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15+ Simple Exercises To Tackle Blogger’s Block

On the internet, a lot of guides and blogs talk about writer’s block but there is one more alarming condition, we online markets and bloggers face and it is nothing but the blogger’s block.

If you’re experiencing difficulties in blogging with passion, you may practice some simple exercises to handle the blog exhaustion. 

First, let me tell what blogger’s block is all about in a brief manner!

What is Blogger’s Block?

Blogger’s block is a condition when you lose your creative self-expression blogging and cannot come up with new ideas. During this phase, bloggers skip their normal posting schedule due to the lack of new blog posts publishing, and overall work get stuck within an endless freezing state. 

In simple words, Blogger’s block can be indicated as the loss of interest to do blogging. It may happen to any blogger at any time. I’ve overwhelmed this condition twice in my blogging journey, but I tactically managed with some straight forward methods. 

Before discussing the methods of handling blogger’s burnout, let me explain why would it happen!

What Are The Causes Of Blogger’s Block?

1) Too Much Work

Most of the digital marketers and bloggers work from home where they have no fixed work schedules like in offices. It makes them work for hours sitting in front of the computer screens until late nights. Ultimately, their creative skills get jam up leaving them clueless about what to do next.

Some bloggers have a day job or college education, and thus they get less time to work but need to manage a lot of blogging tasks. 

2) Fear of Being Left Out

Bloggers, especially newbies are a lot prone to FOMO (fear of missing out). Reading to a variety of pro bloggers makes them doubt their writing abilities.

Reading in-depth case studies and seasoned articles of senior bloggers make them feel they are missing out in the blogging world, and this particular case prevents them from writing fresh articles.

Whatever may be the reason, blogger’s block is to be dealt seriously, as it can hamper your creativity and ruin your readership who are waiting to read your articles every day or week.

15 Uncomplicated Ways To Handle Blogger’s Block

Below are some of the best strategies to manage the blogging fatigue! 

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1. Get Your Blogging Schedule Changed

When you churn words day after day at the same time, you become immune to the creative stimulations, that time slot has on your nerves. If you are a night person, try waking up early in the morning and blog to the tunes of the singing birds. If birds are aliens in your urban area, you can try Calmsound.

The same goes for morning larks. Waking up late nights can get them a buzz or two that they missed while sleeping all those days. These ideas can be used to blog or at least boost the brain to overcome blogger’s block.

PRO TIP: You can also change your office location to see how a new view is affecting your opinions on blogging. Try taking your laptop out to the portico or the home garden. It will surely help you freshen up and start writing.

2. Make Full Use Of Incoming Ideas

You never know when an idea can dawn upon you. Moreover, ignoring an idea during blogger’s block can be a significant loss. What you can do is jot down the ideas in a simple diary or Notepad.

I always carry a small pocket sized diary where I dump all the blogging ideas that I get during my travel, and even I cook food. I then dig them open at my free times and start writing on the one idea I think is relevant.

Try this method of storing ideas as they happen and you will have a plenty of topics to blog about.

3. Come Up With Endless Ideas 

Blogger’s block disables your ability to come up with fresh blog topics ideas. It is so fatal and can mess up your writing schedule. In case you are already facing this problem here are a few effective methods to come up with blog post ideas.

  • Use a keyword tool like Google Keyword planner to come up with ideas or a similar tool like Keywordtool.io. You can come up with topics that are most searched in your industry.
  • Use a headline template or generator to give your ideas the shape they need. Jon Morrow’s 52 headline hacks is perfect for giving your keyword a title you need.

You can, however, use a title generator like portent title generator or Pauline’s headline templates. These tools will help you to come out with ready-to-post headlines and cure your blogger’s block.

4. Keep An Eye In Your Niche

Working for long hours makes you detached from the outside world. It often leads to blogging fatigue, and you feel stagnant. I practice a simple exercise to stay in the loop and keep track of my niche happenings. It helps me to blog about recent trends and stay away from running out of ideas. 

Besides, I keep a track of social mentions to check out who is talking about my brand on social media. It also helps me to track my competitors so that I know what I have to work on.

5. Join Bloggers Groups

The best way to fight blogger’s block is to talk with someone in your niche. You can always find tons of ideas for these groups to blog about.

For example, LinkedIn groups are brimming with members talking about the issues in their niche. You can undoubtedly find out golden keywords and ideas that can then be used to write blog posts on. If you’re an avid marketer, you may join in these LinkedIn groups to get the bucket list of ideas. 

Moreover, you can network with colleagues and industry experts in the group for further business opportunities.

Similarly, some Facebook groups are active and good to exercise your networking skills.

For example, Pat Flynn’s official Facebook group gives you over 14.5K targeted bloggers who either solve your queries or ask questions to be answered. It will surely give you a boost of your blogging skills, and you will be able to blog on track. 

6. Hunt Down Popular Forums

You may hunt down popular forums in your niche to find out trends in your industry. Some forums also allow you to link back to your blog post while solving a query asked by a member, so make use of this chance to promote your blog.

You can get access to your industry forums by just searching “your keyword” + Forum in Google search.

If your blog is a related to Internet Marketing & SEO, you may take part in the forum of Matthew Woodword. There is no doubt that you can get a  few topics to write for your blog (as shown in the image)

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7. Write Your Bad Experiences

If you are not coming up with blogging ideas, better write down the terrible things you have already experienced. The key to this exercise is to kill blogger’s block by letting the flow uninterrupted.

You may check this post where Groove has written his failure experiences on A/B testsThese are not just experiences but also make your readers get some insights without actually having to go through all those processes.

Likewise, writing your bad experiences and how did you handled them would fix your broken blogging schedule and builds credibility with your readers.

If you still are not convinced, you may check the following eight more exercises to tackle the blogging burnout.

8. Utilize Amazon

Go to Amazon.com and pick up any book that appears for your keyword research. Either buy them or read the preview of those books. I am sure you are going to get a lot of ideas that you still didn’t think could be written.

9. Interview Chat With Popular Blogger

The success stories of famous bloggers will ignite the lost mojo of blogging in you. I’m familiar with this fact and thus having “Expert’s Tips” category in my blog. 

10. Read Your First To-do List

I know that it makes no sense reading in your first to-do list or first blog post draft, but I am sure going down those memory lanes will lift up your passion towards blogging. Those emotions that you have had at the beginning of blogging can only be felt if you visit those memos or drafts.

11. Subscribe To Company Blogs

If you want to be a successful blogger, you must know every important news in your industry. You can thus stay informed whenever they bring up a new feature; delete an existing service launch a new product. It will help you to blog about the reactions to those launches.

You can also come up with ideas or tutorials on how to use those features and your bloggers will love your instant articles.

12. Extend Your Horizon But Break Down Your Goals

Sometimes a narrow horizon can give you a feeling of congestion and thus give birth to blogger’s block. If you are fed up with text articles, try a podcast or even Vlogging. These formats of content are widely accepted by audiences. Additionally, they will help you to come out of creative blockages in writing.

By breaking down your goals, I mean to take small steps towards success. Having a large goal altogether can choke you up when it does not happen. Rather, take small steps towards your goal and achieve it.

For example, if you aim to write a guest post on Huffington Post, start from increasing your presence in small but reputed blogs. It would increase your chances of getting published on HuffPost exponentially.

13. Take Audience Poll

Sometimes, you need to let your audience decide what they want to hear from you. This is helpful in a situation of blogger’s block. As the decision of the majority will be granted, your audiences will love the upcoming post. So, try to get some ideas by conducting the poll to your loyal readers. 

14. Set A Timer

Use a simple alarm clock or your mobile timer and start writing. Set yourself a goal to complete within a given time. When we are under the influence of a timer, our brain starts working aggressively and thus can help you crush tiredness in blogging.

15. Take A Break

When nothing else works, this will. If you are too much affected by blogger’s block, go take a vacation. Spend this quality time with your family and friends. Get yourself closer to nature as it is the best healer. After the much-needed vacation, I am sure that you will spring up to blogging rejuvenated and refreshed.

Bonus Ideas To Beat Blogging Exhaustion

  1. Create a supporting community to boost your energy level when you feel down
  2. Stop multitasking as it would kill your productivity.
  3. Do your favourite activity other than blogging.
  4. Take a power nap before start working on important blogging tasks.
  5. Do Meditation/Yoga for 1 hour daily to get innovative ideas.  

Over To You

Work around the clock with fruitless methods never yield good results.

So, I would suggest you to follow some effective methods to blog with consistency!

Few days back, I struggled a lot to fit into my blogging schedules due to my personal constraints and thus I felt like experience blogger’s burnout. But I managed the awful state with most of the above-listed strategies.

These are not proven cures to tackle blogger’s block, but they would nudge you in the exact path that you need to overcome it.

What do you do in case you find yourself locked up with blogger’s block? Please share your ideas in the comment section.

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35 thoughts on “15+ Simple Exercises To Tackle Blogger’s Block”

  1. Hi Nirmala,
    It’s another interesting and useful posts for every blogger especially for newbies.
    As you said, Once in a while every blogger face the problem you mentioned above.
    But, your tips which overcome from that situation are just awesome.
    Finding a keyword is the most challengeable thing for every blogger and you figure out some great ways to find out keywords.
    Overall, again thanks a very much for this great post and keep up the good work.. Have a great weekend.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Thyrone,

      I’m delighted with your kind appreciation, thanks. Glad I could help you by giving some practical tips to do better blogging. Yes, finding the profitable keywords is somewhat tough task and we should work smart over the targeted keyword as well.

      Thanks for finding time to read my post and leaving your wonderful views. Stay tuned!

  2. Hi Nirmala,

    Blogger’s block isn’t a nice experience and I agree with you on the causes of this block. Also the solution you have listed are spot on and will sure solve the problem.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Ikechi,

      Thanks for getting time to read my post, glad you liked it. Yeah, bloggers block is somewhat difficult to manage, we need to practice some strategies to prevent it. You’re welcome, taking care is a sure thing! Keep coming.

  3. Hello Niramala Mam,
    These 15 reasons are absolutely spot on. Work pressure, lack of ideas and income sources and so on. We need to make a proper schedule to surpass it or else we’ll be killed with either tediousness or neck pain 🙂 I love my offline life plus sometime blogging become boring and full of headache as well

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Pallb Kayal,

      Thanks for reading my post and nice that you’re agreeing my views on Bloggers block. Yeah, following an easy schedule would help to stay with productive blogging.

      Good to know your viewpoints, keep coming!

  4. Hey Nirmala,

    I have faced bloggers block in the past, I know how terrible it is. None of the guides can help you once you go through this condition – one just has to find their own way back somehow.

    This is different from writers block, as it sort of kills other blogging interests too like blog commenting, being active on the social media etc.

    I guess too much work can be a real issue and result in burn-out. This is one of those major reasons why outsourcing some of the basic tasks is a good idea. That way, a blogger can focus on the more creative and important tasks.

    Absolutely love the off line diary, been doing this since 2005. And it is not just about blogging topics or ideas, I spend a lot of time thinking about startup ideas etc. and I jolt down everything in my notepad.

    Like all of your suggestions especially yoga and meditation which works best. All of the tips can be really helpful when fighting bloggers block.

    thanks,
    Uttoran sen,

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hey Uttoran Sen,

      Hope you are fine and sorry for replying late.
      Great to read your comment and I agree with your viewpoints on bloggers block. Yes, the bloggers have to focus a hell lot of stuff to stand out and thus outsourcing some tasks would be a good idea (As you said).

      I was wondering that you have experienced the bloggers burn out condition as well. Yes, it is a terrible one and thus we need to be in touch with few of the blogging tasks even if we are busy.

      Yeah, meditation will work for sure! I’ve recently joined in a Yoga class where I’ve learned the breathing exercise that helps me to feel fresh most of the times.

      Thanks for getting time to read my blog post, keep visiting.

      I’ll land on your new blog soon. Thank you!

  5. Great post Nirmala,
    Writers block is really exactly as the name sounded. It kills lots so many bloggers and left them without any ideas again and many usually give up blogging because of it especially the ones that started blogging in a niche they do not have any interest on.

    Fighting it can really seem to be a very daunting task to so many people but a lot of articles has already been written on the internet on how best to tackle and deal with it however, its all a matter of trying different ways that was suggested for you just like the ones you mentioned here.

    If I’m the one having the problem of writers/idea block, i will simply start with the number one strategy you listed here and by the time i get to even the fifth strategy, the word writers block will no longer be find on my dictionary again.

    A very useful article Nirmala.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Theodore,

      Welcome to my blog again and sorry for replying late.

      Nice to read your opinion on bloggers block and I agree with them. Yes, of course, it is more important to choose the fascinating niche to give the regular blog updates.

      Yes, fighting against the blogging burn is a difficult task and it is good to try out some strategies to overcome it. Good to know your preferred methods to surpass blogger’s block.

      Thanks for your visit, stay tuned!

  6. Hi Nirmala,
    Interesting phrase indeed Bloggers Block!
    Yes, it is very correct that a time comes when we don’t have an idea to write on or running out of the creativity or focus that help us to pick a new topic to create a beautiful content.
    Your 15 suggestions are incredible indeed. However; I would like to add one thing that when we get unfocused for the writing we can read our own old post and try to curate something from the old one, for me it helps.
    Thanks for the great write up. 🙂

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Kumar Chandhan,

      I like your prompt visit on interesting posts, thanks!

      Yeah, Bloggers block is a dreadful condition where we need to work smart to get rid off it. Not only to write the posts, we feel boring to write comment on other blogs and sharing posts on social media as well.

      I agree with your idea of reading the old posts and curating them. Yes, it will work, glad that the same method assisted you well. Keep visiting to share your valuable views.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      You’re welcome Amit Sharma, thanks for your visit.

      Stay tuned to grab few more innovative ideas to blogging with passion.

  7. Hi Nirmala,

    Well that was an interesting post.

    I can’t speak for others of course, only for myself but I really have never gotten writers or bloggers block. Now I have from time to time scheduled a particular topic to write about but just decided I didn’t want to talk about that one when it came time to start writing. Either my heart wasn’t in it or I didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to share.

    I think we all probably go through times like that. It was a good idea when I wrote it down and had every intention of that being my next post but when the time came to start writing I just wasn’t into that topic anymore.

    I think because of what I do blog about I’m always excited about what to share next but there have been times where I just needed to go take a walk or go read someone else’s post in order to get a certain spark for moving forward.

    I would hope that not too many people run into this problem but with all the suggestions you’ve shared I’m sure they’ll be on their way in no time at all.

    Thanks for this post and I’m definitely sharing it as well.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Welcome to my blog Santhosh Veer!

      Good to know that you’re a blogger from TamilNadu. Glad I could help you through this post by giving new ideas. Keep blogging with enthusiasm.

  8. Hi Nirmala

    Contrary to tradition I want to thank you in the beginning for sharing such wonderful post as who can understand it as seriously as I do because I recently have recovered from this fatal blogging disease.

    A blogger suffers from it all of sudden though it is not contagious but sometimes just while reading the blogger block experiences of someone else a person may fall victim of it. So all must be aware of reading such post and don’t strongly imagine themselves suffering from it one day because it is likely the second day they may be suffering from it.

    The ways you suggested as the non-medicated cure are pretty awesome and all can be applied collectively or selectively to get rid of it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful, full-of-value and useful post.

    Have a great rest of the week

  9. I totally vibe with your root causes Nirmala. The fear of missing out often pushes people to force themselves to write, and since force negates, these folks create mental blocks.

    Fabulous tips!

    Ryan

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Well-said, Ryan, I agree with your opinion on bloggers block.

      Yes, when bloggers force to write something just for the sake of updating the blog would result in blog burn out.

      You made my day with your comment, sorry for replying late.

      Keep coming, have a relaxed Sunday!

  10. Hi Nirmala,

    Just coming back from a whole month’s vacation I took from blogging, I completely understand the point of this post and it’s importance…

    There was a time (just before my break) when my head was literally bursting with ideas and my body, exhaustion. The inability to execute those ideas further compounded the heat in my head and a break down was clearly inevitable…

    I had to pause. And unplug.

    Coming back from the 4 weeks break, I can see the awesome good it has achieved…never have I felt as good, powerful, industrious and passionate as I now do. More importantly too, I have completed projects that I kept keeping on and postponing.

    Do enjoy the day…the tips shared here rock! I’ll be tweeting immediately!

    Always,
    Akaahan Terungwa

  11. Hi Nirmala,
    I think A blogger suffers from it all of sudden though it is not contagious but sometimes just while reading the blogger block experiences of someone else a person may fall victim of it.Blogger’s block isn’t a nice experience and I agree with you on the causes of this block. Also the solution you have listed are spot on and will sure solve the problem,this post is really useful to me thanks for this post i give some good ideas to improve My Blogging skills 😉

  12. Hello Nirmala,

    No matter how we manage our blogging activities, one will get hit by the writing block at some time.

    And these are the best mentioned cures to cope with the block.. and to come out of the state easily and being like born again.

    I, too, get hit with it often and really it is very hard. The recovering duration spans around weeks or months to be able to start writing again. I am sure gonna try them out!

    Thanks for the great write-up! Happy to share it!

    ~ Adeel

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      oh I feel better now!

      Yes, I thought I’m the only person who often experience the blogging burn-out condition, but through the reader engagement, I came to know that most of the bloggers meet bloggers burnout at a particular stage.

      Yeah Adeel Sami, recovering from this drastic situation is somewhat tedious, but I greatly escaped.

      Thanks for your kind words, great that you’re going to try few of the listed strategies to prevent bloggers block. Keep coming, have a good day!

  13. Hi Nirmala,

    I often experienced blogger’s block I guess. There are times when I miss the creativity in blogging, it’s frustrating when you have a mission in blogging and you have that block.

    Now I have to manage myself to continue blogging, at least one hour a day (in the condition I was hit by a blogger’s block).

    Re-read the comments on my blog could also improve my passion in blogging. It made me realize that I have stepped forward so far and I don’t want to make it all become useless just because of that reason. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this great post with us, Nirmala.
    Have a great week ahead!

    ~Nanda

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Nanda,

      Good to see you here and thanks for sharing your blogging experience.

      Creativity loss happens for most of us and thus we should avoid over blogging. On the other hand, if we don’t blog for a long time, then it would be difficult to be on track.

      So, as you said, it’s fine to blog at least 2 -3 hours daily to perform smart blogging tasks. Good that you’re re-reading your comments. Yes, it will motivate us to do better blogging.

      Thanks for coming by, keep visiting to share your thoughts.

  14. Hello mem,
    You are the outstanding writer. Each tip is carrying a practical approach. Being a blogger, we have to work for long hours. I don’t know how do you manage all these things.

    In my opinion, Everybody has a fix time duration in which his or her efficiency of working gets doubled. I have tried a lot to get up early in the morning for writing posts for my blog, but I didn’t get success anyhow.

    Well, if I talk about the most interesting point then I would go for “writing bad experiences”. I never do it. I would start it soon. Bloggers have to pass through several bad experiences and writing on it won’t hard for me.

    Thanks mem for sharing this article. These tips would help me to overcome the writer’s block.

    🙂

  15. Nirmala Santhakumar

    Hi Nikhil,

    Thanks for your kind words and getting time to read my posts. Yes, writing is my passion and I would like to write a lot (Even my major roadblocks in blogging).

    You need to find out the time when is your creative juice is flowing and it would be good to write that time. For some people like me and you, early morning may not work, I used to write the blog posts after taking a power nap @ day time.

    Yeah, it is manage to handle all the stuff both online and offline, but blogging passion nudges me to work round the clock. Yes, of course, your audience would show interest in reading your failures/bad experiences as well. So, try to express them so that they will learn something helpful from your post.

    Thanks again for getting time to read and comment, keep coming!

  16. Hi Mam,

    Agree with all your points. Due to change in office timings and new projects I am unable to concentrate on blogging. I was inactive for almost like four months. I check my emails once in a while. Currently I am in the process of attending interviews to change my current job. After reading your article I have decided to spent atleast one or two hours daily for blogging.

    Thanks for this great informative post.

  17. Hello Mem!

    You are indeed a great writer, I was able to relate and understand every word and sentence you inscribed in this very work.

    when I started my blog two years back, I was confronted with the fear of being left behind like you said, in fact, at some point, I felt I was really behind but with time I could beat it.. I love everything about blogging. I just had to understand that little drops of water makes a mighty ocean.. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, I have learnt a lot.

  18. Nirmala,
    I love your many suggestions to overcome bloggers writing block. For me, it is a matter of what is going on in my life and my work. When I am focused on creating and promoting a product, I have difficulty focusing on my blogs. But as I read other people’s blogs, my professional newsletters, watch TV, listen to songs, see private clients, etc., I am always filled with ideas for lots of blog posts. One key is to pick a time and just sit down to do the writing. Once I begin, the words start to flow. Sometimes it helps to first find an image and be inspired by the image.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Thank you Erica for being with me by sharing your experiences. Good that you read many blogs and yes, if you start to write, no one could stop your creative juice flowing.

  19. Hi Nirmala,

    Thanks for sharing. The way you have just followed to tell the 16 uncomplicated ways totally awesome.

    All really great ones! I find inspiration from comments, quotes and sometimes from my own curiosity. I’ve had to revisit my About page to refresh my thoughts with what I initially wanted to write about when I started my most recent blog. It’s helped me focus!

    ~Taposh

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