5 Ways to Get Inspired with Your Content

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You know you have to write another blog post, but your fingers just won’t cooperate on the keys.

You could swear they’re staring at you, judging your lack of clickety-clack action.

Writing is tough, and everyone has their off days. We’ve found five inspiring ways to refresh your mind and get those fingers moving.

1. Read other blogs.

In the words of novelist W.P. Kinsella, “Read! Read! Read! And then read some more.”

Many bloggers read four or five blogs on a consistent basis. Reading helps them track current trends and topics in their industry or area of passion. It also gives them fresh ideas to take back to their readers.

If you don’t know what to say next, learn from others and share that wealth with your readers. Make sure you provide proper attribution if you decide to quote or repost part of someone else’s blog.

2. Absorb media.

Check out local and national media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, news websites, and broadcast radio. Also pay attention to media professionals and journalists on social media platforms like Twitter.

Sometimes a current news story can tie in perfectly to your content topic. Keep your eyes and ears open to the world around you to keep your creative juices flowing.

3. Look at previous blog entries.

Have you ever reread an old post on your blog and found yourself saying, “Hey, I forgot to talk about x,” or, “Well, this doesn’t work anymore because of y,” by the end?

Then you’ve found a great candidate for a follow-up blog post.

Don’t forget to link to that previous blog post within your updated post to get the most SEO bang for your buck. Plus, it helps connect to dots for newer readers between your older content and your new stuff.

4. Ask your readers. 

Your readers’ opinions are just as important as yours, because they decide whether or not to read your blog in the first place. If nobody else is inspiring you, ask your readers for their thoughts by writing an interactive blog post.

To write an interactive post, start with a specific topic. Write a paragraph or two about your experiences with that topic or your feelings about it. Then, ask a few open-ended questions for your readers.

Follow along as your readers’ comments take off, and try to respond to their comments or ask follow-up questions. If you want more comments, tweet about your post on Twitter or take the conversation to your Facebook page.

5. Take a mental break.

Are you sweating and breaking out in hives from stressing about your writer’s block? Then step away from the computer and do something you enjoy.

Take a walk around the neighborhood. Catch up on some episodes of your favorite TV show. Exercise and make a healthy snack. Spend time with a loved one.

Whatever you do, focus on it entirely and take a mental break from your work. That way, when you return to writing, you can be more refreshed and positive about the task at hand.

Conclusion

If you feel too uninspired to write a single word, then stop trying to write and start getting inspired. Read other blogs, take in the news, revisit your old posts, ask your readers, or take a good old mental break.

These sources of inspiration should hopefully have you typing in no time. Good luck!

This post has been updated from its original version.

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