Blogging is a great way to help promote your artwork online. Unfortunately, setting up a blog is a lot easier than actually blogging on a regular basis. Life gets in the way, you have a show to prepare for, the house needs to be cleaned, the kids are sick, or you just don’t know what to write about anymore. Before you know it, it’s been months since your last blog post. A blog is only useful if you post on a regular basis. So how do you start up again when it’s been months since you’ve even looked at your blog? In this episode, I’ll discuss ways to get out of a blogging slump and how to stay out of the slump in the future.
1. Have realistic expectations
* A lot of bloggers get into a slump because they have unrealistic expectations as to how much traffic they’ll get from blogging.
* Blogging is not a “magic bullet”. Blogging is beneficial, but it’s not immediate.
* Successful blogging takes long-term, persistent work
2. Read other blogs
* reading blogs that are similar to yours can give you an idea of what’s on the radar
* reading blogs that are different from yours can give you an unique spin on your topic
* reading other blogs can also give you some ideas to spin off from
3. Read forums that discuss your blog topic
* Look for questions that you can answer on your blog
* What problems that are being discussed?
* What news can you blog about?
4. Use pictures or video for inspiration
* Remember that blogging isn’t all just words. Photos and video can make wonderful content for your blo
* Check out photo and video sharing sites like Flickr, YouTube, and Picassa for inspiration
5. Look for inspiration in your past blog posts
* Is there a blog post you can follow up on or update?
* Is there a blog post you can expand on?
* Make a collection of past related posts
6. Sit down and write
* Sometimes the only way to get rid of the slump is to power your way through it
* Just sit down and write a sentence, a paragraph…anything just to get you going
7. Keeping yourself out of the blogging slump
* Write every day
* Don’t post everything you write save some for later
* Read books, newspapers, magazine, blogs…these are often the greatest source for blogging material
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