Blogging is weird, don't ya think? We come to this place and we spill our deepest, darkest secrets for strangers on the internet to read. We talk about our parents, our relationships, our fears and doubts. Sometimes we say things we wouldn't think of saying to our closest friends. A lot of bloggers even keep their blogs secret from everyone in their real life.
Not only is it weird as you-know-what, blogging is hard too. It can seem like a full time job at times - for some people it is their full time job (can someone teach me how to do that?). Anyway, back to my point. Blogging, it's hard. You have to learn the "rules." Sometimes you have to deal with hateful comments or "cliques." On top of all of that you have to come up with original content several times a week, and where the hell are you supposed to come up with all of that?
There are a few things for me that are usually a shoe-in for getting some blogging inspiration:
Take a shower, a nap, or go on a drive. Just do something relaxing. I find that some of my best ideas come to me when I'm not even trying to think of ideas. They pop into my head as I'm washing my hair or drifting off to sleep.
Read other blogs. Not only can other bloggers give you ideas for your post, but sometimes you can straight up copy another blogger's idea (with permission) and make it your own. I did exactly that when I wrote about my life in numbers, after Nadine wrote about hers. If you don't use the same idea as another blogger, it is always fun to write a rebuttal post to something you agree/disagree with.
Browse the internet. Have you heard of Buzzfeed? (If not then where the hell have you been?) I am always browsing, not just for my own entertainment, but there are literally thousands of blog topic ideas at my fingertips. I also like to browse Pinterest (the quotes section is a goldmine) and The Berry to get my creative juices flowing.
Write down every idea. Even if it's just half an idea - write it down. Whether you keep an actual notebook or planner, or you just save it in the notes section of your phone, you need to save it somewhere. Sometimes I will write down an idea and it will expand on its own accord, and sometimes I have to leave it for a few days or so and when I come back to it I'll have a new outlook or more ways to expound on it. I literally have about forty posts in drafts from where I've just written a sentence (or a word or to) to be visited later.
And because I'm feeling extra nice today, here are some post ideas for you to use, free of charge:
Tell a story. Most embarrassing moment (bet you can't beat mine). Your first kiss. A time when you were proud or scared. Any story will do.
Write a letter to yourself. Whether it's your past or future self, it's always fun to pretend it's normal to be talking to yourself, right?
How to... think of something out of the box. How to successfully go a whole day without wearing real pants. How to be the best tailgater at a college/NFL football game. Or you can write about how NOT to do something. Everyone knows how to do at least one thing with above average skill. Write about it.
Write about a hot/controversial topic. Kelly Cuoco wearing a pink wedding dress. Living with your boyfriend before marriage. Drinking on weeknights. Having/not having children. Go on, tell us how you really feel. I (double dog) dare you.
I really don't want to sound like a corny asshat here, but just remember with all blog posts you write, stay true to yourself and your writing style. Even when borrowing topic ideas, try to make them your own. Your readers love you for you, not for who you are trying to be. And with that, I'm done. Peace out, girl scouts.