For those of us who run a blog or any other kind of writing project, we have all been there – sitting in front of our laptops with our fingers hovering above the keyboard. You know you have to write SOMETHING to post, but your mind goes blank. You’ve already covered all of the topics you can think of and have no idea what to write about. Or even worse you have lost the inspiration that has fueled your love for your blog.
These spells happen, for those of us who write we all lose motivation or inspiration every once in a while. But as a blogger, it is important to keep up with your personal schedule and ensure you don’t skip out on your goals, even when your mind is on the fritz.
This week I wanted to share some of my personal tips over how I keep myself motivated and inspired to write for my blog.
Keeps Notes Close
If you took a look at my phone you would find a page in my Notepad app PACKED with random thoughts, phrases, and haphazard ideas.
I always ensure to keep some kind of notepad (either physical or virtual) near me at all times. This is because you never know when inspiration is about to strike! Sometimes I will be lying in bed about to fall asleep and an idea for a blog post will suddenly pop into my head. Rather than crossing my fingers that I will remember it before I drift off to dreamland, I grab my phone and type in my idea. I also take full advantage of Siri when inspiration hits in the shower or during my drive home and make sure she plugs my idea into my notepad for me.
My notes make sense to me, but be sure to organize your ideas in a way that will be easy to digest when you revisit your page. The last thing you want to do is try to decipher what the heck you were talking about when you wrote “fashion cat pants” in the middle of a sleepy stupor at 1 am.
By keeping an organized, tangible resource of all of the potential ideas you can think of, you will never fail to have an ever-evolving list of ideas to revisit in the future when you are searching for inspiration.
Use Other Bloggers For Inspiration
You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Looking to other bloggers and influencers for inspiration can not only jumpstart your own creativity, but it can be an amazing strategy to boost your SEO.
I like to take the websites of bloggers I really admire or those I consider in my same target market and plug them into SEO tools like Buzzsumo. There, the software will crawl their website and show you their highest performing pages and articles.
Sometimes it is eye-opening to see what kind of articles your target audience resonates with most. For example, through my analysis, I saw that my target audience often gravitates toward posts around self-care and life advice. This was great news for me: I not only love writing about self-care, but I can feel confident knowing this is the genre my audience would like to read as well.
Now before you go through every blogger’s archives writing down each and every thing they wrote about over the past few years, understand that there is a HUGE difference between being inspired by others and blatantly copying them. Take what you are able to find with a grain of salt, if you see something that inspires you, never try to copy them word-for-word. Use the idea as a very basic baseline and work hard to put your own unique spin on it.
Make Writing An Enjoyable Process
Everybody has different writing styles and preferences, some people have set schedules while others simply write when the mood fits.
I personally have a little routine that I follow to write my blog posts. On a designated day each week, I will curl up on the sofa in my most comfortable pajamas, grab a snack, play some relaxing instrumental or lofi music and let my fingers fly. My writing time has become something sacred and cathartic to my soul. It is refreshing, therapeutic and a time for nobody but me. Most importantly, I truly look forward to it.
Evaluate your writing style and your own preferences to establish a plan on how you can best put together a weekly writing strategy. I find that if I look forward to my writing time every week, I have a much easier time finding inspiration and getting my thoughts out on virtual paper.
Don’t Force It
I have only been actively blogging for about three months now, but something that I have noticed is if you make writing feel like a chore, it will actually become a chore.
Sometimes there will be weeks when you are just not feeling it at all. You stare at the computer blankly, trying to think of something, ANYTHING, to write about. Maybe I will just write something quick over this? Or maybe I can BS my way through this topic?
If you are feeling this way, pause, step away and try again later. Forcing yourself to write when you are not feeling inspired or excited to do so will not only taint an enjoyable experience for yourself, but it will also undoubtedly bleed into your writing, affecting your audience.
I always recommend having at least a few backup blog posts written and ready to go for those weeks when you are just not in a writing mood. I usually shell these backup posts out during a writing session when I am feeling particularly inspired. By doing this, you will provide yourself the flexibility to provide yourself with a much-needed break, without sacrificing your blog’s schedule.
How do you find inspiration to write? Do you have any tips or tricks that you love? Share them below in the comments.