When you’re a blogger, it can be tricky if you find yourself in an inspiration slump. It’s easy to get down on yourself for not being creative enough or having enough ideas, especially when it seems like everyone else has ideas coming out of their ears. But the truth is, sometimes you just need a little inspirational boost! And there’s nothing wrong with that. I have a few tried and true tricks up my sleeve that I’ve found to be really helpful for me; hopefully some of them help you too.
Travel. Hands down, my favorite way to get out of a rut. And when I say travel, I don’t mean that it has to be a big, glamorous trip. (Although I wouldn’t kick a big, glamorous trip out of bed for eating crackers.) It can be across town to your favorite restaurant. But whatever it is, get out and do something. See something new. Find a place you’ve never been. Or go to one of your favorite places to recharge! Because I work at home, sometimes I forget that I have to make my own reasons to get out of the house, and I’m always better for it. It unsticks me every time.
Read. Books, magazines, newspapers, other blogs, street signs, menus — whatever! I find that exposing myself to lots of other people’s ideas and creativity really helps to spark my own. It’s inspiring to know what’s going on in the world, and if you can translate that into something wonderful and new to blog about, then you’re on the right track.
Take photos. And I mean, take them when you don’t have to. Take them for fun! Looking for a shot when you’ve got a camera in your hand makes you see the world in a different way. You look for color, composition, scale, and all kinds of other interesting things. It can even just be your phone camera! Heck, I feel like Instagram is one of the most inspiring things I do right now.
Put pen to paper. Living in the digital world, it’s so easy to overlook it. But I always keep a book (or two or three) of notes — ideas that strike me, lists that I want to make, sketches of projects, and on and on. So when I’m stuck I can go back through my notebooks and pick up ideas that I forgot I ever had. Bonus points for using some really cool, inspiring stationery (I want this one!).
Obviously not every method works for everybody. But I really believe that if you do some exploring, you’ll find your own way to get inspired. Maybe it’s food, or drinks, or dance, or whatever. I haven’t really found a magic answer, but usually one or two of these things will help me get unstuck. Hopefully they’ll work for you too! And I’d love to know — how do you get inspired? xoxo