7 Tips to Get in the Mood (for Blog Posting That Is)
Posted on July 15, 2013
We all know how hard it is to get in the mood for blogging. Sometimes coming home at the end of a long day, all I want to do is put my feet up and switch off.
I mean, I did just spend the last 8 hours working right? Why should I keep it up on my own time?
But herein lies the problem, why is it that we have to associate blogging with work?
Sure there are some similarities, both require a considerable amount of time and focus. Both occupy us when we would rather be doing something lazy or unproductive.
The key difference is that work involves selling your time to someone else, while blogging is done just for you.
Every payoff, success or failure is wholly yours and not someone else’s. This means that the time you devote to your blog is considerably more fulfilling, because you are the direct beneficiary of all your hard work.
So how do we shake off the workday inertia and pump ourselves up for the task at hand as soon as we get in the door?
What helps is to have a couple of strategies stashed away to get you motivated about creating something for yourself – working off the clock for your own benefit.
Below you’ll find 7 of my favorite blog posting motivators:
1) Find a source of inspiration
It could be a YouTube clip, quote from a book, TED Talk etc. Something that inspires you to do something worthwhile and get your voice out into the world.
2) Mind mapping
One of my favorite strategies is to organise wisps of an idea into a visual mind map. This makes it a lot easier to see the possible connections between various thoughts. Creating an outline for your blog post also makes the task a lot less daunting – now all you need to do is fill in the blanks!
3) Record your thoughts out loud
Talking for many people is much easier than writing. Grab your smartphone or voice recorder and start recording yourself talking about a specific topic. You never know when inspiration will strike.
4) Crank up the tunes
Make a playlist of some of your favorite songs and turn up the volume. You’ll boost your energy and get that blood pumping. The more energised you feel, the faster the ideas will flow.
Brainstorm a few key ideas and then transform them into fun little sketches. Don’t worry, you don’t have to show these doodles to anyone, it’s just a great way to get the creative side of your brain ready for action.
6) Read some of your favorite blogs
Depending on how you go about it, this tool will either motivate or hinder you. My advice: don’t hate read great blog posts only to end up feeling intimidated or self-conscious. Instead, use them as exemplars. Read them to get into the flow of the language, feel the style and the tone of the post and use it to warm yourself up for your own piece.
7) Just write
Grab a pen and paper or open up a new text document and just go at it. Write whatever comes to mind and don’t stop writing until you feel like you’ve found a nugget of inspiration that you can work with.