All of us go through the occasional phase of feeling uninspired.
It could be creative block, or maybe you’ve stopped feeling interested in what you’re writing about. It’s possible that you haven’t had time to think lately, and your once long list of ideas has dwindled down to almost nothing.
Don’t worry – this is ok. It’s not the end of the world. You don’t have to throw your hands up in the air and loudly proclaim that you’re giving up doing anything ever again.
There are a number of ways to get your creative juices flowing, here are a 5 tactics I use to ensure I have an abundance of ideas at all times.
1. Change things up a bit
The problem might be that the subjects you used to write about aren’t inspiring you anymore. The best way to get around this is to do something different!
Find a subject you haven’t focused on yet that might be a little off-topic, even a little crazier than what you normally write about. Or try out a different post style such as an opinion piece, an interview, or a how-to tutorial.
If you’re worried that your readers will hate you for changing things up, it’s very unlikely. They read your blog because you’re an interesting writer, not because you write about the same things all the time. The only thing you can do is try, and see if it works for you and your readers.
2. Get some themes going
I have a to-do list app on my phone where I’ve listed my usual post themes including picture book posts, destination guides, travel planning, journal and opinion posts, and blogging tips. I find it’s easier to think of ideas that will fit within a particular category than trying to pick random ideas out of the air.
What themes do you normally write about? Are there any new themes you’d like to try out? Make a list of each category, and brainstorm a few ideas that might fit within them.
3. Go through comments or questions you’ve been asked
I often get asked questions about travel or blogging that inspire me to write entire posts on the subject. Some of these include how to book a round-the-world ticket and how to make travel your career.
It’s easy to be inspired to write about something when you know that someone wants to read about it, and the fact that they’ve asked you means that they already define you as an expert on the subject. Share your knowledge with the world!
4. Go through your archives
If you go through your categories or archives, do you find any subjects you feel have been skipped over, or maybe you need to write more about? Is there a category that looks a little empty and could use some blog post love? Or maybe you made a point in a previous post that you could elaborate on in a dedicated post?
5. research something you want to know about
I’m currently researching things to do for my trip to Bolivia and Peru later this year, and am jotting down any interesting websites or info I find so that I can compile it all in a post later. If someone else is looking for information on travelling to South America, they’ll be able to use my research.
Maybe there’s a travel question that you don’t know the answer to and have been trawling through countless websites for some information? The likelihood that someone else wants to know the answer to your question is quite high, so by blogging about your discoveries you could save someone else hours of researching the same thing!
How do you get inspired for blog post ideas? Share your tips with us in the comments!
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