The longer you pen your personal or business blog, the more you’ll come to realize that it’s something of a labor of love. Even if you are passionate about your subject matter and you make every effort to keep up with related happenings and publications, you’ll no doubt reach a point where you start to have trouble finding new things to talk about, or even new ways to address familiar subject matter. In short, your blog posts could start to get stale, you might begin to feel burned out, and you could even face the dreaded writer’s block that so many colleagues complain about. So how can you avoid this scenario and continue to write the compelling content your readers have grown to expect? Here are just a few good places to seek out new inspiration for your blog.
- News media. The news is always, well, new. This means that it could provide a constant source of inspiration for the attentive consumer. So subscribe to all manner of magazines and publications, read non-fiction books, watch news programs, and follow the 24-hour news cycle in any way you can.
- Entertainment. Movies, music, books, sporting events, and other forms of entertainment could provide you with just what you need to get your own creative juices flowing. Writers have a knack for shutting themselves away from the world and focusing inward, but that will be your downfall in terms of inspiration.
- Other blogs. You don’t necessarily have to scour competitive blogs in order to poach their original content. In fact, this type of sketchy behavior is generally frowned upon (even if it’s not outright plagiarism) and it could get you booted from forums, blogging societies, and even search engines if people complain about your tactics. However, you can (and should) read all kinds of other blogs, both industry-adjacent and unrelated in order to constantly digest new information that could provide significant and original inspiration for your own writing, providing cross-over content that relates your subject to topics that others might not see a connection with.
- Volunteer efforts. Some people offer tutoring services to underprivileged kids or feed the homeless and do fundraisers for shelters, while others plant trees, rally for the humane treatment of animals, and do whatever they can to conserve natural habitats. No matter how you donate your time on behalf of charity, you will no doubt meet all kinds of new and interesting people that can share their personal stories and opinions with you and potentially give you some great ideas for new posts. Plus, you’ll have some fun along the way and help others in need.
- Personal experience. No matter what you’re doing in your daily life you can find ways to use it in your blog. Whether you try a new recipe, join a sports league, take your kids on a family road trip, embark on an adventure to find a garage sale where you can pick up some incredible deals on items for your home, or even sit at a park and people watch, you might be able to relate the experience to whatever you’re blogging about. Inspiration is all around you and sometimes it even comes from within you. So keep your eyes peeled and don’t pass up an opportunity to incorporate your own experiences into your blog posts.