Blog writing is a brain-intensive activity and as such you’ll always need to keep your creative juices flowing.
Your creative juices can run dry, and that’s when looking for inspiration comes in handy.
Finding something that inspires you to write for your blog is a sure way to keep out writer’s block and keep up your blog’s momentum.
Here you’ll find 5 ways you can use to find that much-needed inspiration even when you don’t feel like typing a single word.
1.Read Through Your Favorites
We all have something that we love or enjoy reading. It could be your favorite blog, magazine, book, author, etc. The reason you love reading them is because you always find something valuable and that inspires you.
Get a hold of your favorite book or magazine and read through it. Check out your feed reader or visit your favorite blogs. Check out the latest piece by your favorite author. You’ll find something that inspires and sparks a creative idea in you.
You don’t have to limit yourself to only reading what is directly in your niche or industry. There’s so much that goes on outside of your niche.
Read wider as you relate to your own specialties. That’s a great way to develop fresh and unique ideas since it broadens your perspectives.
2.Your Favorite Online Hangouts
Where do you regularly hangout when online? Forums, social media sites, etc are all great to find and interact with like-minded people. Talking to others is the best way to get inspired.
Visit twitter, Facebook, google plus, etc and join the conversations. The key here is to listen and discover what your audience loves talking about. Let your followers and fans inspire you.
Forum discussions are great to find questions or issues that are bugging your audience. You can easily turn these into blog topic ideas. Furthermore, joining such discussions will always boost your confidence as it brings out your expertise.
3.Look Into Your “Idea Bank”
I normally keep a notebook where I jot down all the ideas that I come across. This becomes handy since I can always refer to it any time I’m looking to write something for my blog or a client. My notebook has a big list of topic ideas and I like to call it my “idea bank”.
I know many bloggers do this. You don’t necessarily need to have a notebook like I do, but you do need to have somewhere where you take note of your ideas as they emerge. There’re lots of mobile phone apps and PC software like evernote that can help in this respect.
If you always maintain a list of ideas, then this is the time to revisit it. You’ll most likely come across a forgotten idea that you can refine into something useful. You can also merge two or more ideas into one grand idea.
4. Check Your Web Analytics Reports
Using your web analytics, you can learn so much about your audience. Free tools like Google analytics can tell you which contents your visitors love interacting with, how they discover your content ( keywords they use to find you ), how they behave once on your blog, etc.
These are all clues that can inspire great ideas for your latest blog posts. For instance, by identifying your best performing content you can come up with related content based on what your readers enjoy.
5. Take a Break – Refresh Your Mind
Taking a break from your blogging chores is a great way to refill your creative juices. Sometimes forcing yourself to write when nothing seems to be happening will actually work against you.
Take a break and do something else you enjoy. I find recreational activities to be very inspiring and refreshing to the mind. There’re many different types of recreational activities – both indoor and outdoor – that you can indulge in. Think of sports, indoor games, entertainment, etc.
Even just running to the grocery store and back can be enough to recharge your brain cells.
The important thing here is to do something else that you love. You’ll definitely find it inspiring leading to great ideas to blog about. You don’t have to beat yourself so hard. Sometimes the best things happen to us when we relax and just take it easy.