HOW TO STAY INSPIRED

Blogging block really is a thing and it happens to all of use, so I thought I’d put together my top tips on how to stay inspired for those lacklustre days (AKA Monday’s!)…
Pinterest, blogs and Instagram…

If I’m stuck for ideas and inspiration my first go-to always seems to be Pinterest, it’s great to spend time (or hours) just browsing through and jotting down ideas for future posts – you’d be surprised at how you can get a great idea from something so simple! I also love to use Instagram and screen shot any inspirational images and keep them in a folder on my phone, that way if I’m stuck for ideas or images to  take I can refer to my folder!
Other blogs are always great to take inspiration from too, lately I’ve really enjoyed reading more lifestyle and advice posts and have started to incorporate it into my own posts. I’d always recommend taking inspiration from others – if you like a post put your twist on it but never outright copy another blogger as it’s disrespectful and just not on! If i’m looking for inspiration in blogs I always start with: Zoe, Katy and Jenny for some great lifestyle posts, AudreyEmma and Hannah for fashion, then I always turn to Kate and Sabrina for my beauty fix. I’m going to do a more in depth post on my favourite blogs and Instagram accounts to follow so I’ll start gathering up my favourites!

Capture moments…

Always make sure you have a camera to hand when out and about, I don’t usually carry my SLR as it’s too bulky so I always make sure my phone is fully charged and I carry a portable back up charger in case I see any prime moments to snap. Whether it be some beautiful flowers, a great store layout, your burger lunch or afternoon tea filled with macaroons, or a cute house/street – it’s always handy to have your phone to hand to capture these moments as you never know when it will come in handy.
I always store any nice pictures that I take in a folder on my phone for days when I haven’t got much to share on my social media or really I’m just in my pjs watching copious amounts of Gossip Girl (weekends only, promise). It’s always great to have pictures to look back on as it might spark a blog post idea! You’ve taken a picture of your lunch so why don’t you blog about your top 5 places to eat/brunch in London (said area), or you stumbled across a cute boutique so why don’t you put together a guide of your favourite places to shop – the ideas are endless and you’ll often find inspiration when you aren’t looking for it!
Creating a space to work from…

Last year I made the jump to work part time and take blogging and freelance work up two days a week,  since making this decision I knew I had to create an office space to work from in my room as I wanted to feel like I was getting up and going to work almost (doesn’t quite have the same effect working from your bed!). I blogged about my office space here but expect to see an updated post soon!
I’ve recently revamped my little office area which I’ll be sharing soon, I’ve added lots of postcards and quotes to the walls to keep me inspired (picked up from Etsy and Paperchase), I also keep any new magazines, glossys and catalogues in my desk drawer so I can flick through them if I feel like I’m lacking ideas one day. I also popped up a chalk board above my desk for those lightbulb moments (on those rare occasions that they occur, haha.)

Make notes…

I always keep a notebook or my phone on my bedside cabinet as I always find I’m super creative or bursting with ideas really late at night (helpful!) so it’s good to have something to hand to jot down my ideas. The other night me and Rob were in bed and I was typing away in my phone putting down ideas for blog posts at gone midnight… crazy woman! Sometimes you just have those moments though where the idea comes to you and it’s best to write it all down to get it out of your head so you can relax then come back to it another day with a clearer head ready to turn it into a post.

 Take a step back…

I find this so important being a blogger, sometimes you get so wrapped up in producing content and forever coming up with new ideas it all becomes a bit much and that’s often when I find the blogging block comes along – when you’re trying to force the ideas out. It’s great to take a step back, whether it’s a hot bubble bath to indulge in a good book or taking some time off (don’t worry people aren’t going to think you’ve fallen off the radar if you take some time off blogging – it does you good and you’re readers will always support your decisions). 

What are your top tips on staying inspired? I’d love to know!

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5 Comments

  1. claireysweetie 23rd January 2015 / 1:41 pm

    …Pretty much everything you said! I go through weeks and months where I have it all planned and then I suddenly find myself without anything and it's those times where I do just what you pointed out above.
    Really great post!

    Claire x

  2. Hazzie M 24th January 2015 / 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the tips.. I'm going through a serious bought of bloggers block right now.. I feel like I have so many ideas but refrain from posting them because my photography isn't up to scratch! I think I need to just get stuck in!

    All the best
    Harriet x clearcutfashion.co.uk

    • Hayley Rubery 1st February 2015 / 5:38 pm

      No problems lovely, we all have it – it's horrible! Sometimes it's good to take a step back though and come back with new ideas and inspiration! x

  3. sophiecliff 1st February 2015 / 7:23 pm

    This is brilliant – saving for future blogger's block reference!!!

    sophiecliff.wordpress.com

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