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Operation: Inspiration

30.1.12

Here's a few elements of influence for those "necessary" times and jolting needs for motivation. Many of us bloggers have read the very helpful articles on what to do when you're in a dispirited state. They have aided me in times of blogging halts, and certainly there's hundreds of good ideas out there, but what if you've done that already?


Or perhaps you're trying to ponder about an idea that isn't quite like your blogging norm or usual posts. Here's other ways in case you need an alternative inspirational HELLO!
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What I Did Last Week: Surf
Take a moment and surf blogs that aren't on your blog roll, I have recently been inspired by several blogs that I came across merely by reading threaded comments on someone else's blog. You may have started doing this in the beginning, maybe it slowly faded as you got busier or stuck in your routine. 


Though it's great to visit your daily reads and regular blogging hubs sometimes it's quite a refresher to make a pit stop at an entirely different blog, one that you wouldn't normally read. It may spark inspiration for a post. 
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 Lovin' From the Oven


For instance the other day I went to visit food blogs (one of my favourite things to do), initially I was in search of a specific recipe. Sure, I found the perfect meal that I wanted to prepare, however the added bonus was not in the simplicity of the recipe. In fact, after viewing images vivid enough to make anyone believe that all items plated were tangible through the computer screen ... I found inspiration.
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Make a point to visit a museum or select of a period of art, educate yourself and search art from that era. It may help you find a new love and more importantly a new post. I know everyone may not love museums, but I try to make it a point throughout the year to visit a museum from time to time, even when travelling for work. The influence does not have to be literal. Often a piece of art can inspire you to do what you've been trying to do all along ... to THINK!
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Pinterest, The One and Only:
Pinterest is absolutely addicting, you'll get no argument there from me! And I love viewing inspiration from all across the globe. Instead of only posting the images on your blog, tell your readers why you loved it? What drew you to the image in the first place? We cannot always assume because it's a beautiful sunset, does it remind you of a significant time in your life?


One of the elements of pinning that I love is the fact that the origin of the link is attached [to the image pinned] from an online source. I almost always look at where the image was initially pinned from. Why? Because many times it's from a new blog or website that I have not viewed before. Additionally, it's an excellent way to see what other inspiring photos you may want to pin to your boards. Think about it! That one image pinned referred you to loads of elements that may potentially be of great influence to you and for a post.

Music of My Fashion Heart: Finding Your Tune
Music brings me joy and makes me smile, whether I'm having a glowing day or going through a dismal period. Remember this lyrical post last year? I was originally inspired from my own playlist, one that I call "Early Riser," a concoction of worldly upbeat tunes. 


There were several influences for this post, one being the connection that I made of the artists on my playlist ... diverse groups of people who are all categorised as musicians. Hence, the sharing of  a wide range of bloggers who I asked to interpret their favourite song or lyric in an outfit. In the end I was influenced more than before.

  *prior tweets before this tweet*
A Tweet of Inspiration:
Do you have a brand or style icon who isn't a typical "style icon per se?" How would you dress them? How would you translate details of their style to suit your independent style? On twitter the other day, Ashley of What Would Ashley Wear asked tweeters a simple question (above) that caught my attention. Our session went on a bit ... by tweeting her back my answer it helped me to think of a new project that I'm currently working on. 


You may also want to check out the IFB Project! Even if you don't participate, reading various inspirations from the posts may trigger another thought for a future post.
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By now we all should be aware of how much of a role social media and your networks can play. It may be especially difficult to keep at it minute to minute and day-to-day. I know that I occasionally have fallen from the tweet towers. However, I'm gradually getting back into the routine of tweeting and have been influenced in more ways than one in the past week alone.


These may seem obvious, but when the day seems dark in self-motivation and inspiration there are times when it's not only the rules and guided lessons that help you. It's in addition to everything else, often the simple details that we may already know and overlook. 


Other images: www.gamemedia.wcgame.ru, www.pinterest.com, edited by Ladyofashion

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