As it is so important to think of good ideas, I will share with you how I generate my own blogging ideas. And hopefully by using these effective methods mean you will be continually inspired with new ideas.
- Be observant – Take careful note of what you see, what you hear, etc. Because ideas are everywhere. Not just on the news (including industry-specific news, local news, national news), but also from the mundane tasks of everyday life, including interactions with people you know and don’t know, observations on the street, etc. But also keep attuned to your more unusual experiences, as they can be a source of very unique and interesting ideas.
- Consider your past experiences (i.e. stories about your family, friends). This can often add a source of humour to your blogs. But don’t get too distracted by your personal stories and keep your blogs relevant to your audience.
- Read your previous blogs, especially your most popular ones. Can you create a new angle on the topic?
- Read a diversity of texts – Both within and beyond your niche. Texts in your niche are a direct source of inspiration i.e. industry relevant blogs, and news stories. Reading beyond your niche may provide a unique angle on a well-worn topic. So also look to blogs from a different category to your own.
- Don’t be constrained by what you read and don’t just repeat what you read. You need to provide something different. Thinking outside the box, speaking your own mind, and making projections of future trends may help you develop more original contributions.
- Be inspired by others. Read your comments section in your blogs. Especially focus on those comments that stir a debate or generate a lot of interest. Teach others and listen to their feedback. Ask for an interview with a leading expert in your industry. They may all provide an alternative perspective upon which you can build.
- Use Google’s new instant results feature – Type keywords that are related to your industry, and then see what Google fills in for you.
- Consider problems you encounter yourself and those encountered by others in your niche. Write about how to overcome it.
- Answer unanswered questions.
- If you think of a good idea, record it. Even keep a databank of your ideas. Then if you are stuck what to write about you will have a wealth of inspiration to draw upon. If you don’t write it down you will forget about it later when you want something to write about. So carry a notebook and pen (and even a camera) everywhere with you so you can always record your thoughts. Or failing that, record your thoughts on your mobile phone.
- Allow yourself some time off to think of ideas (e.g. swimming, riding a bike, going for a walk). It’s often during these semi-conscious states that our best ideas arise rather than when we are staring at a computer. Also both the natural environment and social environment can be a great source of inspiration.
- Blog more frequently. The more you blog, the more ideas you will have.
- If you are really stuck you can always create a list, such as “5 Secrets to…” or the “Top 10 Ways…”. It is easier to think of ideas for a list and they are also popular with readers.
- Think about what you have not done yet, and do it e.g. you may not have created a post using only pictures, or held a contest. There must be something that you haven’t done.
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