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Finding Your Blogging Inspiration In 3 Easy Steps

This is a guest post by Tony Teegarden of Tony Teegarden Dot Com.

Purposeful Inspiration

What is inspiration and how do you wrangle it to propel your blogging efforts forward in a more purposeful manner?

Being that I’ve been a musician myself for 25 years, I’ve had a few experiences with inspiration and I can tell you inspiration seemed all too very random in the early years. Today I have a different perspective.

Here are a few definitions of inspiration:

1. The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.

2. The stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.

Stimulation was the key word I began to pick up on. Would it benefit you as a blogger to move your intellect, stimulate your mind, or power your emotions purposefully to a higher level?

  • What could be possible if this was so?
  • How could you accomplish it while experiencing feelings of fulfillment?
  • How much more fun could you have in the process of doing it?

Here are a few of my suggestions, and tools to assist in nurturing your blogging inspiration purposely.

This is a guest post by Tony Teegarden of Tony Teegarden Dot Com.

Purposeful Inspiration

What is inspiration and how do you wrangle it to propel your blogging efforts forward in a more purposeful manner?

Being that I’ve been a musician myself for 25 years, I’ve had a few experiences with inspiration and I can tell you inspiration seemed all too very random in the early years. Today I have a different perspective.

Here are a few definitions of inspiration:

1. The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.

2. The stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.

Stimulation was the key word I began to pick up on. Would it benefit you as a blogger to move your intellect, stimulate your mind, or power your emotions purposefully to a higher level?

  • What could be possible if this was so?
  • How could you accomplish it while experiencing feelings of fulfillment?
  • How much more fun could you have in the process of doing it?

Here are a few of my suggestions, and tools to assist in nurturing your blogging inspiration purposely.

1. Seed Your Inspiration

Knowing your mission or what you stand for can act the seed of your inspiration. This becomes a huge resource in purposely cultivating ongoing inspiration for your blog.

For example, ask yourself some these questions to gain clarity on your mission and what you stand for currently:

  • What exactly is it that I stand for?
  • What is the message that I want to convey?
  • What is the emotional payoff I’m looking to experience in the process?
  • What is the end result that I’m looking for?
  • How will I know I’ve experienced it?

One good way to either find or clarify your mission and tap into inspiration is to sit down and ask yourself, “What major life experiences have I had and overcome that I have intimate knowledge of?”

I can tell your readers need of support, solutions, and the ability to connect. They are looking for someone who gets where they are and can communicate solutions with compassion.

If it’s something you’ve experienced and successfully overcome, there’s a good chance you can be passionate on the subject.

Inspiration isn’t hard to tap into continuously when you have obtained clarity on your mission and you’re passionate about that mission.

To know your mission and be passionate about your topic means don’t try and be everything to everybody. Just write or blog in the unique voice that the one somebody resonates with. You’ll know what that is because it feels right.

Those readers will be inspired to action by your why you do it more than by what you do. Because your words, actions and thoughts are all in alignment with your mission you’ll have a hell of a lot more fun doing it. That’s inspiring.

2. Be Prepared for Inspiration

Now this one may sound woo woo but I assure you it’s not.

Once I got clear on my mission to inspire others to focus on self exploration and optimization, I found stuff just flowed through me. I found ideas, concepts, and content just popped up all the time.

I could be having a conversation with someone on something off topic, and something they would say would trigger an idea, blog post, or product concept.

I’m prepared for inspiration at all times of the day now (or night) because I know it can happen instantly and be triggered by just about anything.

  • I carry 3×5 cards around with me everywhere I go to write down ideas.
  • I record either melodies, concepts, or ideas into my iPhone (yes, I’m still a musician).
  • I copy and save blog comments that I make on other blogs for re-purposing.

So in one way I expect and am open to receive inspiration, but I don’t force it.

By just being prepared for inspiration to come to me, I can allow myself to let go and be open to receiving it.

3. Becoming Aware of Inspirational Triggers

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

Once you are clear on your mission and you begin to track / record your inspirational moments, because you prepared for them, you’ll become aware of times and experiences that trigger your inspiration the most.

The two most purposeful times of the day inspiration comes to me is first thing in the morning when I’m in a state of just becoming awake and in the shower.

In the morning I’m not quite asleep and I’m not quite awake either. This is a time when I’m able to tap into some of my best ideas and solutions. For that reason I always have my 3×5 cards on my night stand so I can immediately write down whatever came to me, otherwise I’ll forget.

No 3×5 cards in the shower, however. I am prepared to either speak into the iPhone or immediately dry off and write down the ideas.

  • Watching a Movie
  • Listening to Music
  • Mastermind Group Discussions
  • Being In Nature
  • Driving
  • Exercising (Running)

Quite frankly, because I’m tapped into my mission with a lot of clarity, I get inspiring ideas from all of the above.

Sometimes my inspiration triggers melodies and lyrics, blog post topics and, lately, information products.

Inspiration Is Unique To Everyone

This isn’t a comprehensive concept of inspiration, but just a few tools that I use to tap into inspiration in a more purposeful manner. I’ve found that not only certain environments trigger inspiration but smells, touch, and being in the company of certain relationships fire it off too.

Inspiration can serve many of us as tool, and it doesn’t have to always be hap hazard event or completely miscalculated occurrence.

Now share with me any other ways you find inspiration more purposefully.

Your Blogging Inspiration

Do you already know when you feel inspired most? What have you noticed triggers your inspirational juices? Are you always prepared to record these inspirations to make the most out of your blogging experience?

By Tony

Tony Teegarden is a Personal Development Blogger & coach with an edge for not following the status quo. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

53 replies on “Finding Your Blogging Inspiration In 3 Easy Steps”

Tony:

How fun to come to Kikolani’s blog today and find a guest post by you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you really speak into your iPhone if you are in the shower? J/K.

I find that I get a lot of inspiration for blogging but my most difficult thing is finding the time to write the blog posts on a consistent basis. I do sometimes lose ideas because I fail to properly capture them, especially if I am not sitting at my computer when the idea hits.
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Aw thanks Michelle!

I don’t usually speak into my iPhone “in” the shower only after I’ve gotten out lol. maybe i’ll try it sometime though lol. (Ok not)

I agree with you on the time thing. I tend to do all of my posts in one setting for the week like on a Sunday. I also save .txt files of blog ideas and then just copy and paste them into WordPress refine, add and whatever else needs to be done to prepare them for posting.

This keeps me from being overwhelmed or procrastinating on putting the ideas into action.
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Tony – I was doing mine on Sunday’s for awhile actually. Have been trying, quite hard, to not do any work on the weekends so now my challenge is to set aside (and more importantly, HONOR) an appointment with myself during the week to do them.

I use MS OneNote and that is where I typically capture my ideas….when at the computer. ๐Ÿ™‚

well you can make any day your day to commit to doing the writing. (honestly first thing in the morning after my morning rituals is when i feel the “writing justices” flow.

I have to say though I “love” your catching of “HONORING” your appointments and commitments. That’s huge, because you’re every bit worth doing so.

Kick ass!

I like Evernote on the iPhone too by the way. Great for capturing images, text and notes on the fly and it sinks up with my my laptop too!
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Tony, inspiration is crucial to success for everyone who works in any creative field, and that includes being self-employed.

Two points:

1. Consider using a small digital voice recorder to capture those ideas. It’s easy to use when you’re walking or driving, and it’s also handy to have by the bed for those 2 a.m. inspirations.

2. Make sure to get enough rest. It’s harder to be receptive to inspiration when you’re tired.

Great post. Thanks!
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Thanks for your input John.
I have a good friend of mine who uses the digital voice recorder thing a lot. I’m still kinda old fashioned with the 3×5 card thing but something about paper to pen works for me. I like the iPhone recorder thing fro when I’m driving like you mentioned.

Your 2nd point about rest is dead on! I completely agree. It’s challenging to allow inspiration to move through you when the “you” is too worn out or tired for basic functions emotionally.

Thank you for the kind words my friend!
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Many of our blogging ideas come from driving the neighborhoods we service. As a real estate company, there really isn’t much inspiration that takes place. Finding new neighborhoods to blog about is about as exciting as it gets around here. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Hi there Colleen,
My prior industry over 10 years ago was as a sales person in the manufactured home industry so I feel you.

If I had to do it again given the blogging tools I’d be featuring stories of current or even previous buyers and/or sellers. Ask them if they are open to being “featured” on your blog.

I’m sure you’d agree there are sometimes all kinds of interesting stories (twists and turns) that lead to their occupying their new home.

Make the blog about more than just listings and sales. Give it something people can look to for inspiration to do business with you. Stories that leads to the sale of a home can be super inspiring and instill trust in your possible customers. (I know that would draw me into wanting to do business with you If I read “success” stories on your blog)

Just my humble opinion. Pretty inspiring stuff I think ๐Ÿ˜‰

Glad to see you stop by!
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Hey Tony! Great post. I definitely find that if I become more aware and actually ‘look’ for inspiration, I generally find it… although you’re right, it’s more often when you’re not quite expecting it, but should be! ๐Ÿ™‚

So as with anything, being more mindful can help you exponentially. Thanks for sharing a great point of view!

Warmest
C
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I’m glad the post resonated with you Cori! Thanks for your input. Originally I had titled the post Purposely Finding Blogging Inspiration but I didn’t like the flow of it. However it’s more true than anything.

I like to remain open and prepared to allow inspiration to move “through” me. When I’m the bridge between the what can be and what is i feel “connected.”

You’re quite welcome and I like the “mindful” comment. So so very true ๐Ÿ˜‰
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So inspirational post and so true many of the points mentioned.

My best inspiration-triggers, are like you said, when you arenโ€™t asleep and not quite awake either.
This is called alpha-state and youโ€™ve your mind free to flow.

Other is while Iโ€™m running too (in soft-mood, not in hard training), it seems that my mind likes this state, flowing thoughts.

A mini-block note (an old fashioned way) is always useful when a new idea arrived.

Thanks for sharing this article Tony and Kristi. The same was stumbled and R-tweeted ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

Gera
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For me it’s often when I’m out and about – so I now carry a small pad and pen with me. I find that otherwise when I try to remember the idea I had that I can’t.

Usually, i will find the blogging inspiration from reading others articles in the websites. Sometimes, i prefer to read a book. I will not force myself to write but only write when i wish to. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

I really like that you put “watching a movie” under inspirational triggers. I’ll go further and say this – as a practical rule, it isn’t hard to write about TV or movies. The blog entry tends to write itself: you have to describe the situation, then explain its relevance and your thoughts. And given that TV is meant to grab our attention anyway, it isn’t hard to find things relevant to yourself or a general audience.
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Hey Dev! You’re welcome. I “just” got notification of your comment (but it says from June 2nd?!)

Anyway thanks a lot. I didn’t mention online inspiration because well, I like to get inspiration from outside of the web. Call me old school in some manners haha. Great point that I totally look over. Thanks man!

I have already subscribed to may blogs that writing about blogging, I get inspired for blogging, by reading their article. But the main point is I am not getting time for write article for my blog. I see that all other blog posting frequency is very good than me. So this is the one reason why I am lack behind them.

…..donโ€™t try and be everything to everybody….

I totally agree with this. As another qoute says, you cannot please everybody. It is best to be yourself. As one enters your blog, they are actually entering your world. So what matters is that you’ve done your best to impart your knowledge, your experiences and that you have shown them that you are there to help and that they have a lot to benefit from you or your blog. So, just be real, be you and everything else will follow.

One way where I can get inspiration is to spend time with my family. After all, they’re the reason for everything I do.

Hiya All!

This is my first time here on this blog, and I just want to say hi to everybody. I’m really enjoying what I’m seeing here and would like to contribute towards the comment too.

Writer’s Block (or maybe Blogger’s Block will be more appropriate) is something that afflicts the best of us and when your business depends on your constant writing output you can get caught in a vicious circle so quickly…..I think we all have experienced this in one form or another.

I find that stepping away from my work space altogether, and just taking some quiet time out in the garden, with the phone also remaining behind on the desk really serves to rejuvenate my soul and restart the flow of words that are needed to make things happen. Mother Nature does it for me.

Glad to see you here Jaq!

I think whether we’re blogging or writing a book, writers block is appropriate. It hasn’t happened a lot in my past where I don’t know what to write because I’m pretty passionate about personal development, self growth, psychology, spiritual growth etc…So crap, I don’t run out of much.

But less It sounds as if I’m bragging I’m just making a point that I’m “Passionate” about my interests. And that helps a LOT in never running out of inspiration i.e. content.

It does happen though when I reach a stage of not coming up with anything fresh and walking away, getting some air, going for a walk or whatever it may be is key.

Balance man balance lol.

Great contribution my new friend and welcome to Kikolani!

I love how you said to be prepared for inspiration. I’m one of those people who says inspiration can be inconvenient in that it always hits when I there’s nary a post it to be found. However, I now make sure there is something- pen & pad/ recorder/ having my child repeat my idea over and over like a mantra until we get home – so I don’t forget my ideas.
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I fully admit to having billiongs of browser pages open during the day. I come back to them at the end of the day or when i take a break to read them. I’m glad they serve as inspiriation for you ๐Ÿ™‚

In the quest of getting interesting ideas, in most cases I’m going through various blogs and websites. Despite of that, finding inspiration is proving a tough job for me in the last weeks. Other than that I liked the article, since some interesting points are covered. Looking forward to reading more on the subject!

I get inspiration from my clients. The questions they ask, and their enthusiasm regarding Social Media. That inspires my next blog post. Great article. Light bulb moments come out of nowhere, so I agree, your reaction is what determines the next step.
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Thank you for this amazing post! I feel inspired already. I too keep the pen and paper close at hand, but rather than writing it on cards, I keep an artist journal with blank pages so that I can write and draw to help me remember my ideas with more clarity. I also save blogs (like this one!) so that I can come back to them and be revitalized in what interests me and how other people perceive the type of things Iโ€™m interested in.
Thanks again!

Most of the time I stuck and thing to surrender in blogging. I just didn’t know how to get more inspiration. Tony, your article is helping me a lot in finding ideas to write. I hope there is a THANK YOU BUTTON here ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a sure source of inspiration for any bloggers. Very insightful post Tony. Though I am bit late in reading your post, this is timely for me because I am needing more inspirations to be more zealous in my blogging moves.

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