3 places to find blogging inspiration

3 places to find blogging inspiration

I recently mentioned my blog inspiration board on Pinterest. It’s a secret board where I collect quotes, images, articles, etc., to help me when I am facing writer’s block. As I was working on that post, I began thinking about other places I have found ideas for blog posts. It’s funny how inspiration strikes at the strangest times and how quickly the muse can leave us when it’s time to sit down and write.

Since I’m probably not alone in this type of situation, I thought I’d share three places to find blogging inspiration as well as tips for not forgetting the ideas when they come.

Quotes

I love a good quote, don’t you? Over the eight years I’ve been blogging, I have found quotes to be one of the very best ways to inspire a post. For example, recently I wrote a series here on Design by Insight about social media strategy.  The starting point for that series was this quote:

It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time. ~ Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit

When I read those words, I realized how true it is but also how difficult it is to navigate the ins and outs of social media. Thus a five-part series was born from an eleven-word quote.

Some of the ways I keep track of quotes: blogging inspiration board on Pinterst, notebook, images on my phone

Nature

Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. One of my favorite posts I’ve written is Leaves in Corners. Nature can inspire us in countless ways — the changing seasons, a beautiful sunset, leaves falling in the breeze, claps of thunder and bolts of lightening, budding roses, fresh-fallen snow, the power of the ocean, the majesty of mountains, and on and on.

Ideas for remembering the inspiration in nature: Instagram feeds, postcards from places you visit, leaves or flowers pressed into books

Ordinary Objects

Isn’t it funny how an ordinary object can remind us of something important? Recently I was working on a post for another website and bubble wrap became my inspiration. Things like a sink full of dishes or a pile of shoes can be the start of a great post. Ordinary objects make a wonderful foundation for a post because they connect us with our audience, the normalcy of life, the universality of experiences.

Suggestions for ways to remember the ordinary: A to Z list of daily objects {this is where the bubble wrap inspiration came from}, take photos of objects in your home

The truth is, inspiration doesn’t always just strike when we need it. We need to make a point of keeping ideas for our blog posts. I hope these suggestions for finding blog inspiration have encouraged you.

Where are some unique ways you have had a blog post inspired?