Thursday

11 productive things to do when you have bloggers' block

You know those days when you just can't be bothered to write? You pretend you have bloggers' block but really you just don't feel like it. Don't worry, I understand. There's no judgement here. However, there are still loads of super-easy, productive things you can do for your blog without taking photos and writing posts all the time. Think of it as productive procrastination!
How to procrastinate productively

SCHEDULE TWEETS
I know it's boring, but there's no denying that it's super-duper easy to schedule tweets! Setting aside half an hour can give you time to schedule around a fortnight's worth of promo tweets. Whether you choose to promote your blog as a whole, individual posts or a social media account, you'll get a huge payout for very little effort.

PLAN CONTENT
Taking some time out to plan content for the future will save you loads of time in the long run, allowing you to spend more time writing and less time planning. Use periods of blogging block to think up ideas for the future not only gives your blog direction but can also help you get fired up about creating again. Win-win!

READ OTHER BLOGS
Planning content is all well and good, but how are you going to come up with ideas? Reading other blogs! Obviously don't copy posts but taking a peek at other blogs in your niche (and beyond!) can help spark ideas in your mind. If you love a blog post, you can also leave a comment to support the blogger. Speaking of...

SHARE THE LOVE
Let people know what you like about them and their content! It will make their day and supporting other bloggers can also be useful for your own blog, as I explained in my 4 ways to support fellow bloggers post. Leave a comment, tweet them, share their posts, whatever. Just do something nice for them and good karma will follow!

REMOVE BROKEN LINKS
Veering more into technical territory now. If you've had your blog a while, you'll probably have hundreds, if not thousands, of links that no longer work- perhaps links to blogs that have since been deleted or clothes that have long been out of stock, that sort of thing. These broken links can affect your SEO quite badly, so use a tool like Broken Link Check to locate those on your blog and remove them. It can take a fair while, especially if you've had your blog a few years, but is well worth it! 

ADD ALT TEXT TO IMAGES
Also in the SEO camp, adding alt text to your images helps search engines find relevant information on your blog and boosts that optimisation. If you're on Blogger, once you've uploaded your photo, select it, click "properties" and add a description of the image in the "alt text" box. On Wordpress, you can add it in the attachment details. 

UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNTS
Have you logged all of the PR items you've been sent lately? How about keeping a record of your sponsored posts? Do you need to organise your invoices? Go through all of your accounts and make sure everything is organised and in order- It will save you a lot of hassle later!

ORGANISE YOUR EMAIL
Check through your email inbox and see if there are any emails hiding in there that you haven't got around to answering yet. Maybe set up folders and organise your emails into relevant categories. Delete all those "dear Blogger" emails that you never reply to and make sure all your invoices and payment confirmation emails are in one easy-to-locate place.

PIN YOUR POSTS
Make your posts as pinnable as possible. If you haven't already, install the pin it button and maybe even design your own. Convert your personal account to a business account and sign up for rich pins. It's also helpful to make your boards as appealing as possible by choosing beautiful, cohesive board covers and checking that everything you pin is top quality. Don't forget to follow and pin from other sites too!

CHECK OUT FACEBOOK GROUPS
For a long time, I thought Facebook was a complete waste of time as blogging promotion, but then I found out about the blogging groups. Every group has a different rule but most have somewhere where you can share your links, as well as ask for advice from other members. To get the most out of them, help other people wherever you can, rather than just splashing your link all over the place. For anyone born or living in the United Kingdom, I strongly recommend starting with UK Bloggers


TAKE PART IN A TWITTER CHAT
There are a multitude of Twitter chats, some of which are on my now-slightly-outdated timetable. They're perfect for procrastinating but also help you meet bloggers from all over the world and pick up some tips too!

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As a chronic procrastinator, I'm very happy to have such a handy, productive list of tasks to fall back on! I'd love to know what your top procrastination-but-really-being-productive activities are so let me know in the comments!


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16 comments :

  1. I do most of these, yay me! :D

    Dannie x

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  2. Looks like I know what I'll be up to tomorrow! haha! xx

    Dee | www.promptsbydee.co.uk

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  3. Fab post Becky :-) I'm currently scheduling all my tweets.
    Claire.x
    www.xclaireabella.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. These are fab! Definitely going on my checklist for this weekend 😀 xx

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  5. Great post, I think we all get writers block sometime where we just feel lost! I shall take your advice next time I do ;)

    Aliya x | thecatandthegirl.blogspot.co.uk | https://www.bloglovin.com/people/thegirl09-10150959

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  6. Love this, and I never have got bloggers block, just pure laziness! Although when I am in a slump I do try and stay productive. Often its just 'liking' photos on Instagram...so taxing ;)

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  7. This comes in so handy as ive currently got bloggers block haha =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Great post! You've given me a few things to think about! :)

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  9. I've definitely got to learn to pin my posts. I keep forgetting to do that so often! Thanks for the great tips!

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  10. Why is it important to log PR items you've been sent? I know that some people even set up a spreadsheet to deal with it all and, as a blogger who hasn't worked with many brands yet, I'm just a bit confused...

    Emily // Lynde Avenue

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    1. There's some debate about whether you need to declare it as income so there's that but mostly it's about staying on top of what you received and from who, when you wrote about it, whether you've sent them the link etc.

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  11. Great ideas. I hate writers block it's such a bummer when it happens xx
    jenniferlanigan.blogspot.ie

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  12. I need to start scheduling Tweets and I never thought about checking for broken links, I definitely should do that, thanks Becky. x

    www.kirstytalks.co.uk

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  13. Super helpful! Will definitely give me something to do the rest of the day :)
    -Katie
    2blondesandaredhead.blogspot.com

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  14. Some brilliant ideas here, thank you! I definitely need to do some broken link removal...

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. There's some great tips on here and I wouldn't have even thought about! Great post!

    Lyndsey | articletwentythree.com

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