Hi, I’m Emma and I blog over at EmmaDrew.Info. As a blogger, I know how it feels when you really don’t fancy writing anything – it can be hard to motivate yourself and the guilt stops you from trying to do anything positive for your blog. So I have put together fifteen ideas for things you can do for your blog when you don’t feel like writing.
1. Schedule your social media posts
Scheduling your social media posts is really easy with the use of Buffer or HootSuite, and it could help you to get ahead for the next week or even the next month! Scheduling links to your popular or topical posts means you can still have an active presence on social media and be promoting your old posts.
2. Spend some time on Pinterest
Pinterest can be a massive source of traffic for bloggers, so spending time on Pinterest when you don’t feel like writing is great for a number of reasons! Firstly, by pinning your own posts alongside others you will start to increase your Pinterest following and hopefully this will lead to more visitors to your blog. Secondly, you might find something that inspires you! It isn’t cool to copy a blog post or project exactly, but you can find lots of inspiration. If you are serious about taking your Pinterest account to the next level then make sure you read How To Use Pinterest To Increase Your Blog Traffic.
3.Go through your emails
If your inbox is anything like mine, chances are that you have marked an email as read without responding, or you need to chase someone up. Going through your inbox means you can find those emails you have missed, or chase up someone. This is also a great time to unsubscribe from those emails you don’t find useful, or you can’t quite remember signing up for in the first place. If you are feeling super organised then you can even spend time sorting your email into folders, checking your spam folder and even setting up your spam filters.
4. Research your future posts
When you don’t feel inspired to write, this could be the perfect time to research some topics you want to cover in your future blog posts. Perhaps you need to find the price of an item, or collate information. Even if you can’t bring yourself to write the content, you can plan ahead for it.
5. Source and create images for your past or future posts
Having beautiful images on your blog makes your readers want more, so you could spend some time looking for images to use, or creating your own Pinterest worthy images on Canva. I like to use Pixabay and Morguefile to source my images.
Having high search engine rankings for your blog posts means that you will attract new readers, which helps to grow your blog. Bonjour Blogger have a great post about what SEO is as well as some suggested plugins to use.
7.Clean up your sidebar
If you have a sidebar (or two) on your blog, have you checked them recently to make sure that you don’t have any broken images? Is there a widget that you want to put into your sidebar (such as your latest Instagram posts or your tweets) but you haven’t got around to doing it? Now’s the time!
8. Check for broken links
Broken links on your blog is both unprofessional and bad for SEO, but it can take some time to get them all fixed. Zoe Corkhill has a brilliant post about checking your broken links on WordPress, as well as practical solutions for finding all of your broken links.
9. Reply to comments
If a reader has taken the time to comment on your blog then it is polite to reply to them. This is something that I am guilty of failing at! Replying to comments shows your readers that you are interested in what they have to say, and it encourages them to leave a comment.
10. Comment on other blogs
Commenting on other blogs is great for a whole host of reasons. It helps you to build a rapport with other bloggers and gets your name out there. Plus who knows what useful information you will find in those blog posts!
11. Update (or create) your editorial calendar
An editorial calendar helps you to plan out your future blog posts by giving you an overview of your posts for the coming weeks, months and even years! The appropriately named Editorial Calendar is a WordPress plugin that helps you to drag and drop your posts and plan ahead. If you aren’t using WordPress or you want to go old school, you can print out a calendar and write down your post ideas, ticking them off as they are written and scheduled.
12.Set up IFTTT
IFTTT stands for “if this then that” and it is a great way to automate some of what you do! For example, I have it set up to automatically post my Instgram images to my Twitter account, without the annoying Instagram link. You can create “recipes” to automatically share whatever you want!
13. Take photos
Is there a craft that you have been keen to share, or perhaps an item you have reviewed that you need to take photos of? If you don’t fancy writing then why not make some time to take those photographs for your blog? You can also edit them and get them uploaded, so there is one less job to do when you feel like writing that blog post!
14. Update your old posts
I have been blogging for more than 5 years now, and I cringe when I look back at my old posts. I try to go back and edit one or two old posts every week. This is also a great chance to change the image to make it a more “pinnable” image and update any SEO settings.
14. Reuse your content
Kerry has a brilliant post on how to take a break from blogging by reusing your older content. I have done this a few times now and it helps me to reach a whole new audience who perhaps haven’t seen my previous post.
These 15 ideas are all things I do myself when I can’t face writing a post. Do you have any other tips to share?