Writer’s block. I promise you, it plagues us all.
We’ve all experienced the times where we know a blog post needs to be written, but it just seems the words or the content isn’t coming. The due dates are approaching, your goal of two to three posts this week is seeming to be locked up somewhere inside a deep, dark tunnel.
My friends, I have come to you this day with salvation. The light at the end of the tunnel. It’s Periscope. Fight writer’s block with Periscope.
Now before we begin I must offer a disclaimer. Periscope will not permanently heal all writer’s block, however it does heal the wounds and make the blows a little bit easier!
I had someone ask me in one of my Q&A Afternoon Answers sessions, “Blake, how do you come up with blogging ideas.” My immediate response was Periscope!
Periscope is a Great Listening Tool
You hear talk all the time about “social listening”. Periscope has magnified that terminology. It allows us to talk one to one to our audience in an interactive format. There’s no other platform that offers this. It’s only through video and it’s usage in Periscope with the comments that allows this to happen. The last FOUR of my blog posts have been questions answered straight from Periscope. When people come to my scopes, they ask their questions, I answer them, write down their questions, and turn it in to a blog post! How cool is that!? How can you have writer’s block when your audience is DIRECTLY giving you questions!?
You can’t fail at this either. You know when you’re writing out the new content inspired by Periscope questions, that your audience will SOAK IT UP! Why? BECAUSE THEY ASKED FOR IT!! You can’t go wrong writing posts that show you’re listening to your audience.
Tips for Social Listening on Periscope (Click to tweet out a shorter version)
#PeriscopeTips 1: Have a notebook handy AT ALL TIMES when broadcasting. You never know what someone might say that sparks a blog post idea.
#PeriscopeTips 2: Don’t hold back answering the question on the broadcast. I’ve been guilty of wanting to hold back an answer because I knew I was going to blog about it. NEVER DO THAT! That might be the only time that person can hear the answer. He/She might not read blogs.
#PeriscopeTips 3: Watch your own replays. This may seem silly, but let’s face it, you missed comments. What if one of those comments you missed had a KILLER blog post idea in it? Convinced? Watch your own replays.
#PeriscopeTips 4: Listen to people in other people’s broadcasts. I’ve often times been reading through the comments on someone else’s broadcast and wrote down a blog idea. Try it, you’ll be surprised!
What do you think? Do you use Periscope to help inspire and fight writer’s block? Let me know how in the comments below or on Twitter @blakec432.