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Thrill is Gone – How to Dig Outta the Boring Blog Blues

Before you read 1 word of this blog, click on the video. I wrote this listening to the King of Blues, BB play “The Thrill is Gone.”

What do you do when the thrill is gone from the words you write? 

Many talk about blogger’s block and struggling to find something to write about. Boring Blogs Syndrome, IMHO, is deadlier.   If you can’t think of anything to write, keep writing. If you’re repeating the same thing you’ve already written in new words, you run the risk of boring your readers. Just because you write it doesn’t mean you have to publish it.

Bored readers don’t die. Their eyes glaze over, they get distracted, they leave, and they don’t come back.

How to recover from Boring Blog Syndrome?

  1. Get real. Stuff is always happening, some good, some bad. What gets you excited or angry? If you pour your passion into your blog, readers realize you slit your wrists and bled all over the keyboard before publishing.
  2. Stay fresh. Listen to conversations – in real life and online. What are your friends and readers talking about on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs? If they’re passionate about it, they’ll be more likely to read it.
  3. Risk. At times, good writing feels like skydiving. You leap from the plane; sail on a wing, a prayer, and your words; pull the rip cord and land. Good writing doesn’t always make you feel safe. You may occasionally crash land or break a few bones. Unlike skydiving, however, risky writing that goes bad is seldom fatal.
  4. Listen to music. Crank up that music that seizes your soul and let it carry your words.  Good writing is like music poured into word form.
  5. Step away from the keyboard. If your writing is so blah it bores you, it bores your readers, so stop. Unless you’re a professional writer who depends on every word to pay the bills, take a break. I’ve stopped for as long as a year at a time. Now I’m back at it, a post a day. Live your life and do what you love with the people you love the most.

As you feed your heart, you feed your inner writer.

Then one morning, you’ll suddenly discover.

The thrill is BACK!


4 Responses to “Thrill is Gone – How to Dig Outta the Boring Blog Blues”

  1. Martha aka SwitchingGranny January 10, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Good stuff Mary. You write alot like Michael Hyatt, whom I adore. I need to learn so much about blogging. (my new blog master) has ask me to promise and blog weekly. OH my.. big obligation for me.. yet I tweet & facebook constantly.

    One quick question: How do you put the numbered bullet points into your blog? See… I need to learn ALOT.

    Martha

  2. Randy Clark January 10, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Good post. I’d like to add – stay alert. I wrote a post about the problems I had buying 5-gallon water jugs for my dad. It was a humor look at poor customer service. The point is the post was about what was going on around me. BTW, RT’d 30% more than my average post.

  3. Randy Clark January 10, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    All good points. I’d like to add – stay alert. I wrote a post about the problems I had buying 5-gallon water jugs for my dad. It was a humor look at poor customer service. The point is the post was about what was going on around me. BTW, RT’d 30% more than my average post.

  4. Augustina March 9, 2017 at 2:11 am #

    A prvtvcaoioe insight! Just what we need!

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