It's always a good feeling when your blogging dashboard is full of drafts. But that's not always the case.
Sooner or later, almost each one of us confronts the dreaded - 'Writer's Block'.
That's when you run out of ideas and your editorial calendar is empty week after week. Sometimes, it can stretch to several months making your blog almost dead. I've gone through all this way back in 2008-2009 and know very well how hard it hits your readership and organic traffic.
Today, instead of focusing on countless solutions to come out of 'Writer's Block', we'll try to understand the root cause of this problem.
What's the use of talking about REASONS rather than providing SOLUTIONS?
Addressing the root cause is like taking a preemptive step to avert such kind of situation. In other words, prevention is better than cure!
The reasons for writer's block can be broadly divided into two parts. The first one is associated with what you blog about and the second one has more to do with your blogging routine.
Addressing the first reason can help you minimize the risk of falling into writer's block by leaps and bounds. So let's see both these primary reasons that are known to entrap large number of bloggers.
Picking a Wrong NicheIf you haven't yet started a blog but are planning to do so, you must be very careful while choosing a niche for your blog. One wrong step can land you in a perpetual cycle of writer's block.
What blog's niche has to do with - 'Writer's Block'?
Well, almost everything!
One of the primary reasons bloggers run out of ideas is there alienation with the subject they're blogging about. A common example is blogging for your client on a topic you know nothing about.
Seasoned players can do it with some success but that's not the case with everyone.
Same thing applies to newbies who pick a specific niche just because their friend or a peer has also opted for it. This is like a digital suicide!
Your passion for the topic you're blogging about reduces the probability of facing a writer's block by miles. The more knowledgeable, passionate and comfortable you're with the niche, the more comfortable you're with coming up with new ideas to churn out content on a regular basis.
Pure ExhaustionAnd this is why sooner or later we all face writer's block. There can be literally infinite reasons a blogger may get exhausted.
The most common factor is stress associated with professional blogging. Again there can be numerous reasons for the same.
It can develop due to unhealthy lifestyle, maintaining lot of blogs simultaneously or due to taking lot of projects at the same time. Once you start putting pressure on yourself, stress and fatigue automatically leads to writer's block.
The best remedy here is to acknowledge your limits.
I maintain my own three niche blogs and couple of more for my clients. But the posting frequency is not the same for all. I know my limits and accordingly I've created my editorial calendar.
The moment I'll try to do anything adventurous, it will completely ruin my blogging routine. So the key here is not just about acknowledgement of limits but also about guarding ourselves against overstepping.
What Else?As I said before there can be dozens of reasons a blogger faces writer's block. I'd like to know how you tackle this condition and generally what are the major factors that may lead to this condition?
When I faced the same situation in 2009, the best remedy was a complete break from blogging. That refreshes and rejuvenates your mind and you're ready to rock again.
If you have an effective methodology to combat this situation, do share with us in the comments below.