February 27, 2011

Blogger’s Burnout: Are You Overdoing It?


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Where are you? What time is it? What day is it even? Have you hit the writer’s wall, or block or what ever else they call it these days? Are you burning out?

Being a blogger is unlike any other writer or author, to keep our blogs up to date we must search upon new hot topics to write about and we must do this on a daily basis for the rest of our lives… But from time to time we all hit the wall, a period of time where we struggle to find just what to write about. How should one cope through such times like these? Here are several things you can do to keep yourself in the creative zone.

1. Get the hell of your chair…

I guess this is the nicest way to put it… We could say arse as well. Depending on how much time you devote to writing and publishing posts on your blog, from time to time you just have to leave the desk. Turn off the computer and get out of the house, do anything, go watch a movie, grab a coffee or bite to eat, go buy a decent piece of tabloid and read it, take a walk in the park and get some air, listen to some music. You’re likely to be more creative when you’ve been inspired or have read something or seen an advertisement. Make sure you bring a notebook and pen with you or if you have a fancy phone with a publishing app even better. Just in case you get an idea of what you want to write about in your niche you can make a note of it in your notebook or your phone’s memo. What I do to inspire me for my next post is hit the surf, whilst this is not an option for most bloggers I gather, I’m sure there are other activities you can do.

2. Don’t have just one blog

Having just one blog is pretty boring personally. If you have several interests then why not start a blog on each one. I like art, surfing and photography and so I blog about these. If you’re passionate about one main blog niche that’s ok, but just don’t place all you eggs in one basket as so the saying goes.

3. Take decent time out

Unfortunately not everyone will agree with this however taking time out helps. I’ve read some trash somewhere in an eBook that to succeed you need to nail your rear end on the chair in front of the computer night and day, cut your social life out completely and put your health at risk to reach your dreams. Are you serious? That’s the worst piece of advice I’ve ever read, its pure trash and you don’t need to do these things. If you’re well organised with your time management then you can devote 2 to 3 hard hours each day to blogging and marketing your blog.

4. Look at your old posts

Sometimes you can normally find a new blog topic to write about just by looking at your old previous posts. Try it.

5. Read other blogs

Reading other blogs in similar niches is great; however don’t get caught up in repeating whatever trash someone else has written about, you can simply find a topic in between the lines if you know what I mean.

6. Newspapers and magazines

I know I’ve mentioned this one already in the ‘get the hell of your chair’ section but magazines and newspapers related to your niche is a brilliant source for blog topics. I’ll sometimes read the financial times or marketers weekly and will occasionally find topics to write about from them.

7. Read your comments

What are your readers debating about on your blog? Check them out and find out what’s on their minds. If you interact with your commenter’s which you should be then they will tell you almost what it is they want to be reading from your posts.

8. Join online forums

Another great place to find blog topics are from online forums related to your niche. Test the water by starting a debate and let them fight over it. You can then gather the information from the responses and get a post going on your blog. You can then reply to your own original forum topic leaving a link to your new blog post regarding the matter everyone’s disputing about.

9 Do some doodling

If you’re artistic like me get a pad and pen and grab yourself a coffee and do some doodling, works a treat for me though I normally end up doodling on a canvas then selling it.

10. Use the imagination prompt generator

Here’s a simple tip, if all doesn’t go your way and you’re still stuck in a rut about what to write about or feel burnt out still after a week away in Hawaii perhaps, then come back to your desk and chair and use the imagination prompt generator to determine your next blog post, it worked a treat for this post. Enjoy.


About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a successful artist and blogger working from his home in North Cornwall, UK. His insight into online business marketing, web design and self-promotion has lead him to become one of the UK's biggest selling modern contemporary artists with over 3,000 original canvas paintings sold worldwide. Fabrizio now shares his tips, advice and tutorials on all aspects of internet business marketing, blogging tips, WordPress, internet tech reviews and much more. You can follow Fabrizio on Twitter & Facebook.

Comments

  1. Rachat says:

    I have the same opinion with most of your points, but a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small discussion with my partners and perhaps I will ask you some opinion soon.

    - Henry

  2. Good topic!Thanks for sharing! It really helpful to me about those information

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