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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

List :: 8 Inspiration Sources for Bloggers


I constantly have a mile-long list of blog post ideas. I'm not the most creative person in the world, I just think I know where to look! The truth is, inspiration for blog posts comes from everything around me, and I don't think that only applies because I'm a lifestyle blogger. Here are my 8 favorite sources for inspiration, and I hope they help you come up with future ideas as well!


1) A closet/cupboard clean-out. Here's a peek at my 'new' closet. It's still not organized yet (at all) but I'm just glad that six weeks in, my clothes are finally out of boxes! I cleaned out my wardrobe so many times at my old place, and I can't wait to do it again. I don't think I wear half of this stuff! I'm sure that as I go through the process of sorting and purging, I'll come up with all sorts of ideas (for outfits or otherwise). Organizing anything usually sparks creativity in me, even if it's cleaning out my kitchen cupboards. I've found some resources for closet decluttering by other bloggers... Here's a quick to-the-point article from Already Pretty, some tips from A Beautiful Mess, even more tips from Nubry, and an entire series from Kendi Everyday!

2) Travel/Exploration. Close your laptop, turn off your iPhone, and get out there! Whenever I take a trip -- whether it's for a day, a weekend or a full week -- I come back to my blog with a handful of new post ideas. If you don't have the money to leave town, explore a park, a beach or a neighborhood in your area. If you don't have the time, even a few hours will do. At the very least, take a walk around the block during your lunch hour! Bring a notebook and let the ideas flow. Don't forget your camera!


3) Magazines. I always have my journal out when I'm flipping through magazines. I treat them as 'homework.' :) You may be surprised to see that the two subscriptions I have are for SELF and Real Simple. I kinda like to read about the things I struggle with (like my physical health or keeping my house clean) because those articles are the most inspiring to me. Even if I don't always follow the advice (er, never) it keeps me motivated! So, if you're a fashion blogger, maybe consider reading a food magazine, or vice versa... Look into something you're not as familiar with! I emphasize 'variety' because reading the same magazine (ie: Vogue) will only expose you to certain things over and over (ie: high fashion). You never know what you'll come up with when you step outside the box!

4) Other blogs. Don't be a copycat, obviously, and give credit when credit is due. But it's true -- another article or a photo by someone else can spark a new idea for you. That's the beauty of the internet!


5) E-courses/e-books. Call me a nerd, but I miss college. Signing up for e-courses and reading e-books (while taking lots of notes, of course) makes me feel like a student again! And the best part? I'm only learning about the things I want to learn about. So far I've taken (and gone back to re-read) three courses by Red Velvet (Blog Love, Dream Job, and Style Your Space). I'm currently reading Tell Your Time by Amy Andrews, and next up is Little Chief Honeybee's PR book (already purchased and ready to be enjoyed). Resources like these leave me with lists of ideas!

6) Pinterest. We're all familiar with Pinterest by now, right? Right!? And just in case you forgot, it's an awesome source of inspiration. I'm constantly pinning and going back to see the pretties I've collected. If you notice a theme, hey -- turn that batch of photos into a post! Easy.


7) Journaling. I truly believe that keeping a personal journal is super beneficial for one's mental health. It can also spark plenty of creativity. Write about your thoughts, your dreams, your world. No one has to read it but you! Then, once in awhile, pull out something you feel comfortable sharing and place it on the blog. I like to think of my life as a story, so I wrote the above title on the first page of my journal. What's your story?

8) A deep conversation. Sometimes, a conversation with someone -- whether it be a friend or a stranger -- sparks an idea. In those cases, I have to pull out my journal and jot down a note. If my journal isn't handy, I'll type a memo in my phone or scribble it on the back of a receipt... When I don't write things down, I don't remember them. If you're lacking inspiration, maybe it's time to call someone and have a good chat! It really helps to get the creative juices flowing.

One last thing... Remember to keep your inspiration organized. These two posts by A Beautiful Mess and Little Chief Honeybee have been super helpful for me. I personally use both a journal and a planner for my thoughts, lists and ideas. Find a system that works for you, and stick with it! Then you'll always know what to post about.

Promise.

18 comments:

  1. It's like you have read my mind! My blog idea section of my brain is a barren wasteland. I am off out wth t camera to find inspiration!

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  2. This is a really great post, I'll definitely be keeping it in mind next time writer's block strikes!

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  3. I adore your closet! What a great post, you always blog about such interesting topics xx

    Rose Eva
    SilhouettedBlog

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  4. I think your point about organizational techniques for ideas and inspiration - it seems like such a minor thing but my problem is often having too many ideas and feeling overwhelmed by it!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  5. i am always traveling. i keep all my thoughts and thigns in google docs so i can get them on my phone, ipad, or whatever laptop im near

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

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  6. I think your closet actually looks pretty great and organized! I get inspiration from blogs, magazines, pinterest and conversations.

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  7. Since moving and the whole baby thing, I have allowed my blogging to sort of fall off. I am trying to get everything back on track now (esp the pre-planning of it all!). SOOOO this was a great post for me! Thanks for the inspiring inspiration!

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  8. Great post really! I need to find inspiration sometimes. I like the idea of subscribing to magazines where I need help on. Although i usually dont subscribe to health magazines because I feel like such a fattie eating cinnamon toast crunch as I flip through pages haha. and ummm yes...pinterest. Best. I really need to start "journaling."

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  9. Awesome ideas, this came just at the right time! I always feel like I have lots of ideas and many of them just go nowhere because other things come up and I just forget about them. I will check out all of your suggestions! I'm so jealous of how organized your closet is now!

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  10. great ideas! i love that pinterest is such a great & easy blog post! so i love your blog & your amazing title...im a loud mouth too..i totally get it! xo

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  11. Hey Steph! It has been such a long time since I have plugged into the blogging world! I love this post so much. I am looking for new sources of inspiration and this gives me some great ideas! Btw,your closet looks pretty damn good! Also, I love that we read the same magazines! I recently started plugging into real simple, self, women's health a bit more this summer. I am frankly tired of looking at vogue only to see more clothes I can not afford and really sad and ridiculous views of beauty! You go girl. Love you lots!

    With Love,
    Yvonna

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  12. Your closet looks super fun! I'm not even kidding. Another thing I like to do from time to time is write out my post on paper instead of on my laptop. Sometimes new and different things happen that way.

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  13. Super great ideas...I've done the closet re-organization before and personally I love seeing those on other blogs too. Remember the show "clean sweep" on TLC...I loved that show and the closet blog thing in basically a mini version.

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  14. Great ideas!!! I am taking notes now!!! xxx

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  15. Great tips. I've found much inspiration when I am pinning some of my own things via Pinterest. I have several posts that I've been sitting on for a week or so.
    I also agree, give credit where credit is due, if you are inspired by a fellow blogger directly, let others know! Have a great weekend!

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  16. I love these tips! I think I will just go down the list and try them all! =)

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  17. that's a great list of advice, wich i can definitely use! thanks for sharing :)
    and i looove love love ecourses haha, i actually took that one from ABM!
    xo, cheyenne

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