Writing a blog is an adventure that can start out easy and later get a bit challenging. When you are seeking inspiration for your blog entries, a plethora of resources can have you posting away about things that excite you. You may be surprised at the many places where inspiration can be found.
Scour the internet for websites that are related to things you enjoy the most or the things that are most pertinent to the ideas you want to communicate through your blog. Bookmark them and return to them weekly for inspiration. Although it’s very poor community etiquette to rip off ideas from competing bloggers, it’s perfectly acceptable to be inspired by what’s being discussed.
If you do use another blog for inspiration, be sure to name the blog within your article and link back to it. This is the modern way of citation on websites, and neglecting to do this can earn you a bad reputation very quickly. So cite, give credit, and link back whenever you draw inspiration from elsewhere on the internet. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also likely earn you new readers and respect. Who doesn’t want to read articles that cite their work as a source?
Another powerful tool you have as a blogger is simply your own life experiences. Write a short memory or story of what’s going in in your life at the moment. Blogger Quinn Cummings has made a very successful blog out of The QC Report by mostly writing about her life.
She takes a humorous look at small and large goings-on in her life, and she was even offered a book deal from the success of her website. Try using metaphor and humor to share anecdotes about what has happened to you this week. Start by asking yourself what has made you laugh this week. Brainstorm from there.
If your blog has a certain theme, you can set key word searches on Google to send articles on the topic to you once per day, week, or however often you’d like. You can then write blog entries that take a look at the news articles or studies done. An opinion piece on a major news story or even a niche story can result in a lot of hits when people are searching for the latest on the story.
It’s also a good way to inspire comments, especially if you end the blog entry with a question on how your readers feel on the issues, too.
Write a reaction to a YouTube video. They often are compelling posts for readers because you can embed many videos into the blog entry, so it ends up being a multimedia presentation of sorts.
Whether it’s a short video of a cute animal, a news clip or a music video, your commentary can pique readers’ interest. It may increase hits to your website, too, when people are looking for information about that video.
If you find writer’s block creeping up on you, simply power down your computer and walk away for a minute or 30 minutes. You may find that going out and doing something fun will be inspiration by itself when you return to your work desk.