I’ve basically just wrote over six hundred words about forgiveness and the act of apologizing to find that I’d already posted something along very similar lines only three months ago! And the way I finally made that discovery inspired me to come up with some tips for other Bloggers to avoid making the same mistake:
1. Use ‘labels’ or ‘tags’
On Blogger (I’m unsure if it’s the same on other Blogging sites) it allows you the option to choose keywords around the subject of each of your blog posts. You can make this list as extensive or as limited as you like but it allows for your post to show in Google searches on the words you’ve included. The other bonus of this (which I’ve just discovered) is that you can search for all posts featuring a particular label which means that you can ensure that your content is actually original to anything you’ve ever posted.
2. Try something new
One of the greatest things I ever did with my content was when I tried writing content around lists; they’re incredibly easy to ensure originality. You can take inspiration from another Blogger yet still make the post completely your own and have it read as though it’s a brand-new idea! They’re also much easier to write as it’s a lot easier to organize your thoughts and the message you’re trying to get across in the post.
When Pinterest was founded in 2010, co-founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp can’t have comprehended just how inspirational it would become. Thousands of professional interior designers flock to the images of modern, bland offices and copper and grey kitchens. Hundreds of fashion bloggers search for photos of people’s styling in different continents and from everyday to awards ceremony outfits. And millions of cat lovers get their daily fix of cute kitten photos from the search bar of Pinterest. I take my content inspiration from the images featuring quotes.
4. Find inspiration randomly
In recent weeks, inspiration for my blog posts has varied from Pinterest images, to song lyrics, to real-life experiences, to TV programmes and movies. In a recent phone call with the Head of Comms for a very important, high-profile organization, I was asked if there was anything in particular that I’d be interested in blogging about and I told them that they’d surprised at the amounts of things I can turn into being applicable to a mental health blog! I like to think, though, that this just illustrates how many aspects of life mental health falls into.
5. Talk to people
Sometimes, you can exhaust content on some of your personal experiences and it isn’t until you talk with someone else that you either get a new perspective on things or shed light on experiences that you are yet to blog about.