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Get Your Blogging Inspiration – Fix #1

As Bloggers we are so lucky to be able to gain so much inspiration from all around us.  Day to day life, conversations, music, television; everything that we come into contact with, has the potential to inspire us in some way and provide blogging inspiration.

 

I wanted to share some of the things that have recently inspired me, or that I have recently done, in the hope that it may just inspire you too.   This will be an irregular feature, when inspiration strikes.

Blogging Inspiration

To Read

My wonderful friend Hannah recommended Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I am still in the middle of reading this book, but it is fabulous and has already made me think, while giving me ideas of how to explore my creativity further.

Blogging inspiration

 

To Listen To

Sometimes we all need to grow a stronger backbone and realise what we have going for us (and what we have to offer).  I listened to this talk, Become Unfuckwithable, given by Ash from The Middle Finger Project recently and thought it was fab. Very inspirational.  You need to pop your email address in and you then get access to the talk.

 

To Check Out

If you want a colourful blog with personality that still looks slick and professional, then you need to check out Emma’s blog Life According To Mrs Shilts for inspiration.  It is such a fabulous design, which ticks all the boxes for me.

 

 

To Think About

How you can maximise your blog income with minimum effort.  Could you start to use Google Adsense or Amazon affiliates, for example?  Both can sit there on your blog and provide a passive income, but can also be linked within posts or pages to boost this potential income.

 

To Buy

If you want to add some variety to your photos, why not invest in a photography background.  I have this one, which was less than £10;

 

Ella Bella Photography Backdrop/Background Fadeless Paper 1218mm x 3.6M. Superb new range of pre printed papers(use drop down for your choice of design)in sophisticated, muted designs. Designs of – Classic Vintage Wood, Charming Classic Damask, Soft Pink or Baby Blue with Dots, Weathered Whitewashed Wood and Multi Dots. (Vintage Wood)

 

To Start Planning

Obviously you will have already planned Valentine’s Day, so the next major date to begin thinking about is Mother’s Day.  Are you going to do a gift guide, some recipes or maybe some crafting ideas?

 

To Try

Why try a new linky, you never know you might tap into a new group of blogger friends.  I have a long list of linkies here organised by the day they go live.

 

To Follow

It is no secret that Instagram is my favourite social media platform and I am always discovering feeds that I love and am inspired by. Katie Saul’s feed sixacresaul is divine; a magical feed that I can’t get enough of.  I hope you enjoy.

 

To Sign Up To

We all need images to use on our blogs.  A lot of the time we can take these ourselves, but for the times when we haven’t got the shot we need, sign up for Unsplash and ISO republic. Both of these companies email high quality gorgeous photos directly to you each week.

 

To Remember

Rising tide

 

Got Time? Need More Blogging Inspiration?

 

  • 5 minute project

Make a cuppa and visit your favourite blog.  Spend 5 minutes reading and being inspired.

 

 

  • 10 minute project

Write a list of 11 blog goals you would like to achieve this year, then allocate one to each month for the remainder of the year.

 

  • Got longer?

Focus on what you wish to achieve with your blog, for example a better blog design, a more pleasing Instagram aesthetic, a smarter Pinterest account. Then spend time researching people who are doing this exact thing well. Write a list of these people and what you like about their feed/blog/design (whatever you are focusing on). This will give you an immediate hit list of the tasks you need to undertake.

 

I hope something here has given you a little blogging inspiration.  What has inspired you recently?  Let me know in the comments.

 

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Showing 58 comments
  • Cathy ( MummyTravels )
    Reply

    Some really great ideas here – I always struggle for time so some more quick planning would definitely help! And redesigning the site is on my list…

  • Dannyuk.com
    Reply

    Some great tips here, and also some things I hadn’t heard of. I had to laugh when you said “Obviously you’ve already planned for Valentines Day”. Some of us aren’t organised enough to plan for tomorrow, much less three weeks away 😉

  • Emma Shilton
    Reply

    Thanks so much for the mention Aby. I think blog design is such a personal thing and it can really help motivate you if you get a bit of writers block! I love this design (thanks to PrettyDarnCuteDesigns based in the USA) and so pleased with how well I’ve managed to tweak it to suit my style.

    Some fantastic tips here Aby. Great linkies listed too xx

  • Emma T
    Reply

    A pretty good list of idea here Aby. Always good to have some prompts to try out and think about.

  • Eve Redmond
    Reply

    Brilliant tips, I have signed up for those photo websites! They look awesome. x

  • Ickle Pickle
    Reply

    Great post with some fab tips. I love Instagram too – I am nosey and love seeing what everyone is doing!! Kaz x

  • Erin - Yorkshire Tots
    Reply

    You’re really good at this! Lots of great ‘do-able’ ideas! Thanks.

  • Alex Lamb & Bear
    Reply

    As always you have taught me so much Aby! I have just signed up to the photo stock sites. That back drop is incredible value! I’m definitely going to invest in something like that to improve my photography. I’ve bought The Blogger Journal to be more organised… but Valentines Day?? I haven’t even thought about it!! Ha xx

  • Mim
    Reply

    Thanks for the suggestions lovely lady – some brilliant ideas here 🙂

  • Miranda (Anosa)
    Reply

    This is a lovely post, definitely inspiration and given me some ideas for my next posts.

  • eleni
    Reply

    Your to-think-about is something that has been weighing on my mind so much lately. I am actually really excited to have discovered your blog and this particular post. Where would we be without inspiration? Looking forward to coming back. Much love to you.

  • Becky
    Reply

    Love this post some great ideas!

  • Katy
    Reply

    Loving this Aby!!! x

  • Haidee
    Reply

    Some great ideas here Aby. I’ve been so stuck for inspiration lately and had a slow start to blogging success in 2016 but I might go find that book! #TheList

  • Laura
    Reply

    This is a lovely idea for a post series – the IG feed is beautiful thanks for recommending. I particularly love the 5/10 minute inspiration ideas

  • mackenzie glanville
    Reply

    I love posts that inspire me, so thank you for sharing xx #thelist

  • John Adams
    Reply

    I am SOOOOOO getting that background. And what an incredibly slick way for you to get in an Amazon affiliate link! Always worth visiting your blog for ideas. Thanks for hosting #thelist

  • Rosie
    Reply

    SO much inspiration – thank you!

  • Tracey Abrahams
    Reply

    A great list of ideas for prompts. I find inspiration usually from odd conversations I have with people either in real life or via blog comments. #Thelist

  • Katie
    Reply

    awesome tips! Thanks aby, as ever a useful fountain of knowledge to us noobies!!

    #thelist

  • Carry On Katy
    Reply

    Cracking tips as always. I must try and get my head around Instagram and Pintrest…and learn how to spell Pinterest even. It’s all too much! I don’t know how you do it whilst having a toddler humping your leg. A true inspiration!xx

  • Emma Jones
    Reply

    Great post Aby I really need to plan more. I’ve recently been getting into linkys & loving instagram fast becoming my favourite too. #thelist Lifeinthemumslane

  • wendy
    Reply

    Loads of great ideas here..have pinned to read again later when I have some time to sit at my laptop and work on my blog. Great blog tips as always hun xx #TheList

  • Emma
    Reply

    Great list of prompts and i agree a big part of my inspiration is reading other blogs and looking at others for their design 🙂 #thelist

  • Crummy Mummy
    Reply

    I’ve never considered buying a background for my pictures – great idea! #thelist

  • Rachel Bustin
    Reply

    Some really great ideas here! I have got a bloggers diary this year to hopefully help me get more organised! xx

    #The List

  • Mummy Fever
    Reply

    Great tips as always #TheList

  • Caroline
    Reply

    Love this list, great inspiration. x

  • catherine
    Reply

    The photo background is a great idea – going to put one on my Amazon wishlist now (birthday coming up, so hopefully I might get one as a gift!). Xxx

  • Helen
    Reply

    Brilliant post, as always. I read that and made notes like I was in a Uni lecture (a fun one). Thanks for the inspiration and hosting x #TheList

  • There's always time for tea
    Reply

    A great list! I need all the inspiration help I can get! Thanks for hosting #The list xx

  • Random Musings
    Reply

    Great ideas here! I quite like browsing through Stumble Upon for inspiration, I like that I ever know what’s going to pop up 🙂 Thanks for hosting #TheList
    Debbie

  • Bear and Cardigan
    Reply

    Lots of really good idea. I’m trying to link with more linkys and read as many blogs as I can. I also laughed at the plan bit. I planned three months ahead in January when I had time and failed on week two! I have managed to get a Valentines post out but not the craft one, just not enough time. I just love the photography paper too, next stop Amazon lol #thelist

  • Lucinda
    Reply

    Great advice. Have just followed on Instagram.

  • Janine
    Reply

    Great tips as always Aby. I need to look into the affiliates. I have 1 on my blog.

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    Reply

    Some great tips here! I’m particularly loving linkies at the moment – they’re such a great source of inspiration and new blogs to read 🙂 #thelist

  • Jayne
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing some inspiration Aby, it’s always nice to have a few pointers when writers block kicks in. Will check out Big Magic too xx

  • Ellie
    Reply

    What a great list of suggestions.

  • Me, You and Magoo
    Reply

    Some good ideas to mull over…I had no idea you could buy photography backgrounds, just a small investment in something like this could make your photos really pop. I am a new convert to Instagram, I know, I’ve been living under a rock right? But it’s hard to cover so many social media platforms, it’s a bit overwhelming at times. I’ve been mainly using Twitter & Pinterest over the past 6 months…using some of your tips has really helped to increase traffic via those sites. #TheList

  • Laura
    Reply

    Amazing tips as always! Your blog is helping me so much 🙂 #thelist

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah I am so glad x

  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    Reply

    I’m pinning this! So much inspiration and too much for me to digest in one sitting. Thank you! #thelist

  • Sara at Handy Herbs
    Reply

    Some really useful ideas here, Aby. Thanks for sharing 🙂 #TheList

  • Square Peg Mum
    Reply

    This has been bookmarked. Thank you for sharing. xx

  • Emma
    Reply

    These are some great ideas! I especially like the five and ten minute projects! Will definitely take these on board and am planning on listening to the Unfuckable talk once baby is asleep!

  • Lukeosaurus And Me
    Reply

    I loved this post, it’s definitely getting pinned. I hope to see some more in this feature soon. Ray x #TheList

  • Stephanie Robinson
    Reply

    That UnFwithable talk sounds interesting, off to check it out – thanks for hosting #TheList and for the tips 🙂

  • Pauline
    Reply

    Thanks for your list, I always value your blogging tips being such a great blogger, I have signed up to ISO republic which I didn’t know about, thanks! I’m trying to get my stuff together with all my journals and trying to plan ahead so that is definetly a goal I would love to achieve #TheList

    Pauline x

  • Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    Reply

    Great ideas here Aby. I’m reading Big Magic at the moment, I’m loving the concept of fear being a twin with creativity – I think it’s like facing the fear and doing it anyway xx #thelist

  • Laura's Lovely Blog
    Reply

    Thanks for the tips Aby. There are some days you just sit in front of your laptop and don’t know what to write aren’t there? These are great tips thank you #thelist

  • Mummy here and there
    Reply

    Great tips to think about and be inspired. Thank you for sharing X #thelist

  • My Petit Canard
    Reply

    I love this, such a great post. Lots of fab ideas as usual, of lots of different things you can do to find inspiration. I’m definitely going to give a couple of these a go :-). Emily #TheList

  • Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    Reply

    This is so interesting. I need to visit Unsplash and ISO republic – never heard of them before. Thank you for this very useful tips. Pinned. x

  • Kiri
    Reply

    Some fab inspiration, thank you. I’m thinking about getting a photography background. #thelist

  • Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)
    Reply

    I need to get back into catching up with my fav blogs and finding new ones. At the moment time is just flying by! #TheList

  • Lizzie
    Reply

    Great tips! I sometimes struggle for inspiration besides the crazy inspiration I get from my babes, so I will definitely listen to the talk. It sounds brilliant already!

  • Bakkah Inc.
    Reply

    great tips thank you

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