One great thing about blogging is letting your creativity run free.
You can write about anything you want, with no rules or boundaries to stifle your creative expression.
Unfortunately, we all hit a wall eventually. This is normal, and there are plenty of ways to get those juices flowing when you’re feeling tapped out.
Here are five easy ways to get inspiration:
1. Start with a picture.
Visual stimulation is a powerful way to activate the brain.
Choose a photo that speaks to you or makes you feel a certain way. Note your emotions, and ask, “If I could describe the photo in one word, what would it be?”
Using that word, come up with a title for a blog post that would fit the image. If your word is “peaceful,” you could write about how to achieve inner peace even on the worst days. Play with ideas, and make sure your title complements the image you chose.
2. Use blog title generators.
Blog title generators can be a blogger’s best friend, especially if you’re pressed for time.
Add your own creative twist to make your content stand out. Don’t settle for generic titles when you can be unique.
Below are some popular title generators:
- Blog Title Generator by SEOPressor
- Impact Blog Title Generator
- Blog Post Title Idea Generator by FatJoe
- HubSpot’s Blog Ideas Generator
- Blog Title Idea Generator by Inbound Now
3. Dig through your comments section.
If you have a fairly active community of readers, you can find inspiration there.
It might a question a reader asked or a suggested angle you haven’t explored. Tap your readers to get a fresh perspective.
If you don’t have an active community, check out the comments sections of popular sites.
4. Get active.
Some people will tell you they came up with their greatest ideas while they were biking, taking a walk or jogging in the park.
A Stanford University study showed that walking enhances creative thinking. Another study also reveals a relationship between exercise and divergent plus convergent thinking, both essential components to creativity.
5. Take out your dictionary.
Dust off the nearest dictionary, and flip through the pages. Next, close your eyes, and place your index finger anywhere on the page.
Now, see which entry your finger found. Sure, this is a strange way to get inspiration, but it can be fun, too.
Using that word, come up with interesting titles that your readers might appreciate. For example, if you landed on “alpaca,” have some fun with it. “What an Alpaca Can Teach You About Living a Fulfilling Life” might end up being your biggest blogging hit.
Then again, maybe not, but at least you’ll get those creative juices flowing again.
A version of this post first appeared on the Three Girls Media blog.