What it feels like to lose inspiration and 5 ways to combat this.

by - 19:28:00

Hey everyone, hope you're good! I thought I'd do a post today that's a little disheartening to me but I'm sure many of you can relate. I tweeted this week that I was feeling sad because of the lack of inspiration and ideas for my blog. In light of that, and some help from the lovely Siana, I thought I'd write my feelings into words. I've always said in previous posts how helpful I find writing, especially when you have so much going on in your head, it helps to get it out into words.

So, in light of that, this post may be a massive string of words put together of how I'm feeling.



What it feels like to lose inspiration? 


For me, when I've lost inspiration completely, it frustrates me so much. I love my blog and I love to see it grow and do well. However, when I'm at the point where I lose inspiration or ideas I find it's difficult to keep my blog going and growing - and that makes me very sad.

At the moment I feel like I read all these amazing blogs from incredible bloggers and the ideas and thoughts behind the posts are so inspirational and creative. However, this can sometimes make me feel more unmotivated and upset with myself because I'm not able to come up with interesting ideas myself. // As I am writing this I am already coming up with positive outcomes from seeing other bloggers work and ideas. I called them 'inspirational' for a reason, because they inspire me. Of course, I don't mean that you just copy what their post is word for word, but you can easily get some ideas out of them, or find a theme from it that you may want to write about too.

I think for me I'm struggling with working full time and trying to find the time to blog. But, that's just an excuse. I know it's difficult of course, because I don't have as much time as perhaps another blogger but, if it's something I love to do then I will make the time for it. It is hard when you have so many things you love to do but you know you can't do it all. As an example for me, I love playing games, so a lot of the time when I finish work I want to play games on my laptop when I get in (I'm currently playing Two Point Hospital). I guess for me that means I need to work on my time management a bit better, so tonight I finished work at 6pm, came home and ate dinner, started researching and writing this blog post around 8pm and I'll probably continue until 9pm where I shall then stop and play a game for an hour before I go to bed!

(A little day in my life there).

When I'm at the point where I have lost all inspiration for blog post ideas, I also feel I have very little motivation. I guess they go hand-in-hand. Without motivation, I'll probably continue to find inspiration for blog ideas hard, and without the inspiration I lose motivation. It's definitely one of those moments where you get yourself in an 'endless' cycle - but it isn't endless - and that's what you have to tell yourself in order to get back on track and become positive.


How to bring inspiration back to you? 


This blog post is for all that struggles with this too, but also for me, it was very much needed to spark my positivity and bring me back to my love for blogging.

#1 Look online, inspiration is definitely easy to find:

The internet helps us in so many ways, and inspiration for blog ideas is definitely one of them. You can read other blogs and find inspiration through them as I said above. You can also use social media to help you out, I tweeted about my lack of ideas and I had some responses back that I found helpful, but Pinterest is definitely a great site to help with ideas. Even just searching blog ideas in the search bar you get thousands of ideas. Even just using our good friend, Google. Google the words 'blog post ideas' and you will get many results, mostly other blogs will pop up that have written a list of ideas. I sometimes find they can be hit and miss, but I like to read a few of them, and then perhaps put some together to make a new blog post idea. If you have a certain niche too, searching for the niche can bring up loads of ideas, for an example just searching for 'food blog post ideas' I'm pretty sure you'll have many results to read through.

#2 Look back at your old posts:

Before I started researching, I wrote a list of all my blog posts that I have written. You can either use this by re-writing some of your old posts, you might find that you have written a post a year ago and now if you wrote it again you'll probably have more ideas to add to it. I sometimes find seeing them all together in one long list helps me come up with new ideas that may be slightly similar but different enough to make a new post from it - and that means you can also link your old posts in your new one as well - even more traffic to some older posts. It's a win win situation.

#3 Talk to someone in person: 

What I mean by this is that sometimes when you start conversations with your family, friends or partner, you might find that you get chatting about something that you feel strongly about. Or, they could mention something that you feel would be a really good blog post idea. I have a Whatsapp group with my family, so sometimes I'll send a message in there and ask for some blog post ideas, which can be another great way to get some ideas and perhaps some new ones you haven't thought about before or read anywhere.

#4 Guest posts:

Guest posts can be a great thing to do for many reasons. One, it's pretty cool having other bloggers write about something they're interesting in or knowledgeable about for your blog. I love welcoming guest posts because it's super interesting, and great getting to know someone better and also seeing their creative work. Another reason guest posts are good is because if you have lost inspiration yourself, it's fun to ask others to share their inspiration with you. Of course, it's always kind to ask if they would like a guest post written too, and you might think if you have no idea what to write for your blog how will you have inspiration to write for someone else's, but I find you can either re-write one of your old posts differently for them or you chat about ideas between each other and that's a great way to inspire yourself too.

#5 Think about guides or posts that can turn into a series:

This is a great way to help with blog post ideas. If you can think about a blog post series or a guide, it then means that you already have so many blog posts that you can write about in one go.  Also if you write about something your passionate about I'm sure you'll find it comes quite easily to you, an amazing blog series/guide that I read all the time is Lav's Ultimate Feminist Etsy GuideI've been thinking for a while about a blog series I can write about, I'm still working on it, it's not something that you can always think of so easily.


What have I learnt from this blog post?


In writing this I have managed to write about my feelings and put them into words that I can see in front of me. Honestly, it has helped me a lot, I've always said this but I find writing very therapeutic and writing for my blog has been something that has helped a lot with my mental health (related: how blogging has helped my mental health).

I've also learnt from writing this that I actually do have blog post ideas, I clearly had just lost that spark. The fact that I have written five ideas to help with inspiration tells you that I know where to look for inspiration and that I most definitely have many ideas floating around in my head.

I'll finish off the post with a quote from a fellow blogger that has stuck with me - Jessie (Thank you for helping me be positive!)



Let me know in the comments below if you have ever felt like this with blogging and how you combat lack of inspiration, your tips would be very much appreciated. 




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38 comments

  1. I've been feeling down and not in the mood to blog lately but I don't let it bother me cause I know it'll come back! it definitely helps to look online or do something else for a change of atmosphere and help recharge our creative juices! These are all great tips ❤️ thanks for sharing Chloe!

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    1. That's very true, it definitely does come back! Yeah I think taking a break and doing something else for a bit is super helpful, thank you ❤️ xx

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  2. That feeling of losing inspiration is an awful feeling, you just feel like you don't want to write! But these tips are great ways to get that inspo back! xx

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. It's such a horrible feeling! Thank you! xx

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  3. I've never quite been short of inspiration thankfully! I've had times where I've had the most basic things like 'recipe' in my planner for a post and not quite known what that's going to be, but something always comes to me. I love that writing this helped you, it's amazing how therapeutic it can be. Totally agree that looking at other's amazing content can make you feel a little more down than inspired sometimes though, I've definitely felt that at times. Love the honesty here x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. That's pretty amazing that you've not had that lack of inspo feeling! It definitely made me feel a lot better writing this ❤️ xx

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  4. I totally get how writing can be so therapeutic! Lovely post, very inspiring!

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  5. I can definitely relate to this. There are times when I lose inspiration to blog - I'll have complete writers block. When that happens I usually work on old posts, updating images, rewriting them if needed etc. It helps give myself a break from new content and usually helps spark my inspiration again. Great post.

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    1. That sounds like a good idea to work on old posts and do some updating, I think I might do something similar, may do a new blog theme change it up a little! Thank you xx

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  6. Having been feeling like this myself lately, this post was so helpful. You've got some great tips in here that'll hopefully get me through writing a blog post for later on today! Great post, Chlo x

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    1. Glad you found it helpful, and I hope you're feeling a bit better with your blog now! xx

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  7. Great post - I think we've all been there. I certainly have when there's days or weeks where I have zero inspiration for my blog and just for life in general. It can be extremely disheartening! These are great ways to tackle it!

    Jenny in Neverland

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    1. Thank you! It really can be so disheartening, it's hard to stay positive sometimes! xx

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  8. You are not alone. Everyone can lose inspiration sometimes .And, yes, you obviously have great ideas, you just need that spark. You have now inspired a spark in me to get writing more. Great post!

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    1. Yeah definitely, it can be difficult to get that spark sometimes. Awww I'm glad I have inspired you to get writing, that's fab! xx

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  9. Your tips are great! I have days where I'm so unmotivated and all inspiration is gone, so you're not alone!

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  10. Great list of tips! I hope you are feeling a bit more inspired again now. I always find your blog posts varied and interesting, packed with information, so don't go thinking you don't measure up!! (And stop comparing....hard I know). I always find I get inspiration from the posts of others (and no I don't copy them!) Pinterest is brilliant too as you say. I get ideas from things I've pinned to my own boards as well as the search bar. Another thing I've found useful is listening to podcasts. I listen in the car and always wish I had a notebook with me to write down the ideas once I've stopped (note to self, get notebook for car!) Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your inspirational posts :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm feeling a little better, this week has been going well blogging wise, so I'm pretty happy about that, my motivation has come back. Awww thank you Alison that's so sweet, and I know it is so hard not to compare to other blogs sometimes!! I like the idea of listening to podcasts for inspiration, that's a great idea, I'll have to give that a go! Thank youuu <3 xx

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  11. Love this. Thank you for your tips and tricks. It's really inspired me, ironically enough!

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    1. Ahh glad you like it and thats fab that it has inspired you, thank you! xx

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  12. These tips are fantastic, before my latest surgery I often lacked in inspiration of what to write. But for now my hip has took over which is helping a lot of people, so it's easier to write at the moment

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you have lots to talk about and it's great that it's helping a lot of people too! xx

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  13. I often feel like I have lost all inspiration to post. Sometimes I get back to it quickly, other times it can take me weeks, even months. Your tips are definitely really useful! :)

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I'm the same, sometimes it comes back within a few days and other times it's a few months! xx

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  14. I can totally relate to losing inspiration. It sucks because you want to do something but cannot come with interesting content. YESS on all of these tips! I love looking at external resources for inspiration (as long as it is not straight up copying). Looking at old posts helps as well - you can rediscover some old blogging series you totally forgot about. Thanks for sharing all of this!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Yesss definitely, it's so frustrating!! Yeah definitely, I find looking back at old posts can be super helpful! Thank you for reading <3 xx

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  15. this is definitely the point in the year when we reach a creative slump + I've definitely been feeling that recently, so I am hugely appreciative of someone not only getting it, but providing so many tips + tricks to get out of it, too !

    have a lovely Sunday !

    Nati x | https://www.natimacchiato.com

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    1. Yeah it seems like it's been the same for a lot of people! Perhaps it's just the start of the year makes us feel a bit unmotivated! Glad you liked all the tips too, thank you! xx

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  16. I've been feeling the lack of inspiration lately. It's been really bugging me and being busy at work doesn't help to get the creativity going. Thanks for the great tips I will definitely give them a try.

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    1. Glad you found the tips helpful, and I'm the same, work being busy does not help at all! xx

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  17. I think it's a normal feeling to have when you're a writer. Some days we'll have tons of energy to write give blog posts in one day then before you know it, you'll have zero ideas and little energy to find one. I like that you suggested talking to someone to find inspiration. Venting your feelings to someone who cares about you makes the situation so much more easier😁 Thanks for sharing your personal perspective Chloe!

    Natonya | https://Justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. Yeah definitely! I often chat to my partner or my mum for inspiration, it's fun bouncing ideas off of each other as well. Thank you! xx

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