Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Cure For Writer's Block

Writer's Block
Yes, we all have walked down that road some time or the other. And boy, is Writer's Block frustrating! Nothing comes in your mind, not a single word, forget about a structuring a complete sentence. And then we start searching for solutions. Unfortunately, most of the times we are unable to come up with a satisfied answer. So today I thought about writing on how to cure your writer's block, with the aid of technology. Yes, you heard it right, the solution to your writer's block lies with technology. The solution has a name too, Skribit.

Skribit provides a content suggestion service helping bloggers discover relevant topics to write about from their readers. Launched in November 2007 at the Atlanta Startup Weekend, Skribit has grown steadily since then, all the while adding new features. Skribit is pretty easy to install and works on almost all the blogging platforms including Blogger, Wordpress and TypePad. With their widget, you would be able to receive real-time, user-generated suggestions directly from your readers.

Once you have registered with Skribit, which is quite an easy thing to do and takes only about a minutes or so and is completely free, you need to setup your blog account with them so that you can create your own Skribit widget for your blog. The Skribit widget comes in 3 flavors, an older ver 1 widget, a regular sidebar widget and a suggestion tab. Although I would suggest you to choose between the regular sidebar widget or the suggestion tab. The regular sidebar widget sits there on your sidebar like an intent listener. Your readers would be able to write in suggestions over there on what would they like to see on your blog. And you would be able to see that, in real-time. And in case you want to save on screen real-estate then you should go for the suggestion tab. The suggestions tab would float around on one of the sides of your blog, and when clicked it would bring about a suggestion box where your readers would be able to input their valuable suggestions on what you should write on. The tab is styled with your settings of course.

But wait, this is not all. Skribit also has it's own community where you get to see the popular suggestions, recently blogged suggestions, popular people, groups and a lot more. Through this you would be able to gauge the latest trend and voila! You know what you should be writing about. So, simply register with Skribit, and cure your writer's block, forever. But don't forget to subscribe to The Chronicles of R to remain notified when it is updated.

[P.S. Picture courtesy : LOLCats]


9 Comment:

Julia Scissor said...

This is amazing! I write whatever that comes to my mind. But using this one can write specifically for the current readership of the blog.

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Julia Scissor : Glad that you found it useful. More such new ways to fight writer's block and softwares to know your reader's mind are on their way. So keep tuned.

And I am still scratching my head over the RSS issue. Hope I would be able to solve it very soon.

Julia Scissor said...

Do you email your blog posts to Blogger in order to publish them? I had noticed an email address in place of your name in the feed reader. Another blog that I subscribe to has similarly 'invisible' posts and even there I can see an email address instead of the Blogger's name.

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Julia Scissor : No, I publish my blog posts normally. Interestingly, when I preview my feed, it shows a normal feed, but in a reader, only the title shows up!

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