Why You Should Keep Writing Even When You’re Out of Ideas
Blogging is a skill that from far seems so easy to attain. The concept is pretty simple, right? You write down a bunch of words on a page and send it out for billions of people to read.
You’ve heard about certain setbacks that people have spoken about that have to do with blogging but at that moment you don't think much of them. As long as you write often and write how you truly feel then people will gravitate towards your work. As good as this sounds, it’s not the missing piece to the puzzle that almost all bloggers haven't figured out.
The motivation to write every single day or at least every week becomes exhausting. Especially when you’re not getting the recognition that you think you deserve. All that work you’re putting in and the results are just not “pretty” enough.
You are a blogger, you’re just not the blogger that everyone knows and loves yet. This process of becoming a full-time writer can become even harder when you start to run out of ideas. It almost makes you want to quit. On one hand, you’re getting tired of writing in itself, and on the other, you can’t even think about what you want to write about.
You will have some good and bad days when it comes to writing but what you want is to have more good days than bad. The struggle of sitting at your computer looking at a blank screen or the struggle of sitting up in your bed looking at a blank notebook becomes very depressing.
You start to ask yourself questions like “Was this a mistake?” or “Do I really have what it takes to become a top blogger?” You’re not alone in this fight, the world of blogging is becoming more and more saturated every day. It’s not going to be easy to reach the high status that you think you deserve, but there are few things that you can do to keep yourself writing without any regret.
Keep your goals in mind
What are your goals when it comes to blogging?
Many bloggers who write about self-improvement have the tendency to write about their goals. They don’t do this to be selfish, they do it to stay motivated and reminded of why they’re writing in the first place.
If you have a clear image in your head of what you want to accomplish in the near future when it comes to your writing, then you will be more focused on your writing and in your life. Writing with a goal in mind makes the process of writing a 1,000-word post a lot easier. Every time you stop writing due to slight fatigue or boredom, you will have that goal in the back of your head to help you push through.
If you want to become a top blogger in your niche, then strive for that.
Have you ever heard of the five-year rule? The five-year rule talks about how having your mind focused on a certain goal for five years is almost a guaranteed success for that goal or guaranteed growth towards that goal. This idea was introduced to me through a fellow writer on Medium whose name is Ayodeji Awosika.
Use this rule when it comes to your blogging journey, you may not see any results from your writing because you’re relatively new. Even if you end up not hitting your exact goal with writing when those five years are up, you would have definitely learned many things when it comes to blogging and you might experience some smaller accomplishments through that journey.
It can seem pretty daunting to think about writing consistently for five years but taking it one day at a time and keeping your goals in the back of your head during those years will allow you to have the endurance to keep going.
Some of your best ideas come from journaling
If you “can’t” write a blog post, then at least journal. Journaling has more of a relaxed feel when it comes to writing. There’s no pressure of having to impress a certain audience, with journaling you’re only writing for yourself.
I like to use journaling as a reminder of why I like to write and why I can see myself doing it in the future. Your journal is a tool to help you with time management, self-therapy and to act as a generator for ideas.
If you’re really having a hard time coming up with ideas for blog posts, look back at some of your most recent journal entries. There you will find some potential ideas for your blog, you want to look at recent journal entries because you will find things that are relative to your life right now.
Usually, some of the easiest topics to talk about in your writing have to do with what’s going on in your life currently. In these blog posts, you can talk about some questions that you’ve been asking yourself in those journal entries and find a way to relate those topics back to your audience.
Sometimes, you need to journal to get that creative spark going again. Many times with blogging, you’ll experience yourself retyping the same sentences in multiple blog posts or repeating the same ideas in different blog posts. If all of your posts sound the same then it will be hard to distinguish if you’re capable of writing about different topics.
Find some time throughout the day to journal and write down anything you want, you don't have to worry about what anybody thinks about what you’re writing, it would only be for your eyes only. Don’t overthink the concept of journaling. At the end of the day, what’s easier, journaling, or blogging?
You were able to push through a tough day of writing before
You’ve had days in the past that weren’t so great when it came to blogging. Usually, that timeframe from when you begin and end a writing session can be very stressful. Every writer has experienced some days, weeks, and months like this before.
When dealing with a situation like this you should think back to times where you struggled before. Even though you didn’t enjoy certain days when it came to writing, you were still able to get through them.
Try to think of some of the same tactics you used when going through a bad blogging session.
Whenever I’m having a hard time in the middle of writing an article I like to take a 15-minute break. This is something that has helped me get through multiple days of writing and should be something that you use too.
Maybe some other things that you can do on these hard days are finding ways to change your perspective on what you’re writing. Instead of focusing on writing for an audience try to write to yourself or as if you’re writing to a friend. This will help you to not see blogging so much as a job but more as a conversation.
Reminding yourself that you were able to produce really good articles on days where you felt like you couldn't, gives you more confidence in your writing.
There will be times where you’re writing and your mind will go blank, in this instance you can give up and work on the post later or you can think back to a time where you were in a similar situation and was still able to finish the article. Use your past experiences to help you make better blog posts in the future, don’t give up on writing just yet.
Just because you’re out of ideas doesn't mean you need to stop writing. There are many things that you can do to get those creative juices flowing again. I’ll leave you with a quote from blogger Jerry Schoemaker that says
“I think I am about 5 for 500 when it comes to successful ideas vs flops.”