By: Gary K. Pino, FMP As a group, my IDO Incorporated teammates and I have been blogging for a solid two (2) plus years now … and there has been extremely valuable and worthwhile information being shared with all our E-Newsletter recipients. We have even received numerous compliments and kudos for all the blog articles that we have published along the way. It has truly been an educational opportunity for all of us as well, as we research our weekly topics and put our pen to paper for the finished product. So why am I “guilty as charged”, you ask? Well because, every once in a while even I have a loss for words (I know, right) and get a journalist’s worst fear ~ Writer’s Block. When it is your turn to provide your weekly blog for our firm’s awesome website, you better be ready to meet the deadline or you get a visit from the Corporate Blog Police (me) – ha-ha. A lot of times, I hear my colleagues say, “Oh man, it’s my turn and what can I write about now that we all haven’t already covered in the past?” ~ OR ~ “I have been looking for something new and refreshing to blog about but …” Sometimes we all face having to come up with new material … but at the end of the day, we all seem to somehow rise to the occasion and deliver a terrific blog with new ideas or a fascinating story to tell. Now that I seem to be in the Writer’s Block valley, I was trying to figure out what I could do differently so as to combat this feeling or situation from ever happening to me again. After digging around and doing some further research on – what can I blog about when I don’t know what to blog about, I thought of the most elementary thing … and this is something that I would tell my five kids … and that is, “Don’t ever let yourself get into this situation from the get go.” That might be easier said than done, but here are a just few suggestions to keep oneself – just one giant step ahead of the Blogger’s writing game. Every once in a while, certain topics of interest may tickle your fancy, float your boat and/or get your attention but the timing just isn’t right to let your words flow. In those cases, take some time out to journalize them … either in a notebook or on your Smartphone. That way, by the time it does become your turn to write your blog, you’ll have a number of topics or ideas from which to draw from. Another area where you may want to consider blogging about is where your strengths lie. If you’re an “expert” in a certain area or have been studying something that you feel others may gain some additional knowledge from, then this could be your next blog topic. Do what I did when I was trying to come up with my blog article … I simply researched material from my favorite go to website for providing me with guidance and direction – and that is ‘GOOGLE’, of course. There is so much information out there, that I should never ever have this Writer’s block feeling again. Finally, cover things that are important to you that you feel will strike up a happy and healthy conversation; without being controversial. Try to touch upon or cover a common denominator type topic where your blog readers can connect with you and easily relate to where you are headed. Or simply think about creating conversations that could be shared with a vast array of readers. Until next time, happy blogging, and please do share some of your blog writer’s block remedies with me ~ thanks!