And nearly six months later, I still wonder that, pretty much all the time. But I have some go-to's that have really helped me when I get stuck in a blogging rut.
1) Something that happened. We all have a story. I personally don't follow many niche blogs and I prefer to see a slice of your life every few days. Weekend recaps and Five on Fridays are great for that if nothing amazing that warrants its own post has happened lately.
2) Link-ups. I am a sucker for a good link-up. You give me a topic plus help point people to my blog? SOLD! But all link-ups all the time? Boring. I try to pick and choose, personally, or if I am going to do several in one week, I try to at least mix it up.
3) Something borrowed, something new. Other blogs are a great resource for content. Should you copy? Never ever ever. Is it okay to post a similar experience and give credit where it's due? I would think so. Amy's cute post about her travel in 2013 made me realize that I have seen a lot this year too, so I have considered a post like it. I also loved Steph's post about the ways in which her husband finds her predictable. I have blog friendships with both of these ladies and I think if I sent them a quick "Hey, do you mind if I..." email, they might not mind. You can also put your own spin on it - list restaurants, concerts, dates, etc. for 2013 instead of travel, or ask your real life BFF how you're predictable.
My first trip in 2013 was to Chicago so of course I had to be a total tourist at the Bean.
4) Lists. I have never seen as many lists as I have now that I'm in the blog world. Bloggers love lists. Have some disjointed tidbits? Find a way to link them in a clever list and BOOM, instant blog post. My weekend was boring last weekend, but instead of telling you that, I presented it in list form as to why it was actually secretly great. Clever.
5) Fun stories that happened (gasp) pre-blogging. I had a life before February 2013 when I started my blog. I've told you about how I met my husband, the time I got fired, and a little about planning my wedding. But there's more! What about seeing Sir Paul McCartney in concert? All of my trips to Las Vegas? Trying out for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Adopting Bauer BooBoo? Believe me, I am going to get as creative as I can to make these into legit blog posts that don't make me look like I'm living in the past. (Pssst... Bauer's 5th birthday is in a few weeks so maybe I already have that post mentally written).
Some great advice that I got at my first blogger meet-up? The posts that you work really hard on and think will resonate with people will get no comments and the posts that you throw together about something you got from Target's dollar bin will blow up. It's hard to predict these things, so I try really hard not to get bummed when one of my favorite posts has two comments and run with inspiration whenever it strikes. In the end, I need to keep the focus of my blog in mind, which is documenting my life right now, and anyone who actually cares enough to both read what I'm saying AND leave a sweet comment just enhances the experience.
So, what inspires your blog posts?