finding inspiration: blog posts


It can sometimes be difficult to create new and exciting content that your followers will enjoy reading. I often struggle with this. One of the biggest reasons I've been away from this blog for so long is because I simply cannot come up with any ideas I feel are worthy of posting. And so, when in doubt, write a post telling people how to find inspiration on writing posts.

Let's take a look into my mind, shall we?

+ Read the posts of others
When I read the posts of my fellow bloggers, I sometimes think of something similar I could write that might appeal to my followers. Often times, I either simply admire what my peer has written, or come up with something entirely different for my own blog. However, I never steal content from others, but if I like an idea so much that I'd like to recreate it, I simply ask for permission from the original author to do something similar. 

+ Ask for ideas
If I'm feeling particularly stumped, and need to produce some creative content, I often ask for the ideas of friends and family. More often that not, they give me a lovely idea for a new post, such as this one. Don't be afraid to ask for help; the ideas that sparked many of my favorite posts have been from my loved ones.

+ Photography
Sometimes, I have no ideas for new content but I'm itching to write something up and post it. The first thing I turn to is my beloved flash drive that holds most of my photographs. It doesn't take long to edit a few of my best pictures from my most recent adventures and jot down a few sentences to accompany every other photo. In the end, I am left with something that didn't drain me or take days to write, but I am still proud of. Often times, my photography posts are my most popular.

+ A part two 
What you are reading right now is an excellent example of what I mean. Two years ago, I wrote a post called Finding Inspiration: Poetry, where I shared things that may inspire me to write poems in my day to day life. This week, I found I was too occupied to come up with something more original, but since I am fond of irony, the idea for this post came to mind. I try to not write many similar posts, as I like everything I publish to be as original and creative as possible, but sometimes it may be a good idea to recreate an old post.

What do you do when you need an idea for a blog post? Let me know if you try anything suggested above.

a postcard to marrakech


Dearest Marrakech,
It's been about a year since I last saw you. When the doors of the plane opened up and I tasted the dry dusty air, you didn't seem like much. But then I saw your bright and clear blue sky, and smelled the kebabs and tagines cooking in the depths of your city, and thought you might be all right.

You turned out to be so much more than that. Even with your terrible air-conditioning and the dust that seemed to coat my shoes at all times, you wove your way into my heart.

You, with your extensive history, your bright colors, your incredibly friendly citizens that would act as if we had known each other all our lives.

I want to thank you for your hospitality, for welcoming my family and I, and so many others like us onto your main roads packed with traffic, your tourist attractions, your quiet little restaurants, and your secluded alleyways.

I know it might be cliche to say, but I miss you. So very much. I miss your clean white walls and your exotic gardens and your leather goods deep in your enticing souks. I hope, that my eyes will be able to feast upon your beauty again one day soon.

Travels to Istanbul + Returning To The Blog


I believe this has been the longest I've been away from this blog, and I regret my decision to distance myself from Indigo Ink. So much so, in fact, that I am determined to start posting regularly, perhaps once every two weeks. I wanted to start off this (early) New Year's resolution with some of my photographs from my trip to Istanbul back in February that I never shared.
You can expect a few more traveling posts in the next few months (from my trip to Morocco in June and my travels to Iran in July/August, as well as my upcoming visit to California in December). I truly hope you will enjoy these little snapshots of my brief journey to a distant land.

The Hagia Safiya

Istanbul was crowded with stray dogs and cats, and although some were frightened of travelers, some were extraordinarily friendly (like this one) and even posed for a picture. 

On almost every street there were various stands, selling not only food, but little trinkets and souvenirs. There was a variety of fresh baked breads in the mornings, served with cream cheese or Nutella, roasted chestnuts and grilled corn, available morning, afternoon and night. 

The Basilica Cisterns

Also, Indigo Ink turned three in August! I can't believe I've come this far.