11 Tips for Blogging Out the Blues

Tips for Blogging Out the Blues

We all have off days. Days when we could not fall asleep and had to get up early. Days when everything seemed to just go wrong. Days where our eyes are threatening to shut on us at any moment.

However we also need to remain productive on those days, especially as bloggers. The temptation to give up and just try again tomorrow is great, but I think you will find that getting anything accomplished is preferable to getting behind.

 

Tips for Blogging Out the Blues

 

In order to blog when you are tired, however, you need some help.

Here are some of the things that I do when I am trying to blog on a tired and unruly day:

 

#1. Cut out distractions

The first thing I have to do when I am tired is to cut out as many distractions as I can/ When I am tired I get distracted very easily and find it hard to get back on track. With that in mind I turn off my cell phone and shut down Facebook and Twitter so I am not tempted to stray away from my work.

I also turn up the music to block out things like construction and noisy coworkers who have nothing better to do than chat.

I try to avoid music with lyrics because that can be even more distracting, but I find that instrumental music or nature sounds work well to keep me on track and moving.

When I am tired a sprightly song can get me motivated again.

 

#2. Make a list

Another thing that happens when I am tired is that I forget what my pint was. I will have a great idea and then by the time I get half way into it I have forgotten the major points.

To avoid doing that I have started to make lists or outlines of my idea before I started to blog. That way I can get all my points down and stay on topic the whole time without trying to remember it all.

It also helps to see it as one point at a time instead of one long, scary post you have to accomplish. Anyone can write a hundred words at a time, it is just putting them all together that gets you down.

 

#3. Stay organized

Staying organized is one of my personal pet peeves. I am so messy and everywhere all the time and then when I am tired I get frustrated when I can’t find something.

I have learned over time just to take five minutes and get things cleaned up before I start. That way I am not wasting my time and trying to remember what I was doing in the first place.

Simply keeping things up is a lot easier than trying to find lost things in a pile of junk. Even on my computer I have started to have separate folders for things so I don’t have to search through everything to find what I need when I need it.

It might look messy but it allows me to see everything all at once and not rely on the spotty search button of my computer. It is pretty sad when I can find something it says is not there!

 

#4. Take a break

Sometimes you just have to take a break. Go watch a thirty minute TV show or look out the window.

Take a potty break and splash off your face. Heck, even a minute away from your chair will get your brain moving sometimes when you have been stuck.

I know when I am tired I need to get away from my desk for a while before I slam my keyboard so hard the keys come off. Yes, I am a violent typer.

I swear my fingertips are bruised sometimes!

 

#5. Set aside time

You should have a set time to write. I know that is hard to do but if you think of it like building habits it gets easier.

Just consider it a fact of life like bathing or eating or sleeping. Writing time is mandatory, no matter what your day has been like.

If you set aside a specific time each day then not only you will be sued to it but those around you will get used to the idea too and be less likely to bother you. When you are tired having a routine can give you incentive to get something done even in the face of exhaustion.

 

#6. Get up and move

When I talked about taking a break earlier I needed to add in that sometimes you need more than just a change of scenery.

You need to get active. Making time to move can get your blood pumping and your brain moving again no matter how tired you are.

That is why they advise people not to exercise just before trying to sleep. It gets you going again.

However when you are tired a jog around the corner might be just the thing. Do some sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks, take a couple flights of stairs or go for a quick walk to get yourself going again.

Don’t take up too much time but do really get your blood pumping and the oxygen back to your brain.

 

#7. Know your limits

We all have limits. It will not help anyone if you break down crying on your keyboard. Know your limits and when it is okay to give up.

Yes, that is not a bad thing. Some days are just bad ones where you can’t accomplish anything. Feel free to take a rest day.

If you force yourself to go beyond your limits it will just take you more time to recuperate. Instead, take a break, relax and stop thinking s much. That way you can come back quickly and feel like you are ready to work again.

This is especially true when you have been sick or gone through a crisis. You need time to heal so give it to yourself.

 

#8. Edit later

If you looked at this article right now you would be horrified by the amount of red underlining on it. It looks like a mass murderer has been trying to edit my work.

But you see, I can’t stop and fix it now or I will lose my train of thought completely and will not be able to finish. I have learned to edit later.

Finish my work first to get everything down and then come back and fix it all up once it is done. That way I still get things accomplished, even messily and have something concrete to work on.

The creative part is the hard part. The editing I can do in my sleep, pardon the pun.

 

#9. Have fun with it

When you are tired nothing sounds like fun anymore, especially something you have written about a thousand times before.

Instead of writing the same old junk why not try something fun? Work on something you have been wanting to do and see if you can’t get some enthusiasm back for it.

Find some funny topic or something that interests you to write about. Even if you had planned to write something else you can change it.

Have some fun and revive yourself with something interesting.

 

#10. Talk to someone

Sometimes when I am really tired and stuck for ideas I find that talking to someone else can bring me back to reality.

When I take just a few minutes to explain my ideas or what I want to accomplish out loud I find it easier to get it on paper. It also makes me accountable.

They know what I should be doing so now I have to go ahead and do it! I know that is a bit silly, but that is sometimes the way it works. If you are fresh out of ideas why not try asking someone else to share theirs. I am sure they love to talk about their passions as much as you will appreciate hearing about them.

 

#11. Be prepared for bad days

You should always be prepared for the bad days. For me that means having some back up articles or guest posts. Something I call evergreen.

These articles are ones I can use anytime and will not, hopefully, expire. That way when I am sick or tired or just can’t write I have something I can use to keep my blog alive.

It is a good idea not to let them linger too long, however and periodically revisit them from time to time to make sure they are still valid, but they can be a great back up for bad days. After all, as the Boy Scouts say, Be Prepared!

 

Hopefully I have helped you to fight your tired days and stay productive. These are some of the ideas that have worked for me in the past and allowed me to keep up my workload even when I am not feeling up to par. Good luck and happy blogging!

 

About the Author:
Ken Myers is an expert advisor on in-home care & related family safety issues to many websites and groups. He is a regular contributor to www.gonannies.com. You can get in touch with him at kmyers.ceo @ gmail.com.

 

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Belinda

You can always edit later!! Great tips.

Deeba Rajpal (

Just what the doctor ordered! Such great tips…love 8, 9 & 11 especially. This post certainly helps banish those blogging blues!

Ron

I read a book by Stephen King once and it was about writing. One of the tips he gave was to edit later…get it all down now and you can go back and make corrections later. Made sense and is sometimes hard as we are conditioned to “correct now”. Took me awhile to be able to just write without correcting mistakes or changing things as I went along, but once you get past that initial conditioned correcting you are able to get more written! Thanks for the GREAT tips they all make good sense and are very helpful!

Rosa

Great tips! Taking a break and allowing yourself to breathe a little helps release our creativity. For me the editing is what takes time and energy (not so much the creative side of blogging)…

Cheers,

Rosa

Neil Butterfield

Great post Ken. It is so easy to allow life to get in the way of what’s important. These strategies will go a long way toward getting back and staying on track when it comes to blogging.

Sarah Park

Proper time management and staying away from the destruction are my ways to avoid headaches due to too much untouched work during deadlines.

Karen Woodham

I’ve been blogging for nearly 5 years now and there are always those moments when the distractions take over, be it some small or something that takes up too much time. I always find that having some music playing is a great way to assist m with my blogging, no idea why, but it just seems to help my creative juices flow 😉

    Gerardo

    Karen no doubt that music is a good way to get inspiration, cut distractions and to improve mood. More, in your case where you’re deeply inserted in the music industry 😉
    Many thanks for coming by and it’s great to see a picture from you (anyway, I always loved your gravatar, really 🙂

      Karen Woodham

      Thank you Gera, people were asking, so I thought it was time for the real me 😆 😉

    Laura

    What kind of music do you like? I prefer jazz

      Karen Woodham

      Hi Laura, I listen to all genres of music, but when it comes to relaxing, it’s usually an album by “Enigma”, just find the albums great to just chill out to and get working on my blog 😉

        Laura

        Hi, Karen! Glad to hear that. My favorite song of Enigma is “Return to Innocence”

zerrin

A great list of helpful tips for us bloggers! I love the idea of editing later. Thanks for this guest post!

Sarah Park

Being a blogger is such a serious task especially when you want to be consistent with your site. Being organized is still the key to stay productive no matter how stressed out you may be.

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