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10 Ways To Blog By Inspiration And Be Successful

December 16, 2007

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Sometimes coming up with a new topic to write about everyday on your blog isn’t easy, but having sources of inspiration, as well as planning your blogging schedule, can be extremely helpful for when writer’s block comes along and taps you on the shoulder. We all get inspired by different things, and having sources of inspiration can help us write some amazing posts and articles – so take some time to think about what inspires you!

It is essential to blog by inspiration. There are all kinds of things out there that will inspire you or give you ideas, in the online and the offline world. If you can’t take the time to be inspired, then how is your blog going to inspire someone else? Let’s take a quick look at some good sources of inspiration help me, many others, and can help you as well:

1. Subscribe to dozens of your favorite blogs using Google Reader. I like Google Reader because it is simple, organized, and helps me keep up with everything that’s going on in my niche and all that I’m interested in. Even more, when I can’t think of anything to write about I can look at some posts written by other blogs to get inspired. The keyword here is inspired – don’t copy another blogger’s ideas or content!

2. Read other blogs that aren’t in your niche. Yes, it is important to stay on topic. If you have a blog about cooking, don’t stray from your area and write about technology the next day – it’ll show your readers that you aren’t a good source for information. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired by reading about other things! Reading an article that relates to your blog in no way could still give you a good idea, so it’s important to branch out a little bit.

3. Check out the front page of Digg.com or do some browsing via StumbleUpon. Not only is it nice to take a break and see what’s popular in the online world, but doing so can also fill your brain with plenty of topics in which you can write about, keeping your content fresh for your readers.

4. Ask your readers a question. If you really can’t think of something to write, then create a post asking a question, talking about the a question a little, providing your own answer and opinions, and possibly including a poll. This doesn’t require much work but still can prove to be a very successful post, and it’ll definitely get the commenting community going – and besides, you’ll surely be inspired by all the eye-opening comments your readers leave!

5. Hold a group writing project on a certain topic. Starting up a group writing project and then inviting all your visitors to submit their content and articles is a great idea. Not only does it make your readers feel included and gives them something in return, but you get to read tons of quality articles which might actually give you some ideas for posts of your own. Besides that, you’ll be creating a great resource that everyone can appreciate.

6. Look back on some previous posts you’ve written. I’m not telling you to rewrite them, obviously, but instead look back at some of your posts from the past month for inspiration. Either form an idea for a completely new article, or continue one of the previous articles by explaining it in more detail or one of the other things you had mentioned in that post. Darren Rowse wrote a great article on this topic.

7. Inspire yourself by jotting down goals and plans. If you don’t have goals set for yourself or your blog, then now is the time to make some. Grab a notebook and start writing down some things you’d like to have accomplished with your blog. Then write some posts you’d like to publish at some point. Even if you have writer’s block, this technique is fantastic – even if you’re writing notes or a list and not an article, you’re still getting yourself in the zone and preparing to write, which can bring on plenty of inspiration and ideas you might have had bottled up and didn’t even know it!

8. Ask your friends if they’ve got ideas. If you need some inspiration, the online world isn’t the only thing that can help you. Turn to your friends and family, explain your situation or some ideas you have that aren’t fully developed, and have them help you think up a great idea for you to implement or write up. This idea could, of course, work for online blogging friends as well.

9. Examine billboards, artwork, and music. Walking outside or driving down the street like you do everyday doesn’t have to be a boring task. Take some time to look around you, and if you see anything interesting such as a billboard or poster that catches your eye, make sure you have a notebook or paper handy so you can write down whatever inspired you. And visual things don’t have to be all – next time there’s music playing, listen closely to the words and message that is being conveyed.

10. Listen to the people around you. If you hear someone say something interesting, whether it’s a friend, enemy, or a stranger, jot it down when you get the chance. If a person says something funny or random that makes you laugh, write down what they said. If you hear someone say something about a serious topic or issue, write it down. Anything that you think you could use later, don’t hesitate to write it in your notebook – there are no downsides to this, and looking back on these lines later can help you think of an idea or for an article or quote something someone said in one.

Obviously the above tips will apply for some more than others, but I can assure you that at least a few from that list will continuously work for you. The key point here is to be inspired and write excellent, quality content. Writer’s block can often times lead to publishing things such as sponsored posts, traffic statistics, and more. While those things are okay – and even encouraged to include in your blog at times – they won’t help you maintain high quality articles. Quick ideas can keep you having a new post each day, but inspiration will give you quality – and we all know that quality beats quantity.

There are thousands of ways out there to get inspired and come up with new ideas and theories, and all you have to do is look around you – everything you need is right in front of you. Please share with us what inspires you!

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18 Responses to “10 Ways To Blog By Inspiration And Be Successful”

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  2. Steven Snell on December 16th, 2007 7:57 pm

    Hi Tay,
    I hosted a group writing project about a month ago and it was a really positive experience. I think there were over 40 submissions, so plenty of people got some easy links out of it, and there was a lot of great content provided. The collection also got a good bit of StumbleUpon traffic as many of the contributors stumbled the post, which I think benefited everyone.

  3. Thriveal on December 16th, 2007 9:43 pm

    I use Google Reader for my inspiration and it keeps me going!

    Thanks, Jason M. Blumer

  4. Koka Sexton on December 16th, 2007 11:59 pm

    Another great post. Without some type of passion in your blog it is destined to fail. You did a wonderful job and expressing this. Thank you!

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  6. Confused on December 17th, 2007 6:48 pm

    when did this become a NO follow blog?

  7. Tay on December 17th, 2007 9:51 pm

    @Steven –

    I agree, group writing projects are excellent. They require basically no work and help out everyone. Mine turned out to be one of the most popular posts on this blog as well!

    @Thriveal –

    I LOVE Google Reader. It’s more than I could ever ask for. Haha. Thanks for sharing!

    @Koka –

    Thank you! And you are 100% correct – whatever you do, if you do it without passion, it is a pointless and wasted effort. At least, that is my opinion. :)

    @Confused –

    Back in mid-November. I announced it and made a post explaining my readers why I did so HERE. I think removing DoFollow was an overall good decision, and if you’d like to understand why please view the post I mentioned above. Thanks.

  8. Chris Jacobson on December 18th, 2007 10:49 am

    Great post and nice site you have here.

  9. tommy on December 19th, 2007 1:54 am

    Another great post Tay.
    I like your #2,
    Read other blogs that aren’t in your niche

    I usually go to DP forums and see what people wrote on their blog (can be seen after their nickname).

    I found your blog from that forum too :)

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  11. Tay on December 21st, 2007 4:36 pm

    Tommy,

    Yes, some people try to avoid reading blogs that don’t relate to their own because they think that it’s a waste of time. But really, you can get new, fresh ideas or find out about news that hasn’t been broken in your own niche yet. Reading other blogs really gives you an advantage.

    Thanks! :)

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    Listen to the people around? That’s the one

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  17. Jim Sefton on September 3rd, 2008 6:23 am

    I think lack of inspiration affects us all from time to time. I find stepping away from the computer as good a way as any to inspire myself. Going for a walk, chatting to people, watching TV, these are all things that inspire the mind to work a little more and I find myself thinking of things to write about.

    It’s never good to emerse yourself too much in what you do, you end up not seeing the wood for the trees.

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