I am a hypocrite. For the last few hours, I've been trying to brainstorm post ideas. The thing is that I've recently been suffering from a creative road block. Not just a temporary one, but for the past few months, I haven't been able to come up with what I would call my "best" content. I usually refer to my best content as my most creative content, most honest, and most real. However, I recently haven't been able to come up with ideas like that, which really strains me. If you've been a long-time reader of my blog, you might remember my post on why we shouldn't force creativity. If not, it's definitely something worth checking out, but the title basically speaks for itself. Creativity is something that cannot be forced, as disappointing as it is sometimes.


The thing about the blogging community and being an online creator is that there is a constant pressure to be producing new and creative content 24/7. The weekly schedule is great, it adds consistency for readers and helps me to establish a schedule to balance out my life and blogging, but in ways, it can be straining. For me personally, posting twice a week can often be a bit straining in terms of stress, on weeks where I'm super busy, it's pretty stressful to fit blogging into my schedule. There are also those other situations, like going on vacation, where the weeks leading up to it are full of a post scheduling frenzy, cramming in lots of work to make up for the lost time. So if we're supposed to constantly create amazing content, then what do we do when we hit a creative road block?

I wish that there was a clear answer, like 2 + 2 = 4, some foolproof formula for breaking out of your creative rut. However, that is merely a fantasy. There is no clear answer for how to get past a creative road block. All you can do is cope. I know, it's definitely easier said than done, especially with the aforementioned pressure of being a creator. So how do we cope with the creative road block and attempt to foster creativity?

Step away from the blog.

I know, it HURTS to do this. I know of a lot of bloggers out there that have taken blogging breaks when they hit a road block and come back with new ideas. However, I have not mustered up the strength to do it. I keep thinking about my pageviews, worried that if I take a break then my hard-earned growth will begin to decline. (an absolute nightmare! all the work gone to waste!) While it seems like in that time frame you may lose some less interested readers, is it really hurting you if in the end, you are able to create more creative content that you are actually proud of? You have to envision the short-term and long-term effects. Yeah, maybe the short-term effects may be some loss of readers. But is that really a bad thing if the long-term effects help to foster your creativity in order for you to make better content? Writing a fluff piece may keep readers coming in that moment, but if you're not proud of that post, then what's the point? It's not your best work. My point is that you should write what you're passionate about and allow the readers to come, don't chase after them if they're not interested. Take a break, refresh, and come back with new ideas, and let them come to you.

Go on an adventure.

Go out, get loose, and live a little! Maybe go on a photo adventure or try out a new activity, whatever you love to do. While it may feel like you're wasting your precious time when you can be productive, having fun helps you to get your creativity going, which will ultimately boost your productivity in the end. Not sure what to do? Here are some activity ideas for things to do in the summer! You can be a tourist in your own town, go to a waterpark, just find something that you'll have fun doing.

Don't brainstorm. 

What? Brainstorming is probably the most common thing to do when you hit a creative road block. I'm not sure about other people, but personally, I have never come up with a good idea off of brainstorming. All of my ideas have arrived unexpectedly. Brainstorming always leads to me thinking of ideas that have already been done or just causes me to feel frustrated about not being able to get creative. Try living your life and not thinking (or stressing!) about coming up with a good idea, let it come to you. For the most part, my advice to you would be to not think about it. It always leads to be overthinking things, which totally blocks my creative flow.


Let go of rationality.

We're taught to believe that it's best to think rational, to think critically about things. It's all that we've been taught during all the years in the education system. Think rationally. We're told to back things up with proof, be realistic, and not live in a fantasy world. While I understand the reasoning behind it, we're so accustomed to living like this that in a way, we kill our creativity. Sometimes it's okay to live daringly, live unrealistically, and explore the wonders. Move to the right side of your brain, less logically.

Spend time with friends.

I know that I said to let go of rationality and to stop thinking about it, but it's easier said than done. Spending time with friends is the perfect way to relax and get your mind off of brainstorming. Talking about things is great for getting your ideas going, even if you're talking about something mundane. Get some new opinions and thoughts and hopefully you'll be able to come up with something. Some of my ideas have come up from simple conversations, like lesson plans in school. Talking will get things going, kind of like a think tank, even if you're not discussing blogging. When you talk about things, whether it's things that you love, things that you hate, anything, you just might stumble upon that golden idea.

3 comments:

  1. I personally find journaling to be helpful in overcoming creative blocks. I also love making playlists and scrolling through Pinterest, which probably doesn't seem like it would be helpful, but it works for me!

    Alexa | theicingontheplaylist.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooh I'll try those out sometime! Anything to get past a creative block is worth looking into!
      Rebecca

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  2. I think exploring or going on an adventure is a great idea! I always feel inspired while outdoors!
    xo, Syd
    anchoredinthesouth.com

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