Blogging and writer’s block

Some days ago, I wrote about me struggling with writer’s block. I have been dealing with blogging and writer’s block since this COVID-19 Pandemic started. These past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for me with my feelings and emotions going up and down like a yo-yo. However, I am happy to say I have finally found my happy place again and I am now back in my working mode again. It took some adjusting with tweaks to my daily routine here and there, but my blogging routine is finally back to how it used to be sort of.

 

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How did I overcome my writer’s block?

My writer’s block was on and off for weeks and I just couldn’t bring myself to write on some days. On some days, I was in the mood to write but didn’t have the time thanks to all the added responsibilities. On other days, I was in the mood to write but couldn’t think or decide on what was best to blog about. I felt it would look a bit wrong blogging about skincare routines or fashion trends for spring while there was chaos worldwide. Not knowing what was ok to write about bothered me for some time. However I had to get out of that state of mind quickly. At the end of the day, my blog is my job, so writing is a must to pay my bills. Fashion and Style Police is about fashion, style, beauty, skincare, lifestyle, travel and many other topics. So those topics are expected and the show must go on. Most of the topics I now write about are a reflection of what is going on but I don’t want to blog to be just about Coronavirus issues going on now in 2020. In a few years, I want to look back and remember how I carried on thriving, working, studying and homeschooling my kids from home during a Pandemic.

Here are some ways I dealt with my writer’s block –

I stopped writing

When it comes to many things, I find that the more I resist, the more it persists. So I just stopped writing completely for days. I believe me stopping writing and not trying to force the process allowed me overcome the writer’s block quicker.

Read read read

I am still reading a book a week and that helps my creativity loads. The more I read, the more I can write. My reading helped me keep the creative writing juice flowing.

Spend time doing what I love

I spent more time doing what I was in the mood for. So apart from reading, I have been sleeping a lot. I have also been watching some interesting shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Spending time with the kids everyday is always amazing. Going for long walks and meditating has also helped my state of mind and mental health. I believe the time I have spent doing what I love has led me back to writing.

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It is good to see the back of this writer’s block. I have learnt from it and I am glad I have gotten my writing mojo back.

How are you doing?

Running lifestyle blog with blog categories

Like many of you know, Fashion and Style Police started off as purely a fashion and style blog. Along the way, I wanted to incorporate other niches into the blog. I got bored just talking about fashion and trends. My life changed and I wanted to include my new interests into my blog. That is how the blog evolved into a lifestyle blog. I still write about fashion and style a lot, but now I am able to write about other niches I am passionate about like beauty, blogging tips, self employment life, travel and life as a twin mum. Having categories on the blog allowed me do just that.

 

 

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Running lifestyle blog with blog categories

There are so many reasons why you should have categories on your blog. Here are the main reasons I decided to switch up my blog with categories –

 

It allows me organise my blog posts

I use categories to organise my blog, that way I know where every blog post is and I can easily find it. It also means I can send out links to various categories to selected brands when pitching for paid work. Having blog categories has made my blog a lot more organised.

 

Blog categories allow me write more

Like I said, having blog categories allows me write about many more topics. I can easily do this when I categorise evert blog post. Without the categories, my blog posts will look all over the place. I currently have eighteen blog categories and I use every one of them regularly. Some I use more than others as expected, but it is the easiest way to run a lifestyle blog. I never run out of ideas with these many categories. You can see all the blog categories I use on the right hand side of the blog.

 

It helps my BLOG SEO

Blog categories help grow my blog as the category archives are very important for SEO. When you use blog categories properly, it can improve your search engine visibility massively.

 

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These are just a few tips to help you in running lifestyle blog with blog categories. I love the fact that I am able to have a lifestyle blog as it gives my creativity the freedom it needs. Other lifestyle blogs are also fun to read. I love being able to read about all sorts of topics on the same blog. As long as the topics interest me, I will be a reader forever.

I offer a blog coaching service to help new bloggers grow their blogs, so they can start to earn an income from it. You can email me if you are interested in this service – fashionandstylepolice@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by.

How to come up with a catchy blog name

Picking a blog name is one of the most important things you would do when setting up a blog. I remember when I was thinking of the best name for my blog. My goal then was to blog solely on fashion, but as the blog evolved, I started to write about other topics I was passionate about. I decided on naming my blog Fashion and Style Police because the blog was going to be about fashion and style. And adding police to the blog name made it more catchy. So I went with it and Fashion and Style Police was born! Looking back after 7 years, I don’t regret picking this blog name. I may have gone with a slightly different version, but this blog name still works for my blog content.

 

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How to come up with a catchy blog name

So how do you come up with a catchy blog name? Here are some tips for you –

 

Consider what the blog would be about

This will help you narrow down your blog name ideas. Ideally, the blog name should reflect what the blog would be about but you can decide to go for a name that means something to you. Your readers will get used to it and likely love it, as long as the next tip is followed.

 

Go for a catchy blog name

Catchy blog names are the best. You can look around online for inspiration or check out Thesaurus for fab ways to play with words. Your blog readers will never forget your blog if it comes with great content and a catchy name.

 

Go for a .com domain

I always advise people to go for a .com domain if possible. It makes the url flow easier and it helps your blog readers remember your blog name faster. Also, .com domains are more universally accepted.

 

Use your own name

If you can’t think of the best name for your blog, you could just name it after you. Many bloggers have done it and have become pretty successful. It all depends on your blog’s style and what you want. For those struggling with what to name their blogs, going down the self named route could be your best bet.

 

Inspiration is everywhere

If you are still struggling to come up with a blog name, you could get inspiration both offline and online. Tv shows and books are great for getting inspiration. My blog name is partly inspired by a fashion tv show on E.

 

Picking the right blog name is so important. A good blog name along with great content can take your blog to dizzy heights. If you like to hear more about growing your blog, then you may find my blog coaching service very useful. Send me an email to chat more about the service. All the blog coaching details are here.

 

 

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