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How To Prevent Running Out Of Blogging Steam

How To Prevent Running Out Of Blogging Steam
How To Start Blogging and Not Run Out Of Steam

Something that almost inevitably happens to bloggers starting out their own niche site, is they run out of stuff to say. Generally, as a new blogger, you can shoot for around 3-4 months of solid content until the ideas begin escaping you.

This could possibly be caused by the lack of one or more of these:

  • 1. Inspiration
  • 2. Motivation
  • 3. Confidence
  • Inspiration

    At some stage you will become uninspired. Thankfully, this really is the easiest obstacle to overcome.

    The first source of inspiration comes from your competitors. Or as you should get to know them as, your peers. Within your niche, find other people writing about the same stuff you are, or similar.

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    Subscribe to all of their feeds and organize them into a folder in your feedreader [this is particularly useful if you write multiple blogs on different subjects]. Each time you want to write and don’t have an idea of a post in mind, peruse your feeds. You won’t need to copy, you’ll get ideas yourself.

    The second method of gaining inspiration comes from participation. If you write a blog about golfing, go play a round of golf. Play Tiger Woods 2007 even! Take a pen and pad with you and jot down ideas you have. If you’re having trouble with something, write it down and go research it when you get home. Find the solution and write about it.

    Motivation

    Creatively speaking, motivation is a big deal. It’s very hard to come up with great ideas if you don’t have that drive. If you don’t want to write well, you probably won’t.

    This drive usually comes from regularly participating in what you write about. More importantly being paid to write and, even more importantly, providing something of use to somebody else.

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    For now, we’ll skip the monetary aspect of blogging and focus on keeping motivation active the other two ways.

    The easiest way to stay motivated, as mentioned before, is to actively participate in your niche. Very similar to getting inspiration for writing about golf, getting out and playing some golf will also motivate you to write.

    You will also be motivated to write if you keep your audience in mind.

    Writing for your audience will not only improve the actual quality of writing, but also motivate you to get it started. If you think that someone else out there should know what you know, you will want to share it.

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    Confidence

    Lack of confidence can really stifle your writing. Most of us blogging out here aren’t really experts, we’re learning as we go. Knowing that out there somewhere is another writer who probably knows more than you can make you feel like your posts are not worth writing.

    When you’re reading other sites’ feeds for inspiration you might begin feeling like it’s all been written – and well! Why am I even trying, it’s been done and I can’t think of anything new.

    This happens, but shouldn’t discourage your writing.

    If you don’t get any new ideas, build on an existing one. If you read an article about practicing the perfect putt, write about your experience putting with that post in mind. If you disagree, write a rebuttal.

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    When you have something to say about someone else’s writing, and write your response, your confidence will increase. Not agreeing with someone’s writing means you have an opinion that hasn’t been discussed; and other people will have that opinion too.

    The bottom line with confidence, is you started this blog because you have something to say. After a few months you may have said everything you had envisioned saying when you began. Having the confidence to search for new ways of getting new ideas is important.

    In Short:

    If you’re running out of breath in your blog, get out there and get active. Read other posts and engage in the conversation. Talking with other readers of other sites will help develop your ideas.

    Participate in what you’re writing about. If you just write about it, you’ll become reliant on responding to other people’s posts. Play that round of golf and you’ll encounter new ideas for posts.

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    Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

    Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

    How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

    Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

    The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

    Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

    Perceptual Barrier

    The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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    The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

    The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

    Attitudinal Barrier

    Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

    The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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    The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

    Language Barrier

    This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

    The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

    The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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    Emotional Barrier

    Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

    The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

    The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

    Cultural Barrier

    Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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    The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

    Gender Barrier

    Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

    The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

    The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

    And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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