Every blogger has gone through a creative block at one point or another and it is really rough. I have had blocks that have lasted for weeks and really made me reevaluate my websites and where I wanted to take them.
I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason. Usually when I go through these blocks, I have an amazing vision at the end of it. Which technically, makes the block worth it because I learn a few new things and I am bettering not only my business but myself as a writer and creative entrepreneur.
Case in point: I had been feeling quite uninspired by my sites and wanted to take them to the next level but didn't know how. I had been racking my brain for ideas and trying to gather inspiration all while getting a bit overwhelmed. And by a bit overwhelmed I mean getting super stressed out especially with everything on my plate. When this happens I take a few days where I try not to go on my computer and social media and really think about why I started, what exactly I want to accomplish and what I envision. Once I spend some time thinking about that I tend to go and do a ton of research on how I can grow my business and tips on different aspects of social media, blogging, business, etc. This creative block ended up with me deciding it was time to switch both my sites from Blogger to Squarespace. You can read why HERE. Within a few hours I had beautiful sites that I was able to customize easily and looked 100% better than they did before. The next day I ended up sending out a newsletter and writing four blog posts. It is amazing what a beautiful design will do to inspire you.
Here are a few tips and pointers for helping your creative flow when you are feeling completely uninspired!
Get away from social media and your computer...I find that when I feel uninspired, going on social media and my computer makes my head feel even more cluttered. Take however long you can and close your computer. Read a book, watch that show on Netflix you've been wanting to see, go outside, or go meet up with a friend. Do something to get your mind off of blogging/business. You will be surprised to find inspiration in the most unlikely places!
Reevaluate EVERYTHING...What's working? What isn't working?...These are the two most important questions to ask yourself when you have no idea what to do next. Take out a pen and piece of paper and go back to square one. What topics are the most rewarding for you to write about? Maybe you need a brand redesign or new layout. Take a step back and figure out what you should really be focusing on that will be most beneficial for you and your readers.
Talk to someone and get their honest opinion...This is one of the most helpful things you can do. Getting an outside opinion will allow you think outside the box and you may even get some good advice!
How do you stay creative and inspired?