Blogging could be a hobby, passion, addiction or routine for bloggers depending on how may months or years they were into blogging. The ability to write continuously could be further influenced by the motivation levels, returns in terms of monetary benefits and goodwill etc.
What is writer’s block?
Wikipedia defines Writer’s block as follows:
Writer’s block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to begin or continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity.
Lack of inspiration or creativity directly translates to not having enough topics in mind to write about. And that is where Skribit comes handy.
What is skribit?
Skribit is a little widget that sits on your blog where the readers can submit topics that they want you to write about. They can also vote those topics so that the priority is clear. It is as simple as that. Some additional features include the possibility to comment on topics etc.
Now, if you chose to write about the submitted topic, you can directly link the related post to the topic via your Skribit account management page. This will help to alert the reader, who submitted the topic, that his/her topic has been written about.
The Skribit widget is available for WordPress, Blogger and Typepad blogging platforms and it claims to help bloggers overcome the writer’s block.
Does it really work?
I have no clue because I am trying it only now. You can see my Skribit widget in action on the sidebar of this blog. So give it a try by submitting topics and you could even try the Skribit widget on your blog.
The other thing I am not sure about is how does the bloggers using Skribit manage spam? Basically, anybody – not just Skribit account holders – can submit topics though fortunately, to post comments on topics, one needs to login to his/her Skribit account.
I was intending to write about how to overcome Writer’s block in yet another post. But the wikipedia link I mentioned earlier has some great tips out there that you might want to read as well.