5 Ways To Inspire Content Creation

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Being on demand for our audiences is tough. Creating sexy, interesting, glamorous content every week is tough. Capturing audience interaction and empathy through content is tough. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Writer’s block is an obstacle all of us bloggers and journo’s face at some point in the content creation process. I can go from having a humongous to-do list of ideas and wonderful meaty posts that I need to get written to then having to sit down and have a content ideation process because I’ve completed everything I wanted to. There’s seriously no in-between, I can’t be the only one that feels like that?

What Causes Writers Block?

Timing: Sometimes it’s not the right time to sit down and write. Your ideas may need to stew a little longer before writing them down.

Fear: Worried about how people will react to a post?! Don’t! Fear is a major reason some writers never become writers.

Perfectionism: You try to get it perfect in your head and never do, so you never begin. If you have an idea and then don’t have the confidence to follow it through you’ll never let your mind wander!

I attended SearchLeeds a few weeks ago, which is the largest search marketing conference in the North of England. I attended the event with my digital marketer head on, but after listening into some content speakers and presentations in dawned on me that the stuff I was learning could also resonate with blogging and Zest of Alice’s content strategy.

I’m not saying I’ve written content strategy that I refer to every month for my blog (because that would be far too organised for me!), as it would be hard to stick to it. I have evergreen ideas that I could write about whatever time of year/season but what about when I want to rant about the latest Instagram algorithm update?! But, I do have in mind the direction I want my content to naturally follow.

It can be difficult to think of ideas or topics to write about, even the most creative of people will agree. With a little inspo from SearchLeeds here are my top 5 tips for content inspiration!

1. Read, Read, And Then Read Some More!

The legendary Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Diving into a good book opens up a whole world of knowledge, grammar and creativity, it’s actually been scientifically backed too. Not only does regular reading help make you more intelligent but it can actually increase your brain power, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out. Getting lost in a good book can make it easier for you to relate to others too. Literary fiction, specifically, has the power to help its readers understand what others are thinking by reading other people’s emotions, according to research published in Science.
I try to read every night before bed, I feel it plays a huge part in my creativity and ability to imagine.

2. Brainstorm

When I get writer’s block, sometimes it’s because I’m overwhelmed with ideas in my head but I’m unsure whether they have enough substance to actually create a post around so I always like to write a list of those ideas and then jot down notes of the structure of what the post could look like. This really works for me. Or perhaps you just have words, and those words are the beginning of an idea, I often use Word Clouds, my favourite website to use for this, is this one! They’re fun, easy to create and colourful!

3. Read Other People’s Blogs!

Let’s get one thing straight, I am not promoting content copying FYI – nor do I copy people’s ideas or content. I do, however, when I’m feeling uninspired or low about my blog progress, read my favourite blogs, stalk on Instagram, stalk on twitter and so on. I think it’s really important to support other bloggers and I love seeing someone I love sharing an absolutely banging insta shot of their latest fashion collaboration. I take inspiration from bloggers like Hannah Gale, Sophie Milner and Em Sheldon! Speaking of Sophie, I’ve been a tiny bit obsessed with her recently! I’ve been listening to her podcast with Millie Cotton and it’s so refreshing! The topics they discuss are so thought-provoking and current. I’ve also been taking a lot of inspo from her Instagram, she is the most amazing fashion blogger. Give her a follow!

4. Get Out And Do Something

Sitting in front of your laptop, waiting for your creativity to flow ain’t gonna’ happen. Creativity hasn’t got a switch where you can turn it on and off when you feel like, it just comes naturally and sporadically. It’s hard to not put pressure on yourself when it comes to creating content but the more pressure you put on your own shoulders, the more stressed you’ll become. Take a step back or a break. I find taking a blog break works wonders for me. I usually try and post around twice a week, three if I’m flowing but sometimes that’s too much for me when I have a full-time job and that’s ok. It’s important to have balance in not only your life but writing too, be realistic. Whenever I’m out and about out or travelling, ideas come to me and it’s like bingo. I just needed to get away from my keyboard.

5. Utilise Current Affairs

What’s hot right now?! Take Love Island as an example, there are so many angles I could write about when it comes to Love Island like:
– Body condifence
– Men vs Women representations on the show
– How I found real loveThe list goes on! Take advantage of current affairs and what time of year it is. I love when Christmas comes around because it’s all I talk about on here in December. Do plenty of research, choose an angle and run with it. You can do this! The people who read your blog probably care about your opinion or are interested in your opinion so why not voice it? That is after all that a blog is for.

Most importantly don’t be so hard on yourself and write about what makes you happy. I hope you can take some inspiration from this post!

28 Comments

  • Reply Yasmina Magdy June 25, 2018 at 9:02 am

    This is such a helpful post! I definitely agree with getting out and doing something, even that is refreshing in itself 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

    • Reply Alice June 25, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Yasmina! x

  • Reply Gemma Louise June 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I get such writers block when I have a short deadline, it stresses me out so that I can’t think what to write! I’m so much more relaxed when I don’t think about it and just let my hands do the typing x

    • Reply Alice June 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Me too, I completely feel the same! x

  • Reply Hayley Williams June 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    This is such a great post. I go through phases of lots of ideas to zero! I think it depends on what I have going on outside of the blogging world too. I’ve tried to change my content up a bit to involve more of my private life and give me more to talk about. Xxx

    • Reply Alice June 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      I feel you girl! It’s so difficult, isn’t it! xxx

  • Reply Rosie June 25, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    This is such a helpful post. I am such a perfectionist and I hold myself back more than anything else. Sometimes nothing is better than putting your phone down and seeing the real world to inspire you!

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Take a chance, you never know what could happen!

  • Reply Cora @ Tea Party Princess June 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Definitely agree with reading, both books and blogs!
    I don’t think a day goes by that I’m not inspired by someone’s content.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 8:31 am

      I love reading a good book!

  • Reply Rebecca June 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Great tips! I find that when i do have a major brain storm time with hundreds of ideas, i write them all down! I brain storm each one to see what will work and what wont and i always keep the list to look back on!

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 8:31 am

      I love making lists, they are so helpful!

  • Reply Sarah June 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I always find reading other peoples blogs brings plenty of inspiration, i always get writers block when something is due to go live at a certain date, suddenly i cannot write to save my life

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 8:34 am

      I totally agree!

  • Reply Kelly-Anne June 26, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Firstly you look completely gorgeous and I adore this style of dress on you. I love finding inspiration with other bloggers and their beautiful posts.

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Thank you so much! x

  • Reply Mel June 27, 2018 at 7:04 am

    This is such a great post. I love to read and to spend time reading other blogs as they really help to motivate me.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Thanks Mel!

  • Reply Prettiful Blog June 27, 2018 at 11:41 am

    This is really such a helpful post, I have been so busy recently that I haven’t even been able to sit down and type!

    • Reply Alice June 27, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you! Hope you find some time soon 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Chappell July 1, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I totally agree with this post – I usually get bloggers block when I have time to blog. So I read quite a lot of blogs too or look through my makeup collection to see what posts I can create. When I feel creative with blog posts I have to write them all in a notebook so I dont forget.
    Sarah X

    • Reply Alice July 3, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Sarah! Great idea x

  • Reply Alisha Valerie July 4, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Really love all of your tips babe, I really think this blog post is gonna help a lot of people ✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

    • Reply Alice July 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks lovely! x

  • Reply Katrina Frances July 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    These are amazing tips – I need to take these on board as I get writers block so often.
    I love the photos in this post! x

    • Reply Alice July 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Katrina! x

  • Reply Maisie July 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Such great tips here! I’ve been in a rut for a while now and I’m deffo taking all of this on board! I’ve actually just started to read books again this year and it’s definitely helping!

    • Reply Alice July 12, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Go for it girl! x

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