Feeling uninspired? If you’re involved in content marketing, you’ll occasionally feel as if you’ve said it all. You don’t have anything more to say on a specific topic.
That’s bad. You need to discover ways in which you can inspire yourself, even on your worst days. Writing has become a habit for me, I could write underwater. Indeed, I get some of my best ideas in the shower. If writing hasn’t yet become a habit for you, here are some simple ways to get ideas for blog posts.
1. Magazine Covers
Go to Google Images, and enter the search query: “magazine covers”, or “magazine cover images.” You can refine your query further. Try “business magazine covers”, or “fitness magazine covers”, so that you get ideas which are specific for your blog’s topic.
You’ll get different results depending on the query, so tinker.
Magazine covers are designed to sell. Use them to discover ideas for your blog.
2. Q and a Sites
I’m a big fan of Quora, but there are many Q and A sites. Find a site which appeals to you and browse.
On Quora, you can search for questions, topics, people and boards.
People ask questions about anything and everything on Quora. For example: “Trolling on the Internet”. If a question or topic interests you, you can follow it.
Tip: set a time limit for yourself on exploring Q and A sites; they can become a time sink.
3. Your Own Archives (Posts, Forums, Email)
Explore your blog’s archives for ideas on which you can expand.
If you’re active on forums, be sure to save your own posts, and your replies to others. I finally started doing this last year. I’ve lost a lot of great content, and future content ideas, by not saving my forum posts.
We all spend time on email each day. Browse through your email for ideas for blog posts.
What are you interested in? Make a list of your passions.
Think about how you can relate those passions to your blog’s subject matter. This may well be a stretch; or it may not be.
No passions? Of course you have passions. Mommy bloggers create popular blogs based on family trivia. Other bloggers create blogs around what they eat. Everyone’s passionate about something, even if it’s only pizza and beer.
What are you curious about? Curiosity is a powerful motivator. Get curious about your fellow bloggers. Talk to them.
I’m a Gemini, so I’m curious about everything. I know this about myself, but it doesn’t help much. I can become so engrossed in phone conversations that an hour goes by without me noticing.
It’s great to be curious, but set time limits for yourself. And of course, don’t forget what you’re supposed to be doing, which is finding blog post ideas. :-)
6. News Sites and Newspapers
I’m a news junkie. I spend at least an hour a day on news sites. I force myself to come up with blog post ideas while I’m doing this.
There’s always news in your industry. Stay up to date with the news, and you’ll find many ideas for blog posts.
Who’s advertising what in your industry? Why? Check the advertisers’ sites for their press releases to find new stories you can cover on your blog.
Talk to the advertisers for your stories. You can get lots of mileage out of companies which are spending money on promotion.
If you “hate” advertising, and avoid it by turning off the ads in your Web browser, turn the ads on again. Read your junk mail, too. One of my best friends says she gets her best blog post ideas from her spam email folder.
There you have it. Seven simple ways to get ideas for your blog – try the methods you haven’t used. You’ll be surprised at how effective they are.