Sometimes you really want to get things done. But what happens when you just don’t feel like writing your blog post? What can you do to carry on being productive, but not force yourself to do something that you jut don’t have the vibe to do right now?
This was a question recently asked by one of my readers and it got me thinking – What do I do when I don’t feel like writing. How do I go with that feeling, but retain my productivity. Here’s some ideas that I use, and other inspiration for how to keep getting things done. This is the first in the series of two posts, to help you focus when it’s not flowing for you.
One of the things I do if I’m not in the mood for writing my post, is to mix tasks up.
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1.Check for broken links and repair them.
Over time, especially as you become a more experienced blogger, you will find that links to things at the time that were live, might now not be working. Go through your blog, and systematically tick off every blog post, checking for these links. If they are broken, find a new related link if possible. This is great because, not only does it keep your blog organised, but can function as a five minute distraction, while you gather you thoughts for writing.
2. Update old posts with new information you have learnt.
One way of motivating yourself to write new content, could be to update your old posts, with new information you have learnt, since you originally wrote the post. It could be you have written a tutorial and now you know an improved, more time-efficient way of doing the task. So update the post with this new information – I always try to keep in mind that content must be useful for my audience. It gives them extra value and they will be more loyal.
3. Update plugins and install any new ones
Take a look on your editor and make sure all of your plugins are up to date. One of mine failed very recently and it caused my whole site to disappear off line, for a short period of time. I had to turn all of them off and then turn each one on, one by one, until I found the plugin that failed. Nightmare! It might seem like a tiny task, but you won’t end up with my nightmare, because your plugins will be stable and updated.
The other thing to do would be to install new ones. Here is a list of key plugins I use to run my site.
- Yoast SEO – fabulous and great for increasing my productivity because it helps me write my blog posts with SEO in mind.
- GDPR plugin – this helps me manage how I collect data. It’s really important if you connect with a European audience.
- Social Warfare – this allows me and others to share my blog posts on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels.
- Mailerlite – I have added an embedded signup form into my site for my audience.
- Hellobar – I also have a popup that signs up people who want to receive my newsletter and regular emails.
- Smush – This is a fab little plugin that literally squashes your photos, so that your site runs more quickly.
- Cookiebot – As part of GDPR, I have this little plugin, which scans my site and advises me on cookie management.
- Pinterest Pin-it button – This is a must, as you want your audience to be able to Pin directly to Pinterest. Seriously it will increase your traffic.
- Ultimate no-follow – This cute little plugin gives you the option to make links to other websites into ‘no-follow’ links. This is essential for affiliate links. I will explain this more further down.
4. Make a new pin image for each blog post.
Be more productive while you have writer’s block, by creating a new pin image for each of your blog posts. I have written a tutorial on how to create striking images on Canva to help with this. Schedule them using a great scheduler that will save you loads of time, such as Tailwind. What’s Tailwind and how can it help you be more productive when you’re not in the mood? Read my post about Tailwind’s benefits and how to use it.
5. Add your pin image into each blog post.
Adding your pin image or a choice of more than one, can give the reader an option to pin your content directly to their Pinterest boards. The result for you – more lovely website traffic. Also write a call to action with what you want the reader to do. For example – I might say: Pin me for later! Save me to Pinterest!
Example of how I would structure this – you will see my pin options for this blog post further down.
Pin me for later!
6. Update your site’s theme.
Has your blog theme been irritating you for a while? Does it not quite look as you would like it to? My post here goes into more detail on how I chose my theme. Scroll down to Step 8. Your theme needs to be versatile you can present your blog posts and pages in different ways.
After a month, I ditched my free theme and bought a theme from Envato (Themeforest). My theme is called Tansy. It sounds a lot of money at $44, but I have never been disappointed with what it can do – the support from the creator is second to none! It fits with my blog audience also – and my brand identity.
7. Check through old posts using Google keyword planner
Maybe you could check one blog post, to ensure this has the current key words added into it. There are different ways of thinking and opinions about SEO. It all really comes back to the same though – that SEO can’t be ignored, so best to include it in your blog posts. Recently, for example, I have updated my really old posts, and already the traffic to them is improving.
Google keyword planner is a great place to start. Choose keywords that are not highly popular as you will struggle to rank highly for these, but choose phrases that have medium or lower popularity.
8. Respond to comments on your blog
Another quick five minute blogging task, that will make you feel more positive, could be to respond to the comments on your blog. After doing this, a lot of the time, it does give me motivation to help my audience more. This blog post after all, is a more detailed response to a question on my blog!
Tip – I have a lovely plugin called Commentluv, that flags up comments to respond to. It also looks great at the bottom of my blog posts. What do you use?
9. Visit other blogs and comment on the bloggers’ posts that you most admire.
When I’m feeling uninspired, I love going over to successful blogs in my niche and admiring their blogs. It’s great for building a network around yourself, if you start to reach out to them. My blog friends are some of the most supportive, helpful and encouraging people I now know. They totally get what I am going through, when I get writer’s block, or lack of inspiration, and get me through it.
Commenting constructively, with what you particularly liked and found useful about their post is a great way to do this. You need to invest five minutes writing your comment, so that your comment doesn’t sound flaky or like you haven’t even read their post, and just want a link back to your site.
Pin me for later!
10. Make a plan of 3 posts then leave them
To get work done, when you’re feeling uninspired, is a challenge. It still can be done though, with a bit of grit. One og my ways of doing it would be to give myself 20 minutes. In that 20 minutes I would plan 3 blog posts, then immediately shut my blog planning book. This says to my brain that it’s ok to feel how you feel, but you just need to manage your time. I schedule something completely different to do then and reward myself with a cappucino!
11. Ask your Facebook groups for guest posts.
Perhaps one blogging task you could do is to manage your lack of writing inspiration by asking for specific guest posts on your Facebook group. If you are a new blogger like me, make sure you let people know your Domain Authority in your post on Facebook. Mine at the moment, is 11, which means that in Google rankings it doesn’t yet rank highly. It takes time to build your DA, and I will discuss how I am building mine in another post in the future.
Check the DA of your blog here using SEO review tools – it’s free.
12. Check up your social media scheduler.
If you’re feeling like writing is the last thing you want to do, organise or invest in a social media scheduler. As you know, I use Tailwind to schedule my posts to Pinterest. Click here for more information about how to use Tailwind and to try a free month of Tailwind here.
So I hope this has been a comfort to you, that every blogger goes through times when you don’t feel like writing. Have these blogging tasks given you some inspiration for how to keep being productive, even though you don’t feel like it? Has it given you ideas of your own? Please share at the bottom of this post, for the benefit of everyone.
Fact is that blogging can be overwhelming at points, but please never give up – you are on the road to your own success – you determine how far you go. Look after yourself on the way x Hugs, Ellyree.