As a blogger, it can feel like the end of the world when “Blogger’s Block” rears its ugly head. “What is blogger’s block?” I hear you ask…it’s when you are completely and utterly out of ideas for a blog post. It sucks, and pretty much every blogger has dealt with it at least once. I find myself dealing with it quite often, but I’ve found out there is something even worse that us bloggers must battle with…
No, it’s not breaking your laptop (and trust me, I know…). It’s not dealing with the frustrating lack of light at this time of year to take your OOTD’s or flatlays.
As infuriating as these things are, I’ve found that one of the absolute worst feelings as a blogger is not a lack of ideas, but a lack of confidence in the ideas you do have.
New bloggers are rocking up left right and centre, and the “big bloggers” are only getting bigger. Content is being produced, posted and shared at an alarming rate and although we’re not all here to chase after the engagement and pageviews, we do want to be proud of what we create. Pride is getting increasingly difficult to feel, because the gap between what has never been done before, and what has been done 109648680 times before, is getting smaller.
And for me, it puts me off sometimes. I have an idea and I’ll get excited about it, and then I’ll find that not only has that idea been done, it’s been done by someone who has had the time to really create something special. Whether it’s a video, or a really in-depth post with stunning imagery to go with it, it’s been done and it’s better than what I could do with the limited free time I have.
This might sound a little pathetic, but one thing I can be proud of in sharing this is that it is truly honest. I learnt from my post about how supportive the blogging community really is that honesty is indeed the best policy.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time I couldn’t care less if someone has done a similar post to me before – when I review a film or a comic book, I know full well it’s been done a tonne of times before. When I did a review of The Revenant, several other bloggers had also done a review within the same day as mine. That’s cool, because I can read their perspective and see if it’s the same or different to my own. I love that.
What is a little disheartening is the times when your post idea is a little out of the ordinary and you see someone’s done something similar and you’re like “DAMN IT” because you don’t want to seem like you’re copying, and you read the post and it’s everything you wanted yours to be, and more.
But it’s not just that. It’s when you share an idea of what you want to blog about, just to see if anyone would be interested, and you get shot down.
This happened to me in a blogger’s Facebook group recently, and although I am sure the blogger had no intention of coming across rude, they essentially were saying “why would you do that, it’s been done before”. Thankfully, I did also get some lovely support from other bloggers who said they would love to see it and it will hopefully eventually grace the blog (it’s an online course project, so I just need to invent some free time to get started with it!).
I think the key is to take your idea and push it further. Search for that different angle that will make it unique and interesting. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but I think it’ll be worth the effort.