Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Post Ideas for the Stumped Blogger, Part One

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Tonight I was thinking about the times I'll sit down at my computer and want to write, but don't really know where to begin. Last year I made a little list I kept in my drafts that I would revisit whenever I needed inspiration, and as the year went on the list of post ideas grew and grew. I thought it would be fun to share a few of them here, and maybe inspire someone else who may be stumped too! I'll start with 10 today, and share more at a later date. I still need to do quite a few of these too- so perhaps in trying to inspire you, I've inspired myself again!

Enjoy, and happy writing.

1. Behind the Scenes. A few photos of your morning routine, what makeup you love to use, or even your walk to work. Take your readers into your world and show them something new, from your point of view. No matter how big or small it may seem to you, it will most likely always be interesting to someone reading your blog, as we are all curious creatures by nature.

2. Stream of Consciousness. Sit down and write. Really write. I call this a brain dump and they are my favorite posts to read on others' sites. Talk about your day, your thoughts, what you're dreaming of, what you're scared of. Just write and don't stop for a good 10 minutes.

3. Share a Snapshot. Think back to a particular time in your life- it can be big, like the first day of high school or the day you met your partner, or it can be small, like getting the mail yesterday or riding the train to work. Take that experience and capture it in a paragraph. Describe it; tell a story. Create an image for the reader and allow them to be right there with you, along for the ride.

4. Photo-an-Hour. Take your camera (or iPhone if that's more convenient) and commit to taking one photo per hour the entire day. Start when you first wake up. At the end of the day compile all of your photos into a post, and write little blurbs about each moment in time. 7:07am- wake up. Feeling so tired but ready to start the day.

5. An "I'm good at this!" post. Sometimes I feel like I see the same kind of DIY projects floating around the internet over and over again. It would be so nice to see some new ideas, from new people, even if you're not necessarily a DIY-blogger. So what are you good at? Maybe you're an expert BLT-maker, or you taught your dog how to do really neat tricks, or you still enjoy getting out your old keyboard and playing songs. Teach your readers how to do it themselves! Just share it, even if it feels a little out there. In my opinion, fresh and good and out there are pretty awesome.

6. Share a collection. What do you collect? Take photos of your whole collection, then of a few favorite items. Tell your readers the story of how the collection came about, and talk a bit about those special pieces. There's a reason you love these things enough to collect them, so share some of that passion in the post.

7. Borrow a Feature. So many bloggers have particular features they do regularly. For example, I do Currently posts, Jen does Weekly Parenting Ups and Downs, and Diana does Friday Darlings. There are so many bloggers out there who something special and unique to their blog, that it could be fun to try it out for a post. Just be sure to give credit where credit is due and share where the feature is from, along with a link.

8. Song and a Story. Pick a song in your life, maybe your wedding song, a song from an old boyfriend, a party song from college, just a song that has some sort of meaning, and tell your readers about it. Share the song in a one-track playlist, then write the story of the song. Where did you first hear it? What does it mean to you? What do you feel when you hear it?

9. What's in Your _____. The "What's in Your Bag" posts are super popular, but I would love to see what's in your car's glove compartment. Or your junk drawer, makeup drawer, etc. Post a photo of what's in there, and talk a bit about each thing.

10. The Best ______ Ever. Choose a topic, like Meg Ryan movies or blueberry muffins, and gather together what you'd need to find "the best ______ ever." Maybe you'll screen five of the most well-known Meg Ryan movies and crown the winner, or try out four blueberry muffin recipes and pick the very best. This can be a one post project, or span into a mini project as you search for the very best of whatever you choose to highlight.

I'll be back soon with ten more, but if you do decide to try any of these out be sure to send me a link- I'd love to read it. xoxo


107 comments:

  1. I very much wish you wrote the prompts to my high school writing assignments. Love these ideas!

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  2. ohhh, i really like this! i always have the worst writer's block. i know the words are in there but i just cant'. get. them. out.

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  3. Such great ideas here! sometimes when you have blogged a while things like this are just the ticket for to inspire some new posts. Thanks for sharing.

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I love this! I havnet been writing a lot of 'content' per se on my blog but I really want to (you know, talk about things OTHER than clothes), these are good ideas! Thanks!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  5. I'd love to see your photo an hour! I love those posts! :)

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  6. I've done the picture logging (plogging) a few weeks ago. Enjoyed it that much that I repeated it a few days later: http://laloe.be/blog/2014/01/12/ploggen-met-de-p/

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  7. Great ideas! I especially like the "Best ___ Ever" one!

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  8. FANTASTIC ideas!!! Other than weekly pregnancy updates, I've been sort of stumped on what to write. And then I always feel like I need good lighting for good pictures for my posts and there's never enough time in the day :)

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  9. This is great! Thank you for sharing! Lately I have been trying to share new and different content, but we all hit that bump in the road when we run fresh out of ideas. I thought about going through my flash drive and looking at old pictures and sharing a memory from them. I'm glad to see that idea on your roundup! :)

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  10. Thanks for the ideas! Love this!

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  11. This is great. I like the photo an hour and best _____ ever ideas!

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  12. Thanks for these ideas! I often get stumped coming up with ideas for my blog so I will take these ideas into consideration next time I can't come up with anything.

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  13. how perfect, thanks girl! I already look forward to part 2 :)

    http://6000milestohome.blogspot.com

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  14. I seriously just did this yesterday because I am so creatively blocked right now! Thank you for some more ideas.

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  15. Wonderful post!

    This inspired me to create and host my first link up. Please feel free to link up and share!

    www.timeofyourlifekb.blogspot.com

    xo. KB

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  16. Love this post! I keep a draft post with ideas too, but now I'm adding these too it! Thank you.

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  17. Thanks for the suggestions! I recently started a blog to document my journey to pay off $22,000 in graduate school loans. These will be a great resource when I create posts that are not solely based upon debt.

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  18. These sound so fun. I can't wait to try one.

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  19. These are great ideas -- Thanks so much!! I'm forsure going to do the "Share a Snapshot" one!!

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  20. These are such great ideas! Will use some when I am lacking inspiration!

    <3

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  21. Love these ideas ~ thank you so much for sharing! I have a lot of drafts that seem to be specific in topic, and require either a lot of time to write, or a certain mood! I think it's great to have some more general 'backup' posts and I hope you don't mind, but I've borrow your "Currently" feature idea. I love it!

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  22. Thanks for coming up with these - they're great! I get stumped all the time, so this is a helpful post to reference.

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  23. Totally loved this! Pinning it for later and using it to add to my idea notebook! Thanks!

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  24. I've bein working on a weekly project for my daughter where I write her a letter a week for ayear that I'll be placing in a time capsule. I've been at a loss of inspiration for the past couple weeks and will use some of your ideas. Thanks!!

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  25. Thank you sooo much for these great ideas. I am lacking for blog post ideas for entire week. Good to know these all (:

    JANE FROM THE BLOG

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  26. just started a blog in december, and even if i've my "routine", sometimes I need inspiration for my subjects. And you just post the perfect advices ! THANK YOU

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  27. I'm always stumped about things I can blog about, thanks for sharing this list and I looked forward to part 2

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  28. I totally got inspired after reading your ideas, and wrote about my first day of high school on my blog!
    Thanks Danielle!!

    http://www.withwanderlust.com/2014/01/my-first-day-of-high-school.html

    Gabi

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  29. Coincidence ... just yesterday I opened my series currently inspired by your posts and then I read this your invitation to take a cue.
    Thank you so much for always being so generous in giving us a part of yourself, of who you are, what you do, the more sweet and intimate moments of your life and the people you love and now your ideas: it is a great privilege to read you !

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  30. I really love reading you, I run in to your blog a few months ago, and you have inspired me to be more active with mine. Actually I borrowed your currently feature, and linked it in my blog, so don't worry!! But I live in Chile, and even though I love talking english and everything else, I have to write in spanish in my blog.
    Anyways I have trouble with having great ideas to write about, and I realized that it is mine!! so I can write anything I want, and that's because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you... you have helped me even when we don't met, and we live in different parts of the planet. Thanks!

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  31. Just started blogging. Great ideas..even for a beginner like me!

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  32. i've done a handful of these suggestions but there a few new ones to me. thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Stumbled upon your blog today and so glad that I did! These ideas are brilliant-- thank you for sharing them! I can't wait to poke around your blog space and see what I've been missing!

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  34. Great ideas! I'm going to try the a photo per hour idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. What a great idea to post this! I tried to start a blog some time ago and I just. couldn't. do it!!! But I guess it was because I didn't have many ideas... I will try to do a few of this and see if I get the Blog Bug!!! Thank you so much :)

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  36. I was literally JUST looking for something like this yesterday! a little nudge of "HERE. Just write something. ANYTHING." and here it is. Thanks!

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  37. These are so helpful, seeing I feel like I have nothing to blog about! xx

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  38. Some great suggestions! I am a fellow educator and blogger. It's important that as writers, we find that balance between seeking out new topics to write about, yet not stressing and allowing ourselves to be inspired. Thanks for your post.

    Love, Laughter & Laundry

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  39. Some great ideas here! I used to blog loads but I deleted my old blog a while back and am trying to get back into the swing of things...... and struggling!!

    http://lorrieloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. I am certainly taking notes, these are great ideas. I will use some and build on this list.

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  41. woow really good ideas thank you :))

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  42. These are great ideas! I'm going to save this for later. Thanks!

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  43. Fantastic ideas - cannot wait for Part 2 :)

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  44. My blog is a little bit more of a religious blog than it is "about my life," but I used your DIY idea to write this post :)
    http://hopealwaysandprayconstantly.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-read-scriptures-daily.html?m=0

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  45. As a very new blogger I appreciate the ideas !

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  46. This is a brilliant post and it demonstrates the lovely side to blogging...sharing ideas and encouraging each others work. Thank you so much for sharing, am new to your site, but I like you already! ;)

    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  47. I have only been blogging for about three weeks - you post has given me some great ideas, thank you so much.

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  48. Thank you for the new ideas. I'm sure every blogger runs dry of new ideas and right now I'm totally dry. I wouldn't have found your post if 'bloglovin' hadn't picked you as one of their top picks for the week. Congratulations. I'll be back... looking forward to your next list.

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  49. I often post a combination of #2 and #7. It's called Friday Fragments. It's fun to write down random unrelated thoughts into one post.

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  50. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, can't wait to try some out, good inspiration.

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  51. What an excellent post! Rather by accident, my blog has become a vehicle for my book reviews and I always wanted it to be something more. Some great ideas here that I'll most definitely borrow - thank you!
    http://beingannereading.blogspot.co.uk/

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  52. Lovely ideas. ♥ Thanks so much for sharing these. :) I might have to try this out.

    Abigail ♥
    www.deardaffodils.blogspot.co.uk

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  53. It's so funny...just 2 minutes before I read your post, I was telling my husband that I wanted to write more substantial posts. These are all really great ideas. Bookmarked, of course.

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  54. Hi! I just wanted to say that I just came across your blog (cheers, bloglovin) and I can't stop reading through. And thanks for sharing these ideas. Great to think about some different angles to write from. - Laura

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  55. I'm in love with these post ideas! Thank you for this! I especially love the photo-an-hour idea and the stream of consciousness one. I'll definitely be trying these out soon! - Juliana

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  56. These are really great ideas! I sometimes get stumped thinking of a good topic for a blog post. I recently did a 'My Week in Photos' kind of thing. Thanks for posting! :)

    http://paolaysabel.blogspot.com

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  57. Very nice write-up <3

    xx

    janninebandiola.blogspot.com

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  58. I'm going to try a few of these. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Q
    www.geminiq.blog.com
    www.quanahedwards.blog.com

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  59. Yes,sometime the simple idea is the best idea to writing.Thanks! Kiss from Serbia
    http://creativacale.blogspot.com

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  60. Thanks for the post I like your ideas and will try some :).

    xoxo Neru

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  61. What a great post, thank you! I have thought about a couple of these myself for some reason I can't find the inspiration to finish a bunch of drafts. Can't wait for next week.

    xoxo,
    May
    www.mayargentum.co.vu

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  62. Awesome Ideas. I will definitely be trying some of these. This is the most original list I've ever seen (and trust me I've read a lot of list) :) Thanks for posting. Looking forward to part 2 :)
    Many Blessings your way,
    From Amanda Long @ http://livinginhismercyandgrace.blogspot.com/

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  63. Thank you for this - I do the same thing only I have boxes literally full of short essays. It's what I do best but right now I am waiting for my tech friend as I am terrible at technical stuff even links still baffle me but I need to edit the best of these essays and just get them out...sometimes they're too personal and I worry about over sharing...anyway wish me luck. Vivian
    Doyle I write for prettycity.com Viv's hit list check it out it if you want.

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  64. This is such a great list! I'm in the process of working on an editorial calendar for my blog (and new vlog!) to get things a bit more streamlined, and have been stumped where to take things. This is a huge, huge help!

    xoxo
    ~C.
    TheBlogtini.com

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  65. This was great :)

    http://blaiseruby.blogspot.com

    @blaisedyer (twitter & insta)

    x

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  66. I love these good ideas!! Thank you so much!

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  67. Thanks for this post! As someone who is in the 'getting-ideas-together' stage of starting a new blog, this is really useful. :)

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  68. Great ideas! I'm hoping to start blogging this year! Thank you for sharing your suggestions with us!

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  69. Such great ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

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  70. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://dreamingsandwanderings.blogspot.com.au

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  71. Great Ideas!! My New Year's Resolution this year is to blog more and keep myself busy, now that I'm newly single. Thanks for the inspiration! Look for these ideas on my blog this year!

    http://BeautyStyleLove.blogspot.com

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  72. Thank you so much for this inspiration, Danielle! I have notebooks upon notebooks full of inspiration and post ideas, so in my case, it's more of a problem to find enough time to bring them all into life :) But I really really love 1, 5, 6 and 10: I'll definitely be borrowing them from you :) Looking forward to the part 2.

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

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  73. Just found your blog, as this post was featured on a weekly blog lovin' email I received. All great ideas, and I read you're in northern AZ! I'm in the east valley, Phoenix area; so happy to find another AZ blogger!

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  74. Thank you for sharing this post... I am a blogger myself & often have a writer's block & don't know what to write... Recently, I started using notepads where I write down post ideas & it really have helped me...

    Have a great week!!!

    xoxo Violeta, your shoegal out in the world

    http://www.shoegaloutintheworld.com

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  75. These are awesome! Thanks, I was in that stump momentarily. ;)

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  77. great ideas, thanks for sharing! i look forward to incorporating into my posts :)

    http://justsowereclear.co

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  78. Great ideas!!!
    I will definitly use your suggestions:)

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  79. Just found your blog. What a great list!!!!
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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  80. Hey! Thanks so much for this, going to start up a four week 'Best Ever Hot Chocolate' thing on my blog! x

    myyprettylittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  81. great ideas! thanks for sharing!

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  82. LOVED these!! After three years of blogging I've been feeling stumped lately so I so appreciated you sharing. Thanks! Kate
    www.365til30.com

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  83. Just the inspiration that I needed for my blog! Great post! I will have to try one of these out. littlesstyle.blogspot.com

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  84. I'm really glad I stumbled upon this post!! This is what I needed!

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  85. Hi! I just saw this post yesterday and decided to borrow one of the ideas. Check it out on my blog, or here is the direct link: http://www.hockeywifehockeylife.com/2014/02/song-story.html

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  86. Wow these are great inspiration. I can't wait to write to these and the next. Thank you so much.

    Awildbokeh.blogspot.com

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  87. Thank you for inspiring me, not just with this post, but with so many of your posts! I had been caught in a blogging dry spell, and this gave me the idea to write about the day that changed everything for my (now) husband and I.

    Here is the post I wrote because of seeing this post of yours: http://bit.ly/M9sq89

    XO
    Brenda

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  88. These are such great ideas, thank you so much! :)

    Nicola xx

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  89. #1- Get $$$ on your mind

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  90. Great ideas - love the Best _ever ! Will be using that soon for sure http://blog.lovablyme.co.uk

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  91. Thanks for that post, seriously! I really wanna try them all right now!
    10 post in a night it's maybe too much? Probably ahah!


    http://justsem.wordpress.com/

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  92. Thanks for the Ideas, I'm stuck on new blog post ideas and these are great!


    http://daisylovexo.blogspot.co.uk

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  93. Fun ideas! I'm a pretty lame blogger, but I'm trying to be a better one.

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  94. I've just stumbled across your blog and this list is really useful, thank you so much! :)

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  95. I love the a photo an hour idea! That would be so fun to explore and write about, thanks for the great ideas!

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  96. I love the a picture an hour idea! It would be so much to explore and write about it, thanks for the great ideas!

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  97. I love your glove compartment idea, I always find it so interesting what people believe they might need in a road side emergency.

    Tissues and a small pocket knife are a permanent feature in my car.

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  98. I've been having a really hard time getting inspired lately. This helped me so much! LOVE the "Photo an hour" idea!

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  99. Such great ideas, thank you! I especially like the idea of sharing a collection. Thought I’d let you know that I have featured this post in my new blog post ’15 Posts To Put A Stop To Writer's Block’ (http://dreamsandcolourschemes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/15-posts-to-put-stop-to-writers-block.html)

    Sophie | http://dreamsandcolourschemes.blogspot.co.uk

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  100. I found this on the HBCN Resource Hub and am so glad that I did! I've really had writer's block lately and think that these ideas will help me get back on the ball. Thanks!
    ✈️ Madison ✈️

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  101. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, i am really inspired.

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  102. absolutely love these ideas xx

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