The best way to ensure steady growth on your blog is to make sure you’re engaging with your audience and providing content that they will want to read. When you’re having trouble deciding what to write about on a given day, and you know you have a posting schedule to upkeep, don’t convince yourself that no writing will get done because you feel stuck. Instead, find a topic that speaks to you and write whatever comes to mind.
Whenever I’ve been feeling overwhelmed or anxious, the first task that used to get pushed to the back was updating my blog with new content, but now I’ve adopted a different strategy. I try my best to write regardless of how I may be feeling, and get the work done even if it’s much later than I originally anticipated.
Your readers are going to resonate with content that you enjoy writing because it can be quite easy to tell when a writer is withdrawn or forcing the words out onto the page. You may find yourself deleting sections, reworking your headings a thousand times, trying to figure out how to make something stick.
Here are a few tips to help you create confident content, even when you don’t feel like writing.
Free-Write Possible Topics or Ideas
You’d be surprised how many topics you can come up with when you sit with a blank piece of paper in front of you, writing every little thing that comes to mind. You may decide that half of the topics you come up with aren’t worth writing about, but you might stumble upon something that sparks your interest.
Even if the ideas don’t seem intriguing enough to hook your readers, don’t be too quick to get rid of them because they could spark something else or be reworked later on.
Read Shorter Posts for Inspiration
Reading is an essential step to writing development in all forms, but if you’re pressed for time and looking for new ideas, don’t be afraid to set aside five-ten minutes to read something short. The idea you come up with may not even have anything to do with what you read, but reading and relaxing your mind might help you think clearly again.
Search the Web for Questions You Can Answer With a Blog Post
This is what I like to do whenever I’m trying to batch content for the week. I search the web looking for content ideas, utilizing keywords on platforms like Pinterest to see what I can come up with. You’d be surprised how quickly something clicks when you see a topic that you may have forgotten about, and you might be able to give a fresh take on how that topic has affected you in the past.
I’ve felt somewhat stumped at times coming up with topic ideas for my blog posts about writing, and doing a few quick searches will help you come up with new ways to tackle topics you’ve already written about as well.
Reflect on a Personal Experience That Means Something to You
I tend to reflect on my personal experiences a lot over on Medium. Sharing experiences that have had an effect on you or shaped you as both a creator and a human being can help your readers gain a bit more insight into your life. It can also help them resonate with your work on a much more personal level, making them want to revisit your site in the future.
It took me a while to start writing from a personal standpoint because I was afraid of self-reflection and what bringing the issues I face to the surface would do for my mental health. Though, it has helped me cope with a lot of what I struggle with daily such as anxiety. It has also helped me to be a lot more open with other topics I write about.
Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks
This is a big one. To continue encouraging growth, getting out of your comfort zone every once in a while is a must. You might find that your writing begins to get a bit repetitive, or you’re worried that people won’t keep reading similar content to what you’ve written before, so you stick yourself in a single category.
Don’t be afraid to take risks with your writing and content creation because you may surprise yourself writing about something you never thought you would. For me, taking a risk was writing about my raw, real experiences, and it has taught me a valuable lesson about branching out to try new things.
If you’re struggling to find new ideas to write about, try out a new skill, read a book that piques your interest and write about it.
Don’t overthink it. Just allow yourself to write.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Let’s stay in touch.
Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.