You started a blog, and thought that would send you to blogger’s paradise. You imagined that blogging would quickly help you earn an income, create visibility for yourself and your work, and even attract an agent and a book deal.
But now you are in blogger’s hell.
Your blog feels like the bane of your existence and a drain on your creative resources. Every day or every week you have to come up with new posts, and you still have none of that great stuff you thought you’d get in the blogging process.
No income. No visibility. No book deal.
Time to Feed Your Blog…Again
As I wrote in Creative Visualization for Writers:
Your blog is like an animal whose appetite can’t be satiated. It needs to be fed regularly and often. That means you must prepare a constant menu of blog post ideas.
Blogging initially felt like a creative endeavor. You wanted to feed your blog!
Now, even though blogging requires you to write, the endeavor doesn’t feel creative…at all. And your blog is starting to go hungry, which means the results you have achieved are starting to disappear.
Readers and subscribers are leaving. Your Google status has declined…your chances of attracting an agent or publisher are dwindling along with your traffic.
You know that constantly feeding the blog monster new posts is a necessary evil if you want to build author platform and authority and create a successful career as an author.
But, you’re overwhelmed, discouraged, and out of post ideas. Your desire to blog a book or become an author via your blog has dissipated.
So how do you gain entry to blogger’s paradise?
Your Key to Blogger’s Paradise
Your key to blogger’s paradise lies in your blog plan. If you don’t have one yet, you need to create one…fast!
If you have a blog plan, your creativity will flourish once again. And you’ll know how to keep your blog fed!
I know planning doesn’t sound a lot different than the hell you are in now. You’re probably thinking, I have no post ideas, don’t want to write posts, so why would I create a blog plan?
By planning your blog content by month or week, you discover topics that you feel passionate about, inspire you and use your creative abilities.
You can plan out topics that create short ebooks. Then you can publish them, and they will provide some income, authority, and visibility.
Plus, with a plan you won’t stare blindly at the computer screen ever again while you wonder what to blog about.
Create a Plan to Get Out of Blogger’s Hell
Create a one-month—or even a three-month— blog plan. Choose a theme for each month, and write posts based on that theme. Or look at the themes and topics that run through your work. Create categories related to these topics, and then alternate them in your posts.
The easiest way to get your creativity flowing again is to brainstorm new post ideas. Try using a mind map for this purpose because it utilizes both sides of your brain. When you activate both the left and right sides of your brain, you’ll be more creative (and productive). The visual aspect of mind mapping helps you take a whole-brain approach to your planning.
I explained in Creative Visualization for Writers that the process of mind mapping blog posts and planning out blog content satisfies your blog’s and readers’ hunger. Look at your list of potential posts and decided “which ones can you cook up quickly to feed to your blog—and your hungry readers…Make sure the dish you prepare is beneficial to your readers!”
By connecting with your readers—thinking about the people for whom you write and what they need and want—you also open the door to blogger’s paradise. After all, you started blogging to make a positive and meaningful difference in their lives.
When you remember that mission, you’ll reignite your passion and inspiration. And with a meal plan for your blog, it will never go hungry, and you’ll be a happier blogger.
If you need more inspiration, purchase a copy of Creative Visualization for Writers today. It has over 100 interactive exercises to support you on your journey to blogging and writing success.
Has a blog plan helped you remain creative and passionate about your blog?
This post is revised, in part, from an exercise in Creative Visualization for Writers.
Artwork is reproduced from Creative Visualization for Writers.