Finding inspiration as a blogger seems really easy at first. In fact, when you start off as a blogger, you probably have hundreds or thousands of different ideas about what you will write about. However, it doesn’t take long to realize that some of your ideas will never pan out or simply aren’t suitable for the blog that you are writing. In reality, finding inspiration as a blogger is often challenging, particularly when you try to post three or more times every week.
If your normal approaches for finding inspiration are not successful, here are some unusual approaches that work for me, sometimes.
1. Watch a movie
I personally find movies highly inspirational for two reasons. First, they give me a break from trying to figure out what I want to write about, and second, they often talk about things that I didn’t really consider beforehand. Normally, I try and watch a movie at least once a week and jot down anything I notice or find interesting, but sometimes I find myself intentionally watching a movie just so I have something to write for the day.
If you are looking for inspiration from a movie, you need to consider the type of movie you are watching. Unless you plan to write a movie review, watching an action movie with little plot or dialogue probably won’t help you much. Personally, I look for movies that are classics or have an unusual plot. Sometimes I will look for things that are relevant to the blog I am writing, but this really depends on whether I am working on my own blog, or planning a guest blog.
While watching movies can work well, be careful not to get carried away. Watching four movies, each two hours long may eventually provide you with an idea about what to write about, but the process costs you a considerable amount in productivity.
Dreams can provide a very unusual source of inspiration, but they can be effective. While your dreams often don’t make sense, they are a product of your imagination, and your subconscious at work.
The most important step to using your dreams as inspiration is to write down any dreams you have when you wake up. You will be surprised at just how quickly you forget your dreams.
It might take a while to get anything useful from your dreams, but getting into the habit of writing down your dreams each day is easy to do, so you don’t lose much if none of your dreams are useful.
3. Watching and listing to people
People do the strangest things, and can have the most unusual conversation. I have found a large amount of inspiration for blogging and writing simply by sitting in a coffee shop or on a bench and watching the way that people interact. You might be surprised at just what you find.