Staying Inspired As A Blogger

Images of perfectly groomed people tapping on a laptop while sipping a perfect coffee make blogging look easy! While it’s undeniably enjoyable and rewarding, over the long haul it’s actually a lot of work. It’s a commitment and a challenge, and there’s so much more to it than coming up with interesting things to post about.

Staying inspired is vital if you’re going to make a success of your blog, so here are a few tips on how to keep the creative batteries charged, and refresh them when they start running down. 

Keep a Diary 

This basic, everyday journaling tool is a way to create and maintain a deep well of blogging ideas. It also keeps you on track regarding posting schedules and calendars, people you need to contact, or those you’re waiting for a reply from so you can follow up. Looking back over months (and years) of entries about everyday events can spark new ideas for topics to cover, even if it’s just prompting you to think about how you can revisit an old idea in a fresh way.

Keep it simple. A diary doesn’t have to be an elaborate production that takes hours to keep up. A simple bullet point list, like the iconic bullet journal, works very well. Let it be messy if it needs to be. This is just for your own eyes despite the many gorgeous page designs and layouts you’ll see if you research bullet journals.

Stay in the Loop

Being in touch with other bloggers is a great way to keep the blog fires burning. Whichever social media platforms you use, connect with, follow, and support other bloggers in niches similar to yours. You can inspire them as much as they inspire you with ideas, insights, and knowledge about the blogging business. Most bloggers are friendly, helpful people who are willing to share expertise and lend a hand where they can.

As well as connecting with bloggers, join social media groups that share your interests. Travel, wildlife, photography, environment, mental health, fashion, art and crafts, knitting and crochet - whatever fires your imagination during your off-duty hours. Take part and connect with other group members just for the fun of it and you’ll naturally pick up reams of inspirational ideas you can post about. 

Get Creative

Getting creative helps you to be more creative with your blog. Not only does it help you to create content but also takes your mind off the stress that you might feel working on your blog sometimes. 
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Organise and Clear Your Workspace

It’s hard to find inspiration when your work area frustrates you or drags you down in other ways. Maybe it’s cramped, uncomfortable, or too cluttered? In a busy household, it may be a challenge to find your own quiet blogging corner but it’s possible.

Start with an idea in your mind of the kind of work area you’d like.

● By a sunny window?

● In a room of your own, surrounded by inspirational images or crafts?

● In a nook in the kitchen so the kettle’s handy?

Somewhere in the house will be a nice little spot you can call your own, even if you have to share it sometimes.

Don’t be scared to reorganise some furniture if you need to. Say you want some space in the dining room but the table takes up all the room? If you need the table occasionally, why not put it into a self storage unit and only bring it home for the special occasions when you have a bigger crowd to feed?

Plenty of people use self storage in exactly this way when their home isn’t quite big enough to be all things to all people, all the time. Rotating furnishings or other possessions into and out of a self storage room, depending on current needs or seasonal use is the next best thing to a home extension - and much cheaper.

Have a Schedule but Take a Break

One of the biggest inspiration killers in blogging is fighting for ideas and staying motivated. A blogging schedule helps because you don’t waste time pondering what to do, you can just get straight on with it. You could try organising different activities on different days. Say Monday is your writing day, Tuesday is your social and PR day, Wednesday is your research day, and so on. Or maybe shorter blocks would work better for you, such as mornings for creating the words, then afternoons for finding or creating the images that go with them.

Take a break when you need to. A blog won’t die because you take a day off and do something completely different. You may find that walking away from your blog actually stimulates ideas for things to write about. Jot them down in your diary so you don’t lose the idea, then move on and carry on with non-blogging stuff. You’ll go back to blogging with renewed energy after a short break.

If all else fails, remind yourself why you started blogging in the first place. If you’re not achieving your blogging aims, take some time to figure out how you can do things differently.

Creating a blog is a great achievement. If you can find your own ways to stay inspired so you will be able to guide yours to even greater success.
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