There are days when I hit a creative block. It often happens when I’m very busy and very tired. Sometimes, I’m working hard on a project and have a hard time writing. Other times, I have many ideas for the blog, but I can’t concentrate on design projects. The worse days are when I just want to throw my content editor and sketchbook out the window and change my career.
When things are rough, I like to take a break and look for creative ideas around me. Here’s how to find inspiration for your creative business or blog:
Images, videos, and photography
Visual arts have always played a very important part in my life and that’s why I always create an inspiration board before I start a project. If I don’t have time to put together a moodboard, I just browse my favorite design or photography websites.
You can find amazing images on Pinterest, Behance or Dribbble if you are looking for design inspiration or on stock websites such as Creative Market or Shutterstock. Yes, I know that Shutterstock is filled with boring business photos, but you can find so many hidden gems if you spend some time browsing it.
And if you want to get out of the house, you can find inspiration by visiting art museums or photo exhibitions.
Learn from others
If you are uninspired or you are just starting out and don’t know what to write about, you can always learn from other bloggers and business owners in your niche. Don’t just read their posts or purchase their products. Try to look at what topics they write about, the type of products they make, and what strategies they use.
I follow many bloggers and designers with Feedly and Instagram, and I have many Pinterest boards and bookmarks for blog and pattern design inspiration.
Don’t be afraid to write about the same topics that others have already written about. Don’t be afraid to create a product that’s not original. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s very hard to be original these days and we all have our own styles and experiences that will make our products distinctive.
Don’t forget to look outside of your niche. Follow people that have different opinions or are not afraid to stand out from the crowd.
Find inspiration in Facebook groups or in the comments sections
Facebook groups are gold mines for blog posts and products. Join groups in your niche or groups for small business owners and look through all the posts. You will find many people that ask questions that can be answered in blog posts. You might also find product ideas in these groups.
If you follow popular blogs, you should always read the comments. There are many people that want to learn more about the topic or look for something that was not covered in the posts and you can write about it.
Survey your readers
If you don’t know what your audience is interested in, just ask. You can add a Google Forms or Typeform survey to a blog post or send one to your newsletter subscribers. It’s a great way to get to know your readers and to gather ideas for your blog or business.
When you send surveys, make sure you add multiple choice answers. Many people don’t want to spend time typing answers, but you can add an extra text box for each question for those that want to learn about a specific thing.
Write down everything
While I spend time each month trying to come up with new ideas, I always get the best ideas when I’m away from my computer. Because I don’t want to forget them, I always carry around a small notebook that I can also use as a sketchbook and I also use an app for my phone.
There will be days when you feel uninspired. You might even go through a creative block that spans for weeks or even months. It’s impossible to stay inspired all the time. If you still have no idea what to do, just take a break. Spend some time away from your work and do something that’s nice and relaxing. You will usually feel so much better and more creative after a break.
How do you find inspiration for your blog or creative business?