Turning to other members of the community is often the best way to get your creative juices flowing.
When it comes to blogging, the things that keep us going are many and varied: the need to tell a personal story. Great feedback from readers. Even the pleasure of seeing our words and images presented on our site’s sleek new design.
One of the most powerful motivators, however, is the example set by other bloggers.
We recently invited all members of the Daily Post community to tell us about their sources of inspiration (if you’d like to add your own take, drop us a line or two here). A common thread was that whenever you doubt yourselves, feel tired and uninspired, or can’t find a good topic to write about, it’s always a good idea to visit your favorite site.
Let’s give the floor to some of the bloggers who like to turn to their peers for inspiration — are you one of those, too?
I get inspired by other posts, thoughts other bloggers have and write about, and mostly the conversation developing out of commenting on a post.
I feel that very often their comment or their answer to a comment I make gets my mind spinning. Spinning in a good way. The kind of spinning where letters develop into words and words into sentences and those sentences then build a new post.
I began writing publicly to diffuse the scariness of a cancer diagnosis. I keep writing because this shared love of a perfect paragraph has us hopping to and fro to read and write comments like “I hear you” or “I wish I’d written this” and lots of “I sort of hate you a little bit for being this f**king talented.”
I often depend on my blogging neighbors for inspiration. In fact, last week for the first time I did not want to write my weekly post. I was out of inspiration, empty, stifled. So what did I do? I clicked on my reader to see who was mixing it up. Who had ideas? Who was on fire?
I landed on a flash fiction contest by Tipsy Lit and I was off to the races. I took my yoga-centered blog down the wormhole of my imagination. I treated my followers to my fiction writing and received a terrific response. Tipsy Lit‘s contest switched my options as a blogger. It occurred to me I didn’t have to limit myself.
I have been inspired by a number of blogs, but one in particular never stops amazing me. Leanne Cole’s page has amazing photographs, of course, but she also pours out information on how to be a better photographer, hosts challenges, and introduces other photographers’ blogs.
As a photographer who is not very technical and a blogger who is still figuring out how to find other blogs, her blog has been great in both those aspects.
Is there a blogger whose work always pushes you to publish your next post? Leave a comment here, or let us know on our Inspiration page and we might feature your thoughts in a future post.