f you’re a blogger or content creator of any kind, then you would probably agree that few things are worse than feeling uninspired or creatively stuck.

Many bloggers keep a running list of blog post ideas, that they can draw from on those days when the ideas just aren’t flowing. I have a list like that, but there are some days when I’m so creatively stuck that even looking at that list doesn’t help, because there’s still something blocking me. And that can be extremely frustrating, especially if we’ve committed to a particular schedule or we’re trying to meet a deadline.

So what can we do when we’re in a creative slump but we don’t want to waste time waiting around for inspiration to strike?

Here are 10 things you can do during those creatively stuck moments. Some of these “to do’s” might spark creative ideas, and others are things that should be done anyway, if you’re trying to grow your blog, get more traffic and improve as a blogger.

1) Read and comment on popular blogs

Instead of staring at that blank screen, take this time to go visit other blogs. This is a great way to network with other bloggers in your niche, build friendships, and get visits to your blog. That is, if you leave thoughtful and interesting comments. Whatever you do, don’t leave a half-hearted comment for the sole purpose of getting a link back to your site. Comment on posts you truly enjoyed or have something to say about.

2) Find out what the “topics du jour” are

Go to Google Trends, Buzzfeed, discussion forums (where people discuss politics, current events, etc.) or other places where you can find out what people are talking about.

I post on a couple discussion forums, and the lively debates going on there often give me ideas for blog posts or videos.

3) Repromote older content

If you’ve been blogging for a while, you probably have a few great blog posts in your archives that a lot of people haven’t read yet. Find a good one, dust it off, (you might need to make a few modifications) maybe even come up with a new title, and just promote it. Promote it on social media and linkups (especially “throwback” linkups specifically for sharing older blog posts) and any other places you normally share your posts.

4) Find a guest poster

Instead of wallowing in that “stuck” feeling and doing nothing, use this time to contact bloggers in your niche that you respect and admire, to invite them to guest post on your blog.

Some internet experts say that guest blogging is passé, because it has gotten spammy. But if you specifically ask quality bloggers who will undoubtedly add value to your blog, then it’s still a great blogging strategy for a number of reasons. It brings variety to your blog, it attracts new readers, it will give you more social media exposure (as they promote the post to their followers)… and of course it gives you fresh, high quality content to post when you’re feeling uninspired or you need time to work on other things.

5) Read the bible and pray

This one might be a no-brainer for Christian bloggers. Nevertheless, it should be included on this list. Quiet time with God and reading His Word is always a good thing. Maybe there’s something that you need to resolve – that might be the reason you’re feeling uninspired or unable to focus on creative work.

It could be that God wants you to rest, or take a break. Or it could be that there’s some lesson to be learned.

Even if that’s not the case, spend time in God’s Word and you can prayerfully share some thoughts about a particular passage, or a short devotional style post based on an inspiring scripture. You can also do a “list post.” For example, a list of your 10 favorite verses, or the verses you find intriguing, or something along those lines.

6) Be a storyteller

lightbulb-momentThink about an important life lesson that you’ve learned, or an interesting story, or a funny story, and just put it down on paper. Well, maybe not actual paper, but you know what I mean.

People love stories. This is something I want to do more often. I have so many stories from my past and important lessons that I’ve learned. Most of them I haven’t even shared yet. I don’t consider myself a writer, but I think I need to get over that and just write!

Even if “storytelling” isn’t your usual writing style, you don’t get better at something without practice, right? And that leads to the next one…

7) Try something completely different

Many of us are camera shy, but if you’re feeling creatively stuck, try filming a Youtube vlog, or just try something that’s completely different for you. Maybe put together a tutorial, record a podcast, or try writing about something that you don’t ordinarily write about.

You never know, experimenting might break you out of that uninspired slump and lead to something amazing!

8) Beautify your website

If all else fails, this might be a good time to beautify and organize your blog. Remove any clutter, add some beautiful photos, change the color scheme or even try out a new theme. You can also go through your media library and delete unused files, give your about page a makeover, or do anything else that you haven’t had time to do.

9) Join blogging networks and groups

If you haven’t done this already, you could use this time to go join some blogging networks and groups. Blogging networks are another way to bring traffic to your site, meet other bloggers in your niche, find out about monetizing opportunities and improve your SEO. There are tons of blogging networks out there, just look for the good ones and sign up!

There are also blogging groups that are worth joining. For example, Facebook blogging groups. I joined one a few months ago that has been super helpful, for a number of reasons. They’re a great resource for tips, ideas, finding linkups and pinterest group boards and more. And it’s a great way to meet other bloggers who are very encouraging and helpful. You can get new followers on social media and promote other blogger’s posts, while they promote yours.

10) Research topics that interest you

Finally, sometimes we need to take a break from giving and just receive. During creative slumps, use that time to read and research interesting topics that you’ve been wanting to learn more about.

The more we learn, the more we can pass along what we’ve learned with others. There’s always something to learn, so there’s no excuse for not doing just that!

So there you have it!

I’m sure there are tons of other things you can do during those “creatively uninspired” days, but I hope this list of 10 things will be helpful!

I have to admit, I really hate it when I feel uninspired. But I no longer want to let it stop me from being productive, or cause me to wallow in self-pity. Many blogging experts say that when you’re feeling uninspired, you have to just do it anyway. While it might be true that pushing through and simply taking those first steps can sometimes snap us out of a slump… when we’re feeling stuck, I think it’s important to try to figure out what the problem is.

Right before writing this blog post, I was in a creative slump for days. Then I realized that part of the problem was that for weeks, I wasn’t exercising or eating healthy. I’m not an athletic person, I’m very indoorsy (OK, I guess I’m a nerd!) so sometimes I can spend hours on the computer, with very little physical activity, which of course is unhealthy.

So I think that God has been showing me that in order to be productive and creative, I need to be healthy, well rested and just have a more balanced life. God cares not only about our soul and spirit, but our physical health too.

Putting together this list and sharing my thoughts on this topic has actually been really helpful for me! In fact, I might print off this list, and hang it on the wall or something. Because the reality is, we’re not going to be overflowing with creativity every day. But it’s important to not allow that lack of inspiration to paraylyze us. And it’s definitely important to get recharged and refilled whenever necessary, so we can then get back to creating and giving to others.

If you’re a blogger or creative person, how do you deal with those uninspired moments? If you have any ideas you want to share, please do so!

Thanks and God bless!

  • Kimberly

    Hi Lily!
    This is a great list. I actually was struggling with this today. I try to post every Friday, but today I was in a major slump. (I recently finished a blog series, so maybe that’s the cause for the lethargy.) Anyway, when I am feeling uninspired and am staring a deadline in the face, I like to record myself presenting the idea as a speech. I pretend I am preparing a vlog, and just talk about the topic I am working on. Most of those ideas don’t make it into the final draft, but it definitely helps get things moving. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with Fellowship Fridays!

    • Hi Kimberly! That’s a really cool idea, I definitely want to try that next time! Sometimes we just need to take some sort of action, and it IS easier to talk than to write, so it makes sense to do that to get things going. Thanks for visiting from Fellowship Fridays and have a great evening!! 🙂

  • Jackie Dixon

    Hey Lily!!! Love this post! I am still in the place where I have so much to say and just not enough time to write, but I’m sure those uninspired moments will hit me at some point or another, and I will definitely refer to this list! I especially love your tip to get some time in the Word in to see if there’s something we need to move past or realize, or just to be refreshed. And you are dead on that staying healthy and getting moving does wonders for our creativity and productivity – God really does care about our bodies too! 🙂 Thank you for this!

    • Hey Jackie!! I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thanks! Btw, that ebook that you gave me the link to is SO helpful! A lot of great info and recipes that look yummy and healthy. (And I was happy to read that honey is a good substitute, I was just wondering about that recently, once I decided to cut out sugar) So thank you for that, I’m off to a good start! : ) Blessings!!

  • You could also go back through your old content and add on to things you’ve said before. Personally, I get ideas from questions people ask me or comments they make in the comments section. Those are the best.

    • Good ideas, thank you Brittany! : ) Great seeing you from the linkup!