BLOGGER TIP: HOW TO FIND BLOGGING INSPIRATION
You know that feeling when you go to a store and fall in love with a piece of clothing? Well that happened to me the other day. I got so excited too as I thought it wouldn't only make a cool addition to my wardrobe, I could also write about ways to style that particular trouser I got. It's a win-win situation. I knew I had a few days before I had to post, got my boyfriend to snap some pictures of me, all good. I'm done early. WRONG. I then later realised even tho' the outfits looked really cute in real life, they were quite boring once put together in a blog post. So naturally I started panicking, seeing I'd be very busy until I had to post, I just had enough time to edit the photos and write the text for my blog post. I was literally sitting in my room on the floor staring at my wardrobe, thinking. What am I going to do? I either sleep very little, wake him up with me in the morning to take brand new photos- I know what you're thinking, what a lucky man ;) - OR I write a really boring post. Well that ain't gonna happen. So I kept panicking. Until that lovely man of mine gave me an awesome idea. Why don't I write about where I usually get my inspiration from, instead of running around trying to catch the right light to take nice pictures. Just sit down and write instead of worrying about sunrise, sunset, cloudiness or in my case, a rainy few days. So here you are my fellow blogger friends, I hope you'll find my tips useful! :)
1) ASK YOUR FRIENDS WHAT THEY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN READING ABOUT
When I'm stuck on what to write about, I often ask my friends or my boyfriend what they think would be interesting to them to read about, and I often get great ideas from them. They all have a different view on life, different daily experiences, so it's always refreshing to hear what they have to say!
2) GO FOR A WALK
And clear your mind. But most importantly, keep your eyes open. What do you see? Maybe an outfit you like? A specific colour or print that keeps popping up? Maybe you find yourself in a cute area that could make a cool tip for someone visiting London? A hair style idea that you might want to use later on? Anything really, it depends on what your audience is interested in, but you get the gist. ;)
3) CHECK WHAT'S POPULAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA
That's another very good way to go in my opinion. I get so much inspiration just from scrolling on Instagram for instance. What do people post about? Let's say it's summer, they are all on holiday. So of course there are millions of things that can pop to your mind immediately. How to take care of your skin, hair or nails maybe whilst exposed to such strong sunlight? How to keep your tan lasting? What are the best spots in the last city you've recently holidayed at? Outfit ideas! How to keep healthy while on holiday? There is so much to cover, and that was only one topic. You can also see what people are into at the moment, what activities they are up to, that you may want to try and write about. You might also see a product you'd like to try and write a review about? SO. MUCH. INFORMATION. That's why it's social media after all.. ;)
4) LET THE AUDIENCE BEHIND THE SCENES
This is a particularly good one I think. What it takes to be a blogger could be very unclear to people still, it really just looks like you are constantly doing something fabulous. You barely do any work, your life is basically a fairy tale where you get to travel, try beauty products, dress pretty and eat at awesome places. Not the case. I mean pretty cool job to have and I love it, but it's not at all what it looks like. :) Most bloggers for example can't afford to blog full time at the beginning, so they are-like myself, doing two jobs at the time. Or more. With blogging especially, you have to be extremely patient, as growing your audience to the point where you start making enough money to cover expenses doesn't just happen one day to another. It takes time. And until then, you still have to live and pay rent, so you hustle like the real boss that you are. Work on your post before or after your work and on your days off. This could be something interesting for people to know for example. Get real. Maybe tell them what it took for you to put that post together! Or maybe you've already made it and you are living the full time blogger life! Great! Then talk about that! How do you actually spend your days? What happened at the latest event you went to? Do you have an agent, or do you deal with your own collaborations? So much info and help to spread. Or in our case, if you are a model as well, then maybe let people see how a photoshoot goes from arriving to leaving. Or what products you've seen most make up artists use! Anything really that isn't pretending to be too pretty when it's not. Be relatable.
5) TALK ABOUT MISTAKES YOU'VE MADE-AND HOW YOU LEARNED FROM IT
Like for example me being stuck with photos I was happy with when we took them to then realising It was going to be a boring post to then having to do 4 full days of work where you either have no more sun light by the time you finish work or have no time at all to take a whole new set of photos. That you still have to edit and write something interesting. Happens. Not very often thankfully, but it does. This problem then became my solution, I decided to write about where I get my inspiration from instead of rushing to do something that didn't have my whole heart in it. Just an example on how you could use your own mistakes and share it with your audience. And also what you've learned from it. Like in my case, make sure you are 100% happy with what photos you got and that your post is interesting rather than panicking last minute. Ha.
6) GO TO EVENTS
If you are going to an event where you've been invited as a blogger, you'll be surrounded with like minded people. You may get into a conversation that will just get your brain to work. Or you might get a cool product in your goodie bag to write about for example. You could go to any odd event and get something out of it. If it was something you enjoyed, you could either recommend it, or include it in your top things to do on weekends in your city. Or maybe you'll meet someone from an industry that will inspire you to write about. Anything could happen!
7) KEEP A NOTE OF TITLES AND HEADLINES
I do this all the time as I sometimes have great ideas popping to my head at the strangest times. Like when I'm at work. Can't exactly whip my laptop out and start typing now can I. Or when I really need to sleep and I just can't because my brain is spinning. There was one particular night for example when I was watching a movie in bed with a glass of wine, and ideas just kept pouring. Weird. Why now? I was watching a thriller. Anyway. I got my phone out, and put all 5 or 7 headlines in my notes on my phone. It was actually great as the next time I was a bit stuck I just whipped my phone out and picked an idea I completely forgot about by then.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: HAVE FUN
Blogging isn't supposed to be something that you dread doing, you should always enjoy it. Even if it's hard work at times, I still find it very enjoyable, it feeds my creativity. You should NEVER feel like its a burden, you are here after all to express yourself, give your opinion and inspire others. One other thing I would advice you on: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. If after all these tips you still end up struggling to come up with something good, rather skip a post or postpone it for a day or two than publish something that you are not proud of.
Hope my post and tips will help you as much as it helped me at times, I feel like I can always rely on these simple tips when feeling stuck!