When I work with clients on their blogs, I make lists of blog post ideas they can use if they wish. By the time they work through the list, they know how to generate their own ideas.
Ideas are everywhere. For inspiration, check your email, and the news, and ask your colleagues to help you to brainstorm.
If you’ve still got nothing, try these ideas.
1. Create a list post
List posts are super-easy. Choose a topic, and think: why, what, why, when, where and how.
- 5 Reasons Yoghurt Is Good For You
- 5 Simple And Trendy Yoghurt Desserts
- 2 Ways To Make Yoghurt At Home
- Simple Good Health: 4 Super-Foods To Include In Your Diet
You can often turn posts in your archives into list posts.
2. Post an image from your location
You’ll see these kinds of posts on social media: an image of what someone saw on his way to work, or the view from a poster’s living room window.
Make this theme your own. If you’ve got a bricks and mortar shop, you’ve got endless opportunities to snap images.
They don’t need to be pretty — they just need to be a slice of life.
If you’re a writer, post an image of your desk, or the cover of your book, or the unboxing of something or other. YouTube’s full of unboxing videos, because they’re popular.
3. Post the answer to a question (include WHY)
You get questions every day. If you’re stumped for a blog post idea, scroll through your email.
Tell your readers why you responded as you did. The reason will be evident to you, but for someone who’s new to your topic, it’s a mystery.
4. Create a post in a format you’ve never used before
Most bloggers get stuck using the same couple of formats. However, there are many different blog post formats. If you’re using WordPress, check your theme.
Here’s a selection of formats.
5. Just for giggles, use an idea generator
Sometimes your brain feels like mush, and ideas won’t come. Make yourself laugh. Humor makes you more creative.
Idea generators can come up with some weird ideas.
Here’s Hubspot’s. Enter three nouns.
Here’s what happened when I used it.
Collect blog post ideas
I’m a big Evernote user. I’ve got a notebook called Drafts, in which I collect ideas.
Here’s the key to collecting ideas so that they’re useable: jot down a couple of paragraphs, rather then just a phrase, an URL, or a title. The more you write about your idea now, the easier the blog post will be to write later.
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