5 Tips To Tackle Platonic Phases In Blogging

by Vivek Krishnan on April 13, 2011 · 21 comments






5 Tips To Tackle Platonic Phases In Blogging

There are few things that have the potential to kill your blog as easily as the lack of passion. So many times it happens, the pure thought of researching, writing and networking makes a blogger nauseate. It is very difficult for bloggers to maintain the spirit of blogging 24X7. There is going to be a phase when you have no motivation and lack the drive to continue blogging. This case is applicable for beginners as well as pro-bloggers who have been blogging for years.

The biggest risk to your blog could be you, not your competition, not poor SEO. There is a bomb within you that can self-destruct your blog without your acknowledgment. This is why it is very important to avoid the platonic phases in blogging where a blogger does not even care to post a single article for weeks or even months at a stretch.

A Platonic phase in blogging can be characterized by the following points:

  • Total lack in interest in writing a blog post
  • The pure aversion to login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Never getting any real topic to post an article
  • You have not blogged for the last few weeks

So I’ve decided to come up with a few ways in which the platonic blogging phases can be avoided. Here are 5 practical tips for you to avoid platonic phases in your blogging career:

Redesign

A new hair cut, a new music system in an old car, a fresh coat of paint in an old room always seems to get interested in things again. For example, a new music system in my old car makes me enjoy driving again. Similarly, you could redesign your blog and watch how your brain is again interested to keep blogging. You get tired watching the same layout again and again and a fresh new look will quickly inject new enthusiasm in you towards blogging.

Host Something

Another great way to deal with a flat phase in blogging is by starting something up. You can do a lot of cool stuff with your blog. A good idea is to conduct some kind of a contest, blogging project (for example, Darren Rowse started the Tanzanian Blog Project) or survey. Don’t get lonely blogging, use this idea to have fun and interact with others in the blogosphere.

Change your routine

One of the main reasons why a blogger hits a platonic phase is because his schedule is boring and has become predictable over time. It is a great idea to shake things up, listen to new music, catch up with a new flick, date someone new (if you are single, LOL!) and basically try changing the structure of your day. This will definitely get your creative energy up and running again. The more interesting you make your life, the more interesting you will grow as a blogger. A reason for this is that, people who lead dull lives rarely have anything interesting to share. So make your life interesting.

Maintain a Journal

It is a great idea to maintain an idea journal when you begin blogging or at a time when your inspiration is at its best. You can jot down all ideas for new posts and other pointers to improve your blog in that journal. Refer to that journal when you find your morale dwindling. That way you don’t have to worry about thinking of doing something productive as your idea journal will have a lot of stuff that you can use.

Arrange a Guest Blogger

Nothing like some new blood into a dusty blog to kick start the engines once again. You could have someone become a regular author to your blog or market your blog effectively such that you manage a lot of guest posts from different guest bloggers. It is amazing how quickly it will make your blog more popular as well as lift a lot of pressure from your shoulders to post regularly.

These 5 points are certainly not the only comprehensive list to beat blogger platonic phases. I am interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions in avoiding a platonic phase in one’s blogging career.

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{ 20 comments }

Mike April 13, 2011 at 7:10 am

Nice tip, Vivek. They are very true. When I don’t want to write or blog, I change my routine by playing some computer games, read blogs and newspaper. Sometimes they give me inspiration about topics to write. Anyway, you should add drinking some coffee into this list too. It really helps :)
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Vivek Krishnan April 15, 2011 at 5:39 am

Lol :D Yes, I agree it is a very practical addition to this list. Even Red Bull maybe.. :P
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Jasmine April 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

You are right. Sometimes I got tired of blogging and thought of giving up… there were even times when I thought I should sell my blog. Haha… what do you think?

Vivek Krishnan April 15, 2011 at 5:41 am

Well I thinking feeling like selling your blog might mean a lot more than a platonic blogging phasem it culd even mean that you have had enough of blogging as a whole!
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Sam April 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

Totally agreed!!! It’s Routine blogging work that lot of time become boring and you start avoiding it. The best option is do something new and interesting in your routine work.
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semmy April 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Hi Vivek I really like your article and really nice tips!! I agree with you about guest blogging. it’s keep blogging a life.

Nick Stamoulis April 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

These are some great tips. Blogging takes time and effort and needs to be done on a consistent basis. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. However, it’s important to keep it up because by ditching your blog you are ditching your audience.

Riya April 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I think the important thing you can do is to take proper rest and exercise as if you’re mentally fit then you can perform something physically. Changing the style and color of your blog is also a great idea that’s really make a impression of something new and special.

Anu April 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I think organizing a contest is very interesting idea as you can engage your readers plus it’s work for some change for you.
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Webmaster Blog April 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Guest blogging is playing key role on many big blogs and with the help of this you can find a big variety in content information too. I am tracking many blogs and noticed that few are so popular that they hardly make a single post in week and most posts are published by guest bloggers.
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Ryan Biddulph April 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Redesigning your blog helps a great deal Vivek. When I switched up the theme and style of my blog, I felt much better about it, which motivated me to keep on blogging. Do what it takes to keep the fire alive. One key point: if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Some bloggers have a growing audience, put out top notch content and have a nice design but they keep making massive overhauls to the layout or even the direction of the blog. This confuses your audience which is bad for you brand. Thanks for sharing!

RB
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Usman April 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I think you’re extremely right.

Some time our inspiration got murdered due to all this boring stuff, but indeed we can make it exciting as you just mentioned some awesome ways to make it cool for us.

like contests and other stuff.
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share tips April 14, 2011 at 5:51 am

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.
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Alex April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Great tips, Vivek,

But I usually try to keep myself focused and whenever I tend to derail and seem to be bored with anything that relates to my websites or internet, I try to remember some of the goals that I have set and how can those goals improve my overall life and why I started this venture in the first place.

Also, a good method, if you are an established blogger already, is to think where you started from and how bummer it will be if you go back to that.
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Sreejesh April 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I agree with your points, those things can slowly spoil any blog if not given much attention.
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Kavya Hari April 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

Really, you did a very job on here, Vivek. Great job :) See you again :)

Jeevan April 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Great Tips, Vivek !

It will surely help me. Of these, I have only tried three :- Redesign, Guest Blogging and Journal. These three things have helped me to increase my motivation and keep blogging. As bloggers, it is really important for us to keep our motivation and tackle the platonic phase.

Thank you for the post !

Jeevan Jacob John
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Wesley Wise April 21, 2011 at 2:21 am

I had this problem before, no ideas are running through my head and I’ve been posting so little. So I did a makeover, something that will inspire me more to write and even changed my niche.

Kavya Hari April 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

Yeah, it will be more helpful in the future period without any error. Thank you so much for sharing on here :)

Rajesh May 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Great tips friend. I have used your first tip many times in my blogging career. Changing layout brings a new zeal and passion for blogging which helps in takling such platonic phases. Thanks for the other tips.
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