How Can I Help You?

To My Readers,

I need your help. Over the past few weeks I have been doing some reflecting about my blog. Some questions I’ve been asking myself are:

  1. What is the purpose of The Crafty Afro?
  2. What do I want to do with this blog? Do I have any specific goals for this blog? (if you haven’t read my post on making SMART goals, you can find that here)
  3. How can blogging help my family?
  4. How can I make this blog better?

But I’ve been wondering how I can help you my readers?

The tag line for this blog is faith, family, and my craft corner. I’m sure many of you decided to follow this blog because you were drawn to a post that was written in one of those three areas.

Or maybe you followed me hoping I would follow you back and that’s okay too.

Either way I would like to be of some assistance to those of you that take time out of your busy day to read what I write.

So, how can I help you?

What topics would you like to read more about on faith, family and crafting? What do you like or dislike about this blog?

Leave me a message in the comments section or if you’re shy and don’t want to make a public declaration you can fill out the form below.

In the coming weeks and months, as I continue to reflect on my own questions and your feedback, I am sure this blog will change into something new and better.

Until Next Time,

E.J. aka The Crafty Afro

Posted in blogging, Crafting Corner

9 Practical Tips To Help You Overcome Writer’s Block

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Have you ever suffered from a case of writer‘s block? You keep pounding away at the keys hoping that a topic will come to mind. You keep writing and writing the same post over and over again, but you just can’t seem to get it right.

I think we’ve all been there. Whether you are a blogger, author or a student writing a paper for English class, writer’s block doesn’t discriminate.

 It seems like the more you try to write the more frustrated you become. The good thing is that there are a few simple tricks to help you overcome writer’s block.

1. Walk Away

If you’ve been working on a blog post a few hours or days and aren’t getting anywhere your best bet is to walk away  for a little while. 

Get up from the computer and continue on with the rest of your day. Who knows maybe inspiration will strike you while your out grocery shopping. 

2. Exercise

Get out the house and walk around the neighborhood or go to the gym an do a quick workout. The exercise will get your blood pumping and release endorphins that can help boost your mood.

3. Change Locations

Sometimes you just need to change your surrounding to find inspiration. If you’ve been working in the house all day take your computer and go outside or go to a cafe.

4. Listen to Music

When I was in college I did my best work when I was listening to music. I would just put on my headphones, crank up the volume and just zone out. It was just me, my tunes and whatever it was I was studying that night.

5. Read A Book

Take a few minutes and sit down with your favorite book. Get lost in the story for a little while. 

6. Coloring

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. It is a great way to relieve stress and get your creative”juices” flowing again. Don’t worry they have coloring books for adults.

7. Play

Step away from whatever it is your writing and take some time to play. Whether you play with your kids, play a video game, or a card game. Go out and have some fun for a little bit.

8. Take a Shower/ Bath

Sometimes the best ideas come when you’re relaxing in the shower or tub. In my opinion there is nothing better than a hot shower to calm your mind.

9. Eat a Snack

Thinking uses a lot of energy. Take a time out and refuel your brain with a healthy snack.

Final Thoughts

Writer’s block can cause you to become stressed and unable to think.  When you get frustrated take time to step away from the computer and relax. It will help you refocus and get you back on the right track. 

Do you have a special technique that you use to overcome writer’s block? I’d love to hear it. Please feel free to share it in the comment section.

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Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro