Inspiration, where are you? I often sit staring at a blank page with not a clue what to type. Sound familiar? We all have days where we lack inspiration and our creative minds are flaking. Hopefully this guide will help you regain your blogging mojo and enable you to keep producing your kick ass content!
The first place I head to if I am struggling for ideas is Pinterest. If you aren’t utilising this platform for blogging and inspiration already, you really should jump on the band wagon (seriously, it’s great). Typing in key words into Pinterest for your blogging niche allows you to discover a whole host of ideas you may have never even thought of. Keeping inspiration boards on Pinterest is also really helpful, you can head back to them whenever you feel your creativity running low! If you need help getting started with Pinterest, ellduclos has some fab posts (which will also help with using Pinterest for blog traffic)!
What’s popular in your niche at the moment?
I personally find a big help when trying to plan my blog posts is looking at what other blogger’s are currently writing about. Once I gather ideas about what’s hot in blogging at the moment, it can allow you to draw your own ideas together and create original content drawn from the inspiration of other online creators! Read other people’s posts and try to get a sense of topics you both enjoy reading and writing about.
Take a break
Like everything in life, you can over do it. Taking a small break from blogging may help you to explore more ideas for future posts and establish what sort of topics you want to write about. I always find a little time away from a task and coming back to it with a fresh mind can do the world of good.
I have my blog post’s planned currently up until mid March. Having a schedule and knowing what posts are due to be posted can help you focus on creating quality content, rather than finding a topic to write about. I use a planner to keep all my ideas and post dates written down and in one place, it really does help!
I am one of those people who makes lists for absolutely everything. It helps me to organise my thoughts and draw ideas together. I have a notebook purely for blog post ideas and I try to roughly plan out each one before beginning to write it. I find this helps, especially by having lists for each of your blog categories. This cactus notebook is so adorable, and so is this Sass & Belle one! (A cute notebook always helps).
Tip: Keep a list in the ‘notes’ section of your phone in case you have some unexpected inspiration whilst out and about, this always helps to ensure no bright idea goes to waste!
The right environment
For me, if my surroundings are cluttered my mind gets cluttered. Try tidying your room and clearing your desk space (no, working from your bed isn’t always the best place to generate ideas and may make you procrastinate!). Come back to your writing after a little breather and start your ideas flowing again.
There are plenty of reading resources out there that are bursting full of ideas. Have a read of some books and magazines relevant to your blog’s niche and you may just find that lightbulb idea!
I hope some of these tips may help you get back into blogging and keep on creating great content!