Blogger or not, I feel like we all reach a point in our lives where we feel tapped out creatively. Out of ideas, out of inspiration, out of motivation- just tapped. For me, all of these are linked so once I find something that inspires me I feel more motivated, my energy levels go up and all of a sudden my mind goes a mile a minute with creative ideas. To get you back into that motivated frame of mind, here are my 5 go-to sources for inspiration:
Blogs.One of the easiest ways to spark ideas is to read blogs, a lot of different blogs with various writing and photography styles. Blogs are a free source, they're easily accessible and honestly some bloggers are seriously knocking it out of the park when it comes to high quality content. You could re-visit some of your favourite blogs or if that's feeling a bit stale, go on a follow spree and find a bunch of new photography and content that inspires you.
Films/TV Shows.For a lot of people watching TV is just a relaxing activity but as a huge film & television buff (I literally have a degree in it) I find that if you look a little deeper, what you're watching can actually be really inspiring. Start noticing the costumes, the colours, the camera angles, changes in depth of field and how the shots are all composed in a certain way. All of these things really get my mind working in terms of how I can push myself to be more original and creative for future content. Sometimes all it takes is seeing one of the elaborate costumes from Game Of Thrones and before I know it, I'm at my keyboard typing away at a fashion-related post.
Instagram.Sometimes scrolling through Instagram makes me green with envy (
Books.Various fashion, beauty, decor, travel, culture and lifestyle books are brilliant for when you want to become inspired. A lot of these types of books are often 'coffee table' books which means they're perfect to just pick up and browse through at any time to get your mind working. For me personally, when I'm looking for quick ideas I find books with an even photo to text ratio work best, that way I don't feel too bogged down with text.
The people around you.There's that saying that says 'everything you need is within you' but I think utilising the people around you and your environment is a really organic way to activate your creative mode. If I see someone wearing a really dynamic outfit that usually makes me want to run home and write a post on street style. Or sometimes when I feel stuck content-wise I'll ask a friend or family member to help me flesh out some ideas. You'd be surprised how many people have a different take on things than you do, and sometimes it's exactly those different opinions that encourage and motivate you to create.
What are your favourite sources for inspiration?