Feeling inspired or finding the right inspiration can be very difficult at times when constantly trying to put up content whether that’s on your blog, YouTube or Instagram. There are periods when I’m super inspired to create blog content and shoot a load of photos and write and some days when I can’t even get a few sentences down or set up the ‘perfect’ flat-lay. Currently, I’m at the -super inspired- period where I’m firing out blog ideas here and there and brainstorming content plans, so I thought I’d share some points on how I find the right inspiration for my blog and Instagram.
- Fellow bloggers blog posts: this is such an obvious one but often people skip this when their trying to ‘find inspiration’. There’s nothing more natural than reading other bloggers posts and noting down couple things you like about it whether that’s their blog in general or the post they have put out there. Side note, by finding inspiration I certainly do not mean copying the exact same thing they’ve done as that is just not right nor ethical when it comes to blogging. As simple as it gets, if you like a certain prop they have used in their photographs and they’ve popped a link to it, maybe check out similar props like it, or you like the idea/concept of the blog post, note it down and then adjust it to how you want to write it. Also, crediting the blogger you got inspired from is a kind gesture but also let’s the blogger know that you’ve enjoyed their content.
- Put up content you’d like to read yourself: There’s no point in creating content that you wouldn’t want to read yourself as that would end up you forcing yourself to write and click publish to ‘just to have a blogpost up’. It can be quite obvious at times if things aren’t right with your writing style and if your not enjoying writing either, and your readers can notice this as well so the best thing to do would be step back and have some time off and come back to blogging.
- Pinterest Boards: I mean no brainier as everyone is literally obsessed with Pinterest and I mean everyone. I’m not going to go in to much detail about this as I have a separate blog post about Pinterest later on. But simply, make a Pinterest account, create boards that genuinely interest you whether that’s fashion and outfits, makeup and skincare, nail art, interior designing, exterior designing and literally there’s pins for EVERYTHING on there! It’s a great platform to use for blogging inspiration, room decor, photography ideas and also reading other people’s blog posts as you can link your blog posts to the pins as well.
- Comments on your blog posts: I don’t use this method often but when I do, its really beneficial. Reading the feedback from your readers on your blog posts is very useful as your getting a first hand source of feedback on what your readers like to see and what not. Yes I mentioned in point two that writing what you’d like to read is important, but also giving the readers what they want is too. For example, if you have a recipe up on your post and it seeks to get a good feedback and you enjoyed making that food and writing up that blog post, then obviously putting up more recipe posts would be beneficial for your blog and readers too.
- Set up a flat-lay/photo shoot at random first: This sometimes works for me and may not work for everyone but when am in a blogging block I just randomly set up a flat-lay as I would do if I was going to shoot a planned post, I set out my props and all grab a few fave products that I know will work nice in photos and just take a load of pictures, edit them and keep them. I use them as stock photos and just use them when I’m in need of a picture but the lighting ain’t great to take one or don’t have time to shoot some. Also when looking at a fully edited picture, that can spark an idea as well and I just get to writing.
- Time of the year/season: This is the most easy and obvious one but creating content according to the time of the year and/or season can be quiet appealing to your readers to read as well as it’s current and will grab their attention. During Christmas season putting up gift guides, stocking filler ideas, Christmas recipes and so on can be easy to generate ideas for. Along with Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter themed posts can be enjoyable to write as well and will attract your readers attention.
- Browsing Instagram: Honestly I get so much ideas from Instagram when it comes to blog content and just Instagram posts in general. Just scrolling Instagram for 5 or 10 minutes and saving the photos that you see which appeal to you on your collections and using them as inspiration for later on. Following people on Instagram because you like their theme is the way I do it as I want to see photos on my feed which will appeal to me. For example, I live in London and like exploring my city so I follow people who also explore/live in London and post frequent photos of the places they visit as that is what I like seeing, as well as flat-lay photos, beauty/skincare related and interior based as well. Hence why I follow people who frequently share and post content of this topics.
These are some of the things I do to find inspiration when am in a rut and a blogging block. Hope you enjoyed reading this post and comment down below any of the points that work out for you when in a blogging rut.
Ayse Merve! X