How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom?

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bored bloggingSometimes, the thought of adding a new post to your blog on the same old subject can make you feel completely sick.

It’s not enough that you have to immerse yourself in your chosen industry, but then you have to pick up your keyboard and tell everyone else what you have learned.

Despite all the tools available for making your blog great, there is not yet a perfect solution for generating quality copy, without you having to sit down, think and type (unless you outsource your writing, of course).

So, what do we do when blog boredom strikes?

Here are my tips to stay good friends with your blog, no matter how jaded you have become with it…

Widen your own reading

It’s important to stay fresh and current if you want to retain your loyal readership, so get out there and broaden your own knowledge.

When you hit on something that really gets you going, the chances are you’ll be enthused enough to inject a boost in to your own writing, through your passion for the subject.

If things just aren’t working for you, change the subject themes a little to reflect what you are most interested in.

Research what the experts do

How do the best blogs keep their content lively and stay interesting after they’ve been running for a few years?

Check out some of your favorite blogs and see what techniques they use to stay current and engaging. The chances are you’ll find some inspiration, and you can adapt their techniques for your own blog and insert a little sparkle in to your online presence, with a fresh perspective.

Switch to video

For those of us who have been blogging for a while, switching to the occasional video is a superb way of keeping ourselves busy with a new and interesting way of giving out information.

Your readers will thank you, as it provides a change, and you also benefit from having a good laugh when you create your video post, and enabling YouTube and other search engines to pick up on an alternative communication stream.

Side note: I went out to dinner with friends on Saturday and they mentioned they had seen my video posts and had a good laugh!

Try microblogging

Instead of writing a 500 word post, why not switch sometimes to the world of the microblogger?

Use Twitter wisely and you can maintain interest for your readers, and alert them to new events or pass on information and links without sitting down to write a lengthy article.

It’s  not blog laziness – it’s a savvy way of keeping people updated!

Let your images speak for you

It’s said that a picture speaks a thousand words, so if you are feeling a little fed up with writing, try sourcing some great pictures.

You can also use diagrams, charts and flows to demonstrate what you are trying to tell people, and a good well-placed image can save you time, effort and words, while livening up your posting space and catering for those among us who don’t like wading through vast reams of text.

Invite guest bloggers in

This isn’t cheating, it’s a great way of broadening the scope of your blog, introducing alternate perspectives on a familiar theme, and lending a new voice to your writing.

By inviting other people to write on your behalf, you gain all the benefits of sharing your space with some of the leaders in your industry, making your site varied, interesting and refreshing for your long-standing readers.

Add some functionality

Gadgets are cool. By updating your blog to include some new and funky widgets, you’ll gain pleasure from watching them at work, and be excited about your site again.

Look around at what other people are using, and see which WordPress plugins you can use to liven your site up and reawaken your enthusiasm for your own blog.

I hope that if you are a little bored with your blog, with the tips above that you’ll fall in love with blogging again and be ready to hit the ground running with a fresh burst of enthusiasm.

Let me know how you get on! Please share your views in the comments below.

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46 Responses to How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom?

  1. Andreas May 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I don’t see anything wrong with new posts that revolve around a specific popular topic that was posted earlier on your blog if it contains some updated and fresh information, possibly in more understandable fashion.
    When you follow a story in a newspaper, it often includes a summary of what you have already read a day ago.

    • Andrew
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      May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      Good point, Andreas.

      I think I would ‘convert’ the post to a video to make it different.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom? =-.

    • Edward Nigma May 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

      I say that whatever you write as long as it provides useful information to the readers or is simply interesting, its ok, even if the topic was covered for a thousand of times on your blog.
      .-= Edward Nigma´s last blog ..Charlize Theron – Peach Ice-Cream =-.

  2. Edward Nigma May 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    I know this feeling. Sometimes you just can’t make yourself push it further. Its a sign that you should recharge your batteries (at least this is the method that works with me).
    .-= Edward Nigma´s last blog ..Charlize Theron – Peach Ice-Cream =-.

    • Andrew
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      May 25, 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Edward,

      how do you recharge your batteries?

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom? =-.

      • Edward Nigma May 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

        Its different every time. Usually i just get away from the blog page or whatever it is hard to start doing and do whatever I want at that moment.

        It will not work for every person. As for me, I later manage to start doing what I need to. It has drawbacks, but so far it works.
        .-= Edward Nigma´s last blog ..Charlize Theron – Peach Ice-Cream =-.

  3. Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny
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    May 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Just like anything we do for a long time, we need to change things up a bit for variety. I love it when people guest post on my blog. Fresh perspective! Your blog is on my list of places where I would love to guest post. Life is so busy!

    One thing I do to keep blogging interesting is to create interesting titles. I see the commentator before me has the same idea…nice one, Edward!

    Mine’s good too – check it out!
    .-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last blog ..LoL! best funny facebook fan pages: Dear Pringles, I cannot fit my hand inside your tube of deliciousness. =-.

    • Edward Nigma May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      Thanks =) Actually that is the whole idea of my blog – original representation of the stuff that many people already know, but just do not think of it.
      .-= Edward Nigma´s last blog ..Charlize Theron – Peach Ice-Cream =-.

    • Andrew
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      May 25, 2010 at 10:50 am #

      Cheryl,

      You can guest post here – anytime!

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom? =-.

  4. BrandonBurgh May 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Andrew,
    These are all great points. I keep a nice little excel sheet open all the time on my browser and every time an idea for a future post strikes me, i jot it down. I have about 20 ideas already put in the backburner.

    I think it helps to also break down topics into sub-topics. You can oftentimes reapply the same principles on a more micro level.

    Nice post,
    Brandon
    .-= BrandonBurgh´s last blog ..My First Ever Guest Post is LIVE….Video Style =-.

    • Andrew
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      May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      Brandon,

      great idea, re: the excel spreadsheet.

      Will use it myself!

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom? =-.

      • Dennis Edell May 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

        I keep my blog open at all times, and immediately draft ideas…cuts out the middle man, as it were.
        .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..UPDATED: Aweber Affiliate Link Contest! – This Is It!! =-.

  5. Colleen May 25, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    When bored, I kinda cheat. Today we posted a blog entry that was nothing more than a picture of the view from our back yard.
    .-= Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate´s last blog ..West Pasco Washington Columbia River Postcard Day =-.

    • Andrew
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      May 25, 2010 at 10:52 am #

      That’s not cheating…that’s using your imagination!

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How Do You Beat Blogging Boredom? =-.

    • Dennis Edell May 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

      Never underestimate – Karen from BlazingMinds.com started a photo thing on her blog and it’s a huge hit.
      .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..UPDATED: Aweber Affiliate Link Contest! – This Is It!! =-.

      • Colleen May 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

        I would be interested in a link to that. In real estate, photos of local stuff can be a great thing to introduce as a feature on our blog.
        .-= Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate´s last blog ..West Pasco Washington Columbia River Postcard Day =-.

        • Dennis Edell May 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

          Oops my bad – http://blazingminds.co.uk/
          .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..UPDATED: Aweber Affiliate Link Grab Contest! – This Is It!! =-.

  6. Ariel Liluz May 25, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    This is absolutely true. Blogging boredom can come easily in any day. It’s one of the worst feelings and can drain a person mentally. I have observed that one of the biggest causes of blogging boredom is doing repetitious things. To beat it we need to try to plan something new and fresh each time we start blogging to defeat the same bland, uneventful happenings.

  7. Alex May 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    For me the image thing always works. When I have the headline but just can’t get myself to write anything usefull, I stop get a cup of coffee and browse for some good images for the post. Just taking that break and doing creative brings the flow back.
    .-= Alex@Zahnbleaching´s last blog ..blend-a-med Whitestrips 56 Streifen im Test =-.

  8. Julius May 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    In addition to the great tips above, a common yet effective way to lessen bordeom is by doing a series. This gives you something to expect as you would think of more exciting ways to beat or outdo the first post. Of course it also gives your readers something to look forward to.
    .-= Julius´s last blog ..4 Easy Steps to Make Your Site More Usable to Older People =-.

  9. Dennis Edell May 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Did you purposely leave out “take a break”?
    .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..UPDATED: Aweber Affiliate Link Contest! – This Is It!! =-.

  10. rex dGrey May 27, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    Blog boredom, I think I’ve been hit by it so many times that it become blog laziness altogether, I’m now on my 5th blog and I’ve completely forsaken my previews blogs, Very interesting tips you got there though. And I think I’ll try some of it. I’m very fortunate to have a lot of interest and my blog (My current) tackles a broad range of subject not just one particular niche.
    .-= rex dGrey´s last blog ..Everybody has something to say =-.

  11. Kok Siong May 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi Andrew! It has been a long time i do not leave comment in your blog. It is because i went to Bali for holidays. Frankly, sometimes i feel bore to write article for my cancer blog. Usually, i will go to visit others’s blog to get some inspiration and ideas so that i can write more interesting articles. Thanks for your sharing Andrew! 🙂
    .-= Kok Siong @ Cancer Research´s last blog ..Cancer Chemotherapy =-.

  12. Corrina Gordon-Barnes June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    I’ve used several of these strategies – thanks for the reminders!

    I find a good filing system and easy ways of capturing sparks of ideas both help enormously. Often, I get a phrase or theme when I’m out and about; I send myself a quick text with a few words and then file that away on paper when I get back to my office. This way, I’ve got a database to draw from, rather than feeling I have to start from scratch each fortnight.

    Also, I’m a coach and I like to really listen to my clients’ exact words and use one of their main challenges as the title for a blog post; it means that the content will speak directly to their needs.

    With thanks
    Corrina Gordon-Barnes
    .-= Corrina Gordon-Barnes´s last blog ..3 Tips For Alleviating “No-One Wants To Come To My Party” Pain =-.

    • Andrew
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      June 9, 2010 at 8:16 am #

      Corrina

      I love the coaching approach. That way you know you are writing on a subject your customers / visitors are wanting.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..blogging guide =-.

  13. Deb Bixler June 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I consider myself a content-writer machine and use these exact same strategies to over come writers blog. Great ideas for bloggers. Thanks, I included this in the http://www.BestBlogReview.com blog carnival for home business owners:

  14. Andrew
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    May 10, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Mandie

    Hopefully you will find the chance to download my free blogging guide. That should get you started.

    Andrew
    Andrew recently posted..Small Business Owner- How To Fail At Running Your BusinessMy Profile

  15. Peter May 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Andrew,

    It is hard to skip the boredom that you are talking about. What works best for me is to sit down and write five or six blog post at a time and then publish them at a future schedule time. That way I get my blog posts worth 2 weeks in around one sitting of hour and a half.

  16. Robert Doebler August 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    We’re all humans and therefore, it’s natural for us to get bored at times. As for me, what I do is I forget about blogging or writing for a moment and do a completely different activity. I usually go out for a ride or hang out with friends. Then shortly after, I’ll miss blogging. That’s when I get to be creative and inspired again.

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