Tell me if your website work is anything like this.
You set aside the time and make a Big Declarative Statement: “I am going to work on my website today!”
If you’re like me, you tell your significant other that you’re too busy to hang out, you lock yourself in a room or a coffee shop with a large mug of your favorite beverages, and you gleefully give yourself a few hours to bang the whole thing out.
Only…nothing happens. You sit in front of a blank keyboard for hours. You stare out at the window. You pet your animal. You get sucked into a social media binge. You analyze over some rogue technical issue that has nothing to do with actually writing your content.
Oh, friend, I’ve been there. In fact, I’m there now, following my own advice. So, instead of working on my own site, this blog post has come to me.
Most of the time, trying to force writing is about the worst possible thing you can do. But you actually do need to have a website, right? Here are five ways to help yourself through a writing block when you’re working on your website.
- Walk away. Go do something else besides sit at your computer. Go eat lunch, take a walk, take a nap, do anything but sit at your computer. BUT do not go and consume other content. Just go to a place where your brain can work out the kinks that you’ve added to it. I like to take a walk in nature, or go for a long car drive, or take a shower.
- Break it up into pieces. The idea of “working on your website” is far too lofty of a goal for anyone to accomplish. Today, I’m having trouble working on my website BUT I did get the structure hammered out. Now, I can set myself a goal to work on each individual page, which seems a lot less daunting.
- Embrace your shortcomings. Folks, having to write about your own stuff is about as daunting as trying on a bathing suit in a room full of size zero supermodels. It brings out all our inner imperfections and flaws. Who are we to be experts in what we are doing? No one is ever going to read what we write, anyways! This is an area where you truly need to be gentle with yourself. Do a check in with yourself and see where your resistance is coming from. Is it from asking for money? Is it from a fear of using technology?
- Hire it out I love working on other peoples’ websites because I can see their gifts in an unbiased way. If you’re truly stuck, there’s no shame in asking for help! I had one of my good friends draft one of my programs for me because I couldn’t figure out exactly how to sell my skills.