Earlier this week we spent a few minutes talking about some of the reasons Why Blogs Fail. I wouldn’t call that a comprehensive list because it really is more of a general overview. So let’s spend a moment talking about one of the elements of why blogs fail, writer’s block.
Content is the engine that drives the blog. Without content there is no reason for you or anyone else to visit. Call it the first law of blogging or use any other term you want, really doesn’t matter. It is a given.
The challenge of producing great content day in and day out never goes away. It doesn’t matter how good a writer you are, there will come a moment during which you’ll stare at the keyboard and wonder why it is silent. The question is how do you break through that silence. When you haven’t any idea what the hell to write about, what are you going to do.
If you follow my advice you’ll start writing. You’ll pick a topic and start typing. Writing is a skill and like any skill it requires practice and effort. If you don’t work at it than you’ll see your skill level deteriorate.
For some of you that advice will be enough, but others want a more concrete example.
One of the easiest solutions is to grab a list of topics, such as the one that Chris Brogan provided here and start typing. And if you don’t like any of those you can always “google” blog or writing topics and find suggestions that way.
The idea here is that if you teach yourself to be disciplined about writing daily you’ll find that the moments in which you encounter writer’s block will decrease and that even when they do hit they won’t last as long.
What do you think? Do you have any tricks that you want to share.