Inspiration plays a big part in blogging.
When you’re inspired, you have access to an what seems like an unlimited resource of ideas. I remember when I first started, it seemed like I couldn’t get through a single post without coming up with five ideas for other posts. I guess you might describe it as a particular kind of flow … like jamming with a jazz band.
When you’re not inspired, it can be pretty devastating.
Inspiration Expires Faster than Fruit and Milk
I believe it’s “Rework” — an excellent book about starting a business from the founders of 37Signals — that said inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk … it expires.
Where inspiration comes from is mysterious … it comes from everywhere!
Instead of trying to figure out how and where it comes from so you can force it, simply understand that it’s an opportunity …. they come and go. With this mindset, you’ll be inclined to take advantage of your inspiration before it expires and thus become more productive.
How to Run With Your Inspiration
When you’re hit with inspiration, you need to run with it.
If you keep a notebook on hand wherever you go, which I highly recommend, you’ll be able to jot your ideas down wherever your are, then set them into motion as soon as you’re in front of your computer.
I tend to do a lot of brainstorming in my notebook as well as in the actual post section of WordPress. If I’m struck with inspiration for a new post, I’ll start it right then and there. Trying to draft the entire post would be a pretty big distraction from the current task you’re working on, so instead consider jotting down a few potential titles, points you’d like to make throughout the post, and anything else you’d like to include. When you’re done with your current task, jump back into the post you created and pick up where you left off.
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