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 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+.