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Getting Inspired About Blogging: 4 Quick Tips to Get You Started

Blogging can be tough — no doubt about it. It’s a whole lot of fun, but it can be a real challenge. The trick, of course, is to not let it get the best of you. How do you succeed in that? By staying inspired!

To be a productive blogger, inspiration is pretty much a necessity. It fosters creative thought and promotes positivity. Inspiration compels us to deliver quality content on a consistent basis, and more importantly, allows us to enjoy doing so.

Need to get inspired for your next blog? Here are a few simple things to remember:

1) Add Your Own ‘Spin’

It’s not always what you say; it’s how you say it that draws the reader in. There’s something inherently enjoyable about communicating information in your own way, so don’t be shy about expressing yourself. If your topic calls for it, you can give your article some extra spice by expressing your opinions. Don’t like the way a particular subject, topic, or turn of events sits with you? Say so! Even if your opinions are a bit “out there,” your readers will likely appreciate the candor.

2) Go Off-Topic

You don’t always have to write from Point A to Point B. Try something different. Try writing from Point A to Point C, and make Point B a wonderful little stroll through the forest just for you and your readers. Want to embellish on a topic? Go ahead! Within reason, you can momentarily venture away from your main points. For example, an article on Christmas gift ideas may benefit from an anecdote about Santa’s workshop. Step out of bounds for moment before returning to your main message. Readers may end up enjoying the tangent.

3) Get Personal

It always helps to “write what you know,” but that’s not always possible. When you’re writing about something you don’t have a working knowledge of, try approaching your topic from a more personal angle. If your past experiences relate to the topic you’re blogging about, discuss them. For instance, if you’re writing on a new gadget or technological advancement, talk about how a similar gadget or piece of technology helped or hindered you in the past. Whenever possible, draw from your own experience. Readers will have an easier time relating to what you’re saying.

4) Tell a Story

Whether we realize it or not, we live out a series of mini-stories each and every day. Think about what you did just after you woke up this morning. Did you simply get yourself ready for the day? No! Well, technically yes, but you did so much more than that. You stumbled sleepily toward the bathroom, enjoyed a warm shower, selected an item to wear (maybe even struggled between two or more options), grabbed a bite to eat, and made your way to your destination. Doesn’t that sound a bit more involving? Isn’t that a lot more fun to read? Apply that kind of elaboration to your written work and get your readers invested.

Ultimately, it pays to have a little fun with your writing. When you’re inspired enough to have a little fun, you’ll probably stay inspired without even realizing it. Yup – reciprocity can be beautiful sometimes. Inspiration may be a necessary thing for bloggers, but it’s a very achievable thing. Don’t forget it!

Are there any tips here you’d like to expand on? Have any additional tips you’d like to mention? Feel free to comment below!



Joseph Giorgi

Joseph is the head of the Media Team at Quality Logo Products. He's a video specialist, blogger, perfectionist, and all-around likeable guy. When he's not busy focusing on the nitty-gritty details of his written and visual work, he's normally listening to bad 80s music and scouring the internet for useless information on useless subjects. You can also connect with Joe on Google+.

Comments

  1. Lauren G.

    Great facts, Joe! I’ve always admired you bloggers or any bloggers for that matter. It’s like writing a school paper, but public! Really public because the Internet is an open book, to the world! I had a long period of time where I could not write a paper correctly if my life depended on it. My english was horrible. It’s improved over time, but my speech, different story. :)

    If my work (small community bank) had a blog, I would definitely be interested in writing for it! Even if banking isn’t always fun and exciting stuff, you can make it fun. “If your topic calls for it, you can give your article some extra spice by expressing your opinions.” True story! I love reading blogs, especially QLP’s, where people throw in something about themselves. Makes me want to read more. Enlightening post! I want to be a blogger now even more!!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Thanks for commenting, Lauren! Glad you found my post “enlightening.” All I can say is that I do what I can. ;)

      I like your analogy. I suppose blogging is kind of like writing for the school paper — where the blogger is the student, the internet is the paper, and the target audience is the student body.

      And yeah, the ability to tell personal stories and voice opinions definitely frees up a number of creative possibilities for bloggers. Conveying information in a personable way can be a very fun process. I count myself lucky that it’s part of what I do for a living. :)

  2. Jen

    Great tips Joe! Anyone who follows these guidelines are sure to write a fantastic blog! I like how you mentioned to “Go Off-topic” and “Get Personal”. These features in a blog are what keep the readers interested and want to keep reading.

    I’m totally inspired to write a blog now :)

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Thanks, Jen! As long as you’re “totally inspired,” then I’d say my work here is done! ;)

  3. Rachel

    Great tips, Joe! I’ll be sure to come back to this when I’m looking for blogging inspiration. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the information you’re trying to relay and forget to give your writing a little personality, too. These points are great reminders to put that bit of flair in each post. :) Thanks!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      A “bit of flair” definitely goes a long way in keeping readers’ attention — that’s for sure!

  4. amy

    Excellent timing with this blog sir, I’ve hit a bit of a block myself lately. I’ve found that your #3 tip is an excellent way to get the juices flowing once more. The things that I always thought made me dorky are actually the things that a lot of people have in common with me. When I wrote my Keurig blog this was a major reason behind writing it. I love my Keurig, so other people may too.

    Great post and +5 for your timing! ;)

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Thanks so much for the points, Amy! Glad to hear that the timing worked out so well for you. :D

      It’s funny how the things we don’t expect others to find interesting about us end up being the things that others are drawn to the most. You just never know, I guess.

      • Eric

        I have to go right on ahead and agree with Amy, here, Joe.

        I laughed when I saw so much as the title for your post, because, well, that’s where I’m at with my own writing today. Like Amy said, half of the battle sometimes is having the confidence to believe that your interests and views are, well, just that: interesting.

        People may not agree, nor may they like what you like, but one perk of living in this technologically-driven age is the ability to “Google” (yes, using it as a verb) just about anything. If there’s something they didn’t know, and they want to know more, they can look it up, if there’s a song they’ve not heard, or a show they’ve not seen, they can find it on YouTube.

        Blogging is a nice chance to give people a change of pace, a little educational information, an alternate view, or – like we do here – generate discussion. It’s more interesting that way.

        • Joseph Giorgi

          Agreed. A “change of pace” is an excellent way to put it. Blogs offer readers the opportunity to delve deeper into a given topic — sometimes much deeper, depending on how relevant the blog is to the reader. The more interested the reader becomes in the material, the more likely they are to engage in discussion. And it’s much easier to get ‘interested’ in a blog than it is to get interested in some random article online.

  5. Mandy Kilinskis

    I second Amy: Thanks for the very timely post, Joe. I’ve been (almost literally) banging my head against my desk trying to think of blog topics, and I feel a little more inspired.

    P.S. If anyone has extras, I will take them off your hands…

  6. Amanda

    Great topic Joe! =) We all get stuck in a rut of no ideas from time to time, and I’m sure we’ll all revisit this blog post for inspiration. Thanks for the tips to keep things fresh and new!

  7. Jill Tooley

    “When you’re inspired enough to have a little fun, you’ll probably stay inspired without even realizing it.”

    How right you are! Inspiration takes its sweet time during those creativity droughts, but it’s energizing once you get it back. I could go a week or more without a single new idea and then end up hammering out 3 new posts in a day…you never know when or where you’ll get your groove back. :)

    After using some of these tips, I’d also recommend writing down EVERY new idea that pops to mind, no matter how weird it seems. It’s better to have 10 “meh” ideas than no ideas at all; there are ways to transform mediocre ideas into stellar ones with a little bit of workshopping! All you’ll waste is the energy it takes to write (or type) them out. Great tips!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      “It’s better to have 10 “meh” ideas than no ideas at all…”

      So true. Any idea can turn to gold with the right amount of spin or with a unique approach. And it’s so rewarding to see those ideas in full blog form at the end of the day!

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