So you’ve started a blog and are super motivated to do ALL THE THINGS. But after a while – whether that’s a couple of weeks, a couple of months or years – you feel that initial creativity dwindling. We’ve all been there – I certainly have. How to stay creative with your blog is something a lot of us have to learn as we go along and change up as we see fit.
Creativity can definitely come in waves and so many things can impact it. Things going on in your personal life, being too busy, change, finances – the list is endless. Blogging is a creative outlet – like painting, poetry or making music. And whilst it’s also a business for some people, I think all bloggers need a creative flare to keep their blogs fresh and exciting.
Can you imagine how boring everyone’s blog’s would be if they didn’t?
You’ve seen these incredible Instagram accounts (not mine but thought I’d link it anyway lolol) with so much creativity behind them. These people often upload multiple times a week (sometimes every day) so those creative juices need to keep flowing in order to continually produce creative content for their, sometimes hundreds of, thousand of followers.
And the same goes for blogging. Whether you blog as a hobby or as a job, you want people to read your blog (and don’t say you don’t, cos you’re lying). If all product reviews went like;
“Today I am reviewing this palette. First of all, I like the packaging. Secondly, I like the colours”.
Blogging would be a dead in a hot second because nobody would be reading them. It’s the creativity of the bloggers within that has this industry BOOMING right now. And there’s always room to get even more creative, try new things and try and take this industry by surprise. It’s only going to grow baby.
So if you struggle with the creativity of blogging, don’t sweat it, I got your back. We’ve all been there. Here are some simple tips for how to stay creative with your blog:
Follow and interact with other creators
So speaking of other influencers, following and interacting with all the creators you love and who’s content you read is a sure fire way of helping you stay creative. With so much creativity flowing everywhere you look, it’s impossible not to be inspired.
Blogging should be a social thing – whatever your intentions are for starting a blog in the first place. And I believe that you get out what you put in. So you absolutely cannot isolate yourself and not interact with people because hey, guess what? They won’t interact with you either.
There’s nothing that kills my creativity more than being un-organized and not knowing what I’m doing or where anything is. So something that might seem a little irrelevant to creativity but something that really does have an impact is your organizational skills.
When we’re blogging and have an idea (or a partial idea) all we want to do is get it DONE and out of our heads. Without skirting around all the disorganization before we can do that. Don’t leave things until the last minute. Keep your photos and files in order. Keep a blogging journal / diary / calendar. Organization is COOL.
Take inspiration from others that offer it
And by this I don’t mean just straight up copy them. There’s plenty of bloggers out there who provide help and inspiration for others, so if you’re lacking in creativity, seek out those sort of posts and take from them what you need. They’ve been created for a reason. You can find a heap of them on Pinterest.
I also have a few posts with various blog post ideas that you’re welcome to use if you need some help on how to get creative with your blog:
- 25 Blog Post Ideas For Bloggers Who Blog About Blogging
- 25 Bookish Blog Post Ideas
- 25 Winter and Christmas Blog Post Ideas
- 25 Autumn Blog Post Ideas
- 25 Spring and Summer Blog Post Ideas
Think outside the box
Nobody wants to read carbon copies of the same content over and over again. Different is GOOD. Different will get you noticed, different will help you stand out and get more views. Thinking outside the box is a great way for how to get creative with your blog and find inspiration on a more permanent basis.
How can you approach a topic that’s been done before but in a fresh and unique way? How can you review a product differently to anyone else? What can you write about that you’ve not seen anyone write about before? Don’t set yourself a narrow view of what sort of content you should be producing.
Note down ALL blog post ideas – even if they’re crap
This is something I’ve always done and it’s always given me something to fall back on if I find my creativity is on the floor. On your phone notes, in a notebook or the back of a napkin – just write your ideas down! Even if they’re absolutely crap and you question yourself for even coming up which such rubbish.
Keeping all your ideas together in one place (see my point on staying organized) can definitely help you stay creative with your blog because not only do you have ideas to fall back on when you’re lacking that inspiration, ideas also spark new ideas.
Expand outwards from your blog
Yes your blog might be the main platform for everything – the center of it all, so to speak, but who says it has to stop there? If you want to keep that creativity flowing, there’s nothing stopping you branching OUT from your blog, introducing a new platform or medium and continuing your creativity there.
How about a newsletter where you can offer your subscribers a little bit extra than what they usually see on your blog? Creating freebies related to something you’re particularly good at, like Pinterest, SEO or design? Don’t limit yourself to just blog posts – there’s a whole internet out there.