When people ask me for help on starting a website or blog, they always say, "I don't know what to write about!" This was and still is an issue when it comes to finding a niche market to build my personal brand.
I realized that the first thing I always tell people is to list out what you like to do, what makes you happy and what you are passionate about.
When I sat down to think about what I would blog about, I found that I know a lot about what's going on in the social media and technology world, but I am passionate about living well, taking adventures and sharing personal experiences. So, here I am today, blogging about all of these things combined, but it's definitely a work in progress.
Sometimes, it's hard to find inspiration but below are a few places (on and off the web) that will help get your creative juices flowing.
1. Pinterest (of course)
Although this is an obvious choice, I utilize pinterest more than just as a time-killer and to create categorized boards with things that inspire me. For example, when I'm looking for outfit inspiration in the morning, I pick an article of clothing I really want to wear that day, type it in the search bar and find pins of multiple outfits that I can put together with this one item. Pinterest is also a great place to find unique travel spots in different cities. Just search the city and you'll find plenty of photographs and websites of awesome spots that you might not have heard about on a tourism site. I have also found many blogs that I read everyday because of Pinterest like Cupcakes & Cashmere and A Beautiful Mess.
The website speaks for itself. This blog makes me want to travel the world, create home remedies and run wild in open fields. Not to mention their Pinterest page is to die for.
Similar to Pinterest, Designspiration is a website curated by designers that showcase branding, and just plain awesome design work. Needless to say you will likely find these images as my phone/desktop wallpapers.
While some people don't like following people they don't know on instagram and hate getting followed by random users, I love it. I think that Instagram is just another platform to showcase art. So what if all your photos weren't taken with the iPhone and edited in photoshop? I mean, it's great if they aren't because it makes them authentic but one of my favorite instagrams to look at every morning is Wanderer Blog, created by my good friend Chelsea Barrett. She takes an inspirational quote and pairs it with a photograph from someone elses Instagram. It rules. Below are a few more instagrams that are amazing:
5. Coffee Shops
The ambience of coffee shops just makes me happy. What is better than sitting around people sharing conversations, working on homework and smelling the aroma of coffee. Not that I'm trying to eavesdrop or anything, but you overhear some pretty interesting things at coffee shops and they tend to spark ideas. My favorite coffee shops are in Savannah, GA and NYC. The artwork on the walls, music playing through the shop and the talented people that come in and out of these stores really draw ideas out of me. Although this isn't Savannah or New York, there are a few in Orlando that you should definitely check out:
- Lineage Roasting (in the new East End Market!)
- Vespr Craft Coffee
- Drunken Monkey
- Downtown Credo
6. Running trails
The other week I took a run through trails I've never been on before and it brought clarity to a lot of things that have been on my mind. Nature is an amazing source for inspiration because there is hardly anything to focus on but your thoughts and the beauty of your surroundings.
If you have any other places that inspire you, please share in the comments below!