Making money online with a blog is one of the most interesting professions you could find, in my opinion! You get to learn so much about any topic you want, you get to grow and develop all kinds of skills. However, like anything else, there will be days when you don’t feel like doing the work. How do you keep writing blog posts when you are uninspired?
Writing Blog Posts When You Are Uninspired
Writing when you are uninspired is all about self-discipline. It’s a skill you acquire over time. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make it easier. Follow the following tips and you will find that the inspiration tends to come with practice.
Plan Your Keywords in Advance
This is my number one strategy to keep writing blog posts even when I feel uninspired. When you know exactly what you need to write about each week, it saves you a lot of time (no time spent figuring that out at the beginning of your day) and it makes it that much harder to decide NOT to write. You feel like you have to follow through with your schedule and write the posts you planned on writing.
How to Pick Your Keywords
There are three main ways I like to plan my keywords: using Chrome extensions to find keywords in my niche, looking at my competitors, and finding which keywords I already rank for.
Chrome Extensions for Keywords
Using keyword Chrome extensions is a must. It will help you plan the outline of your posts on top of helping plan your keywords. I use two Chrome extensions: Ubersuggest and Keywords Everywhere. I type on my topic ideas (thinking of questions my potential buyer would be asking) and I go through all the related keywords that come up on the right side of the screen.
Also, note the related searches provided by Google. Make a list. All of those can be future blog posts.
For more help with content planning, read my post How to Come Up With Blogging Ideas for 2022.
Keywords From Competitors
You should have a list of your competitors at this point. If you don’t read my post Top 3 Methods to Find Your Blogging Competitors the Easy Way. Once you know your main competitors, you can keep track of their Google rankings using Ubersuggest. Type in the URL of your competitors in Ubersuggest and you will see the list of keywords they rank for. This is valuable information. Make a list of the keywords you want to use, that will give you more ideas to write your content.
Keywords from Your Own Site
Once you start ranking on Google, use Ubersuggest to see what keywords you rank for. Write more content using related keywords.
Watch my 30-Minute Niche Site Workshop to see the process in action.
Write Down Your Headings
Once you know your topic, you can just get to it. When the inspiration is low, and you find yourself sitting in front of a blank screen, it is helpful to write down your outline first (even when you are feeling inspired, this is an effective strategy). I often find that looking at the related keywords for my topics helps me write down the outline of my posts. For example, if my keyword is Alternate Day Fasting, some of the related keywords are:
- Alternate Day Fasting Results
- Alsternated Day Fasting Schedule
- How to Do Alternate Day Fasting
- Alternate Day Fasting Side Effects
These keywords will become my subheadings and create the outline of my blog post. It’s that simple. Then, when you write, you can break it down in your mind and focus on one little chunk of content at a time.
Keep Learning and Growing
Sometimes, feeling uninspired is a sign that you have become stagnant and are no longer growing and learning in your niche. To avoid this keep listening to podcasts, reading other blogs, taking courses. As you learn and grow, you will want to share your discoveries with your audience.
Let yourself be inspired by your competitors. Check out the content they are producing and create your own version of similar content.
Eliminate All Distractions
Whether you are feeling inspired or not, eliminating distractions as much as possible is always a good idea. Put that phone away and focus your attention on your work ahead. When you feel uninspired, it will help you even further by ensuring you get your blog post done as quickly as possible.
Don’t Lose Sight of Your End Goal
My next tip to help you write blog posts when you feel uninspired has to do with never losing sight of your why. Remember your end goal. What are you trying to accomplish? Do you want to earn a full-time income with your blog? Think about how it will feel to reach that goal.
When the going gets tough, remembering your why is a powerful motivator.
Look At Your Progress
Check out your Google Analytics. See how far you have come and how much blog traffic you have been able to achieve. to do so, you can simply compare last year and this year. You will be amazed at how far you have gone! Sometimes, comparing one month to the next is discouraging as your blog will have highs and lows. However, once you see the overall picture, you will know that your work is paying off.
Take a deep breath and realize that the path to success is to repeat the same thing over and over until your get enough blog traffic to make even more sales. It’s that simple! Stop overthinking and keep doing the work.
There is no magic recipe here. If you don’t feel like writing your blog posts, you still need to do it. Having a plan helps. Knowing your topics and your blog outline takes away some of the overwhelm. Growing in your niche and learning from your competitors will also give you some momentum, but in the end, you just have to remember your why and do what needs to be done.