Thursday, May 16, 2013

3 Tips For Battling Blogger’s Block by Susan Stilwell


Susan Stilwell
We’ve all been there, staring at a blank screen and wondering what on earth to blog about. We want create content that keeps our faithful readers interested, but also engages new readers. How can we push past those mental blocks and keep our writing fresh and relevant? 

Pay Attention To Headlines
Look at what’s happening in the world today. From serious world events to celebrity weddings to neighborhood news, topics are trending and people are talking. Find a topic that intrigues you, then do some research. You don’t have to be an expert; you just need to have an opinion that’s rooted in facts. Study and ponder, then offer your two-cents worth on a timely subject.

Write about Popular Culture
Do you have a favorite television program? Did you watch a recent (or classic) movie? Have you tried the latest Starbucks offering? Write about it! Share something insightful or funny or quirky about your experience. Popular culture connects us and gives us an opportunity to share a biblical truth our readers. One of my most popular posts was about a spiritual insight I gained while watching the television program, “The Voice.”

Don’t Be Afraid To Change It Up 
You may have a schedule that your readers expect, but it’s okay to deviate from time to time. Interview a fellow blogger or invite them to guest post. Play around with your favorite photo editor and try your hand at a creative image. Share a special memory or a particular struggle, being careful with sensitive details. Personal stories can be refreshing and offer a powerful connection to your readers.

Don’t forget to take a few extra minutes for SEO, especially if you’re writing about current events or popular culture. Those descriptive headings, tags and labels make your post more visible to search engines, which will help direct readers to your site. 


Dora here. What about you? Anybody else staring at a blank blogger screen?
How difficult is it for you to come up with fresh, engaging content?

About Susan Stilwell
Susan Stilwell is a freelance writer, motivational speaker and Bible study leader who loves discovering God at work the ordinary, day-to-day stuff of life. Passionate about God’s Word, she’s a prolific devotional writer and a popular guest blogger. She and her husband Steve enjoy their empty nest in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia. You can connect with Susan on Twitter at @susanrstilwell and on her website, www.susanstilwell.com

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6 comments:

  1. Since joining the awesome team here on Seriously Write, I admit to suffering blogger's block with my personal blog and can't wait to try out some of these tips. Thanks for sharing, Susan.

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    1. I think everybody battles it, Dora. The more we can do to make it enjoyable, the easier it becomes!

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  2. This is my constant problem. If I have a date open (without a guest or regular feature planned), I really sweat it. I'll have to try your suggestions. Thanks, Susan!

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  3. Thanks for the suggestions, Susan! After years of writing posts on my personal blog, I'll admit that I've also found it difficult to come up with something "fresh." I've ended up primarily writing book reviews. They offer something to readers, but I used to get a lot more feedback on personal posts.

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  4. I'm so sorry for not getting here recently, friends. Much tumult and travel. Oh, and edits. But as always, I wish you every good thing. I admit, I canceled my blog. I still do two group blogs that get lots of hits. At RWA last summer, I attended a workshop that said if blogging gets you down and makes you crazy, it's okay to let it go. How I admire those of you, and you Susan, who can keep up with a personal blog. These hints are great. xo

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    1. We've missed you, Tanya!! Wow! I can't even imagine how much time and energy you must invest into blogging for the two team blogs. Kudos to you for even attempting a personal blog.

      Hope you had a great time on vacation. :-)

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