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Feeling “Blogged Out?” [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]

Posted By Darren Rowse 9th of March 2010 Pro Blogger Interviews 0 Comments

A Guest post by Heather Allard from The Mogul Mom.

If you’re a regular ProBlogger reader, you know that Darren dishes up heaps of incredible blogging advice 7 days a week, 365 days a year. His archives positively overflow with information on how to build a blog from the ground up, how to engage readers, how to earn a living from your blog, how to search engine optimize your blog, how to market your blog through social media and so much more.

If you’re a beginner blogger, there’s no better place to learn than at ProBlogger.

I know because when I started blogging in 2007, ProBlogger was like a launch pad for me.

I blasted into the blogosphere, writing posts in rapid fire succession as new idea after new idea spilled out of my bloggy brain faster than I could jot them down in trusty notebooks scattered around my house and car.

I churned out short posts, long posts, reviews, interviews, vlogs, linkies and more list posts than you could shake your cursor at. I SEO’d the daylights out of my blog, carved out a nice niche for myself and built up a pretty sweet subscriber base. I came, I blogged, I monetized. Oh yeah.

And then, after 3 solid years of blogging, I suddenly found myself with nothing left to say. No, not just blogger’s block. I’m talking not a damn thing to blog about. Zero, zip, nada. Last stop on the blogosphere for this lady.

350 posts, 1200 subscribers and 2000 comments later, I was officially all blogged out.

So I spent a week curled up in the fetal position deciding whether it’s better to burn out or fade away from the blogosphere, and then it hit me.

Surely I couldn’t be the first – or the only – blogger to feel this way!

So I did what any blogger worth her Alexa rank would do – I decided to BLOG about being all blogged out.

Newly invigorated, I set out in search of other solo bloggers who’d felt this same way to ask them what they did about it.

What I found was 10 top bloggers with very different takes – and advice – on being all blogged out.

Laura Roeder @lkr

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

Well I’ve been creating and sharing content online in various formats since about 1996. But I’ve never really considered myself a “blogger”or had one mega-popular blog. My current blog for my business has been running for about a year and a half.

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

Yes, definitely! I don’t blog that frequently so I usually don’t try to force it. I sometimes only update my blog once a month, it just depends on what I have going on and what I’m inspired to create. 99% of my blog is in video format, it is really difficult for me to write a beginning-middle-end article, it’s just not how my thoughts come I guess. But I could talk forever so video is the perfect format for me!

What did you do about it?

I plan out an editorial calendar at least 6 months in advance. This is the key part – you can’t just plan but you have to force yourself to stick to the weekly topic. I think too many bloggers wake up in the morning and try to think of a great topic that day – planning out a calendar in advance is a great solution. And then you have time to filter your ideas to make sure they’re all good instead of scraping the bottom of the barrel, desperate to come up with ANYTHING to write about!

Chris Guillebeau @chrisguillebeau

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

2008 — although I had been writing in other formats for a couple of years prior.

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

Thankfully — no.

How have you avoided it?

I’ve avoided it by trying to be somewhat intentional about the process.

First, I don’t limit myself in writing about one specific, niche topic. I write about a number of topics (travel, entrepreneurship, motivation) for a number of venues (my own blog, other blogs, a newspaper column, magazines, books, etc.). The variety is very helpful, because even though I’m writing a lot, the deliverables are not always the same.

And second, writing is my job. It’s just what I do. If a plumber gets bored, she still shows up every day and goes to work. Why should it be different for creatives? Steven Pressfield wrote about this in the wonderful little book The War of Art, which I re-read regularly and would recommend to anyone feeling “blogged out.”

Chris Brogan @chrisbrogan

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

I started in 1998 back when it was called journaling. I’ve used several different sites before settling on my own domain, and my blog technologies used to be WYSIWYG website design tools, so those ones are lost to all but the Wayback machine.

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

Never. I have more blog posts than I have time to post them. I write two or three at a time, so that I have a few in my rainy day pile (though at the time of writing this, I ran out, so will have to blog a few things on the next two airplanes). I never feel all blogged out. We have TONS to cover, and lots of ways of looking at things.

How have you avoided it?

Blogging/writing is about practice. The more you do it, the easier it comes. It’s like exercise. You can’t join a gym and bench press 300 pounds the next day. It takes a while to work your muscles up into the shape you need to perform. Same with writing.

I keep my eyes open. I read. I spend lots of time on other people’s blogs. I cultivate relationships, where sometimes the question someone poses makes for a great blog topic. There are tons of ways to find blog topics. One trick to doing something about it is to maintain a list of blog topics to write about for rainy days. I’ve given people over 300 over the last few years.

Danielle LaPorte @daniellelaporte

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

2008

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

No, never, absolutely not, the very thought makes me gasp in horror. For real.

How have you avoided it?

Everything is content. Believing that it’s all around you will help you find it. The conversation that you had with your girlfriend about Haiti, or the absurdity of phone books being delivered, or why your barista gives you the best customer service. Notice what you notice and trust that you can create some value out of it.

Tell a story. My speaking coach, Gail Larsen told me something that changed how I approach both speaking gigs and writing: Creating good content is not about looking for stories that will support your message, it’s about letting the stories find you. The stories that you remember so vividly, that you recall with the most affection or emotional charge – they’re in your psyche for good reason. You’ve held on to them because they resonate with your truth, your message – and that’s where the creative sweet spot is. Find the message in the stories you’re inspired to tell.

Get interviewed. Ask a friend to ask you some questions. Keep it casual or turn on a video camera while you’re at. You will be amazed at how damn profound, informed, and creative you can be when you get to riff to someone who already thinks you’re great.

James Chartrand @MenwithPens

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

I began blogging in early 2007 for my own business blog at Men with Pens, and I also began guest blogging at various other sites around the blogosphere at the same time. This spring, it’ll be three years that I’ve been a full-time blogger.

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

Oh, absolutely. Since my focus has always been on freelance writing, and that’s what I’ve tried to blog about the most, there comes a point where you tell yourself that you’ve said all you could, that you can’t think of anything else to say. That feeling never lasts very long for me – I have a pretty active mind that seizes on new ideas and spins easily – but sure, I think every blogger goes through a period of feeling there’s nothing left to write about.

I feel that many people, when they hit this point, fall back on repeating the same messages or content, only in different words. It’s a way to break through the problem, but I didn’t want to go that route. I feel a sense of obligation not to cheap out just to be able to slap up a post – I worked hard to build my blog up, and it means more to me than that. Blogging is more than just a job you have to do; it’s a commitment you make and uphold.

What did you do about it?

To avoid feeling I was running on empty, I looked instead at the related subjects of freelance writing. I realized there’s a lot more to writing than just writing about writing. There’s the business side, the administration, the customer service, the branding, ways to land new jobs, etc. When I realized that I wasn’t limited to what I could write on and still stay within my specialty, a whole world of possible posts opened up. I revisit that vast pool of potential each time I feel tapped out.

Another trick I use when I’m feeling like I just have nothing to write about anymore is to write – about something else. I put the blogging aside and work on some fiction or creative writing, just for fun. Or, I go out for a day and screw off, and I find that taking myself away from feeling like I have to blog brings me new inspiration. As I enjoy my day, I think about how the experiences I have relate to my subject. How are buying a pair of boots and blogging the same, for example? How is grocery shopping and writing similar? What did I like about that sign, and why did it catch my attention?

Sometimes, to be creative, you have to get away from trying to be creative, and ask questions that you wouldn’t normally think of asking.

For tapped out bloggers, my best advice is to take away the pressure by reminding yourself that this isn’t an obligation. In the bigger scheme of life, missing a week of blog posts while you disconnect or cutting your posting frequency from five days a week to once every two weeks won’t really make much difference. It’ll give you some relief from that ‘have to blog’ feeling, remind you of what’s really important in life and let you take care of yourself first.

Johnny B Truant @JohnnyBTruant

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

I really only started seriously in late 2008, writing my old pure humor blog at theeconomyisnthappening.com. I’d been writing “blog-like” stuff for some time before that on and off, but never actually launched a blog until 08.

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

Oh yes. Around 2001, I used to write a humor newsletter that I’d manually e-mail out to my friends and family. (The salvageable newsletters became the earliest posts in the humor archive on my current site.) Although I haven’t hit a wall since starting blogging in earnest in 2008-9, I hit several with those old pseudo-blog writings.

I started that endeavor with a weekly newsletter, and then slipped into monthly. Several times, I’d re-run old posts because I had nothing to write about, and once I wrote a post about having nothing to write about. The reason that pseudo-blogging ended was because I got tired of feeling like I had nothing to say every week — or at least, nothing to say that was funny.

What did you do about it?

I just quit.

Now, I’m not particularly concerned about running out of material and here’s why: Back in the day, I wrote humor and only humor. If it wasn’t funny, it wasn’t fit to run — with one notable exception just after 9/11/01. So not only was I looking for funny things to happen, but I had to work hard to tell folks about them in funny ways. That’s really, really hard to do — especially ongoing.

My blog now is an unashamed hodge-podge. I’ve deliberately kept my blog from having a niche, a genre, or a focus. It’s just about me, my business, what I’ve learned, what I do, and whether or not wild turkeys have found their way into my barn. Sometimes it’s funny, and sometimes it’s dead serious. All I have to do now is write what’s in my life, my head, and my heart — whatever that may be.

Lastly, I’ve only run two guest posts ever on my blog, but I’ve had other offers and may just start accepting some if I do get bogged down. I’ve seen some of my blogging friends do that if they are running low or if they go on vacation. I haven’t done it yet, but it’s nice to know the option is there.

Sarah Bray @SarahJBray

Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

Don’t tell anyone, but I actually started several failed blogs before having even a whiff of success. My first one was in 2004. And no, I’m not giving details (curse you, Google archives!).

Have you ever felt all blogged out?

Heck yeah. Every blogger has those moments. We pressure ourselves to crank out amazing post after amazing post, and then we wonder why the wheels stop turning. For me, it was my subject matter — writing posts about the strategic side of web design for such a wide audience. I’ve got fellow designers who want to know how I do it, entrepreneurs who are completely new to the web (or the social web), entrepreneurs who are definitely NOT new to the web, people who are curious about my adamancy for content-driven websites…it’s just a really broad audience.

More challenges:

  • Writing about technology without inducing cricket chirps or loud snoring
  • Writing about things that anyone can do — not just super-technical people (which requires getting out of my super-technical brain and pretending I’m my computer-challenged mother…an interesting and involved process)
  • Writing about new ideas that are not talked to death all over the internet already
    • All of that has the power to turn me into a headlight-mesmerized deer if I think about it too much.

      What did you do about it?

      I put a lot of pressure on myself to only publish stuff that gives me a blood-rushing-to-the-head feeling. It’s what I do instead of punching all of those people in the face who say that bloggers aren’t “real writers”. Or maybe it’s because I like that writerly high you get when you know that you’ve communicated something really effectively.

      So to answer the question, I stick to a posting schedule that will allow me to do this. During some seasons of the work year, I publish three times a week. In this particular season, I publish once a week. I’m a huge believer in sticking to a posting schedule. It’s like your favorite show being on tv at the same time every week…you feel more committed to it when you can expect it. At the same time, I let myself be comfortable with changing my publishing schedule when that makes sense.

      I wouldn’t recommend doing this if your entire job is to write. But for my situation, giving myself permission to change my posting schedule for a season makes more sense than writing crappy stuff, not writing at all out of sheer overwhelm, or not getting my client-related work done. It takes some of the pressure off during busy times, which somehow brings blog topic epiphanies out of the sky. I don’t know how it happens…magic, maybe.

      Dave Navarro @RockYourDay

      Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

      I started the RockYourDay.com blog in 2006, but didn’t really start building it seriously until the beginning of 2008, when I went all guns blazing (thanks to some inspiration from @menwithpens). I started The Launch Coach in early 2009 and hit the ground with a running start on that one, since it was making me money right off the bat, and that’s where I put 95% of my blogging time.

      Have you ever felt all blogged out?

      I feel that way all the time – I think it’s a natural part of a writer’s psychology, when we wonder how we can write something good when it’s already been done. We worry that what we write might not be good enough compared to other people or compared to our own successful posts, and it’s draining.

      What did (do) you do about it?

      The way out of that is to remember you’re in this to help people, not achieve God-like status on a post-by-post basis. What I do to break the funk is look through old comments for where people talk about what they’re struggling with and write about that, imagining I’m writing to that one person. That breaks the all-about-me-drama and gets me back on track. (And if I haven’t had comments lately I go to other blogs and look at their comments).

      Audrey McClelland @AudreyMcClellan

      Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

      I started blogging in June 2008.

      Have you ever felt all blogged out?

      Definitely. I started my personal blog in June 2008, after I had my 4th son. After blogging about his birth and then about being the mother of 4 boys – I started to feel VERY “all blogged out” in November of 2008. I wanted to blog about things beyond my personal motherhood story. I think I kind of felt like, “What makes my story different or unique?” I kind of felt like nothing did… my blogs started to get very much of the same feel. So I made a conscious decision to change the direction of my blog in January 2009 because I felt it would infuse me with added energy.

      What did you do about it?

      I came out of it by starting my 365 Days of Fashion Advice for Moms. I loved sharing my experiences as a mom, but I wanted to get away from constantly talking about how difficult mealtime was or how I was so tired from not sleeping throughout the night. I wanted to add my love of fashion to the mix. So I started blogging about fashion advice for moms and I brought my own motherhood experiences to it, as the mother of 4 boys.

      The advice I would give a blogger that is all blogged out is bring another dimension into your blog. I had worked in the fashion industry for 6 years previous in New York City and I had a love and a passion for fashion. I did and still do wake up every single morning excited to blog about it. I just needed to take that step to bring another piece of me onto the table and not be scared to do it. Things changed for me professionally when I did make the change and it was all because I was feeling “blogged out.” I didn’t feel like my writing had a direction in 2008 and I wanted it to. Niching my blog became the best thing I ever did.

      Michael Martine@Remarkablogger

      Feeling "Blogged Out?" [10 Pro Bloggers Share Their Advice on What to Do]Blogging Since:

      I had been creating and designing websites since 1994 (pretty much as soon as I got online when the Internet became available to anyone via AOL back in the day). I discovered Blogger in 1999 before Google bought them and have been a blogger ever since (though I switched to WordPress as soon as I discovered it).

      Have you ever felt all blogged out?

      Never! My audience is made of up certain segments who all have specific problems. So between that, the basics, and the new stuff that keeps unfolding, there is no end of topics to blog about.

      How have you avoided it?

      There are several reasons why I’m never blogged out. My readers, clients, and customers are mostly business owners. Different businesses have different challenges when it comes to blog marketing, so by focusing on a specific niche (like, say, real estate agents or freelance web designers) and then addressing a specific problem someone in that niche faces, I simply never run out of topics. I don’t always focus on a specific industry, but I’m guaranteed an infinite number of blog post topics if I do.

      This means my posts tend to be longer than the usual 250 – 500 words of a typical blog post. Because of this, it takes me longer to write a post and so I don’t publish as often as many other bloggers. At the least, I publish twice a week. At most, I may publish up to four times a week. But I never publish every day of the week. This makes it easier to come up with ideas and keeps the quality of the writing higher.

      Here are some tips for coming up with post ideas:

      • Think of a specific type of person in your blog audience and a problem they have, then write a post for that person that addresses the problem.
      • The basics never go out of style. Tackle them in your own way or link to posts which cover the basics.
      • Tell a story from your own life that has a lesson to teach your audience.
      • Compile a list of resources your audience will find valuable.
      • Accept guest posts from others in your niche (sometimes you have to ask for them).
      • You can always interview others in your niche.

      To prevent yourself from getting blogged out in the future, try these tips:

      • Be in constant communication with your audience: ask what keeps them up at night, what their problems are, what information they are hungry for.
      • Think of series of posts you can write. A series guarantees post ideas for many days. Note how successful Darren has been with his “31 days” series. You have to think of these in advance and plan them out.
      • As you surf the web, collect links by topic in Evernote or some other note-taking system. Then, when they become numerous enough, you can publish them in a resources post. These can build up over time, so that very little work is involved in creating them.

      Don’t let ideas get away from you when you do have them. There are many ways to capture ideas.

      So, if you’re feeling all blogged out, you’re in good company. And you’re definitely not at the end of the blogging road.

      Laura, Chris G., Chris B., Danielle, James, Johnny, Sarah, Dave, Audrey and Michael gave awesome ideas about what to do when you’re feeling all blogged out. And, I don’t know about you but my head is swimming with new blog ideas. Now…where’s my notebook?

      Well? What about you? Have you ever felt all blogged out? What did you do about it?

      Heather Allard lives in Rhode Island with her husband, three kids, Hope, Grace & Brendan and one big dog, The Dude. Since 2001, she’s started three businesses and sold one of them for six figures. Now she shows mom entrepreneurs how to build a business between diaper changes and play dates – without breaking the bank, or their spirit. Find her on Twitter as @HeathAll.

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Comments
  1. Hi Heather,

    As a full time blogger myself I know what you mean when you say you are “blogged out”.

    However, as we know, there is no end to what you can write about within your niche because you can always put your own personal touch on subject matter, even if it has been debated to death… your readers want to know YOUR take on things.

    It’s weird I read your post today as the post I wrote ready for tomorrow talks about how you can come up with unlimited blog post material!

    David

  2. Hey ,
    A very nice and informative post .. it is true that even I do go through that phase of what to blog .. and it can be really troublesome.. But alas it seems I am not just alone now..

  3. These are some great comments. I don’t know if I have ever felt “all blogged out” but I have definitely had the “Is this really worth it?” mentality.

    Some days you have to just take a break, realign your priorities, and make sure you are getting enough out of blogging to keep going.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I cheat a bit :) My site is team written, so I don’t have responsibility for 100% of the content.

    However, I still do write 50%+ of the content much of the time, which can at times lead to burnout or simply lack of time. The diversity of my focus (I style my site as more of a newspaper/magazine with various departments rather than a niche-oriented blog) allows me to explore new and different ideas without the risk of being criticized for going off topic.

    The Casual Observer is quickly approaching its 500th article. Certainly thousands more lie ahead.

  5. Hi Darren,

    Yes I get this a lot; most of the times I just write a post about it and let all the steam go out, this usually works for me. I already have a few posts like that. I think this is beauty of blogging!

    Also I always talk to my wife about it, and we think together how transfer these feelings into positive actions.

    Thanks for the post.

    Ami
    BeeaBlogger.com | REAL-TIME Blogging Report

  6. Dave Navvaro makes a good point when he states……

    “What I do to break the funk is look through old comments for where people talk about what they’re struggling with and write about that”

    I usually just respond to the user but never actually though about this in being a great new post. Most likely more users are feeling the same way will probably make a rockin post.

  7. Wow, this came right on time.

    I was just starting to get blogged out and some of the advice that all these people have shared really motivates me and will definitely keep me going.

    Thanks for inspiring!

  8. Wow. Just…wow.

  9. Thanks so much for your great comments everyone!

    This was such an incredible experience for me and I learned so much. Hearing from these 10 amazing bloggers truly breathed new life into this tired blogger. :D

    Heather

  10. Pure gold in this post — thank you, Heather! I give you cyber hugs from afar.

    What Remarkablogger says especially resonates with me…
    “Tell a story from your own life that has a lesson to teach your audience. ” I agree — the more we try to add value to others’ lives, the happier bloggers we all will be.

  11. Great article! I’m definitely feeling blogged out lately, especially since I think about how other freelance assignments can actually earn me money, whereas my social media/marketing blog only earns ad revenue.

  12. I think the best way to rekindle your writer’s fire is to get out there and experience life! Visit an art gallery, attend a musical or sporting event, go hear a popular speaker who is presenting in your community … Do what you must to include some interesting things in your day. That might mean taking a short field trip at lunch, grabbing your family and heading out one evening… Heck, you could even “take a personal day” at work just once to take a day trip. Be sure to have a small notebook, voice recorder or camera handy so you can document any ideas that come your way. The important thing is to explore!

  13. @Jannie Aw, thanks so much for the cyber hugs. LOL. Glad you liked the post.

    @Tyler Wow back at you. Thanks for your comment.

    @Chris Dave does make an awesome point – and what a great way to connect with your readers and make them feel “heard”.

    @Ami – that’s a great tip about turning these “all blogged out” feelings into something positive. That’s what I tried to do with this post. :D

    @Kosmo Congratulations on your 500th post! That’s awesome.

    @Preston @Sudeep Thanks for your comments – much appreciated.

    @David – I now know that inspiration is everywhere. :D Glad this post came at a great time for you.

    Thanks, y’all!
    Heather

  14. Hi Heather,

    Great tips from great bloggers. Whenever I get bored with blogging, I read some blogs from other people. No matter what they say, it gets me thinking and typing.

  15. Sometimes I feel all commented out, too. Just goes to show you that there is always a new idea out there. You just have to find it.

    Try looking at a problem from someone else’s point of view.

  16. You? Blogged out? Hard to believe!!! You ALWAYS ALWAYS have something great to say. You are like the Energizer bunny in the blogsphere!

    If you feel “blogged out”, I am in a big load of trouble.

  17. I really love this post because I’ve felt like this quite a bit. Luckily, I’ve been able to push through it every time. The two best things you can do if you’re blogged out is to switch environments or read a book. Usually after I “switch environments” (rather that means going to the library, going to Florida or going to the movies) I always have something interesting to say, some interesting perspective on everything.

    If you can read books on your niche it’s really helpful, especially if they’re kind of obscure. As bloggers, each niche kind of recycles itself because everyone reads each other. It can be really inspiring to step out of the loop and see a totally different perspective.

    Awesome post! Really useful to see what all these bigshots do. Thanks!

  18. I am not that long involved in blogging to feel the “blogged out” feeling, but I definitely hit a lot of blogging blocks on my road.

  19. Very insightful post. I am still relatively new to blogging so my ideas are still coming at full steam ahead, and I am hanging on every comment that drops in my inbox, but I can easily see where there is a burnout phase and it is incredibly important to be able to rejuvenate! great post.

  20. Heather, I love that now I don’t have to feel bad when I’M all blogged out. Thanks for such a friendly approach to the subject (and I love the interview feel!).

  21. The way out of that is to remember you’re in this to help people, not achieve God-like status on a post-by-post basis.

    Crap, does everyone feel this way? I’ve been doing this all wrong.

  22. It’s nice to see bloggers share their truths. Blogging is about sharing, inspiring, helping people, and being brave. I find that the bloggers who are brave enough to put their behinds on the line are the ones who get the highest rewards.

    I think the most important thing you can do in blogging is be authentic. Authenticity is what makes you stand out in a sea of trillions.

  23. Great tips! Chris Brogan said it best, the more you do of it, the easier it becomes! There are so many ideas out there that can easily become a new post. Just need to dig a little deeper …

  24. @Karen – you are so funny. ;D

    @Davor + @DJ – good luck to you in your blogging careers – now you won’t have to worry about being all blogged out. You can use the advice of these 10 awesome bloggers.

    @JT – you’re doing it all right, you big gangsta blogga.

  25. We’re all different in our own way and all have a story to tell. I started blogging about blogging because it interested me and I was learning so much about it from others and from personal experience.

    Soon I realised that I liked the topic but didn’t want to just be another blogger talking about blogging. So, I decided to go on a wider topic and start talking about being successful and what it means to be successful and things like that.

    It helped that I’d just recently got my car unstuck and wrote a blog post about that which really inspired me and since I have picked a few topics I want to cover. I don’t have a “niche” exactly. Maybe I should but at this point I post about a few different topics that really get me going.

    Good to see so many bloggers and what they all talk about and how they react to losing it when figuring out what to blog about. That’s also clever that you decided to start blogging about what you did and how you came across that.

    There’s always something to say if you just think of an idea and go for it. You’re never really wrong unless you’re making a lot of money from one main source topic.

  26. What a great post. I’m hearing more and more that I need to have a posting schedule…in fact I’ll write about my posting schedule…Brilliant!

  27. WOW, what solid advice from a fantastic line up of bloggers. I feel rejuvenated and really REALLY needed a post like this.

    Heather, I am so happy for you and feel so lucky to call you a friend. You never stop inspiring me and I cannot wait to see even more success come your way. And to think it all started from a problogger comment!

  28. @CathyS – a friend of mine (and graphic designer) just told me that she takes “inspirational days” each month – she goes to the park, a museum, etc and this always helps her dream up new designs, products or blog posts. :D

    @Rachael – I used to think that I was the only one who felt all blogged out and I was SO reassured when I found out I was in good company.

    @Eric – I did the same thing. I kinda screwed myself by niching down too much. Now, I’m completely redoing my blog and widening my topic to include *more* of lifestyle/life balance for mom entrepreneurs instead of just business.

  29. I like Chris’s advice. Blogging is like exercising. This is great to remember for beginners. It’s not going to happen over night. You have to put in the sweat.

  30. As a writer this is a problem you will face sooner than later. Especially since creativity cannot be produced on demand. To overcome this,
    Just like dry spells, you can also have creative bursts when you have one good idea after another.
    Knowing that, I always capture even the slightest idea in my iphone or save it as a draft in an “Ideas” folder in my Outlook.
    So when I am out of things to say, I refer to my ideas folder and spin a post with one of the ideas in it.
    This prevents me from being “blogged out”.

  31. Such great advice from everyone in this article. I found everyone’s different perspectives very fascinating!

    And thanks for including me, too. It was fun and I was glad to help out. :-)

  32. I’ve found that keeping a subject idea list is quite handy.

    For me, once I’ve got an idea, I can easily write about it. It is just coming up with that idea that is the hardest part it seems.

    So what I do is keep a little list in my Blackberry.

    Since I’ve always got my BB with me, I will jot a little note to myself whenever I get an idea for a post.

    I do a lot in the media biz, so I regularly get hit with little inspirations. Unfortunately, I can never remember them all when I am stumped for material!

    So then I can just turn to my little Blackberry list of “rainy day ideas” to get the posts flowing.

  33. Incorporate a question and answer part into your blog and you’ll never run out of things to blog about. That’s how I did it. My only problem now is I get questions too often and don’t have time to blog what I really want because it’s constantly Q&A I have to deal with.

  34. @Michael – it is fascinating, isn’t it? Thank YOU for being part of it and giving such honest, awesome advice.

    @Travis – a subject idea list is a great idea!

    @Robby – could you do the Q& A once or twice a week and write regular blog posts the other days? Or, are there some related Q & A’s that you could answer in one post? (Q&A is a great idea, by the way.)

  35. Thanks for that – I thought it only happened to the “little guys” :)

    I really appreciate Dave Navarro’s comments about helping people. This and the “comments method” of finding people to help is great!

    Thanks to all for their opinions and time – we “little guys” appreciate it!

  36. @Dennis Glad this post came at a good time for you!

    @Dave Higgs – that’s what I thought, too! ;D It was very reassuring to hear that even the big guys (and gals) feel that way sometimes.

  37. With my blog being highly technology orientated, I find myself having to cover a wide variety of different categories or ‘topics’ and occasionally get incredibly frustrated. I have found that, due to my niche, that unless I write a fair bit of content every week, then my blog looks outdated (because a news article as a ‘featured’ which is 5 days old is never good).

    I feel blogged out sometimes, and solve it by just taking a day off. I put my feet up and relax, and occasionally write 8 articles at a time to post on consecutive days. :)

  38. Inspirational – one of the highest compliments I have in store, and happy to say it about this post – thanks Mogul Mom! Looking over the shoulders of those who made it – like in these mini-interviews – is a bit like hiking the mountains with an experienced mountain guide – something I know a thing or two about, having grown up in Switzerland.

  39. When feeling blogged out… Contact me to write content :) Especially pertaining to small business apps and tools. Nice blog, Heather!

    Nicole | OnSIP Business VoIP

  40. @Beat – thank you so much! What a nice analogy. I found it very comforting to hear these blogger’s stories too.

    Your site is lovely, btw. I lived in Atlanta for a few years and loved Alpharetta – a beautiful place!

    Thanks for your comment.
    Heather

  41. There’s some really good advice in here, but the most helpful thing for me was learning that even the Pro’s struggle with blogging at times.

    I can really beat myself up when I run out of ideas and it’s good to know I’m not alone.

    Thanks for the great post.

  42. Taking from time away from blogging always helps.

  43. I’m new to blogging and have a few times found myself having difficulty writing, partially because I haven’t quite found my voice and other times my natural timidness surfaces.

    For me the cure has been to start doodling, writing about something totally different, go for a long walk or talking to friends about nothing blog or travel related. This has (so far) been enough to either spark an idea or get me over the nerves and back to writing.

    This post is very helpful for both long term bloggers with a block, and newbies like me that need that little push to get going, Thanks!

  44. @Justine – thanks, homegirl. I’m proud to call you a friend too. You know we *both* needed this advice. Heehee.

    @Harshathlete – I use my iPhone’s voice record or notes to capture my ideas too. Then I email them to myself.

    @Jakk – you’re wise to take that day off every now and then like James Chartrand suggests. I’ve been doing some of that too and it really does help rejuvenate a tired blogger.

  45. I feel blogged out too often, I think it’s because I take my own knowledge for granted. It’s so easy to think a post I’m writing is so basic it will make people laugh at me.

    I just need to be more confident! :p

  46. Hey Heather.. great post, thanks for sharing. It’s interesting to see how some of the top bloggers feel like they never run out of things to say, and others admit they do feel that way at times.

    I think in the end it likely boils down to your innate nature (some folks are just naturally prolific writers) and practice. (the more you write the easier it becomes)

    Or maybe a perfect blend of the two! ;)

  47. Though I have just started my new blog but honestly speaking I have this feeling of getting blogged out almost every day. My blog is at its initial stages but I fear the day when I would run out of my ideas. Thanks to this guest post. I hope this post will help me lot. Especially creating an editorial calendar would be most helpful to overcome this problem.

  48. I especially like the tip about coming up with topics for rainy days and the one that tells us that everything is content and we should believe that it is all around us so that we could easily find it. Thanks for this post.

  49. How often do you write your blogs? I enjoy them a lot 4 1 7

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