“Ryan, it takes me HOURS to write a 1,000 word blog post.”
“RB, I felt excited to write this blog post but 15 hours later I am disgusted and ready to throw in the towel.”
I regularly receive emails from my readers bemoaning their WBW: Writer’s Block Woes. People want to know more than anything how to beat writer’s block.
Hey, I have been there.
8 years ago I could not complete a 300 word blog post in one sitting. Tears would sometimes stream down my face as frustration set in and my brain seemed to freeze and seize. Almost like attempting to start a car on a bitterly cold, brutal morning. The engine strains to turn over but no dice.
Fast forward 8 years. I have written and self-published 123 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Each eBook length spans 7,000 to 15,000 words. I have written and published over 5000 blog posts during my online career. Although I affix some of my prolific nature to Voodoo dolls, tossing salt over my shoulders and Balinese Black Magic (which I learned during my year spent in Bali), good old fashioned, sometimes maddening but always rewarding inner work helped me go from Writer’s Block Victim to Prolific Blogger in Paradise.
Benefits of Making Writer’s Block Disappear
You’ll establish blogging peace of mind.
You’ll increase your blogging traffic and income.
You may just build a full time income generating blog if you can beat writer’s block into a bloody pulp.
Let’s put it this way: does it *ever* hurt to have an abundance of creative, profitable blog post ideas knocking on your mind’s door? Does it hurt your blog to have a flood of prospering ideas screaming to get inside of your noggin? No way.
I once went through a stretch where I wrote and self-published 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row.
Imagine writing and publishing a 7,000 to 15,000 word blog post *every* day for 3 months straight?
This is the type of stuff you can achieve if you erase the idea of writer’s block from your mind.
If You Are Fed Up
If you are absolutely disgusted with suffering through writer’s block use these tips to become a prolific blogging dynamo.
1: Take a Deep Breath
Take 1 deep, relaxed, full breath. Right now.
Doesn’t that feel better?
Writer’s block is an idea, a concept, that you cling to. Fighting the idea leads to frustration, missed deadlines, anger and an assortment of nasty feelings and outcomes. Taking a full, deep breath brings you and your mind into the present moment, which makes you fully aware of the writer’s block feeling/idea/concept in your mind.
When you become fully aware of the feeling you will stop fighting the feeling and more than that, you’ll release it.
When you’re not in the moment you fight your thoughts and feelings. Almost like banging your head against a wall again, and again, and again. Breathing deeply to become fully aware of the feeling is like stepping away from the wall. You cease to consciously abuse yourself, becoming fully non-resistant to your feelings.
After you have breathed deeply and released the frustrated feelings associated with writer’s block you can ponder a few actionable, helpful solutions.
2: Ask this Sometimes Painful Question
Do you have fun blogging about your niche?
Ideas seemed as scarce as rain in the Middle Eastern desert during my old blogging days. I didn’t feel passionate about my niche. Blogging felt like drudgery. Work. I rarely had fun writing blog posts. Naturally, this strained, forced, low energy vibe literally blocked fun, profitable ideas from finding my mind.
Writer’s block dissolved into my passion but only after I decided to blog about 2 enjoyable topics (for me): blogging and traveling. I’ve circled the globe for nearly 5 years straight. I have a barrel of monkeys when blogging. So I trashed my old blog, mixed the 2 niches and Blogging from Paradise was born.
Blog your passions. Blog for fun. Fun-loving, passionate energy dissolves any foggy notion of writer’s block. If you can talk about a topic all day long just start blogging about that topic all day long. Writer’s block will make a hasty retreat from your mind.
3: Scour Your Niche for Rentable Ideas
Rent ideas from successful, relevant bloggers.
Example: I may read a fascinating post on Darren Rowse’s Pro Blogger. So I rent it. Meaning I tackle the topic from my perspective. I solve the problem in my authentic voice but more importantly, with a freshly-written, genuine, Blogging from Paradise centered approach to the subject of discussion.
After I write and publish the post I remember that I rented the idea. Here’s the kicker: if Darren helped to inspire me through his idea I need to mention him through my blog. This is good karma. This is the rent. This is the payment. He did me a solid by sparking this idea in my mind so I’ll rent the idea by giving him space on my blog.
You are surrounded by actionable ideas if you’ll just do a little bit of legwork. Get off of your cyber fanny. See what niche big dawgs are blogging about. Tackle the topic from a different point of view. Devise similar or new solutions. Give bloggers credit, paying your rent by referring your readers to their article.
4: Read…..Read…..Read….and Read Some More
I am reading “Life of Pi” now.
I wrapped up a John Grisham novel yesterday.
I read voraciously. Reading voraciously exposes me to creative, prolific authors. These dynamos may just inspire you to leave writer’s block behind for good.
Example; reading a colorful novel forces me to obliterate the idea of writer’s block because if George R.R. Martin can write a 700 page, epic, brilliantly engineered novel I can at leas churn out a 3,000 word blog post. I challenge my limiting beliefs based on the limits that the best authors challenge. If they can do something other worldly I can at least do something on a much lesser, but still impressive, scale.
Sometimes we need to see someone has done something epic for us to baby step through our limiting beliefs.
Read extensively. Cover a wide range of genres. Read fiction and non-fiction. Expose yourself to different styles of writing. Dissect best sellers. What makes these books great? I recently read the brilliantly-written novel “A Panther in the Sky” twice. Once to enjoy the story and twice to analyze why this book was so stupendous. Reading and re-reading a 700 page book was well worth it; I’ve been writing and publishing a 2,000 to 3,000 word blog post every other day on Blogging from Paradise for the past few weeks, riding the inspired wave of picking apart this classic work of historical fiction.
5: Get Rid of These People
I am compassionate. Sometimes.
I am empathetic. Sometimes.
But my mind is my little baby, my precious gift, or as Napoleon Hill called it, my spiritual estate.
I protect my mind with pitbull-like tenacity.
I guard my mind like they guard Brinks trucks here in Costa Rica.
A few hours ago I spotted a Brinks truck outside of the bank where I use the ATM. I was allowed in through a separate door by 2 armed guards. These guards typically pack semi-automatic machine guns or shotguns. Petty theft is rampant in some corners of the country and the odd heist puts folks on guard.
I guard my mind in a similar manner. Because if I let a struggling blogger infect my mind with their complaints about having writer’s block their low energy, limiting, blog post killing belief may have an adverse effect on me and my blog.
I don’t associate with such folks. I only hang with top bloggers.
Surround yourself with the crème de la blogging crème. Release the struggling, writer’s block stricken bloggers who will do their best to infect your noodle with their mental block.
Take a deep breath.
Ask a question to dig for the truth.
Read like a demon.
Release writer’s block stricken bloggers.
Become a creative, prolific dynamo.
Do you suffer from writer’s block?
Have you defeated this insidious blogging disease?
What tips can you add to this list?
How to Get Endless Content Ideas for Your Blog
Smacked you in the head sometimes, right?
Nothing feels worse than slamming into writer’s block. But nothing feels better than having endless content ideas on tap, making you a prolific, traffic and profit driving machine.
Content ideas abound. But you need to learn how to and where to find these ideas to become incredibly prolific.
This feels challenging at first but finding content ideas seamlessly:
- increases brand awareness
- gives your readers a steady stream of content to benefit them
- increases your blogging profits through a variety of income travels
- inspires your readers to defeat writer’s block and other mental blocks
- helps you become a prolific guest poster
- gives you more ideas for future blog posts
Follow these tips to get endless content ideas for your blog guys.
1: Poll Your Readers
Poll your readers via an email newsletter.
Publish posts questioning readers on their biggest problems related to your niche.
Ask readers questions to get blog post solutions.
Content ideas dance around in the minds of your readers.
Just asking my readers on Facebook or Twitter about their most pressing blogging problems is an easy way to get content ideas. Sometimes I probe into their struggles. Other times I just ask if they have blogging questions. Some days I get 10 answers or questions and other days, 1. Keep asking guys. Probing and polling readers provides ample blog post ideas for you.
2: Hang out on Niche Specific Forums
I spend time daily both answering questions and finding content ideas on the Warrior Forum.
Help folks and see what to write about by observing forums aligned with your blogging niche.
See the most popular posts. What questions do people ask? How do people struggle?
Mine content ideas in the struggles of your ideal readers.
Be an active contributor on forums to better tune into the needs of folks intrigued with your niche. By regularly publishing posts on Warrior I can see and hear problems experienced by aspiring or even professional bloggers.
3: Follow Top Blogs in Your Niche
Read top blogs in your niche. Keep an eye out for popular posts. What do folks have problems with?
Read the comment fields to get a feel on what readers are chatting about. Many commentors have few issues sharing their pain points via blog comments. Pay close attention to complaints, rants or folks who share their biggest dreams. Tune in to these emotional push buttons to find an endless flow of prospering content ideas.
4: Become a Life Observer
I have nabbed more blog post ideas watching life than you’d ever believe.
Look at yesterday’s blog post: Blogging Outside of the Lines.
See how I spotted a blog content idea by coloring with my niece? Life presents you endless blog post ideas if you quiet your mind, relax, and become an observer of it all. The key is to cease trying to do stuff and to simply relax, and watch, life unfolding around you.
Review your last trip to the store. Who did you chat with today? What life lessons did you learn recently?
Draw an analogy between your experience and your blogging niche. Stay on blogging topic. Be on point. Speak to your readers while relating to them on a deeper level. Be a watcher. Find unlimited blog post ideas.
Meditate or do deep yin yoga.
Both practices expand your awareness, a must for folks intent on clearing their head trash to find more blog content ideas.
Work these streams diligently.
Calm your chattering mind.
Find unlimited content ideas for your blog.
11 Tips on Finding the Right Infographic Ideas for Your Brand
Infographics have become ubiquitous on the Internet. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, or Linkedin, you’re bound to come across an infographic online.
Infographics are popular due to their ability to convert complex data and information into something much simpler, making them interesting to look at and easy to understand.
According to Hubspot’s study, infographics are three times more likely to be shared than any other type of content— a perfect investment for those who are looking to bring in traffic and generate leads.
As more infographics are published on the Internet, creating one that will stand out from the rest takes more than illustrations with charts and data. An infographic can have great design but without a compelling topic, it might as well be skimmed through.
So, how do you come up with a compelling topic people want to read?
The truth is, it’s not going to be an instantaneous process. It’s going to take time, effort, and a lot of in-depth research. There are times content creators overlook research and end up with a lackluster infographic.
Figure out who your infographic is for. Knowing your target audience beforehand can make the process of choosing a topic much easier.
Avoid aiming for a wider audience. Instead, aim for a specific group of people. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to work.
By creating a narrow target, it’ll be easier to create effective strategies for the specified target audience. For example, an infographic about basic exercise won’t be of interest for people who are in advanced exercise programs such as Crossfit or calisthenics.
Cook up a (brain)storm
There are a variety of brainstorming methods to use when coming up with ideas for your infographic topic, such as word association, mind mapping, and keyword research. These methods are perfect for coming up with loads of ideas by exploring different angles and connections.
Tools such as Mindmeister and Ahrefs are great for brainstorming and keyword research. Mindmeister lets you create your own mind map online. You can also export the file into different formats and share it with anyone. Ahrefs is a great tool for keyword research, helping you find high-ranking keywords to use for your infographic.
Another way to find ideas for your infographic is to repurpose existing content. These can be from blog posts, videos, or any other type of content.
Repurposing saves you a lot of time and effort. When you’ve gathered the materials you already have on hand, decide on an angle you want to display the information in. For example, if you have a blog post about 30 ways to save money, you can focus and shorten the blog post and instead, do an infographic on 10 money saving tips for impulsive shoppers.
Knowing what is currently trending can also help you come up with ideas for your infographic. A tool like Google Trends allows you to find the most searched keywords. You can see the searches on different topics and different regions.
Although it’s great to have a completely unique topic for your infographic, it’s also important to consider whether or not it’s feasible. Having a topic that’s too niche and has little to no information to support your research won’t do you any good.
A feasible topic has abundant information that’s easy to access and come from credible sources. Since infographics are meant to inform readers and provide valuable content, an abstract or opinion based topic would have little credibility and wouldn’t be very informative.
For more tips and tricks on finding the right infographic ideas, take a look at the visual guide here!
Andre Oentoro is one of the co-founder of Milkwhale, an internationally acknowledged infographic production agency. He helps businesses increase visibility on the internet with visual data and well-placed outreach campaigns. Read more on his latest guide to Viral Infographics and learn how to get the most value out of your website’s traffic.
Are You Afraid to Color Outside of the Blogging Lines?
I am coloring with my 2 year old niece now.
Blog post idea; after 2 photo snaps and a quick analogy realization I figured coloring with a 2 year old conveys a blogging success lesson to you.
My niece does not fear coloring outside of the lines. She is smart as a whip but has yet to master the concept of coloring inside of the lines. Few 2 year olds get this idea.
Scribbling like mad, her work consists of zags, hard lines, zigs, and you better believe she colors almost exclusively outside of the lines. She is as happy as a lark to break the rules, to just be coloring. Coloring is fun to her. Who cares if she stays in the lines?
I instantly thought of my blogging career.
I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging by coloring outside of the blogging lines, choosing to do what feels fun to me versus doing what bloggers said I should do.. No email list at Blogging From Paradise. Not much search traffic either because I don’t do the SEO thing. I publish up to 4 blog posts daily. No doubt; I follow certain rules and do color inside of the lines sometimes but largely succeeded because I blog outside of the box, following my fun, pursuing my passion.
You may look at me and wonder how in the heck I do it? You follow all common blogging rules diligently. Yet you may struggle. What gives?
Blogging is an energy game. If you do what feels fun to you, you will succeed wildly. Even if you break rules in the process.
Even though I promote 1 blogging eBook above all else I still wrote 126 eBooks. Big time rule breaker guys. Most bloggers only write 1 eBook and promote the stuffing out of it before moving on to the next eBook. Nothing wrong with that but this is usually a scarcity mindset in action. I preferred to think abundantly and wrote my rear end off. Coloring outside of the lines. Blogging outside of the box.
Follow Some Blogging Rules But Break a Bunch
Nobody becomes wildly successful or lives a dream life through blogging by following all the rules. Rule breakers stand out from the crowd.
Breaking some blogging rules is just like coloring outside of the lines. Some bloggers believe your blog looks a bit sloppy, or disorderly, or that you are doing things wrong, if you color outside of the blogging lines. But these bloggers are usually totally obsessed with doing things perfectly, struggling like heck because nobody is perfect and when you try to be perfect you will fail. Perfection is the fear of failure and the fear of criticism, combined. Don’t let bloggers who color inside of the lines fool you.
How to Succeed by Coloring Outside of the Blogging Lines
Follow your intuition guys.
Listen to the small, still voice.
Trust your gut.
Do what feels most fun to you; not what bloggers say you should do.
I do not build an email list. This is coloring outside of the blogging lines.
Yet I live a life few bloggers live, spending months in Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica among other tropical paradises.
No SEO on Blogging From Paradise because I do not want to depend on search traffic. Yet I have circled the globe for the past 7 years as a full time digital nomad.
Break some rules guys.
Do freeing, fun and highly uncomfortable things. Even if doing so pulls you away from the blogging herd.
Color outside of the blogging lines guys.
Live your wildest dreams.
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