Last week, it was pretty quite on the blog. Not because I didn’t have anything to share; I had plenty of post ideas in my notebook, even a few draft posts written. In all actuality, I had too much to share. And I had a new idea almost every day. It was overwhelming, and in the end, nothing was really shared. Sound familiar?
It usually starts out as any post-planning day would for me. Reading through my favorite blogs to see what’s already floating around out there, reading through notes on what readers have enjoyed and want more of, and, of course, some twisted force leads me to Pinterest, where I stay for an hour. Pinning, re-pinning, and jotting down even more notes. Overall, getting no where.
Having too many ideas for content is just as bad as not having any at all. You get so caught up in the pre-writing phases: finding images, editing images, researching ideas; and you never actual find the time to write.
Have you ever experienced this?
As bloggers and creatives, it is in our nature to find inspiration in as many places as possible. We just have to take care to balance our creative side with our practical and action-based side! Here are a few tips to help you prevent getting lost in inspiration!
You designated this time to blogging for a reason. If you allotted yourself 3-4 hours to write and schedule some posts that you’ve had qued up, taking an hour long Pinterest break isn’t in your best interest. Do yourself a favor, close out those extra tabs, and situate yourself somewhere that allows for a productive work flow.
Treat your idea list as a checklist
Before you start searching the web for new ideas, make sure you have used up all of your old ones! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found genius post ideas on a forgotten post it or notebook page. Cross off ideas that you’ve used, and when they’re gone, focus on adding new ones.
Use an editorial calendar
I know I’ve said this tip many times before, but having a schedule or blogging routine does help the flow of your work. Knowing which posts I have lined up for a few weeks helps me focus on writing and designing the post rather than searching around for (and getting distracted by) inspiration. Keeping my blog post ideas organized is a huge help for me. Many times, we go searching for more inspiration because we simply don’t remember what we’ve planned.
Do you struggle with being distracted by over-inspiration? How do you combat it?