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10 Guaranteed Ways to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas (#7)

Missed the first posts in this series? Check them out here.

#7 Experiment Regularly

When was the last time you did something new? Creativity breeds creativity, so if you’ve allowed yourself to become stuck in a rut that could be one of reasons you’re struggling with coming up with blogging ideas and inspiration.

Try Something New

If new things scare you, I completely get it. I’m the type of person who would always eat the same things and wear the same types of clothes, but I’m learning that variety is the spice of life. It’s good to force yourself out of your little safe, comfortable zone and experience new things — new tastes, sounds, smells, books, recipes, projects, and so on.

As a blogger, never get completely comfortable with doing things the way you’ve always done them. Occasionally challenge yourself to try new types of posts (short and long, funny and deep), new types of writing styles, or new & different approaches to where, how, and when you write.

This doesn’t mean that you always have to be experimenting and can never get into a rhythm, but don’t allow yourself to become so stuck in one way of doing things that you’re not willing to expand your horizons a little to help fuel more inspiration.

Face Your Fears

Earlier this year, I played my violin in front of a crowd for the first time in years. That might not seem like a big deal, but for me it was pretty colossal because it meant facing some very deep-seated fears and punching them in the face.

It’s been the same with public speaking — and even with traveling and meeting new people. I’m an introvert by nature and being in new situations, speaking in front of people, and being around large crowds used to absolutely scare me to the point of nausea. I love home and quiet and the “safety” that it brings.

But my husband and I both clearly felt the tugging in our hearts two and half years ago that I was supposed to start accepting a few speaking opportunities. I cannot begin to describe the sickening fear I had for the first year over every single speaking engagement (some of you witnessed this firsthand if you were in the audience for some of those talks!).

I knew it was the path I was supposed to follow and my husband was confident it was God’s leading, as well. So I faced those fears over and over again. Each time, I got a little bit more confident.

The funny thing is, over time, I’ve discovered is that I love speaking engagements. Sure, there are still some of the nerves to deal with, but the opportunity to get to meet you all face-to-face, hug you, look into your eyes and hear your stories, and glean from your wisdom and real-life examples has been worth all those moments when I wanted to run away and never speak in public or meet a new person again.

Facing my fears in this has enriched my life more than I could have ever imagined. Plus, it’s given me confidence to face other fears head-on, too.

Never Stop Learning

Constantly be challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone and/or be improving in at least one area. If you’re up to it, choose one area in each facet of life (personal, family, business, etc.) to be working on at once so that you’re being stretched in a few different directions.

Take a class, learn a new skill, try a new recipe, experiment with a new do-it-yourself project, develop a new friendship, read a new kind of book, try a new fitness routine… the possibilities are endless. Whatever it is you choose, though, make sure that it’s ultimately blessing your life — not serving as a burden of guilt or making you feel like a failure.

Challenging yourself to always be learning will not only inspire your creativity and motivate you to think outside the box, but it will also give you renewed zest and passion for life. New experiences will provide new stories to write about, new questions to ponder, and new viewpoints to consider. All of these things will enhance your writing — and give you an almost limitless supply of blogging inspiration.

What is one new thing you’re learning or area you’re working on improving in right now?

Sign up to possibly get a FREE McCormick Grill Mates Chatterbox

I recently told you about Chatterbox — a new freebie opportunity from Houseparty. And I’ve got good news: it’s launching with a free McCormick Grill Mates Chatterbox.

Apply to receive a McCormick Grill Mates Chat Pack filled with great goodies for your family and friends to try out. If you’re chosen to receive a free box, it will contain the following freebies:

  • Worcestershire Pub Burger Seasoning
  • Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning
  • Slow & Low Tennessee Smokehouse BBQ Rub
  • Smokin’ Sweet Tea Marinade
  • Smoky Montreal Steak Sauce
  • Perfect Pinch Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
  • Tailgating tips
  • McCormick Grill Mates product guides

Thanks, Family Savings!

Talon Fx Rc Helicopters for $15.98 Shipped!

Right now at Tanga, they have the Talon Fx Rc Helicopter on sale for $13.99. Use coupon code: FLIGHT to take $3 off of the price making the total only $10.99. Shipping is $4.99 and you can choose from 3 colors! Amazon currently has these priced at $25.39!

 Talon Fx Rc Helicopter

Get ready to grab the controls of the coolest helicopter around and take flight! Crafted from metal and ultra durable plastic, the Metro Design RC is also one of the toughest helicopters around. But that doesn’t slow it down! Quick, responsive, and incredibly agile, it’s great for pilots of all skill levels.

Plus, the Talon FX by Metro Design RC features one of the greatest advancements in Helicopter Technology, a Gyro! No more crashing, no more replacing parts, the Gyro has changed RC helicopters forever, making them super maneuverable and extremely easy to fly.

Walmart: Current Deals

Here are the best deals at Walmart right now with thanks to Heather from Passion for Savings for her help in compiling them. The prices below are based on Northwest Arkansas region. Please keep in mind that Walmart deals vary by region so the prices listed here will not be valid at all stores.

Wet N’ Wild Liner, Polish, Lipstick – $0.93
Use $1/1 coupon from the 7/28 RedPlum insert
Free after coupon

Reach Floss – $0.97
Use $1/1 printable
Free after coupon

Dole Tropical Fruit – $1.28
Use $0.75/1 coupon from the 7/28 SmartSource insert
$0.53 after coupon

Muller Greek Corners – $1.08
Buy 2 and use $1/2 printable
$0.58 each after coupon

Muller Frut Ups – $0.88
Buy 2 and use $1/2 printable
$0.38 each after coupon

Ivory Bars (3 pk) – $0.97
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 7/28 P&G insert
$0.47 after coupon

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Nail Color – $1.97
Use $1/1 printable or coupon from the 7/28 RedPlum insert
$0.97 after coupon

See the full list of Walmart deals here.

Find

Did you find a great deal at Walmart? Just post about it on your blog and leave your link below. To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Walmart deals post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your Walmart deals post will be deleted.

 

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Thanks, eReader Girl!