Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Where is my Muse?

Everyone suffers from Writer's Block from time to time. Even the most prolific authors suffer from this. The Blogosphere is not sympathetic of bloggers with writer's block. The worst sin in writing blogs is not to update your blog regularly with quality content. If you don't then traffic will drop off as visitors get the false impression that the blog is dead, like so many others. I suffered from this last week, when I was moving house and had little time to surf. When I did get a few brief moments on the web I had no idea what to write. As a result traffic dropped by about 50%.

What can one do to prevent this? Wayne Hurlbert wrote a good article about this, encouraging bloggers to look back at what they wrote in the past and use this as a source of inspiration. Wayne makes the very apt point that "In journalism, the editors are constantly seeking new angles and twists on older stories. " This is one solution. I would go further and suggest you look at the sites you are linking to, or any other sites with relevant content. You can make comments about their posts on your own blog, which is how a lot of blogs draw inspiration for all their posts. You may find some news that is interesting to blog about. If you find you don't have the time to blog due to vacation or other pressing engagement, then you can get other bloggers to write posts for you. All in all, there are many ways to find new material for your blog - you could even sink to the level of writing about not having anything to blog about or even write about how to get out of this predicament.


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