I haven’t done a numbered list post here, so it is about time, no? Thinking about a topic got me thinking about the places I go for inspiration these days. From that idea a list was born. Here are eight places I am going for new ideas and inspiration.
I love Instagram. I don’t have to read, I can just relax and take in visual information. I learn a lot from the pictures people and brands are posting. I took this quote from the New York Times, as it nicely sums up why I enjoy the platform.
These Instagram images from Mammoth Mountain all tell a story. Makes me want to be out there in that powder too.
Mashable is known for its bite size bits of entertainment and tech news. A quick scan under the social media tab can give me a lot of insight on news and trends. Mashable is also a very visual destination. They host some intriguing challenges like the Mashable Vine Challenge. A recent challenge involved making Vines with Lego.
I really love the way that Storify lets users tell a story using content from users across the web. You can collect tweets or Instagram photos or a combo of the two on a specific subject or event and turn them into a story. The potential is really as limitless as your imagination. You could use the platform to create a narrative around a recent conference, news event or trend. Many many possibilities here.
Some afternoons you just need to turn up the music to get you going. Songza is great for pairing a playlist which what you are doing right now. The claim is that these are “playlists by music experts.” They have lists for:
- boosting your energy
- working in an office
- exploring cool sounds
- getting fired up
- entertaining friends
- a sweaty dance party
- looking at pictures of you ex…and many many more
Whatever mood you are in Songza has you covered.
In my line of work, things change daily. Search Engine Journal provides me with lots of short articles on content marketing, social media, search engine optimization, trends, online advertising and more. I am always discovering new tools and resources via their concise articles. Some of my recent favorites were:
- A Peek Inside a Social Media Marketer’s Toolbox: The Best Free Apps You Didn’t Know Exist
- The Top 25 Movies About Social Media
- 30 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Instagram
- ‘Free Images Online’… from Getty Images?! Getty Makes Millions of Stock Photos Free to Use
That last link helped me to find some great new photo content for my blog, like this shot:
Get details on all things social. This is a go to for learning and new ideas. If you have ever wondered what to post next or how to get greater engagement with your social activities you will find lots of great ideas here.
I have come to Tumblr more recently. This microblogging platform that is owned by Yahoo, is another very visual platform. The animated GIFs do make me feel a little motion sick, perhaps a sign of my age. I found this list a good start the getting engaged with the platform: 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013 TIME’s writers and editors pick their favorite sites of the year
Pinterest is another place I go when I need to stop reading and just enjoy some good visuals. It’s a nice way to unwind for 5 or 10 minutes. I have heard people complain Pinterest has a way of making them feel woefully inadequate, as the gourmet food, DIY projects, crafts, are more than most of us mere more mortals have the time and resources for. I say you don’t have to do it all, just get inspired to want to do more. Grab a glass of wine, a handful of potato chips and start search for words and subjects that will get you inspired. I tend to pin things on social media, exercise, hairdos, appetizer ideas, gardening projects and dream homes. It’s also my solution for figuring out what to make for dinner five minutes before leaving the office.