Blogging isn’t always easy and requires blog owners to constantly be creating new and unique content. However, constantly coming up with interesting topics to write about can seem impossible at times, and often leads writers to get stuck in a rut.
When you get stuck in a rut, all your content seems mundane. The topics blur together, there’s no personality behind the writing, and your posts just altogether become boring. So what do you do when you can’t think anything to write about? How to do re-inspire yourself?
Turn to your readers.
A good blog will almost always turn to its readers on occasion to ask for insight and feedback. Readers love to engage with the owner and/ or writers of a blog because it makes them feel as though they are actually valued and their readership is important. Don’t let that feeling go to waste. If you need help coming up with new ideas, ask your readers.
Ask them about which posts are their favorites, what they would like to see more of, and what some of their other favorite blogs are. Not only will you be able to notice trends by reading their responses, but you will be able to better streamline your content to better fit your niche. The responses of your readers will also prompt new ideas for you to write about. Did they really like that introductory post you did on basic home plumbing or jump starting your car? Consider turning it into a article series delving further into the subject matter of interest – or even incorporating video how-tos.
If you want more in depth feedback from your readers, consider incorporating online surveys into your research. Online surveys will allow you to ask more pointed questions to your readers allowing you to get exactly the kind of feedback that you were looking for. Readers will also be more likely to offer blatantly honest responses through anonymous online surveys as well because they won’t be concerned with the backlash of fellow readers.
While writer’s block may be causing your blog’s content to flatline, that doesn’t mean that you will never be able to write an interesting blog post ever again. There are several tricks used to break writer’s block including word searches, flipping through old pictures, and reading old posts. Turning to your readers is simply one way to do so, and it is highly effective. Don’t pull the plug on your blog or reduce your posting simply because your ideas are waning. Ask your readers for inspiration, and you may be posting awesome articles again in no time.