Listen, it happens to the best of us: you just don’t feel inspired to blog today.
Maybe you’re tired, maybe you’re bored. Maybe you’re just feeling like you’ve got nothing to say this time.
Not a problem! Try one of these simple but unusual ways to get your idea machine running again, and you’ll soon have more fresh blogging ideas than you need.
1. Get Big Ideas from Very Small Things
Literally or in your imagination, take a look at how things work on a very small scale. This is more fun with a real microscope, but you can also use documentaries, YouTube videos or photo collections for microscopic inspiration.
When you see the world on a tiny scale, your viewpoint changes and you begin to get a feel for the tiny events and issues that affect the smallest things. Because small things can be the cause of much larger events, what you’re looking at through a microscope lens represents the underlying workings of the larger whole.
Now take this perspective and apply it to your blogging. Choose a topic, if one hasn’t already popped into your head during your microscope adventures, and drill down into it until you see the building blocks and processes that make it what it is. All you have to do is convey that small-scale insight to your reader so that they can understand it without breaking out the science equipment!
2. Use Opposites to Attract Inspiration
It’s a weird thing about the human mind: thinking of something often makes us think of its opposite, too. You don’t know what light is unless you compare it to dark.
Use this phenomenon to draw new insight and inspiration out of any topic you choose:
First, what’s your blog or post topic? Next, what ridiculously opposite or different things can you think of to that topic?
This isn’t always easy, so let’s run through some examples:
- My blog/post is about hair and beauty, so mud wrestling is different or opposite
- My blog/post is about business software, so circus clowns are different or opposite
- My blog/post is about outdoor sports, so channel surfing is different or opposite
All you have to do is write out some potential headlines that use one of those opposites to attract your attention, interest and inspiration, like:
- How Mud Wrestlers Scrub Up for Red Carpet Glamour
- Warning: Your Business Software is Being Coded by Clowns
- Why Channel Surfing Makes Your Outdoor Activities More Fun
From that point on, those posts will pretty much write themselves! That’s the power of a good opposite – it provides surprise and curiosity for you as well as for the reader, and gives your thoughts something to latch on to.
Steal From Your Readers
Let’s call it borrowing instead, shall we? The point is, your readers give you feedback all the time with their comments, emails, tweets and so on. Take a look through the comments on your most recent and most popular posts – you’ll discover a goldmine of new questions to answer, fresh angles to approach, and opportunities to be inspired by your readers’ personal stories.
Inspiration isn’t something that comes and goes. It’s all around you all the time, like the air we breathe.
All you have to do is open up to unexpected sources, and let a nice refreshing breeze of inspiration into your blog.
You’ll be surprised how easily it flows!