If you’re a blogger, you’re bound to hit The Wall sooner or later. If you’re reading this, you know what I mean: the “blank screen” bloggers hit when they’re fresh out of ideas.
It’s not unusual. Skim the blogosphere for any length of time and you’re bound to snag posts like, 20 topic suggestions for writing blog posts, or 10 ideas for awesome blog posts. A lot of people spill considerable ink telling other people how to come up with fresh ink.
Keeping up a blog is hard work. Let’s face it: sometimes the well runs dry.
So rather than regale you with more brilliant ideas or suggestions for writing winning blog posts, let me offer a suggestion you don’t hear much:
Take a break.
Take a Vacation
That’s right. Take a blogging vacation. Let your readers know that while you appreciate their loyalty, you need some time to recharge the ‘ole creative batteries. You might let them know how long you plan to be away and when you plan to return. Then disconnect. Really.
Instead of blogging, go for a walk. Play with your kids. Eat a banana split. Take up line-dancing, a watercolor class, or wood carving. Find a new author. Make a new friend. Change the oil in your car. Quit stressing about your next blog post or series. There’s something therapeutic and bracing about shifting gears, trying something novel, exploring new territory. Whatever it takes to replenish the well.
Productive ‘Down Time’
I know, I know. This may seem counter-intuitive for some, especially you Type-A personalities. Trust me on this. You’d be surprised at how productive “down time” can be, or how a chance of pace, fresh perspective, or renewed energy pays off in the long run. I’ve found then when a “rested” mind is a more creative mind. Some of my best ideas and creative bursts have come after I’ve turned off the computer and gone “on vacation.”
How long should your blogging vacation last? That’s up to you. Running on fumes isn’t doing you or your readers any favors. You’ll both be better off when you can hit the blogosphere fresh. When you start feeling like blogging is fun again, you’re on the right track.
So turn off the computer and take Nike’s advice: Just do it.