Hi guys! I’ve talked and talked about expanding my blog’s content and making it more personal. This year I intend to actually go through with that, and here’s one of my first non-bookish posts. It was actually inspired by something I’ve been going through recently, a sort of blogging slump. I have plenty of ideas, but not enough motivation to write any of them. And while I can’t really help with that last part, I can give tips on getting ideas to write about. 😉
I’m sure you’ve heard/seen/read a few of these before, but I’m going to bring them up anyway. And then maybe I’ll consider personally following the advice I’m about to give you guys. XD
I’m not sure if that made much sense, so I’ll just stop rambling and we can get into my list.
This is probably the most common one. In my opinion, blogs should be about quality, not quantity. If you have great ideas to write about four times a week, do it. If you only get two up, that’s fine too. Writing posts you’re happy with is more important than writing posts just to post. So if you can’t think of anything to write about, take a break. It doesn’t have to be long. Stepping away for a few days might do you good, and then you can return to your blog with new inspiration.
If you write a lot of book reviews, try writing a list of your favorite underrated books instead. If you talk frequently about video games, bring up the last TV show you binge-watched in place of that. It’s late at night, so I can’t think of any more examples, but basically, just change it up. You might be in a slump because your recent posts have been similar. If that’s the case, fixing it could be as easy as writing something you wouldn’t usually write. And it can be a big change or a small change, that’s your call.
This is another common tip. If you can’t think of any post ideas, scroll through your friend’s blog or a blog you admire. You might find a way to put a spin on one of their posts, or decide it seems fun and do the same one on your own blog. Of course, if you do either, credit that person where necessary, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be cool with it.
This is similar to #3. If you’ve looked through a few blogs and still have nothing or just don’t feel like reading posts, turn to YouTube. * Watch a few of your favorite YouTubers, and see what’s recommended for you from there. See what videos are trending. You might find something you want to discuss, or a tag you want to do, or combine two video ideas into a blog post. Again, give credit where it’s due.
* We all have those days. It’s okay. 😉
If all else fails, look up writing/blogging prompts. I’m sure there are plenty of lists and ideas out there. One I like to look through is this post of 30 post ideas from Ava’s blog. I took a few seconds and typed “blog post ideas” into Google, and tons of long lists came up. You can search for simple ideas to expand on or twist, like I did, or for specific things related to your blog’s theme/content. It might take a bit of time, but eventually you’re bound to find something that inspires you. I would also recommend bookmarking or otherwise noting pages you like for future reference. Once more, make sure you briefly credit any list you may use. It might not be as big a deal since it’s meant to help bloggers like you and me, but better safe than sorry. 😉
What do you do when you’re in a blogging slump? Can you think of any tips I didn’t mention? And if you’re lucky enough to avoid slumps, will you tell me (and others) your secret? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, and soon I’ll be going to bed. 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…