Inspiration is a funny one isn’t it, where do you find it? Where does it come from? Some days you’ll have it in abundance other days you feel you may never have another word to write again.
After attending Blogfest this weekend I have come away feeling very inspired just to write in general I loved hearing everyones stories – why they started blogging, where they’ve come from and seeing how fantastic everyone is doing, being surrounded by so many talented people has made me love writing this little blog even more and given me some big ambitions for the future!
But its also very clear that everyone draws their inspirations from different places and at times each and everyone of us will struggle, the words just won’t come and theres nothing wrong with that. A day or week even a month off writing is sometimes what is needed to then get back in the swing of things and luckily there is always lots of bloggers who can relate, pick you up and give you some great tips on getting that inspiration back!
So on that note I have asked a group of fabulous bloggers where do you find your inspiration? They are also sharing there top tips for getting out of a wordless slump!
Katie from life on vista street says:
“Sometime I have days where I really don’t want to blog at all. It isn’t that I’ve lost interest in my little corner of the t’interweb, but sometimes I have nothing to write about! I find my inspiration for writing in everyday life… A trip to the park, a good day at work or even a bad hair day are things that inspire me to ramble on for around five hundred words.
Life on Vista Street contains the general ramblings of this slightly nutty crafty mummy and some reviews of the things that my family and I find we like along the way…. Lifespiration!”
Lucy from Mrs Hs fave things says:
“I get inspired so much. I currently have a very long list of all the posts I want to write but I just don’t have the time. My main inspiration comes from day to day life. I try to write posts that I would like to read. I’m nosey and so I love a good lifestyle post. But I also try and write about things I am passionate about – my depression, charities and my experiences of miscarriage.
I find my inspiration from all around me but I am particularly inspired from things I read. Two of my most popular posts (Sweet Charity and Role models, feminism and blogging) were written in response to newspaper articles I had read. I am also inspired by programmes I watch, blogs I read, conversations I’ve had, things Little Miss has done and the list goes on.
I don’t often get lost for words or struggle to find topics to write about. But I do sometimes lack motivation and find that life gets in the way of writing. When this happens I tend to give myself the time that I need. I love my blog but it isn’t the centre of my life. If I need time away then I take it. I tend to find that this leaves me desperately wanting to write and filled with ideas for posts.”
Karen from Stopping at two says:
“Some days I don’t feel I have anything to say and some days I am too tired to be able to write lots, but I know I need to do a post. In this case I do something. I might go out for a walk with the girls – even a trip to the park. If the weather isn’t so great we will stay in and do some crafts or baking. You don’t need to be doing much but a few pictures of what you are up to says so much. These posts have always been very satisfying for me as it is making us do something, hopefully inspire others and create a lovely memory of something the girls did when they were younger that they can look back on in the future.”
“My inspiration is the fact that I always wanted to be a writer but never had the confidence, I was told by a teacher at school my writing was not creative, unimaginative and would never be a writer. She crushed me, one of my best friends told me on new years eve the secret of his success was not being afraid of failure, I made the decision there and then to start the blog I had dreamed of starting. I love it, have never looked back.
When I am wordless, I look at my family they are my inspiration, our life experience and travels always give me something to say.”
“When I’m lacking inspiration for post ideas, I take a step back from my blog and do the following things:
- Think about what I’d want to read about? What are subjects and issues that affect me? Would somebody else find that interesting to read about?
- I flick through newspapers and magazines to get ideas.
- Read other people’s blogs. I don’t steal their ideas but sometimes they give me inspiration for other ideas. There are a lot of bloggers out there so it’s hard to find original ideas but I think everyone can put their own spin on things. After all, we all have our own voice and opinions.”
Jess from Mummy of boy girl twins says:
“I find that I get an idea for a post throughout the day, which I then jot down. I will then develop on it at the PC later on. For example something will happen to me, or the twins do something that makes me want to share it. I also think of things when I get onto bed. That’s why I never sleep much these days!
I also get ideas to write topics from chatting to friends, searching the internet, reading other blogs and online newspapers.
In 7 months of blogging I haven’t yet had ‘writers block’ – in fact I find it hard to find the time to get all my thoughts into posts. I wish I had more time to get through them all. I hope it lasts!”
I’m certainly feeling inspired after that little lot, hope you are too!! If you have any more tips I’d love to hear them!