One thing I find from time to time when it comes to blogging is hitting the ‘blogger brick wall’ – it happens to the best of us, when you’re producing daily or regular content sometimes inspiration can run a little thin and it’s hard to know where to turn to to keep your ideas fresh, original and to keep your readers interested. I went through a dry spell a couple of months back but it was more due to personal issues rather than lack of ideas, but when you come back to blogging after a break it’s always so nice to come back and hit it head on with lots of new content.
I thought I’d put together a post on how I stayed inspired when ideas are running low, a while back I blogged 50 Blog Post Ideas which will help if you’re struggling content wise, I’ve had a tonne of other blog ideas since this post as it was back in February so I’ll do a part two – keep your eyes peeled for that soon!
Take it offline: Whenever I’m lacking ideas or inspiration the first thing I do is turn off my phone and laptop and get out a notepad and pen, if you’re distracted at home find a nice coffee shop to set up camp. It’s great to watch the world go by and get some ideas down, start to brainstorm, whatever you’re seeing or thinking at the time and go from there. You’ll be surprised at how many good ideas come from ones that you thought weren’t great at the time, sometimes you just need to push them a little further and mould them into post.
Turn to Pinterest: After I’ve sat down and written any ideas into my notepad, I’ll then turn to Pinterest as it’s a hub of inspiration for me, whether it’s images I’d love to re-create, recipes I’d love to try and share on my blog or places I’d love to visit (Pinterest is a killer for wanderlust!). Sometimes it’s best to just head to your homepage and see where it takes you, I could honestly spend hours on Pinterest and the ideas and inspiration for me is endless, a tool to be utilised for sure!
Find out what you love: If I’m uninspired I’ll turn to my Bloglovin’ feed where I follow my favourite bloggers and I’ll note down what I’ve been reading lately, if there’s any particular theme or reason as to why I’m reading the post or if I’m just being nosey and want to peek at their holiday snaps/latest outfit. I always blog about content that I would want to read myself so I think it’s important to establish what you enjoy reading.
Then find out what your readers love: It’s important to go through your blog posts once every month or so and see what’s had the most hits, even though it isn’t all about stats – the numbers don’t lie. Sometimes I’ll have a spike in traffic and some posts go down way better than others, for me personal and blog advice posts are always really well received so it’s about finding what your readers love so you can produce more of it.
I hope this post helped! Let me know if you’d like to see similar posts in my Tips Tuesday series!