Around this time last year, I shared some strategies on how I get and stayed inspired as a blogger. In recent months, many of you have been asking me a popular question: “How do you manage to blog every weekday so consistently? Don’t you ever run dry of inspiration?” So, I’ve decided to revisit this post with an updated spin to it!
Honestly, coming up with new content for a blog is usually really thrilling to me. I’m really fortunate to be able to say that I do what I love for a living. But don’t get me wrong — being a full-time blogger can also stress and burn me out. Trust me, I get writer’s block too, and I’ve definitely had my days of panic going, “what the heck do I write?” With that said, constant inspiration is extremely vital when it comes to keeping those creative juices flowing!
For those wondering how I avoid burnout and stay inspired, here are 5 strategies that I’ve found to be super helpful so far. Whether you’re a blogger or just a creative freelancer, I hope that these tips will come in handy dandy. 🙂
1. Have a clear picture of what you’d like to blog about, and be consistent.
I can’t believe Style Lullaby will be 2 in just two days! Time flies. When I first started blogging, I had no idea what it would grow into. I just knew I loved fashion and the idea of having a blog dedicated to showcasing my personal style, and that’s exactly how my blog started! While it started out merely as a hobby, I eventually learned that I actually kinda’ love this… and well, the blog grew with me to include many other topics ranging from beauty, lifestyle, travel, and even bits of my personal life. Thanks for enjoying the ride with me!
2. Find inspiration from other people’s blogs, articles, and thoughts.
In order to grow as a blogger, it is important to engage in other people’s content — this not only helps you see new perspectives, it also propels you to observe what works and what doesn’t in the blogging world in terms of structure, style of blog composition, blog content, popular trends, etc. I find different kinds of inspiration from each blog I follow, and from there, I build my own foundation to inspire my own audience. After just taking a few minutes out of my day to check out someone else’s blog or article, I often feel so much more motivated to create new content. Currently, my favorite blogger is Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury. She works with her husband to create beautiful photos, inspiring me to always keep creating and improving with my boyfriend! For general inspiration, I like to browse through articles on Bloglovin’. If you aren’t following me there already, you can find me here. 😉
3. Switch up workspaces every now and then.
Working in the same space can not only get boring and predictable, but it can also get too comfortable. I don’t know about you, but when I get “too comfortable,” I find myself dozing off mid-way crafting a post, or even just building on an idea I may have. Going to different places to work has really helped me to stay inspired (and awake, lol!)… which has in turn, helped me focus and pump out ideas & content. Some workspaces other than your usual comfort spot to consider include:
- a local coffee shop/cafe
- a quiet park with tons of shade & greenery
- a library with natural light & unique architecture
- a rooftop (if you have access to one)
4. Remember to take a break.
It’s so easy to get burnt out maintaining a blog. There is so much more than just the writing element to blogging — there’s also upkeeping of the website, taking and gathering relevant photos, branding, and the list literally goes on forever. I’ve always had a passion for writing since young, and was never the writing student that had trouble meeting the minimum page requirement… but sometimes, I have my moments where I just draw a creative blank. To keep my creative juices flowing, I have to take a break from brainstorming, drafting, and creating. Things I like to do on my “break time” include:
- taking a walk at the park
- cooking & eating a hearty meal
- learning the ukelele (just bought one a couple days ago and already picking up my fave song on it!)
- listening to music
- spending quality time with a friend
- laying out by the pool
Last weekend, my friends and I had a mini retreat out to Joshua Tree to see the milky way. There was absolutely no signal; while it felt weird to be so disconnected, it was rejuvenating at the same time. For once, I was able to focus and live in the moment, rather than checking my Instagram 24/7. Talk about a real break from work! 😉
Taking a break not only allows us to breathe in life outside of what we do, it can also spark new ideas! It’s a great thing to work hard, but it’s also equally important to play hard in order to truly enjoy the art of blogging.
5. Be genuine & original.
Originality is key to creating (and maintaining) a quality blog that keeps readers coming back. While originality is hard to strive for with so much content readily available on the Internet nowadays, as long as you’ve got creativity and inspiration, there’s always a way to put your own unique spin to any topic! I’ve learned over the years of blogging for Style Lullaby that the posts that get the best responses are the ones where I take the time to be personal — show vulnerability and weakness! It’s okay that life is not perfect and happy-go-lucky all the time; it’s really what you make of it, but people like to know that they aren’t alone when they are going through a rough time. So, don’t be afraid to be relatable… and be you!
Do you have any tips on how to get & stay inspired as a blogger? Which tip has helped you most? Share your thoughts below!
Photos by David Potter
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