How To Push Your Creativity To Create Better Content

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You may have noticed (well hopefully you did) that things are changing a little on The Sunday Mode and that’s all down to two things: boredom and experimentation. Boredom because I’ve never been one to enjoy pumping out the exact same type of content and experimentation (aka this post with the hair flip) as a result of me trying to push myself to leave my comfort zone creatively, all the in the hopes of creating better, more inspiring content.It has felt bloody brilliant. I’ve always been a creative little egg so trying new things and stretching those creative muscles has been incredible. If you’re a content creator and you’re feeling like you’re ready to change things up, here are a few ways you could get started:

 

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Change up your locations and  backgrounds.
 

This could apply to fashion blogging but also beauty bloggers or really anyone in between. If you’re a sucker for a marble flatlay, ditch the marble background and just try something completely different.

I know a lot of people are worried about stepping out of a ‘niche’ or damaging a certain aesthetic that they’ve worked hard to achieve but often the best things come from trying new things. I know as a reader myself, I really appreciate it when I see people who are obviously putting a lot of thought and effort into the types of photos and content they create. That isn’t to say that if you use the same background that you don’t put in a lot of effort but to push yourself, try changing up background (or location if you’re a fashion blogger)- you might just find a new aesthetic that you like way better than your previous one.

Also as a reader, I know some blogs out there say that you need to stick to a certain aesthetic so that your posts are easily recognisable as your own, but I love nothing more than seeing people put content out there that’s a bit different from post to post. I never know what to expect and I love that because it pushes me to do better myself and it inspires me to think outside of the box.

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Experiment with Photoshop and editing programs. 
 

I say Photoshop because that’s what I’m currently experimenting with but there are all different types of post-production editing programs/software out there that you could learn to use. So obviously there are your picture editing programs like photoshop but if you’re a Youtuber there’s a multitude of video editing software you can delve into as well (eg, Final Cut, Premiere etc).

Learning how to use an editing program, having that skill set and coming up with ways to manipulate your images to create unique content you’re really proud of is such a satisfying feeling. I’m no pro at Photoshop (yet) but I already feel more innovative and inspired when it comes to my blog photography. Now when I’m thinking about future blog photos, I haven’t even taken any shots yet and I’m already thinking about all the different ways I could edit them into something even cooler. Photoshop man, it really gets my creative juices flowing.

That collage photo up there? Done with photoshop baby, and it was super fun to do. It may not look like much to some but hey, I’m learning!

(PS, this isn’t an ad for photoshop or anything, I just really like using it at the moment).

 

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Collaborate with others. 

….I’m still working on this one (#introvert). But seriously, being around other people who are creative is sometimes exactly what you need to stimulate your mind and inspire you to be more creative and produce better content. A fleeting thought to one person could really resonate with someone else and give them an idea that they may have never ordinarily had.
Unique ideas = memorable content.

 

 

Experiment. 

What comes along with changing up your backgrounds, collaborating with others and learning new software skills to up your content is a hell of a lot of experimentation. Oh…and a lot of trial and error. I mentioned before that I was experimenting with Photoshop and some of the first things I tried to do on there were bloody hilarious in the fact that they failed miserably. I’ve also been experimenting with my blog photography and although sometimes the word ‘experiment’ should clearly not be used when doing outfit photos, sometimes through that experimentation comes a reward. Maybe you find a new way of angling your camera to get a really interesting shot or maybe you find out that a certain setting on your camera makes your photos look extra dynamic. Some of my favourite content I’ve produced has been through pure experimentation and I never would have gotten that content if I hadn’t pushed myself creatively. My motto? When it doubt, try it out.

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Do you have any tips for pushing yourself creatively?

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58 responses to “How To Push Your Creativity To Create Better Content”

  1. Amy says:

    I really need to work on collaborating and experimenting more! Thank you for sharing these tips
    Amy xx

    A Habit Of Solitude

  2. Shell says:

    My beauty photos are generally the same white poster board background (although I have experimented with coloured paper & more recently a white flannelette sheet I don't use) but my fashion photos I try & take in different locations, whether it be at my house (where I'm comfortable) or out & about (which I'm still getting used to). Now that I talk about fashion on my blog, I'm finding so many locations where I want to shoot, it's not funny. I like mixing things up when it comes to photography & find that following the crowd is a little boring. I like a white marble background as much as the next blogger, but when 1000 others are doing the same thing it all starts to blend in your mind.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • I find following the crowd to be pretty boring as well, plus I figure if I'm getting sick of seeing the same types of photos then surely other people must feel the same way! Taking fashion photos in public for sure takes some serious getting used to, when I first started I tried to find the most secluded places I possibly could. I still get pretty damn shy doing it now but I've improved, now I can actually take photos in semi-busy places, haha

  3. Fiona Bernal says:

    I'm actually struggling with this creativity of mine. Sometimes I'm quite lazy to make thing outs perfectly so I just make them as it is. But, these tips would really be a help 🙂

    Homed: Life in Sugar & Spice

  4. Miss Dre says:

    This is such a great post, Julia. I am currently working on experimenting and collaborating. I'm just getting into more fashion-inspired posts on my blog, so I'm trying to teach myself how to use photoshop and my camera a little better.

    Your photography is so beautiful here! I'm loving your site. About to read more posts and get familiar. Thank you for sharing the creative inspiration!

    • Thank you! I find learning how to use my camera better to be so enjoyable, plus I always figure with photography that's a skill you'll have for life!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments about my blog as well, I hope you enjoy some of my other posts too! 🙂

  5. I love this post Julia! I've recently scrapped the certain aesthetic I had and just go with the flow. I prefer it way more 🙂

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  6. Such a lovely post you always write beautifully yet simply! Love that and I love your hair flip;) xx

    http://www.hairwonderfulday.com

  7. This is such a great post – I love changing things up, I've tried a few different things with my blog over the last year and even though they haven't all worked I'm glad I tried them.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

  8. Phoebe says:

    I love these photos, especially the one's with the autumn leaves as a border. They are such visual delights. Keep up the great work! I love the variety you showcase on your blog and the effort in thought, planning and implementing is really shining through 🙂

  9. Lucie Aubry says:

    Those tips are pretty good for when we feel like things are getting a little too recurent in the way we work, think and create! I really like this post, thanks a lot for sharing your tips!
    Lucie, xx

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

  10. Great tips ! I try to start fashion posts I need to fond some great locations !
    https://afrenchgirlsthoughts.blogspot.fr

  11. Tiffany Legg says:

    I really need to try out some new editing software, I think that will help improve my content. I'm really enjoying your posts 🙂 x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  12. Joyce Pak says:

    Love these tips! I find myself getting really bored with the same backgrounds and always go on the hunt for new ones! I love your comment on the collaboration one, I always learn so much from others and I should really put as one of my goal items to do more of them!

    Characters & Carry-ons

  13. Paula says:

    Such a good post, Julia. I was stuck in this "I have to post certain type of posts, on a certain schedule" mindset, but by doing what I feel like doing, instead of doing what I think I should be doing or writing about, feels SO good. Also, I'm currently obsessed with Photoshop as well, haha! Love learning new things. Gorgeous photography as always, need your coat! 🙂

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

  14. I agree with you about changing the locations and backgrounds – that little change creates so much variety for your blog, your photography, your content and for yourself and readers.

    It's always nice to see new things and a change in photos but you always look absolutely stunning! It's nice to see the contrast of the autumn leaves with your clothing – whilst we're enjoying the sunshine over here….

    As always, you look beautiful and I can't wait to see your new posts! 🙂

    Hope you're well!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Wow thank you Layla! I think it's nice how you're doing sunny posts and I'm over the other side of the world doing autumn/winter ones, it's kind of like the best of both worlds?

      Hope you enjoy the content I've got coming up as well then, eep! 🙂

  15. I totally agree about experimenting with photography. Not that I'm always the most creative, but I definitely agree in principal that bloggers shouldn't have to stick to a certain theme just to try and get their style recongised. Then you're not really being true to yourself if you're ignoring your creative impulse to do things differently, you're just doing what you think you should be doing and that's how everyone's content ends up looking the same.

    littlehenrylee.net

  16. Jenny says:

    I think it's so nice to try different things. I'm always updating and improving my blog x

    LuxeStyle

  17. Great tips! I think experimenting and collaborating are really important to help your skill grow.

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  18. Trona S says:

    Really good thanks! I think the main thing I do is look outside the beauty/lifestyle bubble and see what photography others are doing, Pinterest is pretty good for this 🙂

  19. Gorgeous photos and your blog content is really impressing me at the moment so will definitely be taking some of your tips on board, thank you for sharing!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

  20. Julia Bluhm says:

    I love this, Julia! I've really been loving your content lately and I can tell you've been putting a lot of effort into switching things up. I think this is what I need, too. I took a fairly big break from blogging just because I felt stagnant and a little burnt out. But now I have tons of ideas about changing my blog, and I'm really excited. I've been experimenting with photoshop more, too, and I also want to start collaborating with others someday soon (#introvert too).
    Julia | Julia in Bluhm

    • Thank you so much! That's awesome feedback for me to hear and it's nice to know people are noticing me trying to change things up as well 🙂

      That's so good that you've got a bunch of new ideas brewing, now we just need to get out of comfort zones and do some collaborations! haha

  21. Steph Spying says:

    Great post!
    I'm still figuring out how to mix up my blog and give it a bit of a re-vamp, but I think guest bloggers, changing backgrounds of photos and playing around with editing apps is all good advice!

    Steph
    http://www.socialspying.com

  22. Ellie Love says:

    Ehrlich gesagt, weiss ich gar nicht wohin mit meinen Ideen…<3
    http://www.blogellive.com

  23. Lu Vieira says:

    I'm definitely adding this post to my bookmarks because it contains valuable tips.
    Also, I loved the photos and this outfit 🙂

    she-loves-clothes.blogspot.com

  24. Gabrielle says:

    Totally with you on switching things up and creating more interesting, creative content! Loving your use of collaging in this post babe. I've got Photoshop and Lightroom, but haven't used either for a very long time – thanks for the push, feeling as though it's time to properly learn them now!!

    aglassofice.com
    x

  25. I always try to create different things for my blog. However, I always stick to the clean simple look.
    http://francheskascollageblog.blogspot.com/

  26. Seppy says:

    I think you nailed it all in the head with your advice!

    I also find taking a step away and going back to what inspires me to begin with helps a lot – going for a walk, watching a movie, scrolling through Pinterest, reading my favourite blogs…it's important to remember to fuel your creativity!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  27. Elle Files says:

    Stepping out of the niche is so important. I used to only talk about beauty on my blog but I've realised that it's just one of my many interests. So I've slowly worked my other interests into the blog as well. I must say, I'm really glad to have discovered your blog.

    Lavanya | Elle Files

  28. Kim says:

    Of course! Blogging is such a fun and easy outlet to experiment with! Thanks for reminding me to step out of my comfort zone!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  29. Rai Erin says:

    All of the yes, I haven't been as inspired lately? I think that's it, whatever it is I've felt a creative block with my blog. I want to push myself a lot more and have fun blogging again, I think a little experimentation is in order. Hopefully some collaboration as well! 🙂

    x – Rai http://www.utterardour.com

  30. Bry Jaimea says:

    I've always been one to collaborate musically, but when it comes to my writing (creative and blogging)… not so much. I should probably start getting out there a bit more and meeting other bloggers (not just commenting on their blogs!)

    xx

  31. Yaramel says:

    Loved this post! I really dislike the idea of 'sticking to one aesthetics'! That's literally putting yourself in a box as a creator. You yeah, changing up backgrounds is a very good tip! Experimenting with Photoshop has been super exciting for me. Majority of my Style posts have collages and I find them so fun, relaxing and exciting to create. As an introvert I also find a hard time just thinking about colaborating *sigh* hope it changes!

    I love your posts girl ! <3

    http://www.desiringsme.com/

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