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Don't you feel stuffed? Food, family, traveling, house guests, and parties…. not to mention the potential for family feuds, awkward gift giving situations. The holidays are emotionally draining and tiresome.
We talked about blogging your way through the holidays, we didn't talk about getting back on track after they were over. It's hard to get back on track–undoubtedly you've taken a break from the computer to some degree. Whether it was 2 full weeks off and internet deprivation, or you checked in once a day, you're going to have to get back in the swing of things. Oof– it's HARD.
- Start slow. There's no point trying to get yourself back up to 5 blog posts a week if you can scarcely write 1.
- Comment every day. If you're finding it difficult to come up with content or get it down in to words, start your writing routine with comments. Leaving comments allows you to open your mind and get your fingertips moving.
- Find inspiration outside of the computer. Take a walk around the mall, down the street, through Wal-mart. Get inspired by the life around you, and bring it back to your blog.
- Guest post. Stuck on your site? What would you say if you were another writer? Coming up with content for another person's blog can sometimes be easier than coming up with it for our own.
- Use a writing prompt to get you going. There are plenty of bloggers with themed posts– start by writing a Things I Love Thursday or a link round-up to get your brain juices flowing.
- Change your venue. Many believe that writing is a habit that should be done daily–and I agree. But sometimes you need a change of pace. Pick up your laptop and work from a nearby coffeeshop. Write your next blog post during your lunch break at work. See if those changes don't get you mentally moving.
- Write the works of others. I'm reading Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit, and in it, she mentions that a writer friend of her, when faced with a road block, starts typing up the stories of writer's he admires. It forces him to look at how other writers use language, text, and grammar. This not only improves his writing and understanding of writing, but helps move him through Writer's Block.
- Cut back on media. How can you focus your mind when you have g-chat, twitter, facebook, and your blog page open? Turn everything off–your phone, your tv, close the browsers, and let yourself focus ONLY on writing.
- Read a magazine. Write like a magazine. You remember, those crazy things we read before the internet took over? Those things that a lot of people STILL read? (I don't really read them anymore, to be honest.) Consider it another form of writing prompt– look at how human interest stories are composed. How product posts are written & broken down. Play around on your site.
- Maximize brain energy when you have it. The last few days, I've felt a surge of writing energy. So much so, I felt conflicted between my new resolution to spend less time online and to be productive. So I maximized my productivity as much as possible.
Regardless of how the first few weeks of the new year start out, don't be too hard on yourself. If it takes you a few weeks to come up with a quality post, let it. In the end you WILL get back on track. Do you have any tricks and tips that you use to get yourself in the flow of working again after a long time off?