People often ask me how I find the inspiration for enough content to post 5 times a week here in Land of Marvels. In truth, there are plenty of times when I run out of inspiration but I’ve found a way to work around that by keeping a running list of ideas and digging into that list when I’m feeling low on ideas. Blogging is hard, and especially if you post consistently, it’s hard to keep ideas flowing long term. So today in our #BloggingDesk series, I’m sharing my best tips for how to find blogging inspiration and keep your ideas flowing for the long haul!
To start, my biggest life-saver for keeping my blog running even when I’m short on inspiration or really busy in my personal life is to schedule posts ahead. I try to keep posts scheduled for at least a week or two out, sometimes more. This way, I’m always ahead of the game and not searching for inspiration the day of a post which makes it harder. I also keep a running list of ideas as I mentioned above. I actually keep many – one on my phone, one on my computer and sometimes just jotted down wherever I am if I think of something. This way, I have a constant on-going list of ideas to draw from when writing blog posts.
But, sometimes my list of ideas is running low or I might just not feel like writing any of those ideas in the moment – when that happens and I’m running low on inspiration, here’s what I suggest!
Flip through Magazines
One of the first places I head when I’m low on inspiration is a magazine. Just flipping through graphics or articles always helps me get new ideas. I’m not saying copy their ideas at all, but certain photos or certain phrases might jog something in you. Actually, I think advertisements are amazing inspiration as often they have quotes or phrases that might get an idea going.
Pinterest is another place I find a lot of ideas. Photos or quotes often bring to mind certain things that I might want to post about. Having images easily available to scroll through fairly quickly and the ability to save them right then and there is great for bloggers. Again – don’t copy other peoples’ ideas, but take an idea and make it your own!
Look back through your Archives.
I also find often that looking back through my own archives on Land of Marvels will jog my mind for ideas. Sometimes you might want to update a certain post idea or perhaps you have a new spin on something you’ve written. You can also go back and see which types of posts are popular or that people like the most and then build on that for ideas.
Set it aside and come back.
If you really are low on inspiration and nothing seems to be working, my best advice is to just set it aside and come back later. There are some days I’m really inspired to write for Land of Marvels and other days that I’m just not, no matter how hard I try. So write when you feel that inspiration, and write a bunch of posts and schedule them ahead, and then if you’re not feeling inspired, set it all aside and come back later.
The one thing that always inspires me to write is travel! So when in doubt, do what you love and you’ll be sure to find inspiration to write about!
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