I think everyone who has his or her own little place on the internet can relate to this: your head almost explodes of ideas when you don't have time, but when you do have time you just sit there and stare at your computer screen and the little sausage-like creatures called 'fingers' lying on your keyboard without a purpose.
I've had this exact problem for a long (a very, very long) time - writing wouldn't work, I didn't really feel like taking photographs and I just let my blog be a space I sometimes posted something to - maybe once a week.
But I recently had a day on which this 'bleh'-blogging-mood turned around. If you're in the same position as the one I was in a while ago, take a look at these tips and you might find yourself feeling inspired to work on blogposts whenever you're free. Because that's how I feel right now!
This is the one thing that made me realize things cóúld be different. I met up with Laura (www.lauresque.com) a while ago. We (obviously) discussed our blogs and I just had to admit that my blogging hadn't been working for some time, I didn't really feel like it, and I didn't want to see blogging as my main-'something' anyway. Laura told me that things were the complete opposite for her - she's so motivated (and talented as well) and that shows when she talks about that thing called 'blogging'. I felt kind of bad when I was cycling home - I wanted to be that motivated for my passion as well (because I had been in the past). And that's when I realized I COULD be that motivated and happy again! I have a blog! I have sweet readers and followers! The only thing I had to change was my motivation and the number of hours I spend on writing posts.
-> What I want to say that meeting other, maybe more motivated people than you - and if you don't know any bloggers in person, just send an email to one that seems nice - will make you feel motivated and inspired to do more ánd better.
Keep a list of ideas
This won't help you right away, but it will be a source of inspiration on the long run. If you always carry a little notebook around, jotting down ideas that pop into your head is easy. I have a long list of blogpost-ideas I want to write someday, and if I'm feeling uninspired I just take a look at that list.
Write for yourself
Looking at statistics can be tempting - which posts are most popular, which posts are not that loved? - but it's very important to just nót do this. Write for yourself, and doing this will show you that finding the right words is a lot easier because you write about things you love.
You can go outside even if there are no bloggers to inspire you. Go to the nicest coffeeshop in your area and order your absolute favorite drink, let yourself fall into the comfiest chair, grab the book you're currently reading and forget about your inspirationlessness. When I do this I often find myself to be very inspired to write later because - just because you let it go - many ideas flourish. - You don't even have to go to a coffeeshop, by the way, a nice sunny (even rainy!) walk will do too.
Read other blogs
This can be tricky (you don't want to just copy other people's ideas), but it can help to read other people's posts as well.
Take photos first, write later
You might think - but what should I take photos of? - but often taking beautiful photos leads to new ideas for blogposts. I have had this before - I grabbed my camera and took some pretty photos of a calming sunset or something like that and realized that those would go perfectly with a post about relaxation. Hah, and there you have it - an idea for a new blogpost.
Look up older posts
Taking a look at my first blogpost always gets me a bit cranky - spelling- and grammatical errors occur more than they do nowadays. I'd love to reread every old post and correct the mistakes but I don't have time for this. Who does? This, however, does inspire me to think my sentence structure and word choices through better in the present and future, and this helps me write better posts overall. - And oh! You might also find series you once started but never continued. Examples on lemontierres: 'what made me happy' (even though I do want to keep on doing these), and 'wallpaper wednesday' (I gave up on that idea a long time ago) (whoops).
Write some place else
And I don't mean another geographical place with that (even though that might help as well) but on and through a different medium. Grab an old notebook and pen and try writing your blogpost by hand - yes, by hand. Doing this often makes you write differently because this isn't as easy as writing on a computer.
Follow a course
I've never done this before but I've been wanting to do this for a long, lóng time - taking a (creative) writing course. This would better my technique and I think the at-home assignments you'd receive would inspire you to write more (and differently).
I think doing the same things over and over again will make you face a blogger's/writer's block one day. Stir things up and do something very and truly different. Write a fairytale, a news bulletin, a short story, a poem, an I-don't-know - do something you've never done before. Doing this is a lot of fun and will make you face a lot of problems you've never encountered before (because how, in god's name, do you write a fáirytale?) - and you'll have to solve these problems in a creative way. This will inspire you to write blogposts differently and figure blog-related struggles out differently. Hah!
This blogpost has become a very long piece of text, but I do hope it's a helpful long piece of text. If you happen to have more tips for other fellow bloggers, please leave them in the comments.
What do you do when writing won't work?