If you’re a blogger like me (or a writer in any aspect!), then I’ll bet you’ve had moments where you sit in front of the computer, knowing you want to get something up on the blog, or get material written, but wondering what.
Staying inspired is one of the most difficult facets of being a blogger. It’s certainly not a magical process, where we simply upload a couple good pictures and the post basically writes itself! 😉 And sometimes it’s not a lack of an urge to write…it’s just the difficulty of narrowing down specific ideas that’ll give the blog a useful, positive, fresh feel!
Although I do have times when I struggle with ideas, I’ve also had times when I’ve been so excited and on-fire about blogging that it’s been easy to glean ideas from things in my life! I want to share with you what has been most inspiring for me in those easier times! That way, we can all stay inspired when the drier times hit.
These are all strategies I personally use! Enjoy!
How to Find Your Blogging Inspiration Again:
1 // Consider your life experiences. Really consider them. Not just the big trips you’ve been on or your most embarrassing moment (although each of those could be wonderful posts themselves!). But think about smaller experiences, too. Did you witness a touching moment shared by an elderly couple at Starbucks? Or how a conversation with your husband gave you SO much to think about when it comes to marriage? How about the way the book of Isaiah spoke to you during an especially difficult season of life? How you process and describe these situations will hopefully point your readers toward a bigger lesson or a useful train of thought!
2 // Explore Pinterest. This one needs to be accompanied by 2 words of caution: first, make sure that scrolling through Pinterest doesn’t take up your entire day! It’s got crazy pull that way. 🙂 Second, know that Pinterest shouldn’t be your sole source of inspiration – you’ll need to be careful that you’re not seeing someone else’s idea and deciding to do the exact same thing, in the exact same way, for your own post. Respect others’ intellectual property. But, with all of its beautiful images and focused, varied content topics, Pinterest can be a huge fountain of ideas as to what general topics you may want to write about. And new ideas can stem from there! Maybe you have a special perspective on a topic or an extra creative idea that you haven’t seen expressed yet.
3 // Pay attention to what you’re Googling. Chances are, if you’re wondering how to do something – especially if it’s hard for you to find an explanation online that you like and understand – then others are wondering about that too! For example, you may get an idea for a DIY post as you find yourself searching for a specific one that doesn’t exist yet! 🙂
4 // Allow (even ask!) for feedback. If you’re writing for yourself alone, then your feedback would solely be coming from yourself. But if you’re also writing for an audience, you want to know what they want, right? This can be a tricky balance to strike. You want to be yourself, but you can really connect with your audience (and your future audience) if you write to your ideal readers! But remember, we’re not actually playing the “be who others say you should be” game: knowing what people want should not entirely determine the feel and look and topics on your blog – it’s crucial to stay true to YOU! I love doing reader surveys and I always feel inspired by and grateful for your responses! I want that feedback – it is so valuable for countless reasons.
5 // Do the “over a cup of coffee” visualization trick. Sometimes, when trying to write effective, clear content for our audience, we get caught up in the formality of it. A goal I’ve had for Just Bee from the beginning has been to maintain authenticity of voice. Yes, like anyone, I have different facets – sometimes introspective and a little more wordy, sometimes more silly and casual – but what’s important is that I never stop sounding like myself. So try this: close your eyes and imagine your audience not as an expectant, imaginary, faceless entity, but as a couple of good friends sitting around the table at a coffee shop! And hey – if you’re anything like me – even imagining a coffee date makes you smile and feel comfortable. And most of all, it should make you feel as though there are countless fun topics to talk about! Life updates, your dreams, goals, worries, fears, a road trip you went on – goodness, even a book or dress recommendation! We’re all friends here anyway. Let’s act like it. 😉
6 // Evaluate compliments you receive in “real life.” Fictional examples: Perhaps you made a cute bracelet and someone in line behind you at the store exclaimed over it – then maybe you want to do a tutorial for that craft! Or maybe it’s on a deeper level – someone brought up how you just radiate joy during a terribly difficult situation. Then you may want to speak to that in a blog post. It could inspire and encourage people considerably more than you know!
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If you’re liking these tips, but you want to grow in motivation and inspiration for your posts even more…I’ve got an IN-DEPTH Blogging Inspiration Workbook just for you! In this workbook, I delve further into each of these 6 strategies with more explanations and applicable worksheet pages for you to fill out. If you’re looking for strategies and you want to effectively brainstorm blogging ideas, then I know you’ll love it! You can access it for FREE here or below!
How do you stay inspired in your blogging? What strategies have worked for you?