Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blogging: How To... Stay Inspired

This is a different kind of post to my normal thang, but I'm hoping to slowly but surely introduce other aspects to my blog as well as personal style posts because, as much as I love clothes (which is a lot), there's a whole host of other things I'd like to talk about, so from time to time I'll weave in little posts like this. I think this post is relevant all year round, but even more so now that the dark nights and bad weather have started to creep in, making outfit posts/beauty posts incredibly hard and staying in bed with a hot chocolate and Netflix incredibly tempting. Ironically, I have had absolutely ZERO motivation this week - apart from when it comes to buying shit I don't need online, damn you Winter - so I thought now was a better time than ever to put this together. So, here are my top tips for staying inspired...

How to stay inspired 1 How to stay inspired 5 How to stay inspired 4 1) Combine all your inspirations together in a place that you can escape to when you're stuck in a rut.

...I actually have several little areas like this. First up is on my computer - a simple folder named 'Inspo' where I save images I come across online which inspire me. Although the majority concern fashion and beauty, there's also ones in there that I like because of the composition, the photography, the lighting, or just the general feel of the photo. I even have photographs of places around the world that excite me, giving me a much needed boost to keep going when I'm on the verge of giving up for the day. I also have a scrapbook of images that inspire me, which you can see a snippet of in the first photo above. Whenever I'm feeling stuck, I sit and have a browse through either (or both!) of these, and come away feeling freshly inspired and ready to go each time. And if the majority of the photos in your album end up being of the Olsens? That's ok, same here. Interior design/photography/fashion books are also great for this and - bonus - all the hard work of combining the images in one place is already done for you.

How to stay inspired 3
2) Keep a clutter-free desk space

This one's hard for me, because I am THE Queen of Clutter, but I find when I have a clear and well-lit space to work in I go approximately 10767 times faster. A clear workspace = a clear mind... or something like that, right? And a clear mind, less 50 things on your desk that you could sit and play with rather than work (I'm looking at you bobblehead toy), means more space for inspiration. Everyone's a winner! Well, apart from bobblehead toy.
3) Outfit grids

This one is more specific to fashion blogging. Some days I wake up and know I'm going to have a Mean Girls style, 'my hairline is so weird, my pores are huge, my nail beds suck' kind of morning and these usually end up in me trying on five different outfit combinations before deciding they all look like shit, nothing suits me, and that I'm going to put my baggy jeans on and live in a hole. For days like this, I'd suggest choosing an outfit by laying it out first, then adding accessories, shoes etc and then just put it all on and run. By the time you're out, hopefully the cloud will have lifted and you'll be left feeling nice and sassy in a blog-worthy outfit, rather than running about in jeans and a t-shirt that has a ketchup stain on it from the night before's dinner.

How to stay inspired
4) Write. That. Shit. Down.

No matter where I am, I almost always have at least one notepad on me. A) because I have an unhealthy obsession with stationary, but also B) because ideas for blog posts come to me at the weirdest times. If you carry a little pad around with you then you can jot down ideas you have for blog posts or YouTube videos as they come to you, to then go back to and have a look through when you're feeling stuck for ideas. Sometimes I'll go back to mine and think, 'what is THAT', but other times there's a good 'un in there that would have slipped out of my sieve-like mind forever if I hadn't written it down.

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5) Take a step back

This one's the hardest to do, but often one of the most effective if you're in a rut. Just take a step back from it all - simples. The more you try and force it, the less will come, so, whether it be for half an hour to enjoy a cup of a tea and a couple of pages of a good book, for an hour to go out for a walk, or for a couple of internet and blog-free days, I guarantee you'll come back brimming with ideas. Your blog isn't going to implode if you do take an occasional day off and treat yourself to that duvet x hot chocolate x multibag of crisps (yes multibag. I've got your back) day. Sometimes all your noggin needs is a little chill-time.

So, there we go, my five top tips for keeping those juices flowing. I hope you liked this post because, like I say, it is a little different from what you'll be used to seeing on here. Equally, if you have any tips of your own that I can look back on when I'm on the verge of crawling under my duvet and into the hot chocolate kingdom then please share them below!



Megan Ellaby said...

Love this gorgey girl! I do almost all of them! Good advice sistaaaaa

Lauren S said...

Definitely agree with taking a step back and writing stuff down - really helps you think about what you really want to talk about and whether it'll work :)
Lauren x
Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

Safiya said...

I loved reading this blog post and especially liked the outfit grid idea. There are too many days where I get dressed and feel like poop.

Cats in Crop Tops

Adele Miner said...

Love this post! Thanks for the tips, I shall definitely be keeping them all in mind! x

Sophie Ruffell said...

Lovely simple straight forward advice!! Need to start writing things down!!


Emmajane. said...

I always do that with outfits! Try them all on, take them all off... I can never decide! X

Nikki Williams said...

i love this post! thank you for sharing! i need some blogging inspiration these days :)


Sophie Ankoku said...

I love this post! Especially since I have a lot of those days T.T I have to try some of these tips out :3 Thanks a lot!

Georgina Hatton-Woods said...

I love to read this style of post as you always pick up a little tip - it's always nice to see more of your personality too :)

Georgina at Brunette in Louboutins x

Caetera said...

Dahahaha need this teacup !


The Style Rawr said...

#3 is definitely a good idea which I'm going to take on board! Cheers mermaid twinnie. ;)

Tara x

Kelly said...

I love this post, great tips I shall take them on board, cool photos xx

Jeanne said...

You look amazing!

Martha said...

Love this! I'm going to try doing outfit grids next time I feel bleugh. I also totally agree with the clear workspace, I cannot do anything if I'm surrounded by mess but that might be because I'm a bit of a clean freak.
Martha xo
It's in the Details, Dahhling

Natalie said...

I'm having a pretty bad time at the minute with keeping motivation so thank you for these tips!

- Natalie
Couttiepie | A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog |

Steph Marston said...

Great post! I also like using Pinterest boards for motivation!Steph x

Dressed By S said...

Such an inspiring post!

VioletDaffodils said...

Fantastic tips! These are really useful :D thanks for sharing :)

VioletDaffodils said...

Fantastic tips! These are really useful :D thanks for sharing :)

Syeda said...

This post already helped to spark some post and fashion ideas! x

Carmen Chapell Elkin said...

Coincidentally I really needed this today - in a bit of a rut as blogging has got a little difficult since I moved to Shanghai. Thanks for the nudge!

Nicola Wyatt said...

I love your always come across as being very charismatic and cheery. Felt so unmotivated for days with uni work and my blog and life generally. I like these kind of posts - I'm still a blogging novice, and at times, it's hard not to wonder if there's much point in persevering in such a saturated market as it is...inspiration in any form is welcomed! xx

Ashley Fenlon said...

I love reading posts like this. It's great to know everybody else gets stuck and wants to hide from the world under a duvet too! Great to see what you do to get out of ruts.

Ashley x

Angie McDonald said...

Absolutely Love this post! So many good ideas and things I can take inspo from! :) xx

רוני רמז said...

Awsome tea cup!

Olivia Wright said...

such good advice xxx