I’m often asked where I get ideas for my posts, and my answer is always the same: anything and everything. Blogging, for me at least, has always been therapeutic. For the first six months, the majority of my posts were focused on spewing out the toxic thoughts that had plagued my mind for a long time, and I was a woman on a mission. However, as my community and readership grew (and an almost blogging addiction started to take hold), I began to branch out and focus on different topics and themes. Now, nearly two-and-a-half years later, almost everything that I do generates potential ideas. It doesn’t prevent me from enjoying an adventure while it is happening, but I will consciously take photographs and write down notes as I am going along for future use.
I’m undecided as to whether this is unhealthy or not, but I have found the process to be incredibly useful when I suffer from the dreaded bloggers block.
The way I approach the act of writing is very different to many others. I have no specific plans, no timetables, no schedules, instead choosing to sit down to create something when the I feel the urge to do so. Saying this, I don’t have the responsibilities of family, and I’m currently taking a little time out from full time work, so it is easy to work in this manner. Suzie Speaks doesn’t have a niche, so posts are influenced by the places I visit, the thoughts I have, the people I speak to, the food I eat and posts that other bloggers have written.
For those of you who have struggled with ideas recently, here are some I have found in my notes section from the last few months.
The Story Behind the Photograph.
My Very First Job.
I Knew It Was Love When…
When Me Becomes We.
Conversations I’m Bored of Having.
What I’ve Learned in 2015.
The Realisation that Familiarity Doesn’t Make a Friendship.
The Power of F*ck You.
The Importance of Time.
The Worst Chat Up Lines I’ve Ever Received.
Four Things About Me.
My Recipe for the Perfect Day.
And if those ideas don’t particularly appeal to you? Where are you? Could you take a quick photograph? Who are you with? What is your history with them? What do they mean to you? Have you got a funny story about them to share? What are you eating? What’s your favourite meal you have eaten this week? Have you watched a film or read a book that inspired you recently? Did you have an interesting conversation with someone that made you think?
Get out there and take inspiration from your life as you live it, for every experience is a blog post just waiting to be written.
What about you guys? Where do you take your blogging inspiration from?
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Image Credit: Deb Fletcher