How To Keep Your Content Flowing Even When You Are Stalled For Ideas
It actually happens to the best of the writers and bloggers- stalled content. Blogging whether for a personal experience or for business, requires a constant flow of content. You cannot have a thriving blog without delivering rich content consistently. Yet, it is human nature to get overwhelmed by too many distractions, procrastinate or plain stop having any new breakthrough ideas. This often leads to a stalled or sometimes a neglected blog. With this post, you can help break this situation and get your blog running again.
Remember, if you do not have anything to post on your blog, you are not engaging your audiences, and you are losing precious time to market your blog to greater heights. Content writing is a serious business and it requires just as much of a thorough strategy as a meticulous project.
Ideas on the go
It is a common perception that writing content requires a steady flow of ideas. While this is somewhat true, you do not suppose that content writers are forever teeming with ideas. That is just not a complete solution. Instead, they take the time to jot down ideas whenever they strike. This way there is a solid stash of ideas ready for you, even when you hit a writer’s block. The best solution is to keep a small pad and pen always with you. However, if you are the forgetful kind, you can always make do with you Smartphone or tabs with the never-ending list of great apps that are designed just for such situations. Some of the best solutions include Evernote, Carrot, and 2Do. However, there are hosts of other list building apps in the market and you have to find the one that suits your needs the best.
Content production – short bursts schedule
While ideation is critical, it all hinges on your schedule of content production. After all, without the content writing, your ideas will just remain unrealized and wasted. The first rule of consistent writing is to not let things pile up. If you have to do a lot of tasks right before your post is due, chances are you would get overwhelmed and put off the post all together. However, if you finish your production in a schedule of short periods, you will not get overwhelmed and right before the publishing, you will have fewer things left to tackle. Start by dividing the entire production to sub categories – research, writing, editing and publishing. These subcategories should be further sub divided depending on the complexity and the length of the post.
Remember do not create a short burst schedule for more than 15 minutes each period. This period should have tasks that can be comfortably completed within time and give yourself a 5-minute break after every few short burst.
Timing it right
Sometimes a strategy can fall flat purely because you timed your production wrong. Whereas if you strategize better you can give yourself double the time in the production lineup. The production does have to start at research and end at publishing but in between, you have many tasks that can be coordinated differently. You can tackle the photo edits and link building to your blog before starting to edit. This can give you ample amount of time to re-visit your content with fresh eyes. Again, with a content block, it is necessary that you do not leave the table completely. Finishing these related tasks while pondering over the topic, can sometimes help kick start your writing easily.
Habit for pre-blogging
Get in the habit of pre-blogging. This is a very recently discovered routine but all successful bloggers have tried this for a very long time. Pre-blogging is a culmination of all the small detailing on your CMS platform that might be necessary during each publishing. If you can finish the tagging, tentative keyword assigning and introduction to your new post on your blog, you will have a readymade idea to play with during your next content creation. This is especially lucrative for bloggers who tackle a news beat or have a higher frequency of publishing. Pre-blogging cuts your publishing time in half and helps you keep the content production continuous.
Keep on top of correspondence with readers and bloggers
The best ideas often strike when in conversation with like-minded people. In your case, it can be a part of your entire content production process. Reader engagement and interactions with niche bloggers is tantamount to a successful blog. However, you can further create an inbox label to jot down ideas during your email and chat correspondences with various readers. Your reader mails, twitter streams and social media accounts can also be your personal survey for future posts. These places are the best hubs to find out exactly what your readers want to read and you can build interesting write-ups around those subjects.