How To Get Out of a Creative Rut As a Blogger

Inspiration can come from many things. You just have to look up & experience them. Most of what I write are from personal experiences – past, present & future thoughts. But even so, a creative rut can happen to anyone. It’s human nature. When this happens, it’s important to just take a breather & step back for a moment.

The blogging community can be a rather saturated place. One of the reasons I questioned blogging was because there are so many people out there doing the exact same thing. How am I supposed to stand out from the crowd? How can I be original? When I go through my feed, it’s hard not to see similarities in topics. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the title “What Every New Blogger Needs to Know” or “10 Ways to A Happier Life.” But after almost 7 months of blogging, I’ve learned the best way to remain original is to always focus on your own perspective. Sure, the title could be the same. The general premise could be similar as well. But a person’s perspective on the matter will always be unique.

There’s a fine line between finding inspiration through other writers vs. down right copying them. I understand the struggle of seeing another bloggers success & thinking to yourself, “I can do that too.” Especially, when you are in a slump, it’s easy to think this way. But the thing is, what’s the fun in following someone else’s journey. Why not focus on yourself & improve your own craft? While you wasted time trying to be that other person, you could have used that same energy to gain a skill & brainstorm on your own. Give yourself more credit.

The biggest reason certain bloggers “succeed” is because their followers fell in love with their personality & perspective as well as their craft. This is why I think creating this online persona is key in creative marketing. You want your readers to like you for you. And if this happens, chances are they will stick around regardless of what you write. Humans are extremely visual now a days. So, connecting with those readers is important (without giving away too much private information). Connection through your words is what draws people in. Others simply want peers to relate to. So, keep that in mind when you are writing your next piece.

Ruts happen when you yourself aren’t completely balanced. A lot of times, when I’m in serious writers block, it’s because I’m neglecting self care. I think a lot of creative people become frustrated when their talent becomes blocked. “Why can’t I be this magical creature who spits out ideas with a snap of my finger?” Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Or in my case, ideas end up flying at 3 am on a Tuesday. Go figure.

The important thing to remember is not to give yourself such a hard time when you run out of ideas for the moment. It’s actually good you let your thoughts marinate. Step away from the laptop, open a book or listen to a podcast & let your thoughts run wild. Ask questions. Debate productively. Let yourself learn new concepts. You’d be amazed at how quickly those ideas start flowing on paper.

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59 thoughts on “How To Get Out of a Creative Rut As a Blogger

  1. I completely relate to the spurt of ideas at 3 am! I used to hate it, then started sleeping with a notebook on the side to write them down and go back to bed. Usually, when I am in a rut I try to read a book or take some time for a mask and an episode on Netflix, just to keep my mind off things, but there are always the days where I think it’s not enough and should do more. Thanks for sharing x

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  2. I totally agree that so many of us write about the same topics, but like you said, it’s our perspective that makes it different. I’ve also learned how to give myself grace when things aren’t flowing as usual. I just pick back up later when the creative juices are flowing. Great post!

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  3. Beautifully said! There are so many times I don’t even want to go through the feed because chances are I will see the same post titles a few times a week. But you’re right about bringing your personality to the table. As a reader, I’ve found that each person that adds their own twist to a post, or even a personal experience has such relatable content. Cookie cutter doesn’t work unless you add some flavor

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  4. Love this! Definitely true that those that are successful aren’t afraid to showcase their personality! It’s what allows you to stand out from the rest.

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  5. So much this!!! It can be really hard to come up with creative content sometimes β€” I’m actually working on a piece for this week that touches on this as well. It’s hard to break patterns and do something β€œdifferent” but it’s the best way to make new content that you feel is totally your own IMO!

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  6. When I’m in a creative rut, I find that a change of scenery helps. While Lockdown has reduced the scenery options, I still find that a walk helps me, especially while listening to music. I completely relate to the 3 am ideas, and I say this as I write this comment at around 2 am. πŸ˜… I love your advice, and I agree, I enjoy your posts, and your social media for that matter, because of your perspective. Thank you for sharing. 😊

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  7. Interestingly enough, I was just thinking about how I’m going to keep coming up with new blog posts, so this was perfect timing! You said it perfectly, there’s a difference between giving your own perspective versus copying someone else’s post entirely. Everyone is different and has their own opinions, just because the title may be the same, it doesn’t mean the content will be the same!

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  8. It’s so true, focus on your own perspective. For a long time, I was self-conscious about my blog because it’s a bit weird and not really like other blogs, but I love writing on it, and that’s all that matters.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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  9. Yes, true sometimes we get creative rut and we also struggle to make our blog unique. Besides sharing interesting contents, we can also create unique features for our blog. Maybe have a blog corporate color or mascot. That will do.

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  10. I agree that the only way to be original is to speak from your own heart and your own life experience, showing the world your unique personality. I also agree that we should not blog when we are feeling low or without energy. This will come through in the writing.

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  11. I love this post! Definitely agree with writing from your own perspective and not what others write. I tend to have a notebook nearby when an idea comes up. When I’m in a rut, I listen to some music and just relax, helps ease my mind. Great post as usual 😊!

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  12. I feel the weight of the sea of bloggers on my shoulders everytime I sit down to write. I’ve learned when I have momentum to write take that chance to write as much as I can.

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  13. You are absolutely right! Personality is KEY! People fall in love with your personality more so than your blog. People love to feel a sense of connection. Therefore, everyday I strive to be my most authentic self and because of this I have been able to connect with some AMAZING individuals! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. This is really stellar advice. I can certainly learn from this going forward. It is easy to lose focus and fizzle out of ideas. These are great ways to get that creativity back!

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