Blogging means coming up with a constant stream of ideas for content. Luckily, ideas are everywhere. However, you need to nail down your ideas when you have them. A day or two later, your “great” ideas can look very ordinary. If you just jot down a few words, you’ll forget what initially inspired you.
Here’s what I do, to keep both the idea, and the inspiration. In 5 Easy Ways Find Ideas for Blog Posts Today I suggested using Pinterest’s secret boards:
Pinterest lets you create as many private boards as you wish; it calls them “secret” boards. You can add as much content as you like to a secret board, and no one else will see it. I’ve got a secret board for each of my clients’ blogs, as well as for my own blogs.
When I get an idea, I source an image that same day. Then I pin the image onto Pinterest, with a quick description. This not only keeps the inspiration, but often produces an even better idea, or a flow of them.
The Best Source of Inspiration: Make Something Happen
Your best inspirations come from what’s happening around you. Many lifestyle bloggers focus on whatever’s happening in their daily life. But what if nothing’s happening? As I tell my copywriting clients who want publicity, if nothing newsworthy is happening, DO SOMETHING. 🙂
The “do something” tip works for almost any kind of blog. On this blog, I rely on my students for inspiration. If something’s challenging them, other writers will have similar challenges.
Let’s say you have a standard writers’ blog. Your blog is your writing sample, and a way for prospective clients to find you. How might you put “DO SOMETHING” to work?
You could give yourself a challenge, and announce the challenge on your blog. It could be anything. You might decide to:
- blog every day for a month;
- develop a new specialty;
- try to crack a new market;
- take a photograph a day and post it to your blog…
If you decided to develop a new speciality, you’d start by announcing it on your blog.
Viz. The Non-Food Writer’s Plunge Into the World of Food, Fashion and Eating.
You could say something like:
I’ve always wanted to be a restaurant critic, and I love to eat. I’ve decided to develop a new speciality — food writing. Share my adventures.
And away you’d go.
The key is: be natural. Describe the mistakes you make, as well as your successes. Whatever happens, whether you succeed in becoming a food writer or not, you’ve managed to generate lots of content for your blog.
Another Way to Get Inspired: Learn Something
A couple of years back, I decided to learn Photoshop. I didn’t write about it, but I could have. Anything you learn can generate content for you. You might even decide to learn something just to create blog content.
We writers can be insular, if we allow ourselves to be. Keep doing new things, and learning new things, and you’ll have more blogging inspiration than you could ever use. And…have fun, too. 🙂
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