and know that it’s just NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN. Yes, it can be frustrating, but I don’t ever force myself to write because I’m convinced that YOU can always tell when content is being published, just for the sake of it. I don’t usually batch-write my content, either. I love blogging, but I don’t want it to feel like a chore- it kind of sucks the fun out of it. With that being said, if I go a day or two without writing, it feels…… weird. I kind of feel lost and disoriented because this blog has become such a huge part of my life and daily routine.

There is so much more to blogging than just writing, creating content and hitting publish. On those days when I don’t write, I always make sure to do something productive for my blog anyway. Otherwise, I’ll go crazy.

So what do you do when that writer’s block kicks in?

EXPAND YOUR AUDIENCE

Find a few new blogs to follow and add them to your comment list. I can’t tell you how many times I followed someone because I came across an interesting comment they left under someone one else’s blog post. Comments don’t always need to be long, but they do need to be meaningful. Forget “nice post“-bloggers hate that sh*t- comments like these will almost never get any attention or earn you any visits to your blog.

Another way to expand your audience is to network. Find new Pinterest Group Boards to join, share a few of your most popular blog posts. There are also Facebook Group for Bloggers, Instagram groups- all of these are a great way to network, find some support and, of course, expand your audience.

UPDATE YOUR OLD BLOG POSTS

Go through your archives and update your older content- this is something I like to do when writer’s block hits, because even though I don’t necessarily create any new content, I’m still doing something productive and improving my blog. With nearly 700 posts written so far, it keeps me busy. Check your links, update them where needed, update your photos and re-share the content. I do this especially with some of my most popular posts- which also happen to be quite “old”. My writing style has changed over the years, so I like to go back once in a while and re-format those posts, maybe update some photos here and there. Go through some of those popular posts, and link to newer, relevant content.

WORK ON IMPROVING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

If, like me, you don’t have much time to be present on Twitter– automate your tweets. Share your archive posts every couple of hours by having your tweets go out automatically. Pinterest is huge for me because it brings thousands of visits to my blog every week. I make sure to pin a few times a day and noticed that my re-pin rate as well as my following started growing steadily. Instagram is definitely my favorite social media outlet and the community is extremely supportive, I think it’s a great place to connect with not just other bloggers and brands, but your readers as well.

CREATE A MEDIA KIT

If you’re at a point where you’re starting to get interested in creating sponsored content and partnering up with brands, it’s a good time to create a media kit for your blog. Your media kit will outline your blog stats and some key facts about your blog, have a short bio and a breakdown of collaboration options. You can find a free template on Melyssa’s blog right here along with instructions on how to customize it.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

There’s always some room left for improvement, amiright? Whether it be reading up on Photography, SEO or branding- you can always find something new to learn, something that will help you grow your blog and create better content. I personally love watching Photoshop tutorials as I’m trying to improve my editing skills.

what to do for your blog when you don't feel like writing

If writer’s block isn’t an issue, but you simply don’t know what to write about, take a look at one of these: 113 Ideas For A Blog Post, 113 [more] Ideas For a Blog Post and What To Write About When You’re Out of Ideas

Over to you- what do you like to work on when that writer’s block hits? Do you ever feel guilty about not posting, when you don’t feel like writing?

  • I spent… 2 hours? today reinstalling Photoshop. Joy of joys, but I guess it was useful too ;)
    (I had no clue you have a Pinterest group board! Need to get around sending you a little email next time I am near my laptop.)

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    What awesome advice! Thanks so much :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • These are great tips! Definitely going to follow this when I don’t feel like writing a blog post x

    http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I definitely don’t ever force myself to write either cause like you said as well I don’t want blogging to become something I feel like I have to do rather than something I want to do because I love it :) These are some great tips! Lately I haven’t spent as much time with writing as I’d like to, not because I didn’t feel like it but because I had so much to do with school work and stuff. My favourite thing to do for my blog when I’m too busy to write a post is brainstorming – coming up with ideas & writing down some keywords x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

  • nik ann

    This was great! I’m just starting out and I feel like I’ve got these huge a** blinders on! :( Sometimes I don’t feel like writing either but this is a great great great post on how to supplement the process and ease my guilt LOL I don’t even know a thing about SEO or how to get bigger photos on my site (insert laughing so hard I’m crying emoticons). http://www.eneverythingnice.com

    • No need to feel guilty for not writing! There is so much more that you can get done, like read up on something you want to learn :D

  • These are really useful tips! I hadn’t thought of going back and updating old posts, but I’ll definitely try that out now!

    Emma xo // The Wallflower Wardrobe

  • really lovely tips Paula – I’ve had real bloggers block lately and this is a great way to help improve my blog without writing involved! :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • Very inspiring post! Love these ideas!

  • Leanne

    great tips, it’s good to have other productive blog-related things to do even when you’re not actually writing a post. it all helps in the long run! x

    http://www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

  • Cattleya

    I love this! Very inspiring post. I definitely got some good, useful tips out of this!
    Thanks so much!
    x.Cattleya

    alittlecattleya.com

  • This is such a great post with very helpful tips!! Thank you so much for posting this <3

    Amelia | http://amelia-g.blogspot.com.au/

  • Great tips! I’ve very much been staring at blogger, wide eyed a few times with a certain post. But I’m just adding to it and changing it when I feel. I have no deadline for it, so it’ll come when it comes. :)
    Blog admin, although a chore (sorting broken links especially) is a necessity and like you say, competing on new blog etc can also help with motivation/inspiration. :)

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

  • Phoebida x

    This post is so useful right now, I don’t have time at the moment to write much so these tips are great xx

    Phoebe & Abida | phoebida.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is so helpful! I really need to go through my old posts and edit them xx
    http://www.blossomofhope.blogspot.com

  • Megan McMahon

    Some great tips! Think some people forget that blogging isn’t just about the words and the pictures, there’s more going on behind the scenes too!
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

  • Thank you for sharing these ideas, lately I’ve not been in the writing mood and I think these tips will really help. Have a lovely weekend x

  • I absolutely hate writers block! thank you for sharing such great tips! x

    katielou99.blogspot.co.uk

  • Such a great post and some good idea, thanks you! :) xx

  • I often get writers block, then don’t write anything for ages, which I then feel rather guilty about doing as I really enjoy writing! Thank you for this post! x

    Victoria | http://www.victoriaahelenn.blogspot.co.uk

  • Such a great post, Paula! I’m getting back into blogging slowly more and more, and I’ve often thought to myself how I want my blog to be and what I’d like to post about besides reviews about things through a POV that I find not easily accessible online (which is why I even decided to get back into blogging in the first place). I’m quite the realist and also do not like to compare myself to others (although I am really a perfectionist and it’s hard not to compare), but at times I wonder if I’m able to carry any interesting content that could be found anywhere else or has already been done.

    I think blogging is for everybody, and I don’t like when I see ‘bullies’ online from bigger bloggers or those in the industry (I can name a few off the top of my head but I prefer not to say their names here) who have openly said there is no more space in blogging. By which, I whole heartedly disagree, since blogging is a creative activity and anybody is open to creativity.

    Always enjoy these posts from you, love!

    xoxo
    http://www.hellohimawari.com

    • Thank you so much Mika, so happy that you liked this post! I think it’s always a good idea not to compare yourself to others, also when it comes to blogging. I think everyone has something special and unique to offer ;) You can talk about the same thing that others already talked/wrote about, but you can always put your own unique perspective on it, add your personality and make it unique.

      Oh there’s definitely A LOT of space left in blogging. There are some many different niches, ideas, perspective, personalities out there!

      Thanks again for visiting Mika!!

  • Great ideas! I definitely didn’t feel like writing today. This was very helpful ;-)

    Jenny Loves Beauty ♥

  • This is such a relevant and helpful post. Specially the weird feeling when I don’t write. Thank you. Now I will feel less guilty the days I don’t feel like writing.

  • Abby Castro

    These are such fun tips! I’ve tried to explore new ways to expand my audience reach & gain new blogging friends. Facebook group is one of those that I just explored.

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Marie

    This has been so helpful. Especially re-sharing old posts and those tutorials! I’m totally new to blogging so this helps. PS. Love your blog!
    Marie x
    http://www.marielivelovelaugh.com

  • Ugh, updating old blog posts… I should really do that but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

  • I just can’t force myself to write, otherwise I am not happy with the outcome and like you said then it is for the sake of posting! Also I really hate that short or copy paste comments, it really shows that they haven’t actually read what’s written. I need to work on social media and pinterest, I seem to skip them all the time.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I am the same way Ela- If I don’t feel like writing I’ll spend a few minutes reading, then try to write. If that doesn’t work, I’ll just give myself a break.

  • Sophie Stewart

    Updating old blog post is a great idea and not something I had thought about before! I only started blogging at the end of last year so don’t think it’s time for me to do that just yet but definitely something to keep in mind. Sophie x

    https://stylestarsandsparkle.blogspot.co.uk

  • Tal

    Great Tips! I defiantly find myself in a writing block some times. I like your tip on updating old posts, redoing pictures and reworking some things on the blog. I never thought of redoing my pictures for my older posts! I have improved on my photographs and thing my blog could benefit from this tip! Thanks again. Tal xo

    • That’s something I always try to work on as over the years my photography has improved quite a bit, too. You’re welcome Tal, thanks for visiting!

  • This was so helpful! Writing all day as a journalist can sometimes make blogging feel like a busman’s holiday, but I definitely need to do some networking the next time my writer’s block gets the best of me.

  • Mary Ann

    I love how you share useful tips to beauty bloggers like me… it helps my creative side come out in me :)

    peppermintcrinkles.blogspot.com

  • Thank you!

  • I know exactly what you mean Leah! I feel the same way- I see the exact same blogs being featured over and over and finding a new one that I like is sometimes difficult.

  • Holly @ Mellifluous

    I’m so pleased you posted this, I’ve been updating my old posts and changing categories on my blog over the past few days… completely avoiding the blog post I should be writing of course!

  • The Gossip Darling

    When I get lazy…I start focusing on social media. I have been lazy with blogging lately!!

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  • darci

    Hi Paula! I find your blog tips about creating good content to be the best I’ve read anywhere. I admire your ability to summarize important information and share it in a most helpful and friendly way. I’m new at blogging and stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest. I especially appreciate your advice about breaking up paragraphs with subtitles. It just looks clean and professional. Thank you for sharing such useful tips. I check back often and always find something new.
    darci@ backshorenotes.com

    • Wow thank you so much Darci for such kind words! I am so happy to know that you are enjoying these posts, thank you so much for visiting!

  • love this post! I really should invest more time in updating old posts. The ones I’ve updates have so many hits through Google!

  • iheartcosmetics

    Great post, really informative. Thanks for the tips. I definitely to get into the habit of finding more new blogs to read and taking the time to comment. Starting now!

    Sarah from iheartcosmetics

  • This is very good tips and information.
    http://www.yvesofstyle.com

  • Gitana Deneff

    Your desk literally looks so adorable and efficient! Thank you for the tips!

    Books & Bellinis / Lifestyle blog by: Gitana Deneff

  • THIS WAS A GREAT READ! Thanks for sharing


    Lipstick Villain

  • Jennifer @ ahungryrunner.com

    Thank you – I needed these tips!

  • Bernadette