We here at The Work at Home Life blog are not the only bloggers, by far. Many of you that read our blog are bloggers yourself. Whether you blog for a living, blog as a way to promote your business or blog as just a way to have your thoughts heard, nine times out of ten, you will or already have experienced a mental block. I have and I know I will at some point again in the future. Then I came across an article with some pretty interesting tips and I thought I would share a few with you.
- Tell a story from childhood. What a great way to give your readers insight into the real you! You can cite a particular experience you had as the “mini you” and how that has shaped you into the wonderful person you are today. I know we all have at least one defining moment in our lives that could serve as inspiration to others.
- Tell a secret. Yes, I said a secret. But then, others will know right? That’s the point. Keep it in perspective, but give your readers an idea of what makes you tick. Something that you did to help advance your career or business…nothing illegal or immoral, mind you, but something that may kick start someone else’s creative juices. Let your readers know that thinking outside of the box is not only okay, but encouraged.
- Argue with yourself. If you have changed your mind about the role that Facebook or Twitter plays in social media today that re-blog about it. Link to an old post of yours and debate your new position. Explain to your readers why your opinion has changed. Maybe you have gone through further training in your industry or gained a better understanding of the situation as a whole. Whatever the reason, allowing your readers to see your updated perspective shows you have grown as a person and you’re not afraid of change.
- Write a “For Dummies Post”. Sounds silly, right? But how often have you come across others that are either interested in what you do or are just starting out and are looking perhaps for a mentor? Wouldn’t it have been easier if there were manuals or step-by-step instructions around when you first got started with your profession? Why not help someone out? Write a simplified post for those who may not be as familiar with your profession or the subject you chose to blog about. Not only will you be educating a “newbie” but it will also force you to get back to the basics. Everyone needs that from time to time, right? After all, if balancing work and family is your goal, then going back to the basics may just be what’s needed.
Whatever the reason for the mental block, rest assured it will pass and ideas for your blog will again flow. Just because this may be part of your job, there is no reason why it can’t be interesting and fun, right?