This is a guest post by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of college courses.
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We all know that full-time blogging can at times be very frustrating, especially if we suddenly find ourselves under the terrifying spell of writers block. Every blogger knows this feeling, but few successfully deal with it.
What separates the bloggers who make money from the bloggers whose sites stagnate in low-traffic obscurity is how the former take this supposed crisis and turn it into an opportunity for more business. Remember, there’s more to blogging than just blogging, so if you find yourself unable to write a post, here are a few things you can do to maximize your return.
If you can’t create new content, make sure you publish something to maintain your site’s activity and remind readers that you’re still around. Of course, don’t just publish anything! Be careful what you publish. You should have a queue of posts already drafted for dire times such as these.
Also, consider republishing an old post with a quick line of commentary that reflects your updated thinking on the subject.
Publish a guest post from your queue.
Publish a link roundup to other articles that you’ve been thinking about, but haven’t yet had time to respond to.
Publish a quotation from another blogger or thinker that you find interesting.
If all else fails, and you have the traffic and active community of readers to pull it off, publish a post devoted to an open thread and let your readers create the content.
Tidy Up Behind-the-Scenes
When you’re blocked, you can still accomplish a lot for the overall health of your site. Devote this downtime to the menial tasks of site maintenance, like killing spam comments, responding to other comments, checking for dead links, and so on.
Try to line up some guest posts for your site, by inviting frequent commenters to suggest topics they could write about or contact other bloggers to do a content exchange. Query potential advertisers. Brainstorm a list of possible subjects to write about for the coming week.
Go Out Into the Community
Once you’ve taken care of your own real estate, head out into the blogging community. Read through your favorite sites for new posts and see if their content inspires you.
Maybe you can ask to write a guest post for them?
Or maybe their content can lead to a response post on your own blog. If necessary, force yourself to write a comment on the other blog, and see if this will get your creative juices flowing. Then you can take that comment and use it as the beginning of your own post. Be sure to link to the other site in order to create the perfect environment for a community discussion.
This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of college courses. She welcomes your comments below and at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @ gmail.com.