Blogger’s Block: How Do you Un-Block?

It may not be that obvious but I’ve been having blogger’s block for the past weeks or so.  If I were to be honest, I’ve actually had it longer than that.  There are times when I think I should really just pull in the plug, instead of plodding on blindly – that’s exactly what I feel I’m doing now.

Inspiration is just gone.  I can’t seem to find the words, though admittedly I have a few drafts which I’ve started and saved, but never really finished.  They are still there, in my drafts, glaring at me as if to say I’m such a goner.  And here I was thinking – if I just overhauled my blog-design/layout, maybe the muse will accept this little peace-offering of mine and ever so kindly grant me just a few inspirations to get my mojo back.  But no, she has obviously spurned my gift and deemed me unworthy of her attention.

So to my fellow-oh-so-lovely-prolific-bloggers out there who never seem to lose the words, any tips on how to un-block would really be appreciated.

My word of the week, or more like word of the year is “grappling”.


  1. redpeffer

    It’s hard when inspiration leaves you. I find it best to leave it, do other things that you enjoy and not think about the blog. Usually I then find myself thinking, I’d like to write about what’s just happened or our day and something clicks again. Otherwise I do photo based posts because I find that very therapeutic. Hope you find a way to get the flow back.

    • Thank you! I like the idea of doing photo based posts and hopefully the words will follow 🙂

  2. Kim Carberry

    Oh dear…I hope you get your blogging mojo back soon. It’s awful when you get the dreaded bloggers blog….I have found reading other blogs, in fact anything online usually gives me some inspiration x

    • Thank you! Yes, that used to do the trick for me as well, sadly it doesn’t seem to be working now. I’m sure this will pass … well, hopefully 😉

  3. Let kids be kids

    It is horrible when you feel like that. These last three days I have struggled. I think it’s usually when the children play up and it starts to feel too much. Once things settle down and we have a great family day out, things usually get better for me. I find spending quality fun time with my family provides me with lots of inspiration to try again.
    Good luck, I hope you feel better and get your mojo back soon. x

    • Thank you! I’m just hoping it’s just a phase, don’t really want to pull the plug, because I do enjoy blogging.

  4. Hi Dean, I’m sorry to hear you are battling for blog post inspiration. I find I get a little disheartened because I don’t have the time I would like to blog and there is so much I want to do.

    Recently I have tried to come up with a plan of posting twice a week, one post being a normal post and the other a linky party post (like #WotW AND #MommyReality). I’m hoping that will give me more time to get around other peoples blogs as well as time to think of ideas for my posts.

    If you are on WordPress have you installed the WordPress Editorial Calender. It’s good for kind of scheduling posts (by titles and ideas, not drafts), I know what you mean about drafts. I had a few unfinished posts that I ended up deleting as the moment had passed.

    Hang in there, a lack of inspiration and motivation must hit all bloggers at one time or another, it’s just a matter of riding the waves…And if I remember rightly you live in a stunning part of England, what about some posts highlighting the area where you live and what it has to offer?

    • I used to post between two-three times a week. There was even a time when I posted daily! Good lord… where did all that go? 😉 Haven’t heard of the WordPress Editorial Calendar, will check that one out – thank you! Oh and as for the area where we live, I’ve done that in the past and I’m a bit wary of repeating my myself, if you know what I mean. Again, thanks for the tips, much appreciated.

  5. South of the Strait

    Reading seems to kick ideas loose in my head, but following any blogging advice from me is not an avenue for success.

    • That used to do the trick for me as well … Hey, you happen to be such a good writer, one of my current faves in fact 😉

  6. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I’m seriously considering walking away. I have tons to say, but I can’t seem to make myself type it out and actually put together a post!! So, I have no suggestions or tips or tricks for ya! Just wishing you good luck!

    • You too Kate? Oh no! I can relate to the “having to type it all down”. I think that’s my problem too. I actually have the whole post in my head, but when I sit in front ready to attack … it’s all gone!

  7. snoozing on the sofa

    Ideas are kind of like cats. If you want them to come to you, you have to pretend you don’t care about their company. If you keep calling them, or worse, start chasing them, they will surely run just far enough away so you know they are there but can’t touch them. Because messing you up is fun for them.
    Live life and let the ideas wonder.

    • Great advice Scott 🙂 And you are so right about ideas and cats! I’m a bit worried though that I might enjoy life too much and never come back 😉 But yes, I know what you mean, thank you!

  8. thereadingresidence

    Oh dear, so frustrating, though the new design looks good. I go through these bouts, though you probably don’t see it as I write a stack of posts when the mood takes me, then don’t write for another few days to a week as I am just not interested. I do find reading other things, magazines as well as blogs, helps. and then not thinking about it, just ‘doing’ in normal life, an idea will often strike. And as you know, I think best on paper, so I step away from the screen and scribble ideas and see where they take me. perhaps it’s time for a new direction or series? Hope you are unblocked soon x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • It’s been ages since I’ve written on my journal – can’t even remember the last time. Ack! As for a new direction, will have to ponder on that. Thank you 🙂

  9. Life as we know it

    I feel a little like that at the moment. I just don’t feel like I’ve got anything worth saying so have done one post this week. I hadn’t actually planned on even doing that but the idea struck me out of nowhere. Maybe forget blogging altogether for a few days and just spend time having fun with the family? When you are refreshed and not putting pressure on yourself to write the words will hopefully come x

    • Thanks. That too makes sense about taking a few days off and not thinking about it. Unplugging … now that sounds like a good idea for a post 😉 x

  10. Stephanie (@LifeAt139a)

    I like the advice that writing is like liking cats, I thought I hadn’t seen much of you this past few weeks and hoped you were ok. I hope you find things to write about, I bookmarked this post recently and it may help: – I’m sure there’s some in there you could adapt or maybe the list will kick start your own ideas. And d’you know what, if you need a break you need a break don’t beat yourself up. Have fun and hope to see you blogging again soon x #wotw

    • Thank you so much for the link. Yes, you’re right. Great ideas there 🙂 Great tips from everyone. I think I might just followed everyone’s advice and take a day off or two, or three 😉 Then look at that list you sent me again, who knows, I might just be able to come up with something! 🙂 x

  11. It happens to all of us from time to time, so you’re not alone. Personally, I try not to worry about it too much. I’ll take a couple of days off, then come back and review my drafts folder for ideas that grab me. Failing that, I’ll take photos – that has never yet failed me as a source of inspiration for new posts.

    • As mentioned, photos used to inspire me as well. But not at the moment, I think you and the others are right about taking time off and unplugging 🙂 Thank you!

  12. sophieblovett

    I definitely go through phases with my blog when I don’t feel like writing very much at all… And that’s ok I think! It’s your blog after all! It’s the same with my other writing – I’ve been feeling really guilty recently because I’ve totally neglected that, but then I remind myself that if I don’t get out there and do some living then I’ll never have anything new to write about. I hope inspiration strikes soon – unplugging for a bit might be just what you need xx

  13. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    Linky is my go to muse. Usually the one with prompt like this one. It just gives you something to think about. When I am really running dry I post photos too ( and then I just realized that I have lots of those lately does that mean I am running dry as well?). #wotw

  14. tracey at Mummyshire

    Gosh it’s hard to know what inspires each individual. For me it’s reading, listing to the radio and just spending time outside to clear my head and allow new thoughts and inspirations to flow back in. Also, ironically, don’t think about it. Just put your fingers to your keyboard and let it flow – you may be surprised what actually ends up on the page!
    Best of luck

  15. Kriss MacDonald

    I’m not going to give you any wise words or advice but just say I love your blog and it’s one that I keep having to come back to read and follow your ‘life in a small village by the sea.’ You have a unique and special voice.

    • Oh thank you Kris! That really means a lot especially from you! X

  16. Oh it’s so frustrating when you get a period of blogger’s block – I’ve been having that once or twice lately and find that taking time out and not trying to think of what to write can help sometimes. Other times, I will sit and free-write (stream of consciousness writing) for 10 minutes on an idea and that will often help. Having regular themed linkies to join in with on the blog also helps keep me in regular blog posts too. Hope you get unblocked soon x

    • Thanks! I’ve been offline for almost a week now and it feels lovely 😉 I’m positive I’ll get some inspiration soon!

  17. Ellen Hawley

    I’ve been there—not with blogging but with writing in general. Anything you try is worth trying. So is it’s opposite. The main thing is to know that everything changes eventually–even writer’s block. Hang in there.

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