If you’re a seasoned blogger, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? To a time when you first started blogging. Your passion and drive was off the charts. You checked off all the items on your to-do list. And your blog editorial calendar was filled with topics to write about. You thought, “man, there’s nothing to this blogging thing.” And like George Lopez you think “I got this.”
And this goes on for a while, until the dreadful happens.
It’s every blogger’s nightmare – not having a thing to write about. You sit there staring at a blank word doc or edit post screen with the cursor blinking away as if it’s yelling at you to type something – “anything for crying out loud – just start typing, dammit.”
It happens to the best of us, unless you happen to be Ryan Biddulph. 🙂
As a matter of fact it happened to me recently. When I put this post together I was actually looking for something else to blog about but I couldn’t get anything going. I’d type some sentences on a word doc, stare at it for a minute, delete what I typed, type something else and repeat the process.
I was about to turn to my notes when a topic finally came to me – blog about finding ideas for a blog post. I started typing away and this is the finished product.
The good news is there is a way to avoid writer’s block.
If you’re a new blogger you’re probably busting out with all kinds of content for your blog with no problem. But let me ask you this…do you have a plan in place in the event you’re struck with writer’s block? While it might not make sense to do it right now, you always want to have a back-up plan just in case this ever happens to you. And believe me, at some point it will. Even the top boss bloggers have experienced this once in their blogging career.
As a blogger, it’s good to have “if-then” resources and that includes resources to help you come up with a topic to blog about. And if you want to reach boss blogger status you have to blog consistently so the last thing you need is writer’s block.
What I’m about to show you today are five of my favorite hot spots to get ideas for a blog post.Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin #quoteClick To Tweet
My Favorite Hot Spots To Get Ideas For a Blog Post
The five hot spots I’m about to mention to you are what I personally use to get ideas for a blog post and I hope they help you too. Let’s start with Flipboard.
I came across Flipboard while I was checking my stats on Google Analytics. I noticed it was the number one source of traffic under referrals so I decided to check out the site and instantly I took a liking to it.
In case you hadn’t heard of Flipboard before, it’s an online magazine that’s created by users like you and me and it’s a gold mine for finding ideas for a blog post no matter what niche you’re in. You can browse through their cover stories or you can search using specific keywords. But be warned, you will get lost with all the articles at your fingertips!
Take a look at my boards for Work-from-Home and Blogging:
Facebook groups is another great place to find ideas for a blog post. For this post, let’s say you’re in a group that also supports new bloggers. New bloggers have lots of questions like you and I did when we first started and they will likely post a question on the thread in hopes for an answer.
Those questions can make great blog posts, dear reader – because it’s more likely other new bloggers have the same question.
Another place you can find ideas for a blog post – your older posts.
Yes, even your older posts can give you an idea for your next blog post. Here are several ways you can do this is.
- You can take older posts and republish it with updated content.
- Put your content in another format to give it some oomph like an infographic – even a video.
- Do a round-up type post of your popular posts for the month.
- Or you can do a follow up post from a topic from older content.
Content Ideator continues to be one of my favorite tools when I’m having trouble coming up with a topic to write about.
All you have to do is type in your keywords and you’ll get a list of suggested titles with the keywords you used. There is also a pro version of Content Ideator that gives you details such as how well that title did on social media.Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin #quoteClick To Tweet
Brainstorm With Your Blogging Buddies
This method is by far my favorite because I’m not only getting ideas for my next blog post but I’m also engaging with my blogging comadres (girlfriends)! If you have blogging buddies to chat with on a daily basis – create a support/brainstorm group to give each other extra support.
You don’t have to be in the same niche. All that matters is that you’re building a relationship with your fellow bloggers, you support one another and it eventually develops into a friendship.
I chat with my girls Bren and Dana three or four times a week. When one of us mentions we’re in a writing slump the others start throwing ideas out there and the next thing you know, a blog post is born!
We’re also there to support each other with our personal lives. I’m sure you know how busy it can get managing a blog. As bloggers, we can relate to a lot of the same things. The support you get from a group of bloggers who understands where you’re coming from and can shed some insight is priceless.
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Other Methods You Can Try
Here are some other methods that have been proven to work for me and other bloggers:
- Keep a notepad or have a notepad on your mobile phone to take notes in case you’re out and about and an idea strikes you.
- Get input from your followers by posting a question on your social media pages.
- Take a break from blogging. It can cure a case of writer’s block.
And there you have it. My favorite hot spots for finding ideas for blog post when the old noggin’ can’t come up with a thing.
Over to You
What is your tried and true method to come up with a blog post to write about? Where do you get your ideas for blog posts? Take a moment and tell us about it in the comments section below.
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