If you are a blogger you have most likely had that moment when you opened up a blank post and that little cursor stairs at you. The little blinking line taunts you, “write something…anything!” Or maybe you are like me and you just sit in your craft corner and stare at all the craft materials and can’t find that perfect project that inspires you. I especially feel this in the summer. The weather is beautiful, there are no holidays, none of my friends or family have birthdays, and no one needs 20 decorative bowls. I find it so hard to find an inspired project. I finally feel that I have gotten over my inspiration hump so I want to share with you
How to Stay Inspired to Blog
The funny thing about readers is that they can tell if you are not inspired by the post or project you are sharing with them. They know if you are being real. Because of all this you have to stay inspired to blog, to share that information with some one else. Really, if you can’t get inspired by blogging, don’t force yourself to keep working on it. Whether you hope to make money with your blog or its just a hobby you want to enjoy the experience.
Take Care of Yourself
One of the best ways to keep your inspiration fresh is to make sure you have enough energy to be inspired. Are you getting enough sleep? Eating well? Excising? We all have life stress that makes us less then the top of our game. Many bloggers work full-time, have children/families, have pets, own homes, and all the other things that can add stress and complicate our lives. If we don’t take care of ourselves then how are we ever going to find time and energy to blog? Step 1 of how to stay inspired to blog: take care of yourself!
Live Your Life
Blogging is very unique. There isn’t anything else that requires you to have a life to be successful. Blogging really is about what YOU are doing and the things that YOU are interested in. When you blog you are selling yourself and your ideas. If you have a choice between working on a post you aren’t inspired by and doing something fun and exciting, go have fun. Maybe your experience will help you find a project you want to blog about. A great example was when the hubby’s sister came to visit, so my sister joined us all for a trip to Disneyland. Our trip inspired me to share my 10 Tips for Your Summer Trip to Disneyland. I took the time to have fun with my family and led an inspired post that was real, unique, and relevant to real life. I also make sure that I schedule some “no blog” days in my week (usually Friday and Saturday). This way I don’t burn out on blogging, still enjoy my life, and experience new things to blog about. There will always be more things on my blog to-do list, so I choose to just take the time to enjoy my life outside of blogging.
Work on a Project with Others
One of the best things about blogging is making friends with other bloggers in the community. Working with other bloggers is a great way to be inspired and motivate you to get creative. One of my favorite ways I have seen other bloggers work together was a Thrift Store Maker-over Blog Hop. It was such a great idea. The host found great thrift store items and mailed them to different bloggers. The bloggers then had to create something new and fun with the item they received! What a great idea and I will be doing this at some point. Find some of your blog friends in your niche and see if they want to work on something with you. I would suggest having some type of idea of what you want to work on together, since you will be more likely to have the other bloggers willing to join you. This is a perfect time of year to also start planning your holiday posts with other bloggers. Halloween will be here before we know it. 😉
Look at Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
One of the best ways to be inspired is find something outside of the norm. Do you always post about parenting tips? Try posting some relationship advice or a fun hot-spot you like to go to when the kids aren’t with you. New ideas may just push you into exploring a new niche that you hadn’t considered before. This will also help you become a well rounded blogger and shows companies you may want to partner with that you can be inspired by things outside of your normal framework. I will still try to find something that fits with the flow and feeling of your blog but challenging yourself is always a good idea! When I decided to write my first blog tips post I found that it was an area that I was really inspired by.
Explore a New Product
Sometimes we get in a rut of using the same product in each of our posts or projects (I suffer from the Pick Your Plum disease, that’s for sure) so find something new and see if that will inspire you. Do you have a food blog? Try stopping by a local farmers market and see what fun items they have. A great example of this is when I purchased my liquid copper leafing. I have never used it before but as soon as I opened the jar, the inspiration kept flowing! Now I have created some of my most popular posts.
Once you have tried all the above advice and you are still have motivation problems, then just write something…even if you hate it. At least you put something to paper and got your brain working.
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I hope you have enjoyed my advice on How to Stay Inspired to Blog! Do you do anything to stay inspired? What has worked for you? Let me know in the comments!
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