It’s ironic, really, that I’m writing a post about where to find blog post ideas today, because lately I haven’t really had many: ideas, that is. 

I have a bad case of blogger’s block, basically, which makes me the IDEAL person to tell you aaaallll about where to get ideas. Dontchya think? Actually, on second thoughts, don’t answer that…

Now, sometimes the best cure for writer’s block is to to take a break, and not try to force it, so that’s my job done for today, basically: if anyone needs me, I’ll be back in bed, m’kay?  If you do want to try to work through it, though, and just get some words on paper – or pixels on screens, as the case may be – then that can be a good idea, too. I’m not saying you have to force yourself to blog if you’re really not feeling it, obviously – that’s just silly, and can end up doing more harm than good – but if blogging is your career (or even just a serious hobby) then you DO need to be able to keep coming up with new blog post ideas, don’t you? So, here you go: 6 places to find ideas for blog posts…

how to generate endless ideas for blog posts that your readers will loveYour life

Obvious, I know, but the vast majority of my content is inspired by what’s going on in my life at the time. Going on vacation? You can write about what you’re packing, your tips for finding a great hotel or what you did while you were away. Moving house? Write about what you’re looking for, how the house-buying process works, and how you’re planning to manage the move. Not got much going on AT ALL? Well, neither do I most of the time, but I’ve written posts about what’s in my bedside table, or what I’ve been watching on TV: not exactly ground-breaking stuff, granted, but people are generally pretty curious, and they’re often interested in things you wouldn’t expect, so don’t be afraid to experiment a bit, and don’t be put off writing about something just because you know it won’t appeal to everyone. Remember, you don’t have to please every single reader with every single post – and if you try to, you’ll end up never writing anything at all, won’t you?

Photos

A while back, I posted a list of free image agencies for bloggers: I use that list fairly often to source images for ShoeperWoman.com, but I don’t just get photos from them – sometimes I get blog post ideas, too, just by scrolling through the photos, and seeing what kind of ideas they spark. Alternatively, a quick browse through the “images” folder on my computer can also give me an idea for a post: well, every picture tells a story, right, and you never know who might be interested in the story of that photo you just found buried on your hard drive…

spring shoes and spring flowers

Your readers

If you’re really stuck for blog post ideas, one of the simplest – but most effective – things to do is simply ask your readers what they’d like you to write about. I’m not going to lie, this can sometimes be a bit deflating, too, if you ask for suggestions, and get tumbleweed in return, but other times you’ll get some awesome suggestions or questions, which you can either answer all at the same time, or break up into separate posts. Over at ShoeperWoman, I recently launched a Questions Forum, for exactly this reason: the best thing about answering reader questions/suggestions is that not only do people often come up with really interesting ideas, you also know that they’re genuinely interested in reading the resulting post – that has to be better than coming up with something yourself, and just hoping people will care about it, huh? [Edited to Add: It worked so well at ShoeperWoman that I decided to add one here, too: you can find it here!]

Writing prompt websites

If you’re going through a really bad phase of writer’s block, you can at least take some comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. There are numerous websites out there which contain writing prompts designed to help people just like you find things to write about. There’s one here, for instance, that comes up with a lot of topics which would be suitable for personal/lifestyle bloggers (Having said that, I just tried it, and one of the prompts it came up with was, “Write about your feet”. Even on a writing prompts site, I just can’t seem to escape the foot fetishists, huh?), and if you hit up Google, you’ll find tons more of them, so you should be able to find SOMETHING to write about, surely…

spring flowers

Blog tags

If you read blogs on the regular, you’ve probably come across “tags”: they’re those posts people sometimes do where they’ll answer a list of questions on a particular topic, and then “tag” other bloggers to do the same thing. Some of these are more interesting than others, sure, and I don’t recommend using them for ALL your content, but if you’re really struggling with writer’s block, they can be a handy way to break out of it. What if no  one’s tagged you, though? Well, I’ll let you into a secret-that-isn’t-really-a-secret: you don’t actually HAVE to be tagged to join in with these – just turn up and crash the party. I mean, what’s the worse that can happen? It’s not like the blog police are going to turn up and kick you out, is it? You’ll find lists of tags on Google – just search for “blog tag questions” or similar, and you’ll get results like this one, which contains lots and lots of different tags you can try.

Your search referrers

I’ve occasionally written blog posts about the strange things people type into Google which bring them to my blog. Looking at your search referrers, however, won’t just tell you how many people there out there who reeeaaallly hate redheads: it will also tell you what the people who visit your blog are actually looking for – all YOU then have to do, is make sure they find it, by a writing a post on that very subject. If your readers are shy (or, alternatively, are asking questions that are just too tough for you to answer. I, for instance, live in fear of someone asking something along the lines of, “If one train leaves the station at 3pm, travelling at 70mph…”), this can be a useful, and only slightly sneaky, way to find out what they’re interested in: use your newfound knowledge well, young apprentice…

Bloggers: got any other suggestions on how to come up with blog post ideas? I’d love to hear them, if so: you’ve no idea JUST how much…

[P.S. If you do want to help a girl out with some ideas, ShoeperWoman and and post your question!]

 

8 Comments
  1. I just started my blog a few months ago and I usually try to write about things that I would enjoy reading on other blogs or sites. It could be a book reference, some fashion or lifestyle advice, a personal experience that could be interesting for other people too, a beautiful place from my own city with its history, a holiday review or some traveling tips… I mostly find my inspiration in everyday life, like you said; it can be a picture, an event, a random place from the city, a trip… but also on other people blogs. Finally, if I really lack inspiration, I prefer to upload an ootd post, without any writing. I don’t particularly like describing my outfit, since people can see it by themselves, nor writing anything just to fill the space, I guess most of them can see the difference between a documented text and something written just to be there… Also, you have an amazing blog, looking forward to reading more of your articles:)
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  2. Oh gosh, I hate the bloggers block. I do take breaks from time to time but sometimes, (when work is available), this isn’t possible. Those times I find getting out of the house, going to new places, have cake with friends, is the best cure. There is something so very helpful about a new view. x

    1. See, I actually think that’s a pretty good suggestion: I’ve never been in hospital, and have a massive phobia about it, so I’m oddly fascinated by other people’s stories. Plus I will read pretty much anything about a personal experience someone’s had – I guess what one person finds interesting, another person just won’t, though!

  3. I have had an idea for a blog for a while: I have eczema, and most of my life is spent managing it and I wanted to share that. But bloggers block is one of the reasons I’ve been avoiding actually starting a blog. I don’t deal well with the pressure to consistently produce content. My inspiration dries up almost immediately.

    I really enjoy reading your posts about what you’re watching on TV or reading, Amber. Nobody at my work or amongst my friendship group reads books for enjoyment, so your blog is pretty much the only time I get to read about, well, reading. Also: Neighbours nostalgia! 🙂

  4. My own blog archives! That’s where I’ll often go for ideas — to look for things to expand upon, or explain in further detail, or to incorporate into a round-up, etc. There is always more to be said on pretty much any topic!

  5. Indeed a great post about blog post ideas. 😀

    This is very much common problem which almost every blogger and writer face. After writing certain articles, We didn’t get any idea that on which topic should we write our another blog post.

    In this situation, I always check articles on my competitors blog and It helps me to get some blog post ideas.

    Along with this method, there are so many ways to get blog ideas as like as you suggested above. Either way, Thanks for this wonderful post. 😀

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