7 Blogging Hacks For Getting Unstuck (Link-Up #7)

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Creating fresh, engaging content, week after week, is every bloggers challenge. Here are seven blogging hacks for getting unstuck during those days when writing is difficult. Try them out next time writer’s blog sets in, and turn the dreaded white-screen on your computer into your next blogging masterpiece.

7 Blogging Hacks For Regaining Momentum

Blogging Hack #1: Start Early.

Morning is a writer’s best friend. As a husband and daddy, there is one thing I know for sure. Making time to write never gets easier at the day progresses. I’ve heard stories of professional writers who got started by waking up an hour or two earlier to write. However, I rarely hear success stories about writers who stay up late getting the job done. By starting early you are:

  • Making writing a priority.
  • Not allowing the hustle-and-bustle of life, and the crises of the day, to creep into your blogging time.
  • Freeing yourself from the pressure to write for the rest of the day. This keeps blogging fun!

Blogging Hack #2: Sleep on it.

Our subconscious mind is amazing. Although I’m not a huge fan of the book The Secret–as it over-promises and under-delivers–the key idea of focusing on what we want, works. Of course, the universe is not a genie waiting to deliver our every desire, as the book implies. Nevertheless, I do believe that our God-given minds are powerful tools. If we focus on what we plan to write about before going to bed, the jumbled conglomeration of ideas will begin to form together overnight.

Most of us know what it is like to step away from a problem frustrated, only to stumble on to the solution the next day. That’s the power of our subconscious mind at work.

 Chances are, you’ll be surprised at how well the ideas smooth out while you dream.

Blogging Hack #3: Start.

Getting started is the most difficult part of writing. Yet, the more we write, the easier the words flow.

  Next time you feel stuck, write anyways. You might even surprise yourself with how much you have to say!

Blogging Hack #4: Squash the A.N.T’s.

A.N.T.’s is an acronym for Automatic Negative Thoughts. Ants are pesky creatures that creep into our homes. Similarly, A.N.T’s are intrusive pests that wreak havoc in our minds. Examples of automatic negative thoughts include ideas like:

  • This post isn’t good enough.
  • I just can’t write today.
  • No one is going to like what I have to say.

This negativity is helpful. Instead, increase your awareness of the stinking thinking that keeps you from writing. Then, squash the A.N.T.’s, and keep pressing forward. There have been times when a post I was dissapointed in, turned out to be a reader favorite.

 Squash A.N.T.’s quickly and keep writing.

Blogging Hack #5: Commit to a schedule and stick with it. 

Decide on your blogging schedule and stick with it. Blog, post, and repeat.

  • Short posts are fine.
  • Simple reminders are perfectly OK too.
  • Personal stories are always a hit.

Mix up your writing style and expand your topics, but whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to stop writing. Know that some days the writing will flow easily. Other days, it will feel like trying to nail jell-o to the wall–it’s messy and takes a lot of effort for minimal results. This is normal. Push through the challenges, commit to a consistent schedule and at the end of the year, you’ll amazed at what you have accomplished.

Blogging Hack #6: Team up with others.

If you are blogging in isolation, then you are working harder and not smarter. 2016 is our year of teamwork. Jenny and I are discovering that the more we connect with others, the easier writing becomes. Mini-brainstorming sessions, finding inspiration for new posts by reading the thoughts of others, and addressing common challenges others share in casual conversations, are excellent ways of using teamwork to get unstuck.

Blogging Hack #7: Keep a journal of writing prompts and catchy blog titles.

Evernote has become my favorite place to jot down new ideas. The phone app makes it easy to record topics for future posts, on the go. When I get stuck, I force myself to choose an idea from my list and start writing.

Have any of these ideas worked well for you? What blogging hacks do you use to get unstuck when writing is difficult? I look forward to continuing the conversation in the comments below!

Family, Friendship, and Faith Link-Up

This link-up is an excellent place to meet new friends, network, and share your posts. Please feel free to include any family, friendship, and faith related posts. If you have time, please visit some of the other submissions, leave a comment, and make some new connections–after all, this is what teaming-up is all about!

Finally, I’d love it if you would grab a button for your site, or link back to the Family Friendship and Faith Fridays, link-up, in order to make it easy for others to join in!

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About The Author

Jed Jurchenko

Husband, father, coffee enthusiast, hiker, beach lover, psychology professor, Christ follower, writer!

39 Comments

  • Valerie

    February 12, 2016

    Thank you for hosting! I love your tip to squash those pesky ants that try to prevent us from writing! Have a great weekend!
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  • Michelle

    February 12, 2016

    Jed & Jen, Thanks for the party on this lovely, cold Friday morning. You offered some great tips for us bloggers out there. I keep a notebook everywhere. By my night stand, in the car and at work. When the thoughts or lines pop in my head, I need to write them down. Sometimes I’ll just hear something and think, “oh, I need to blog about that.” Anyways, whatever it takes to keep it all flowing consistently. Wishing you both a Happy Valentine’s Day! I saw that Valerie interviewed you both too this week. You are now the “stars.” I hope you’ve had a chance to drop by and see your comments. Feel free to comment back on any of them you wish to.
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    • Jed Jurchenko

      February 12, 2016

      Hey Michelle,
      Thank you again for the awesome interview and feature! It’s been an exciting week and Jenny and I have been incredibly honored to be featured on both sites. I just stopped by again. It’s fun to see so many kind and encouraging comments. Wishing you guys a happy Valentines Day as well.
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  • Michele Morin

    February 12, 2016

    Thanks, I need all the help I can get!

  • Tiffiney

    February 12, 2016

    Hi Jed and Jen- Happy Friday!

    Thanks for hosting this linkup! I found you from the 100 Happy days linkup. I’m really enjoying your Friday posts about blogging. I’ve taken to heart several things you’ve shared and it’s making a difference. I can’t wait to check out today’s post. Have a blessed weekend!
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    • Jed Jurchenko

      February 12, 2016

      Hey Tiffiney,
      Thanks for dropping by and joining in the link-up. We’re glad your here!

  • Renee

    February 12, 2016

    Great tips. I will definitely apple these when I get stuck, which seems to be often 🙂

  • Joan

    February 12, 2016

    I love coming here on Fridays for your blogging tips! They are always so helpful! Thanks so much for sharing…and for the weekly link-up!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Julie S.

    February 12, 2016

    Excellent tips. Yes, have a plan, and kick those ANTs to the curb. I love the sleep on it line item too. I often write drafts of posts and then come back to them the next day or so to revisit before finalizing.
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  • Raising Samuels

    February 12, 2016

    Great advice! Starting to write is the most important one I think. I have friends and family tell me they want to write but don’t know what about, or try to pick the perfect niche for their interests. I just tell them, to start lol! Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you all have a blessed weekend 🙂

    • Jed Jurchenko

      February 14, 2016

      Yes! For years I felt like I needed permission and more expertise to write. The reality is I just need to sit down and do it 🙂

      • Raising Samuels

        February 15, 2016

        So true! I’ve been trying to get my Mom to sit down and start a blog. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope you all will link up again this week 🙂

  • Deborah

    February 12, 2016

    Great tips! I have a found a schedule to be very important. I set my alarm for 5 am, and after my morning bible study, I’m usually ready to devote from 6-8:00 to solid blogging things. I’ve also had a journal for the last couple years that has been incredibly helpful as well.
    Well written, solid advice!
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  • Sharon

    February 12, 2016

    In almost six years of blogging, I’ve certainly had times when I’ve stared at that blank white screen and wondered where the words were going to come from! And yet, somehow once I get started, they come. I publish once a week, and I have found that if I look over the past week of events, there is always something I can write about. And, when the Holy Spirit is part of the process, God has a way of providing the words.

    Though taken a bit out of context, I’ve always loved this verse as it applies to writing:

    “…don’t worry about…what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19-20, NLT)

    Jed, I think your advice in this post is practical and helpful. Perhaps especially #4. It’s so true how our own heads can get in the way of our writing. I have a good friend who always says, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” I think that’s what you’re saying here. Squash the ANTS, and speak!!

    GOD BLESS!
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    • Jed Jurchenko

      February 14, 2016

      Thanks Sharon,
      That is such a great Scripture, and I love that line, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” I’m continue strive to let go of my own perfectionist tendencies each week. Wishing you a blessed week as well!
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  • Paula

    February 12, 2016

    Happy Friday! I’ve always found that it does help to type up a post before bed and then recheck it in the morning when your mind is fresh and clear. I always end up rewording half of what I’ve written, and am happy I didn’t hit “publish” the night before.

    Thanks for linking with my No Rules Weekend Party…have a great weekend 🙂

  • Mama Brucks

    February 12, 2016

    Thanks for all your hard work on the link up! Your tips are great by the way!~
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  • I have only been writing when God puts something on my heart, but I recently started keeping a notebook of ideas so that I have some handy good ideas at the ready. But I haven’t tried short simple reminders. That is a great idea.
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  • LauraOinAK

    February 12, 2016

    Awesome tips! I definitely get some great inspiration when driving or at night. It’s just making sure I write it down right away so I don’t forget.
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  • Nicole

    February 12, 2016

    “I’ve heard stories of professional writers who got started by waking up an hour or two earlier to write. However, I rarely hear success stories about writers who stay up late getting the job done.”

    Oh man, that is a kick in the pants for me! One of my goals for 2016 is to get up early enough to get some blogging in before work….lets just say I have a ways to go. 😕 This was a big encouragement for me!

  • Jon Beaty

    February 12, 2016

    Hey Jed,

    I love the Evernote hack for storing blog post ideas. When I get an idea for a post title, or an outline for a post, I put it in a Blog Ideas notebook in Evernote. I’ll also use Evernote to save journal articles and take photos of book pages using Scannable, when I come across good source material for a future blog post.

    • Jed Jurchenko

      February 14, 2016

      Hey Jon,
      Thanks for the extra Evernote tip. I’m still figuring out the features. I’m going to have to check out Scannable. Being able to add in photos of books and articles will be incredible helpful.

  • Carla S

    February 13, 2016

    Just popping over from the weekend blog share. That’s a great list of tips!

  • messymarriage

    February 13, 2016

    Thanks for always giving us great and practical tips on building our platforms and blogging, Jed. Thanks also for the linkup, my friend!
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    • Jed Jurchenko

      February 14, 2016

      Thanks Beth,
      I just noticed you host a link-up as well. I just added you to my list, and look forward to stopping by again on Wednesday. I can’t wait for the next post in your series too!

  • Karren Haller

    February 14, 2016

    Wow I just found a new source of inspiration and information, I have to spend more time here.
    Thanks for stopping by to share #SmallVictoriesSundaylinkup
    Pinned and Tweeted

    Your also welcome to come and share on my Friday Features where we are still going strong.
    Karren

  • These are some really good ideas for getting unstuck. I find reading other blogs really helps me too. I usually find a couple ideas and then ask the Lord to give me what HE wants me to write about. Also reading in general helps me. Reading books, papers, magazine articles all have different styles, but they certainly can help get those juices flowing.

  • Catherine

    February 14, 2016

    I love the analogy of the ants. If I think a post isn’t good enough for now, I just save it and write something else. Who knows what might come to me later on that will make that post worthwhile. Also, for me, sticking to a schedule is key. The pressure to get a post out on time helps to spark creativity and helps push me through those times when I am blocked. I am a night owl with young kids at home so night seems to be the only time I have quiet to write. I will have to try the getting up early thing to work on my writing. Thanks for the tips! 🙂
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  • Arianne

    February 15, 2016

    These are great ideas! Sometimes we just need a little motivation/reminder to get going…thanks!!

  • Cat Palmer

    February 15, 2016

    Those ANTs ate the hardest for me. Great post!

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    February 16, 2016

    Fabulous advice for stuck bloggers x
    I would have to agree, my most creative ideas come AFTER I have gone to bed!
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  • Charlene Asay

    February 16, 2016

    These are all great tips. I get stuck a lot with writing for my blog. Thanks for hosting your link up party as well.
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  • helloredds

    February 18, 2016

    Great suggestions, Jed!
    Love this article.
    I shared it on Stumble, Twitter, and Pinterest!
    Hope you have a great day~
    Melanie
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  • createwithjoy

    February 18, 2016

    Congratulations Jed & Jen – you are our Friend Of The Week at this week’s Friendship Friday Blog Hop & Social Media Boost #212 at Create With Joy!

    I love your blog and have enjoyed connecting with you!

    I hope you have an amazing week! 🙂

  • Christia Colquitt

    February 19, 2016

    Keeping a journal is a great idea!!

  • Dean

    February 21, 2016

    Great tips!!
    Writing prompts are SO helpful for those writer’s block days.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!!
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  • jwiebel

    February 22, 2016

    Thanks for all of the tips. I am glad you are sharing them with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. I look forward to your weekly posts.
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  • Lindsey

    February 25, 2016

    Great hacks. I’ve found myself in a rut lately, mostly because I haven’t worked far enough ahead to have topics ready on the go. I just downloaded Evernote and I’m going to spend some time planning posts for next month. I especially like the advice about writing a personal story or short post. Something is better than nothing and can stimulate more ideas. Pinning, stumbling and tweeting this. Happy Thursday guys!
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