Friday, April 10, 2015

A to Z of Blogging: I - Inspiration

Do you ever go through these phases in your blogging journey where you just don’t know what to write about? You want to update your blog, but, can’t think of a topic that you feel like writing on?

So how do you find your muse then? How do you find a topic that inspires you to write? How do you get those creative juices flowing?

I’m sharing below a few sources of inspiration that have come in useful for me while blogging.

My Top Sources of Inspiration for Blog Posts

  • Other blogs.
    There are so many posts on this blog that have happened because of something I read/saw on someone else’s blog. Sometimes you want to agree with another blogger’s post, adding your own points in favor. Sometimes, you want to disagree with something you read, and you give your reasons for that. Sometimes, their experience reminds you of a similar experience you might have had.

  • Comments on my posts.
    Occasionally, one of my readers would say or ask something in the comments that would get me thinking. And then I’d write a post around it. Sometimes, they mention something so witty or humorous that I feel like sharing it with the rest of my readers too.

  • Conversations.
    Phone conversations. Face-to-face conversations. Email/chat conversations. All kinds of conversations have found their way into my blog posts.

  • Google Analytics.
    I don’t check the data from Google Analytics too often (maybe twice a year), but, whenever I do, I’m amazed to see the variety of search phrases that bring readers to my blog from Google! Occasionally, I’ve written a post or two on some of the phrases that “clicked” with me.

  • Real world.
    Time off from my computer. A walk around my building perhaps. Time spent with some kids. Going on a cleaning spree in my house. Or cooking. Or even shopping. (Even though I still hate shopping.) Anything can ignite that spark, you know. In fact, I get some of my best post ideas in the shower!

These are my top sources of inspiration for blogging. I usually find topics to blog about in one of these five places. Then, of course, there are books and social-media too.

The best thing about blogging is that once you get in form, the ideas keep coming without much effort on your part. The more you blog, the more you want to blog. It becomes like a cycle.

Do you also use any of these sources to find inspiration for your blog posts? What other sources do you have for ideas to blog about?

This is my ninth post for 2015 AprilAtoZ.
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Blogging: H - Habits.

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Vinay Leo R. said...

My sources of inspiration are absolutely random :) A prompt meme helps sometimes, at other times it's something that irks me or something a friend says that makes me thoughtful etc. Sometimes it even comes when I'm about to fall asleep and then I have to note it down in a memo and save it on my mobile. :D

Sundari Venkatraman said...

I agree when you say "the more you blog, the more you want to blog". If I am lost, I look for news tidbits in newspapers. Then write my take on the subject. It works, every time :)

Sundari Venkatraman said...

You are welcome to check my A-Z posts here:


Oddly enough, I get a lot of my post ideas when I am in the shower too. I was fairly sure I was the only one. :P
*Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

Chicky said...

Leo, which memo app do you use? I use ColorNote currently, but don't use the phone for saving post ideas 'coz I find typing on the phone a bit of a hassle.

Chicky said...

@Sundari Venkatraman - Yes, newspapers can be a treasure chest of post ideas. Unfortunately, news makes me quite irritable, so I stay away from newspapers and news channels as far as possible.
Thank you for giving the URL of your blog. I won't have to search for it now! :)

Chicky said...

Hahaha! Shantala, looks like we're kindred souls! :D

Sanch LivingLife said...

I use all of those that you've mentioned. Life itself it a great inspiration. I have so many ideas written down, I haven't yet had the time to blog about them all!!

Vinay Leo R. said...

I either use the built in SMemo or use the LED flash and find a PostIt on my desk ^_^

Shilpa Garg said...

Havent taken any inspiration from Google Analytics as yet. Must explore it. Going through the archive of my blog inspires me too!

Shailaja Vishwanath said...

I love all these forms of inspiration. The shower, especially the shower ;)

*Shailaja/Alternate Angles/A-Z*

Chicky said...

Very true, Sanch. Life is the biggest inspiration of all.

Chicky said...

Leo! PostIts? :D I like postIts! They come in such pretty colors! I sell them at my shop. :D

Chicky said...

Oh yes, Shilpa. I totally forgot about the archives! Thanks for reminding. They're a great place for finding new blog ideas!

Chicky said...

And I love that wink after your comment, Shailaja! :D ;)

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