22 February 2014

Where to find Blogging inspiration, snare the writing muse.

Blogging is wonderful. The amazing people who share your obsession, curiosity and wanderlust. The experiences you find yourself emotionally richer, and possibly cash poorer for. The wealth of skill learning (photography, story-telling, promotion, networking, design and dedication). The feel-good audience feedback. The amazing advice (travelling tips, expat stories, recipes and musings on life.) All coming thick, fast (and with the occasional typo).
  
 
But sometimes, <insert jaws music here> the ability to write about it all dries up.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tumbleweed. Nill. Nothing. Nada, just an empty white screen and your cursor blinking at you in a mocking manner.
 
I blog 6 days a week which is crazy, I'll admit it, but I'm determined to stick with completing my 101 in 1001 goal of blogging everyday (well, 6 days anyway). I've tried to structure the week so that a) readers (this would be you) come to expect certain things on certain days (M: London-y stuff, T: Book Review, W: Foodie something, T: Travel, F: Roundup & S: Something random, it's the weekend afterall), b) one isn't stuck writing about the same stuff every single day (I certainly wouldn't want to read it) and c) when planning/dreaming/thinking I know how I can proceed with the week.
 
So that's probably my first tip: Pick your favourite topics/themes and use them in a regular fashion. Get into a subject groove, and don't be afraid to develop it into a series.
 
 
Next tip? Do lots of fun things. It's harder to physically do this when you live in a small village or are less cash rich than you'd like to be (I know I am...) but it's also hard when you're attitude is to let things come to you. I have a pretty boring job - whilst I enjoy it, I found that I was getting way to emotionally involved and needed a distraction to take away some of the pressure. Now, I make sure that something fun is planned - even if it's a random talk in a Library, a glass of tea with a good friend or watching a parade. Get your butt onto Twitter, go for a walk with your camera, pull out that dusty bucket list or make something interesting.
 
Read other blogs or join in linkups. This is one of my favourite ways to find inspiration. Don't copy them, but put your own spin on a blog post, respond to an opinion (in a positive way, no trolling people) or simply join in with a cool idea. I've always wanted to join in a 'what's in your handbag' post but haven't ever got around to it. Possibly also because there are so many loose penny coins in my bag that if I ever cleaned it out and removed them, my inner ear balance would be upset.
 
Take a break. Let yourself relax.
 
  
Stroll through your archives and write a retrospective/best of/round up post. All the best musicians do it, why shouldn't you?
 
Go through your draft folder and camera memory. Goodness knows I've found some fantastic posts this way. Write a 'what if' or 'how to' post. What if you won the lotto, were offered a dream day in London, or do you have a skill that you want to share with the world? Be brave, write that post you've always had lurking in the 'should I really?' folder. Offer to guest post.
 
See what I've done here...?
 
What's your favourite trick?

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17 comments :

  1. Getting out and doing something always helps sparks my creative streak. If not it also helps me to go through old pictures to get inspiration of things I may want to share. Great tips!

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    1. I'm the same - funnily enough I really struggle to write without the photos loaded, it's crazy I know!

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  2. great list! two of my favorite parts about blogging are the people and the endless amounts of inspiration and ways you can draw from it, spin it, relate to it AND the accountability - it gets us out exploring and thinking out of the box when we might otherwise stay home...but that doesn't usually make for very interesting blog posts!

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    1. ..unless you're really, really creative with your home posts :D

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  3. Uggh I hate the tumbleweed moments. "Getting my butt" on Twitter has really helped - such a good source of inspiration. Every once in a while though I also have to stop reading other blogs. I start to get a bit blog-shy/overwhelmed by great material coming from elsewhere and all of a sudden worried mine doesn't match up. Little blog fasts, we'll call them. But then I eventually get back to reading with a vengeance! And what fun it is after you've switched off for a little bit :)

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    1. Me too - sometimes it's even just the thought of writing the posts I have waiting which freezes me sometimes.
      I know exactly what you mean about being blog-shy/overwhelmed too.

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  4. I can't remember the last time I didn't have a pile of posts waiting to be written. But then I tend to blog two or three times a week and food is easy, you have to eat after all! Blog challenges are inspiring and I always start from my photographs, I have so much to say and not enough time to write.

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  5. I luckily haven't really encountered the I don't know what to write about as I started my blog to document a lot of past happenings, but I definitely have the "I don't want to sit at the computer and write/edit pictures/do anything" moments which I then just take a break because I want my blog to always be my fun thing that I come to and do. These are great tips though!

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    1. Thanks - I'm glad everyone enjoyed them!

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  6. Boy did I need to read this! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

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  7. I have such a backlog of blogging posts I often feel the opposite, I feel as though I need to get through them and post the photos up before I can post things happening now! Ahh!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

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  8. raton pramanik11 June 2014 at 16:31

    Nice write-up! Being able to write creatively is something not all of us are capable of. Count yourself blessed because you have a talent. Getting into the mood in writing does not have a set of rules to follow. ‘To each his own’ is what people say; however, a list of suggestions wouldn’t hurt.how to write a story

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  9. I admire you so much for being able to blog 6 days a week about set topics. I know from experience how difficult that is (well, I know from the experience of failing to do just that). Kudos to you!

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  10. But, I admire your talent for writing so hilariously - I worry mine can be a bit dry & certainly very unedited! Writing everyday wasa challenge I set myself for 1001 days - they are up this month and I'm super excited for a change in pace!

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  11. Thank you for your kind words, but your blogs are certainly not dry. I just write for the love of writing. Challenges like this are so difficult that when you finish you'll know you've really achieved something special. Congrats!

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