I’m not gonna lie . . . I have days that I don’t “feel” like blogging. Those moments are fleeting, but they’re a real part of my content creation journey just the same. And, have I developed an immunity to being affected by these moments now and into the future? Well, NOPE! Unfortunately, not! Those moments will resurface, but I’m determined to make them very temporary occurrences in my life-long timeline. In other words, I don’t tend to let myself get stuck in a rut void of INSPIRATION.
Today’s post will continue delving into those doable strategies you can utilize to help you when feeling a lack of inspiration in continuing on your creative path. The lack of inspiration doesn’t mean something’s wrong with you; it just means you’re human. The “blah” feeling about what you’re good at or passionate about doesn’t mean you’re no longer good at it or have lost your passion for it. Again, it just means you’re human.
But, being human doesn’t mean you stay down in the Valley of Inactivity. If I’m not mistaken, the content creator seeks to productively create in order to maintain his or her space on the online highways. So, bloggers and other content creators have to find realistic ways to keep their creative engines purring and headed toward their highly sought-after destinations.
And speaking of getting to destinations, let me just remind you that we covered 5 reading-intensive places in which to find some blogging inspiration in last week’s blog post, entitled Blogging Truths Be Told: 5 Places to Find Blogging Inspiration (Part 1). So, in this post, I intend to introduce strategies 6 – 10, which have less to do with reading and more to do with observation and living life.
Here are 5 more places to find blogging inspiration (or just plain old inspiration, in general):
#6 – Your Everyday Life
It should come as no surprise that I’d list “life” as one of the places you can find inspiration. Life happens and some of the best material you can find to blog about comes in the form of those everyday nuances that life throws your way.
There have been many times that all I had to do was look around my sphere of influence to find that something special that stood out in my day and was well worth taking note of and learning from. And instead of me hiding that precious jewel of knowledge under a bushel, I decided to share it with you on this blog.
Life can be so incredibly busy most times; but if you stop long enough to take in your surroundings, I’m sure you’ll find those shimmering pieces of light that illuminate those great life lessons that can send your fingers to those keyboard keys.
#7 – The News
It’s ironic that I’ve included this particular place to discuss. Reason being: I try to avoid the news at all costs. No, that’s not entirely true. I do check out what’s going on to a very brief level, so I’m not totally ignorant of local, national, and world events. However, I’m more of a “need to know basis” kind of girl. I stick with what I need to know and then chuck the rest pretty much. And, I deliberately do this in order to preserve my sanity, keeping my mental capacity on a healthy frequency.
But yes, there are opportune times that I choose to bask in the knowledge that mainstream (or not-so mainstream) media is willing to dish out. And in those instances, I can usually draw some inspiration to blog about. News can be relatable to our lives or the lives of others we know, so I can bring out content that aligns with news that speaks to me on some personal level.
So, while I may not use this particular place to find the majority of my inspiration; at times, it helps to get out of my insulated cubby hole and see what others in the world are going through. And amazingly enough, I can usually find that I (or someone I know) has gone through something similar. Then, I can totally blog about those commonalities.
#8 – A Life Journey/Process You’re Going Through
Okay. I’m a little partial to #8. My inspiration for a lot of what I blog about at Degrees of Maternity falls into this category. If you’ve followed my content for any length of time, you’re totally aware of the fact that I like to share the journeys and processes that I’m taking on in life. Content creation is a major one of these journeys. And right now, this Degrees of Maternity blog is all about the content — creating different forms of content — the ups and downs of being on this content creation journey and so forth and so on.
Here are a few of my current and past journeys (just to get the point across):
- Goal setting
- Book writing
- Creating digital products
- Podcasting/Audio work
- Content marketing
- Homeschooling/Virtual learning with my son
I’ve spent more time on some of these areas than others. But the main point I want to drive home is that we go through many journeys/processes in life, and they make for some of the best places in which to extract inspiration from. Seriously.
I wouldn’t know what to do without the life career paths I’ve chosen. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t do without them, because they’ve literally developed me into the pretty decent person I am today. Go figure.
So, take those life experiences that are leading you down some incredible paths of potential and blog about them. And make sure you include those uncomfortable aspects you’ve faced while traveling on your paths. (People like to read that kind of stuff. Let’s face it: it makes us feel better about ourselves and the stuff we’re going through when we see others being imperfect or dealing with imperfect situations.)
#9 – Children
As I’ve stated in my self-published book, Playground Instruction for the Growing Adult, children are some of the best teachers out there. Just observe them for a moment or two. You’re bound to notice those profound little life lessons that surface from children while they do what they do best . . . live unapologetically as children.
And if you haven’t noticed yet, practically 99.5% of Degrees of Maternity draws from inspiration that only children bring. Children are the reason I started this blog. So, of course, I blog about children. I write books about children. I create reading and writing resources and incentives for children. In turn, children have created many of the reading and writing resources and incentives I offer. You get what I’m saying here? Children make up the backbone of what I do in this creative space.
Just trust me when I say that children are very inspirational. (Obviously, you can see that I know this from first-hand experience.) So, take opportunities to learn from them. They’ll teach you a thing or two if you let them. And then, you can blog about what you learn from them or how they’ve influenced you.
#10 – Failures
Okay, okay. I just had to throw this one in here. And, it’s so true. Failures can be some of the most inspiration-provoking phenomena out there. If you happen to be like me about the whole failing at something experience, then you might get downright indignant, at times. To the point where you become stubborn about the failure and refuse to let it stick.
Like . . . how dare those failures try to define you and put you in a confined space where all obedient little giver-uppers go.
No, that’s not me. I might be stubborn to a fault; but when it comes to this content creation thing or family thing, or spiritual life thing, etc., I’m not good with lying down and playing dead. I use these moments to figure out what I can do to turn the failure around and possibly get it into “triumph” territory. It’s worth trying. And, it’s so worth blogging about.