Have you ever had extended writers' block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?
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A change of scenery may be in order.
You can also do a sort of stream of consciousness blather until you hit upon a germ of an idea. Then you take that idea and start over. No one wants to read the blather, really. That was always my favorite strategy when I was teaching writing. But that worked better for me than for most of my students because if there was one thing they didn't enjoy it was rewriting.
But there's lots of ways to get ideas. Read blogs. Read your comments. Answer people's questions. Explain something that you know better than others might. Dive into the controversy. Revisit old posts. Google "blog post ideas."
I think for a lot of bloggers, it's not so much having writers' block as it is failing to plan. Blogs started out as online diaries, so it was really a matter of posting when we felt moved. But things changed. Blogging became more professionalized and you had to keep up to be heard above the marketing. Now, if you plan to have a following, you need to plan. (As I have failed to do. Do as I say not as I do.) (Actually that's not entirely true. I meant to post my WIP, but I forgot to take a picture of it in the daylight. I could take a photo of it now but it will be crappy.) There are lots of good suggestions for blog planners online. There's even an app for that. True story. But it's a lot easier to get out here and write if you know on Wednesday you write about your WIP and Friday you post about old women's magazines. For example.