- Leave the house; when I say this I mean leave your regular place of work, if that is your house, then leave the house. If you are going to have a mental tidy it is often best to have a change of scenery. Go to a cafe that will leave you in peace, the kind of place where you can nurse a coffee. Free wifi is a bonus but not a necessity.
- Treat yourself to a new notebook; looking at the blank pages of a fresh notebook may appear to be the most daunting thing to do for a person with writers block but it will help you tidy your mind. Having things whizzing around inside your brain will not offer you any clarity but putting pen to paper will.
- Make lists; armed with your new notebook start to make lists. List the things you like about your blog, subjects that interest you, future projects, things that you dislike. Even if a project or idea sounds far fetched write it down, you never know until you work through it. This is also a great time to stop doing the things that are not making you happy. If a particular post is not working for you, you are having to force it your readers will be able to tell and that means it needs to go.
- Read your site; this may sound obvious but you really need to look at your site in a detached way. Chances are you read other blogs. Certain things attract you to their site, their personality, how easy it is for you to find your way around, the photography. Now read your own site as a stranger and ask yourself, is the photography good enough, is your personality shining through, are you posting your best work? Answer the questions honestly and work to correct them. Make a plan. I wanted to improve my food photography so I bought a book Plate to Pixel and made a plan of how I could improve.
- Do something different; if you are not feeling your best creatively and you don’t work with another person to bounce off it is best not to force it. You will not do your best work. Do something else, read a magazine that is not related to your blog, read a book, listen to music, go for a walk, watch a great film. See it as shaking off the creative cobwebs.
- Plan; you will not be able to make all of the changes you want to right away but make a plan. Write it down, use a wall planner, and make a big list and put it on the wall. Having goals is great but reward yourself. Every time you tick a thing off your to do list you get a treat, a bubble bath, a fancy hot chocolate whatever floats your boat but make it something you can achieve, I would quite like to reward myself with a shopping trip to New York but I cannot afford it. Don’t make the reward a goal in itself.
- Look back as well as forward; take a look at old lists, plans and notebooks. Sometimes it is inspiring to see how far you have already come. Also sometimes you see things that you dismissed years ago that may work now.
I should also mention what not to do when you have blogger fatigue or writers block. Stop reading things that are like you. It is most likely that the blogs and magazines you choose to read are similar to you in someway. You write about the things that interest you so it stands to reason that you like to read about those things. Until you have the clarity of mind you may inadvertently plagiarise your heroes. A personal anecdote, when I was writing my dissertation I was also volunteering and working almost full time hours in the evenings, needless to say I was exhausted. Every spare minute I had I was reading text books, studies and papers. I was in such a daze that when I made notes and took them to meetings with my tutor it became apparent that I had blurred the lines between my own thoughts and the work of others, and this had happened quite by accident. I had to go back over all of my notes and sort everything. A new system, reduced hours at work and less coffee fulled all nighters I managed to write a fantastic dissertation and it was filled with original thought. Do something different to clear your mind. Recently I treated myself to a Pride and Prejudice dvd marathon with chocolate and ended up being inspired to create a number of home decorating projects for my new house. Rest and inspiration will come.