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15 inspirations for blogging like a pro

I compiled this list when I first started blogging.

The inspiration came from all over the place. In my effort to become a human-sized sponge and absorb as much blogging advice as possible, I scoured books, e-courses, and even random articles or posts for things that might help me in my quest to become the world’s most exciting new internet sensation.

After a few months, I realised that this list had assisted me in pulling through to become a better, smarter, and stronger blogger. At times when I felt stressed or uninspired, I referred to this list for an instant dose of creativity.

Here are 15 inspirations I’ve used to get my blog to where it is today.


1. create SOMETHING AMAZING

People are constantly looking for things to amaze them. There’s a reason YouTube videos of a guy walking on a tightrope walking between two tall buildings or being shot out of a cannon into a tiny pool of water are some of the most popular on the internet.

When we see a baby panda sneeze or watch a lion that reunite with its former owner after years of being apart (don’t pretend you haven’t watched these, I know you have), it makes us all feel a little more alive inside. So tell your readers a crazy fact that they haven’t heard before or show them something spectacular.

Ruska Street Backyard, Wroclaw

Street art in Ruska Street Backyard, Wroclaw

2. Be original

I mentioned this point in 7 crucial mistakes travel bloggers make, but I feel it’s super important!

There’s a serious lack of originality in blogs. What will make yours stand out from the rest? Embrace those quirks that make you unique and display it proudly in everything you do!

3. Write in first or second person

Write for a particular reader. Write as if you’re talking to a friend. Write as though you’re telling a story to someone you know.

Use me, I, you, and we in your posts so that your reader feels like you are speaking directly to them. It’s much more compelling to read a story when it feels as if it’s being told directly to you instead of being written for the masses.

Camperdown street art, Sydney

Street art in Sydney’s Inner West

4. Build relationships

Networking is one of the most important parts of becoming a blogger. Go out of your way to find other people in your industry, comment on their posts, connect with them on their social media accounts, and build friendships.

You never know when these relationships will come in handy down the track. You might be able to cross promote between your blogs, you could run into them at a conference, or maybe they’ll introduce you to a vital contact in your industry. Plus, isn’t it fun to have like-minded people to joke with and complain to?

5. Be exciting

There are many parts of most people’s lives that are pretty damn boring. Working in a dead-end job, queueing up at a grocery store, waiting for a doctor’s appointment… the list goes on.

During these mediocre times, they might be looking to discover a story or photo that will lift their mood and forget that they are in such a drab situation. So be exciting! Write in a way that might perk up someone’s life, if only for a moment.

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Blue Mountains, Australia

6. BE INSPIRATIONAL

Draw out some emotions by telling a heartfelt story about a time that you volunteered at an orphanage or hiked to the top of a tall mountain. Explain how it made you feel and why you think others should try something similar. Be the person that inspires your readers to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.

7. Tell a story

Think about the reason why you might read novels, watch your favourite TV drama shows, or read articles in magazines and newspapers? Most of the time it will be because you enjoy immersing yourself in someone else’s story.

Stories are the base of most forms of entertainment, and it’s these stories that capture your attention and have you going back for more.

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Rowing out to Lake Bled Island in Slovenia

8. Create adventure

Think about it – most people who are reading blogs will be sitting bored in an office, attempting to keep themselves occupied on a train or bus, or doing something incredibly boring while wishing they were doing something more adventurous.

Create the adventure for them. Make your readers feel as though they are there with you when you’re exploring a new area, hiking though a national park, discovering local cultures or finding beauty in nature.

9. Be relatable

I probably shouldn’t name and shame, but there are a few bloggers I know of that consistently write as if they know better than everyone else. And sure, maybe they are awesome and maybe some people like reading about bloggers with sticks up their ass, but I think the majority likes to read about someone they can relate to.

Try to write from the perspective of a normal person, trying to make your way through the complexities of life like everyone else. If you can achieve this, you readers will love you for it.

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English Garden, Munich

10. Show your vulnerabilities

Yes, I actually want you to share your faults and flaws with the world. And no, this is not crazy.

Many celebs do this to be more likeable for their fans. Nobody wants to read about a flawless human, because in reality, people aren’t perfect. If you can show that you have vulnerabilities, people will realise that you’re just a regular person and will be inclined to learn more about you.

11. Build a community

People naturally want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This is why we go to rock concerts, attend protests, or sign up to social media platforms. We all want to be in an exclusive club of people with similar interests to our own.

Your blog is one of those clubs and readers will want to be a part of it. Build a community of readers by asking questions and creating conversation through comments, social media, or forums. Encourage them to interact with one another. Being a part of your blog community will make them feel involved and will have them coming back again and again.

New York

New York City skyline

12. Answer the reason why

When people stumble across your site for the first time, they’re going to be looking for a reason why they should stay.

Maybe your posts will inspire them to do something in particular, maybe your writing style is entertaining, or maybe they can relate to you as a person. You should think about the reason why people will be visiting your site, and answer that question in everything you do.

13. Offer something extra

What can you offer your readers to entice them to hang around?

I use my skills in Graphic Design to create printables for my readers. I then offer these as free downloads for signing up to my email newsletter, as part of a promotion, or sometimes I just randomly include free printables in a post.

I know other bloggers who offer downloads of e-books or manifestos, postcards, or even just a nice personal thank you email. It doesn’t take much! If you want to make your readers loyal to your brand, give them something extra.

Ash Grunwald

Ash Grunwald rockin’ out on stage at Port Macquarie.

14. BE A ROCKSTAR

This one came straight from the mouth of Sir Richard Branson. I can’t remember where or when I heard it, but it stuck nonetheless.

If you act like a rockstar, then people will see you as a rockstar. You might only have 20 followers or you might have only been blogging for a few days, but if you put yourself out there as though you’re already internet famous, people will start seeing you in that light. Fake it ’til you make it.

15 things every blogger should be doing

15. Always improve

There is no way you will ever get to the point where everything on your blog is perfect. I’m always looking for things that could be improved. The plug-ins I use, my writing style, the photos I take, or the ways in which I use social media.

We may not have enough time to fix all the improvements that could be made, but try choosing one thing at a time to work on. Your blog will slowly grow into something amazing.


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Ashlea Wheeler

Blogger & Photographer at A Globe Well Travelled
I'm Ashlea, an excitable Australian who loves photography and exploring the world. Find out more about me.

36 Responses to “15 inspirations for blogging like a pro”

  1. Jessie Broad

    Hehe, I am one of those people currently doing something boring, reading your blog to escape a little! Thank you for this post, it’s very easy to understand and apply to my own blogging, so thank you! I’m still fakin’ it til I make it haha. I love your work, so thank you again for sharing 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Glad I could be of assistance Jessie! I’ve spent much of my working life doing something boring too, so I love being able to help others escape the daily grind and get a little more inspired 😀

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  2. Mia Goddard

    Thankyou! Thankyou for these amazing tips! As an Aussie girl who’s trying so hard to set up a travel blog this has been a blessing. I’m hoping to dip into fashion and beauty too! 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      You’re welcome Mia! I’m really glad you got some valuable tips from the post 🙂 Best of luck starting your new blog!

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  3. Sanji

    Thank you very much!! This post really inspires me to be a better blogger 😀

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  4. Sandra

    Agree with number 9 (she says, while she secretly goes through her posts to make sure she’s not one of them lol)

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  5. Lizzie

    Love this advice – so much better than the posts that are all “how you can get more traffic” blah blah blah. I think the most important thing is to be personal and relevant whilst offering readers a little something – whether that’s inspiration, knowledge they didn’t have before, or a little bit of motivation!

    Great post as always, Ashlea 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Absolutely! While posts about getting more traffic can be helpful, it’s so much more important to make sure your blog is personable and that your passions shine through it! Without that, your blog would be nothing 🙂 Thanks Lizzie!

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  6. Franca

    Good tips Ashlea! When we started our blog we clearly had no idea what we were doing, it was more an hobby blog, than things changed and we learnt while doing it, it would have been nice to have some tips like these ones to follow 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      You and me both Franca! Starting out with blogging is like jumping straight into the deep end of a pool without knowing how to swim. As I had no idea what I was doing, I collected all these little tips along the way to help me create a blog that was worth reading 🙂

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  7. Inge

    Your enthusiasm shines through in all those tips, it’s very motivating. Thank you for this blogging-boost! 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Inge! Your comments make me feel as though I might have done a good job at inspiring people and this makes me feel a little warmer inside 🙂

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  8. Asli Bildirici

    I bookmarked this just after the first tip. I started blogging recently and this is exactly the kind of blog that I want to create. Even though I don’t know how to get there exactly now this post gave me confidence. Thank you for the great inspiration.

    Girl Against Oleka

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I’ll tell you a secret Asli, barely any bloggers start out actually knowing what they’re doing 😉 There’s not really any such thing as blogging school, we’ve just got to work it out as we go. So don’t worry too much about not knowing how to make it, as long as you can learn then you’ll get there in the end!

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  9. Vicky and Buddy

    I’m at the stage where I’m a human sponge. I started a blog a few months so I’m really trying to find my own voice while getting inspiration from others. Thanks for passing this on to us. Wish me luck! 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I love that stage! Though I ended up getting to the point where I’d taken in so much that I limited room for anything else 😛 Best of luck with soaking it all in!

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  10. Petra @ The Global Couple

    Thanks for this post, Ashlea! It’s a great list to keep on hand for when inspiration/the reason why I blog is wavering. I also think if you’re not 100% happy with a post, don’t post it! There’s nothing worse than having crappy content 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I couldn’t agree more Petra, crappy content will get you nowhere! Though there is a time when you have to just hit publish even if the post is only 95% perfect. If we focus too hard on the details, nothing would get done!

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  11. Wandering Carol

    Okay, I’m a rock star!!! What? You don’t believe me? Oh, well. I’ll take my 20 followers and be off. Seriously, this is a lovely post. The best advice – create an adventure. Words to write by.

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Carol! The rockstar advice is some of the best I’ve ever heard, thanks to Richard Branson for inspiring us with awesome words!

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  12. Cariad

    this post is so so so inspiring, thank you for such an amazing post!

    Cariad

    cariadjade.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Katie Featherstone

    Really great advice thank-you. I’m glad you focused mostly on how to actually write better posts and run a better blog. It’s so much more important to write something worthwhile and entertaining than spend your entire week promoting your latest boring but catchily named entry. I like your use of images too!

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Katie! I feel like there are loads of advice posts on the technical part of blogging, but in reality blogging is often about writing from the heart and keeping inspired and passionate! Sometimes we forget that 🙂

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  14. Stephanie Rogers

    Loads of amazing tips here! I’ve actually unfollowed people because they’ve given me the impression that they know better than everyone. This is a really inspiring post and has definitely encouraged me to be more creative as a blogger!

    thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Me too! I hate it when I follow someone’s blog only to find out after a few posts that they act like one of the ‘popular’ kids. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does, I am so out of there!

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  15. Packing my Suitcase

    Hi Ashlea! As you, I have also read loooots of things about blogging… but honestly, so far these are the best ones I have encountered so far. You managed to put all the major points in blogging in a very nice and inspiring way! Thank you for that… I think I needed this today 😀

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Aww thank you! I’m so glad you liked the post. These inspirations are honestly something I’ve been striving for since the beginning of A Globe Well Travelled, and once I revisited them after a few months of blogging I realised they’ve helped me through the whole journey 🙂

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  16. Camila

    Oh I’ve definitely been told #3 – I use to write like there were a big group reading, which there was, but realised people want to feel special, like you’re writing to them – and which I also want when I’m reading blogs – so I’m trying to switch my writing more!

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  17. Bella

    Great article ! I like your writing style a lot. I’m currently experiencing the same and try hard to get the conversation going. It takes a lot of time but in the end it’s worth it!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Travels 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      It’s definitely a challenge to get the conversation started – but once you do, it’s very rewarding! Thanks Bella 😀

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