Finding Inspiration for Blogging

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The word "inspiration" is such a buzzword these days and I can't help but feel inundated with the idea and feeling rather uninspired. I've always admired people who post a lot more than I do and bloggers who just churn out really original content. (Hello, Jaime! I'm looking at you.) 

I've compiled some tips that I've found helpful (most of the time) to find inspiration for blog posts. 

Finding Inspiration

Mixing up blog post content
Buffer, which is a new Twitter app that schedules your tweets for you automatically provided you write the tweet, had an interesting blog post about six ways to improve your writing, which had some great suggestions to mix up your posts.

Belle Beth Cooper of Buffer writes:

Experimenting with new formats and structures

We have a pretty good idea of what works best for us on the Buffer blog, but it’s always interesting to experiment with new content types as well.

Here’s a list of the different types of formats I’ve experimented with over the past few months:

personal stories,
opinion pieces,
how-to guides,
feature announcements,
link roundups,
posts about products and apps I like,
posts about books I’ve read
interview-based posts.
I think these are all great ideas but I find that it's hard to come up with different, new, fresh content. Branching out is nice for me but after a while, I feel like I'm swimming around in the same humdrum again. Someone please help me. 

Branching out my reading tastes

Growing up, my mom always told me to read different genres. While she still thinks I read the same stuff, I know that I read different types of blogs, as well as books, to get a feel for what's out there. 

Feedly, which is my Google Reader replacement, is organized into several categories-- design, DIY, book blogs, fashion blogs and uncategorized (aka all of my old Google Reader imported stuff). I'm not quite sure how many subscriptions to blogs I have but I've found that scrolling through the blog posts and even just looking at the images can inspire me. I once got a blog post idea from seeing a photo of coffee (no joke) and I think aesthetically-pleasing things or just interesting things that prod your mind can trigger thoughts and emotions that can become a diving board for a blog post. 

I think it doesn't have to apply to blog reading either. It can apply to magazines and it just turns out that I have a wide interest so I read Time, NYTimes, New Yorker (on occasion), Teen Vogue, Vogue, and Nylon. My blog post about the growing obsession with statistics was inspired by an article in Teen Vogue that was about how a lot of teenagers measure their own success on the number of Twitter follows and Instagram likes they get. However, I definitely don't think that you need to subject yourself to reading something that you don't like, though. 

I'm curious to see where you find inspiration from. Is there a site (or sites) that you find that keeps inspiring you? A blog? 


  1. This is so good! I have a lot of trouble with finding inspiration but this definitely helps! I don't make it a point to read widely, I just kind of do. I guess when it comes to those things, my interests are really spread out so I just find whatever I like and read it. And magazines do really help me with inspiration. Not usually for blog posts, but more for like personal ventures and stuff like that. And hey, I read Teen Vogue too! I actually remember that article quite well... Even though I read Teen Vogue mostly for like fashion (since I don't know if I quite like Vogue apart from the fashion spreads), I find that they have great articles about society and lifestyle as well!

  2. Yep! My tastes range a lot and while it's not something that I think about when I read what I read, I do find that it inspires me for blogging. I really only read Teen Vogue for fashion, too, but their lifestyle post in that issue made me think, "Hmmm what about blogging?"

  3. I love the point about branching out your reading tastes! I have to admit sometimes we become so rigid and only read book blogs that our ideas become so similar. Fashion and lifestyle blogs really have a different approach to blogging and it can really be inspiring. For me, I love to think so I get my discussions from just reading about stuff and seeing what's going on in Twitter. It could be something that I read in a book or something that just cropped up. It's kinda random haha but I never really actively seek out inspiration, I wait for it to strike me in the face.

  4. I'm similar to you and subscribe to a bunch of different types of blogs. Even the book blogs I read - some of them are totally different from my tastes, but there's something about their style or creativity with posts that appeal to me. I even subscribe to a few home DIY blogs - they can link party like no other niche!! Food blogs for the inspiring pictures - and they are good at coming up with seasonal content.

    Tanya Patrice


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