“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” -Edward de Bono
Whether you do it as a profession or a hobby, blogging is a very creative outlet. At the core it’s all about writing but you also express yourself visually through photographs, images, the design of your blog and, if you are a geek like me, even the code behind the scenes.
All of this creativity is why I do what I do. Blogging provides so many fun outlets that it naturally keeps me motivated. However, there are times when I find myself completely uninspired. Everyone is bound to find a funk that is hard to escape. It’s at these times I must work on finding my own inspiration. Here’s a few ways I get back into the groove…
- Find inspiring blogs in and out of your niche
- Sometimes I think it’s important to step outside of our own blogs. I find myself consumed by my sites (a downfall of having multiple blogs) that if I actually have a minute to read another blog I tend to visit the same ones over and over. There’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself but when I’m seeking inspiration venturing out into the unknown blogosphere helps renew my blogging motivation.
- Learn something new
- For me it’s techy geek stuff all the way. For example I’ve been playing around with Flash and ActionScript 3 as I prepare for my new job. It may be cheesy but throwing together fun little scripting animations like this one gets me in the mood to create. Think of it as an exercise routine for your brain.
Look Ma! ActionScript 3! :) Cheesy I know but it’s been a few years since coding in flash.
- You, of course, don’t have to go geek. Maybe cook a new recipe, try a new sport, fix something you didn’t think you could fix. Just give your brain a workout by trying something completely new. You may learn something about yourself in the process giving you something new to blog about!
- Look up inspiring quotes
- This is a favorite of mine. When I’m in a funk I scourer the web for quotes that are relevant to me and I share them via Twitter and Facebook. It gives me a boost to not only find that perfect quote but to share it. Getting feedback from my social media friends lets me know I’m not the only one that goes through spells like this. Two of my favorite quote sites are Quote Garden and Think Exist.
- Do some visual research
- Much like learning something new sometimes I think we need to see inspiring things to be inspired. For me these are awesome photographs of food or really cool CSS designs. Looking at beautiful things makes me want to create my own beautiful things. I’m inspired by what others are able to create.
- Redesign your blog
- I’m the type of person who likes to rearrange the furniture every once in awhile to keep things fresh. Call it spring cleaning but nothing motivates me more then a clean, nicely organized house. It’s the same for my blog. When I’m feeling uninspired I’ll take my hand at a new header graphic, rearrange my side bars or change the theme totally. It renews my motivation to continue blogging and gives me a much needed boost.
- Write about your lack of inspiration
- I’m always shocked at how much can flow out of me if I just start typing. Writing about how I’m having a hard time blogging or how I’m unmotivated always sparks something. There have been many times I began writing a post about my lack of motivation only to be inspired before I’m finished. The tone of the post changes mid thought and I end up deleting the first few sentences where I initially declared my inability to write. So the act of writing about not wanting to write gives me a shot of motivation to write. It’s a fascinating experience.
These are just a few of my techniques, I’d love to hear some of yours in the comments.
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” -Mary Lou Cook
Remember, your blog is be a wonderful creative outlet. When and if it becomes too much like work try a few of these tips to get your bloggin’ mojo back. ;~)