Some days I sit down to blog and the words just seem to flow right from my brain down into my fingertips and onto the keyboard. I wish I had those days all the time! Most of the time though, I sit down to write, and I have no idea what to say, or if I do have an idea, I don’t know how I want to say it. Ever feel like this?
Often times I’ll read other blogs and wonder to myself, where do they come up with the ideas? Especially the bloggers who post everyday, where on earth do they come up with ideas for 7 posts a week?
This year one of my goals for the blog is to post more consistently, and at least four times a week. I have found that the more I write, the more I am inspired by events around me to write, however I still need some help. So I have created a little help list for myself. I’ve put together a little “Inspiration List” of sorts for when I get stuck.
Older Blog Posts –
Usually when I write a post, I don’t cover all the points I could, because I don’t want super long posts that bore my readers. So every now and then I will go through my published posts list, and somewhere in there I will find a post that I can give new life, maybe write the next chapter, or maybe even look at a different angle.
As I have said many times before, Pinterest knows everything! If you can’t draw some inspiration from there, there is probably nothing I can do to help you. I have so many ideas when I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed. (which btw, you can follow Sash & Jayd HERE)
Other Bloggers –
In design school, one of the things I was taught, was to gain inspiration from the work of others. We were encouraged by our tutors to buy decorating magazines and read decor blogs for inspiration. Don’t get confused here, because copying an idea is NEVER okay. The point is to be inspired NOT to steal the idea. Many times, I’ll be reading a blog post and there will be something that’s not been said, or there’s a different angle, or an opposing opinion. Sometimes it’s just a photo that inspires me, some of my favourite posts on the blog have been inspired by the work of other creatives.
Your Kids/Pets –
Now don’t go crazy, this is not a green light to become that crazy lady who talks non stop about her kids, or compares her furry life companions to being a parent. It is okay sometimes chat about your kids/pets, or some aspect of life with them, you can get some really great posts from this. I’ve seen interviews with kids, kids who have guest posted on their parents blog, parenting tips, posts about the real aspects of motherhood, the funny things that happen (and we all know there are some), .ahh the list goes on, but you get the general idea.
Your House –
Who dosen’t like to look at pretty makeover photos of someones house, in fact, if I visit a blog and there isn’t a link to see what their home looks like, being the nosey parker that I am, I get pretty disappointed. Share pics of your home, decor ideas, DIY projects, inspiration boards, posts on other peoples homes, wish lists, tutorials…again endless ideas!
Funny, weird, wonderful, special and crappy stuff happens to each of us everyday, find a way to turn it into a post. People don’t want to only read about your happy days, they wanna see all the messy stuff in between. Maybe you could write about a day in your life, your favourite place to shop, your bad habits, a place around town that inspires you, or the things that are special to you. (I once wrote a post confessing my shortcomings as a human). Life is the biggest source of inspiration you have, there are so many things, maybe you don’t think that you’re that interesting, but writing a blog is about sharing your story, and we all have one!
Food, glorious food! I’m always a sucker for a great recipe post. This one requires a bit of work, but I love reading about recipes and then trying them out myself, and just a little FYI, the recipe posts on my blog are also some of my most popular!
Obviously there are heaps of other things that can inspire you, but this list was just to help you get started. I’d love you to add any other sources of inspiration you can think of in the comments below 🙂