Posted on March 3, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer


Good blogging requires regular interaction with our readers.  Whether we've committed to blog daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever, it usually starts out being an easy schedule to keep; then, after a period of time, we run out of things to say...then what?  How do we overcome writer's/blogger's block?




Maintain a feed reader, or other reading list, and see what others are writing about.  For bloggers, reading and linking to other blogs has the added benefit of building a network with other bloggers, which will hopefully encourage those bloggers to link back to us, thus increasing our page rank.




Search to find out what information people are searching for.  Try Google Hot Trends, or Yahoo! Buzz  to find out what the top searches of the day are.  Also, if you have a general idea what you want to write about, begin entering the name of the topic in your search engine search box, and let the auto-fill suggest related searches.




Use your social networks for inspiration.  On Facebook, check your newsfeed to see what everyone's talking about.  On Twitter, check out the "trending" topics in the right sidebar, or use #hashtags.




Use the comments section on your blog, or the blogs you read to find out what questions people are asking, then answer one of those questions in a blog post.  Be sure to link to the original post.




Go back to some of your previous work, and find something that you can expound upon...something which you can provide more detail about.  Again, be sure to link to your original post, to help build page rank with internal links.


Also see: Battling Bloggers Block on ProBlogger, and Getting Past Bloggers Block by Web Analytics World


Jennifer PointerJennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.

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