Blogger’s block…it strikes without warning. Alas, researchers have yet to develop a cure. Tips to reduce symptoms abound, including:
Catherine Tan, Hootsuite: 9 Ways to Beat Blogger’s Block
Debbie Hemley, Social Media Examiner: 26 Tips for Overcoming Bloggers Block. It was via this post that I discovered the Mari Popova’s delightful Brain Pickings.
William Comcowich, CyberAlert: 14 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
The problem with lists of tips is that after clicking from one to the next, they all seem to run together and repeat, creating a giant echo chamber.
What works for me? To overcome blogger’s block, I seek out subject matter that is unrelated to my blog. Shifting the focus helps disrupt my unnerving obsession with the problem. As if by magic, the block fades.
Below are some of my favorite shift-the-focus sites for inspiration.
Brain Pickings blog
Videos on Vimeo, especially the animations
One in 8 Million, stories of NYC characters in sound and images, masterful editing
The whimsical illustrations of Sarah Goodreau
The Favorites Lists of Heidi Swanson, author/photographer, are feasts of ideas.
World Science Festival – articles, videos, infographics
A Google image search for: Maira Kalman
The lovely drawings (1886-1900) and notes of Rufus Grider
The Library of Congress digital collections
Question: If you have been the victim of blogger’s block, how did you strike back?