How To Work On Your Blog If Writing Doesn't Work

I think everybody who writes has had these days: days on which words just don't work. Bleh. I often find myself having days like that when I'd rather be productive and write articles for my blog but I just can't - the words just won't come out.

Not doing anything isn't an option either so you have to fill up that time with something else. Here's a little list of things you can do for your blog, if writing articles isn't an option.



Improve older articles
I definitely see a huge difference between older articles and current articles. I used to ramble on about everything I liked and my posts lacked structure. I've been trying to fix that and make my old posts of higher quality. Doing this makes your blog feel more professional, and made me - personally - less ashamed of my earliest articles.

Take pictures
If you already know what your upcoming articles will be about, grab your camera and work on that very important aspect of your blog for a while.

Look for inspiration
When I have a lack of inspiration, I like reading other people's blogs, watching YouTube videos et cetera. Doing this always gives me ideas for future articles.

Scroll through your own posts
Doing this made me realize I've started numerous 'series' (Wallpaper Wednesday, Helping With Habits) I simply forgot about! It's possible that you unknowingly did this as well - which gives you a great opportunity to do a #2 on a certain category you've forgotten all about.

Grab your bag and go out for a day
Even though doing this might not feel as working on your blog directly, getting out of your house might inspire you for new blogposts. Go into the city, do some shopping maybe - be inspired by the real world.

Answer emails
Even though I personally really like answering emails (what's bad about receiving awesome offers/mostly friendly messages?!), most people seem to hate it. That might be because emails tend to pile up quite easily, but still. If you have some free time on your hands, open your mailbox and go for it.

Do something else
Even though I don't really promote it on my blog I have a YouTube channel as well. Doing something different for once (and, perhaps, escaping your comfort zone) can be quite inspiring and renewing.

Update your social media
Your blog might be the center of your online social appearance but other social media are important for your blog as well! Take some Instagram pictures, update your Pinterest board, or just send out some tweets.

Update your template
I am in love with my current template. It is designed by MangoBlogsShop, is fully responsive and it brings out the best of my articles (at least, that is what I feel like). Updating your template can give your online space that last little spark it just might need. If you're looking for some blogger template designer inspiration, make sure to check out this post.

Don't force it
Even though this is not a great tip that'll help you right now, it might help you in the future. Forcing blog posts might reduce the quality and your motivation as well - so accept that you're having a bad day and don't try to make things that simply won't work, work.


I hope this list was helpful and make sure to leave other tips in the comments down below.


have a beautiful day!

20 comments

  1. Great post really!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I love your blog!!!

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

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  2. Great post Skoukje! Since going to America for a few weeks on holiday I've lost my blogging mojo! Its strange though as I miss writing for my blog as its something I really enjoy doing i just can't seem to get back into the swing of things. Im loving your new template by the way, your pages are beautiful. I always enjoy reading your posts they are always so well thought out! ..Im currently in the process of updating my social media and listing ideas for future posts. Thanks for your refreshing pick me up!

    Paige x
    www.paigelaura.com

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  3. Such a great post! I agree so much for not forcing blog posts, might be great at the time to get a post out but in the long run it probably won't be something that you'll be proud of! Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

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  4. I always find inspiration, content and photography my main struggles when blogging!! I always want to make it different but it's hard to think of new techniques xx

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  5. such brilliant advice! I usually just take blog photos and keep them for blog posts later on haha :)

    Fruity Flamingo

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  6. I like the tip on grabbing your bag and going out for a day. I find my inspiration from going out and doing stuff. You might end up going to a cool restaurant or finding a new park, and if you take some photos, you've got a new blog post!

    The Runaway Journal

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  7. Oh my gosh, you have no idea how much I needed this right now! I think it's great to work on your blog even if you're not writing, figuring out what works and what doesn't. It's great! <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  8. I get super stressed when I don't have any inspiration or just 'can't' write. Answering emails and being on social media just makes it worse. So I usually shut my laptop off and try to relax that way.

    Great post!

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  9. Such a lovely post! I always watch some vlogs to get me in the mood to write!
    fixmeinfortyfivex.blogspot.co.uk - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
    xx

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  10. This is such a great post! I kind of lost my passion for blogging since I was stressed and in the middle of studying something that I don't really want to study. So i stopped.
    This post helps a lot to try and get back into that blogging world which I really really missed.

    xx
    www.blonde-stuff.blogspot.de

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  11. these are some really great tips, i always like to take the photos for my next post if the words just aren't flowing x
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

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  12. Like your post, very encouraging when the writing doesn't flow. I tend to do some of your suggestions like "fiddle around" with my blog template or gadgets when I can't write or am too tired to concentrate. Maybe I will take some notes of possible topics, but without going into any detail. I'm only starting to blog again after a break of a couple of years. http://snippetsofalessordinarylife.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://the-occasionally-disgruntled-expat.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Great tips, thank you for sharing :)

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Great tips! I feel like this sometimes and I've found that taking photos for other posts help as I feel at least I've done something on my list!

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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  15. Great advice!! I love touching up my blog design on the days I don't want to write!!

    Katie // ZZ&H

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  16. Read others blogs help a lot :) and try to do things that you really like to write about it.
    Thank for the post about blogging.
    I found the theme, I was looking for since I started blogging, in your blog hahaha

    thatrockandroll.com
    Great advices :) hope you have a great week.

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  17. This was a helpful reminder that you don't always have to force your writing to work on improving your blog. I do take pictures when I know what I'm going to write about but sometimes I'm so stuck in my own rut and my mind can't come up with new ideas.

    Your tip about watching and reading others content is great but DANGEROUS!! Haha!! I can so easily get lost in someone's channel or internet space for hours on end without noticing the time pass... LOL

    Much LOVE!!

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  18. I really like this post, very usefull x
    http://julieswonderworld.com/

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  19. Great post, definitely linking this post in my future blogging tips post. Cheers

    Beautydetour

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  20. Really great list! I have a similar one... Specifically for writer's block, if you'd like check it out here: http://sevenseasaway.com/how-to-overcome-writers-block-the-ultimate-guide/

    I cannot find you on Twitter... I'm sure you've already seen a similar comment :D Sorry for that!
    But would love to connect :)

    Milly
    www.sevenseasaway.com

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