At one time or another, almost every blogger will sit in front of the computer ready to write – and then nothing. No blog post ideas. It feels as if there are no more ideas in the world, and you start to wonder if all the great posts have already been written. There may be some bloggers out there who have never experienced this, but seeing as they’re either new to blogging or in possession of a buttload of magic beans, we shouldn’t compare ourselves to them. Ever.
Over the years, I have found a lot of ways to come up with blog post ideas when I have absolutely nothing on my mind but Netflix and tea, and today I’m sharing them with you! There is nothing worse than a blogging block (okay, I can think of a few things..), so let’s get this show on the road and come up with a bunch of blog post ideas!
TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR POPULAR POSTS
Your popular posts show you what your readers love reading, and it they love reading it – why not write more in that category? Maybe you can expand on some of them or write a part 2 or an updated version?
You can get a lot out of simply taking a look at your popular posts and utilising that information to create yet another post your readers will love!
LOOK FOR QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS
Maybe you don’t even have to look because everyone always asks you the same question? Answer this question in a post! Maybe someone wants to know what camera you’re using, how you saved up for your vacation or where your sweater is from?
Turn those questions into posts!
BROWSE YOUR FAVOURITE BLOGS
If I have no idea what to write about, I sometimes take a look through my bloglovin feed. I follow a lot(!) of cool ladies, and if I don’t have an idea to begin with, I’m almost certain to get one while reading other blogs.
You should never copy another blogger, but let’s face it. Bloggers are copycats in some ways or another, and there’s nothing wrong with writing about the same topic as someone else. Just make sure you make your post your own and give credit where credit is due.
If your favourite blogger just wrote an awesome post about french fries and you have your own perspective on it – join the debate!
LOOK THROUGH YOUR TWITTER OR FACEBOOK FEED
Seriously, everybody is sharing everything nowadays. Something has got to resonate with you. Personally, this option is my least favourite because I always get distracted and end up doing something else than what I had planned to do.
Social media can be time-consuming! But, if you’ve tried everything else, or if you’re just in the mood for a little one-on-one time with your Facebook feed, give it a go and see where it leads you.
GO FOR A WALK TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD
Sometimes, you are the one preventing your brain from doing the work! At least, I know I am. I tend to overthink everything, and when I’m actively searching for an idea in the corners of my mind, my brain simply throws itself on the couch and refuses to cooperate.
If I’m not thinking so much, chances are the blog post ideas will appear from out of nowhere. Taking a walk is great because you’re all motivated when you get back home after spending time away from your computer.
Oh yeah, and they say it’s good for you. You can’t not win!
CREATE AN INSPIRATION BOARD ON PINTEREST
Or browse the ones you have already. Pinterest is a great source for inspiration and if you’re an experienced user, you will have tonnes of great material on your boards already.
Create a new inspiration board and pin the articles and posts you wish you had been the one to write first (come on, you know the feeling!). Pin them, find out what they have in common and write your own killer post!
START A Q&A TO GET NEW BLOG POST IDEAS
Let your readers tell you, what they want to know! Start a Q & A to get questions from your readers and get a feel for what kind of content they want you to share. A Q & A is a great way to take the temperature of your audience, and in the future, whenever you’re feeling uninspired, you can just go back to the comment section and answer one or more questions in a post.
FIND THE MOST SEARCHED PHRASES ON YOUR BLOG
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Take a look at the most searched phrases or words that have led readers to your blog and take advantage of that information. Is your audience searching for something you have not yet written? Time to get cracking!
GRAB A PEN AND A NOTEBOOK
Oh yes, the good old pen-and-paper trick! I don’t know why, but this always(!) works for me. In fact, when I first started this blog, I sat down with my finest notebook (I have loads and loads – it’s an obsession, really) and wrote down the titles of posts I wanted to write. Within an hour, I had 52 titles for future blog posts. That’s a lot of blog post ideas, yo!
I may not use every title for a post, but it’s a great list to have for a rainy day. Also, do write the titles of posts you may not be ready to write yet. Who knows – maybe you’re ready in a few weeks!
Often times, those titles will inspire other titles and then bang – you have yourself an idea!
CREATE A SERIES
But how can you come up with blog post ideas for a whole series if you’re not even able to think of an idea for one single post, you may ask? Well, in my experience it always helps to access the challenge from a different angle.
Thinking about posts for a series is not the same as trying to come up with an idea for one post. When you’re looking for a whole concept, the possibilities are endless. All those posts you put away because they were too huge or unmanageable – pick them up again and take another look.
When you find a great idea for a series, you have material for a lot of posts! Maybe you want to write a series on blogging? Maybe you want every Sunday to be a Super Sunday where you interview people who have done something, you admire? Get that ball rolling!
And if all else fails? Just write a post on how to come up with great blog post ideas 😉