When you run a blog, one of your biggest tasks will be coming up with ideas for your posts. It’s easy when you first start because you’re excited and you’ve got a ton of stuff to write about. But, eventually you’ll run out and have to come up with new blog post ideas. And if you’re blogging consistently, this will most likely happen sooner rather than later.
So how do you come up with blog post ideas so that you don’t run out?
Here are four ideas to get you started.
Idea #1 –
Use books and magazines
Checking out books and magazines in your niche can be a great source of inspiration. You don’t even have to read them. Simply scanning a table of contents can give you a wealth of ideas. And, for magazines, just checking out what’s listed on the cover can be an excellent source of timely content ideas.
Idea #2 –
Do a brain dump
Creating a “brain dump” list of anything you can think of that’s related to your blog can net you a wealth of ideas for blog posts. For example, if you’re running a wellness blog you can talk about physical wellness, mental wellness, spiritual wellness, and all the off-shoots of each of those. You could review products and books, share fitness routines and recipes, add in interviews or guest posts from outside experts.
Tip: If the idea of a huge list intimidates you, try brainstorming with a mindmap and you’ll have a loosely organized content plan when you’re done.
Idea #3 –
Scope out your blogging competition
If your blog is part of your business, it pays to know what the competition is writing about. You obviously can’t copy their posts, but you can get ideas from them and put your own slant on them to create new content for your blog.
The added bonus of reading your competitors’ blogs is that you’ll pick up ideas on layout and presentation that will ultimately help you create a better user experience for your readers too.
Idea #4 –
Ask people what they want
I’m still amazed at the number of bloggers I know who never ask their readers what they want to know more about. The people who are already giving you’re their time by reading your posts can be your best source of information. And you’ll build a better relationship and foster even more loyalty if you ask them what they want instead of only sharing what you want.
The key to consistently coming up with new ideas for blog post content is to always be listening and learning. Pay attention to what comes up in conversations around your niche, and in what other bloggers and publishers are sharing and you’ll always have a running list of blog post ideas to turn to when you need them.