If you blog on any frequent schedule, some days you find yourself wondering what to write about next. You might use a blog plan, but you still need to devise post ideas for that plan—and lots of them. Where can you find inspiration when you feel like you can’t think of one more subject to cover? Visit the following ten places for new blog post ideas when none are left in your head.
- Other bloggers—Read other blogs in your subject area. Notice the topics these bloggers cover and come up with a new angle or spin.
- Blog comments—Read the comment on blogs in your niche. Notice the questions and concerns of the readers. They make great fodder for your next blog post—or a series of blog posts.
- New book releases—The new releases at Amazon or even your local bookstore are a fabulous source of blog post ideas. Each one of those new titles and every one of their chapters represents a potential blog post idea—from your perspective and with your knowledge.
- Bestseller Lists—Much like new releases, the bestseller list provides many post ideas. Even if the books are on different topics than yours, use their titles for blog post title ideas or a new slant on your topic. (How many ways have writers and bloggers used 50 Shades of Grey in titles?) Look specifically for bestsellers in your category for hot topics about which you can blog.
- News headlines—See if you can tie your blog posts into the current news. Doing so tends to drive traffic to a site. Plus, you can generate a bit of controversy. Look for news in your subject area or industry as well as general world news.
- Podcast episodes and YouTube videos—Listen to what others are saying, doing teaching, discussing, or posting—especially in your niche. Write about the hot topics.
- Social network updates and posts—Pay attention to what’s trending on social networks in your subject area, both in personal status updates and in group postings. If a particular update or post gets a lot of engagement, that’s a topic you want to consider blogging about.
- Your blog comments—Your readers’ comments tell you the most about their interests and concerns. Address each relevant comment in a blog post.
- Surveys—Survey your readers. Ask them what they want to read about. Then write about the results in a post and begin writing posts based on their responses.
- Infographics and other research—Almost every day someone posts an infographic or research on some topic—including yours. Use this data as the foundation for a new post.
- Blog post title-generating tools–In a recent post, I mentioned that some of the title-generating tools available could help you generate post ideas. Try them out.
Of course, don’t plagiarize. Make everything your own.
If you find post ideas in other places, please tell me about them in a comment below.
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