As we already tackled turning ideas into amazing articles and blog posts in our previous posts, it is time we focused some more on the ways to come up with something new and fresh when your idea pool is a tad dry. If you consider yourself to be a blogger, you must already be familiar with the importance of blogging in this day and age.
Being out of ideas can happen to anyone. I have experienced it loads of times. In the moments when I haven’t posted anything in ages, well, days, but it feels like ages, I turn to a few tricks known by the more skilled of bloggers. And that helps me get through the idea drought and get to the phase of the idea draft.
I have decided, in my infinite blogger’s wisdom, to share this inside knowledge and help out people who have found themselves in similar situations and see no way out.
Worry not! There is a way out. Actually, there are 8.
With my list of 8 ways to come up with fresh blog post ideas, you will never feel powerless in the face of a deadline again.
#1 Draw ideas from your previous blog posts
What else is better to look for inspiration in than your work itself. If you have written plenty of materials before, you must have a hefty knowledge of certain subjects. Read those older posts you have loved and you were immensely proud of. Maybe those posts will give you a vision of what you should do next.
Not only that, you should read the posts you were not very proud of. Make the best of them, try to write something different that would improve on your previous articles and offer something new and current on the same topic.
Finally, there might be a topic you touched upon, but haven’t really paid the right amount of attention to. You could do a whole post on it now.
#2 Draw ideas for other people’s work
It is not shameful to look for inspiration in other people’s work. We all do it. Only we won’t always admit to it.
I am not talking about stealing someone else’s work. Don’t get me wrong. I am talking about mere harvesting of the ideas planted deeply in other people’s posts.
You might get completely new ideas unrelated to the content of their articles while reading them. But then again, you might see something interesting that you would like to expand on in an article of your own. Maybe do some additional research on it and give your own valuable opinion on the subject.
#3 Give new life to your older posts
Revivals can be amazing for your blog. Just like in film or theater. Rejuvenate an old story that has been dead for a long while and let your newer visitors read something that will be useful and informative for them.
Change part of the articles that need to be refreshed, from references to external links and newer statistics. Maybe write your new opinion on the matter, if it has changed, and explain why that has happened. You are smarter now than you were before. And some topics never get old, your approach to them changes. That is all. Sometimes all you need is a facelift.
#4 Do a round-up
As a blogger, you read plenty of other blogs, out of curiosity, searching for information or just staying up-to-date. You admire some of your colleagues’ work or you think they are on to something. Yes, I dare to call them my colleagues. Maybe you just believe they make a valid argument, even though you are not so vested in the subject itself.
If you don’t have the time or you just can’t come up with fresh blog post ideas at the time, after reading several of other people’s posts you can compile a list, or a so-called “round-up” of the worthy ones.
By doing this, you don’t really have to do a lot of writing yourself, although it is best if you say a few words about why you chose to include each particular blog entry. After all, you are offering your readers your expert opinions. You can use other people’s original content. They will be grateful, if anything.
Not only that, remember that being a blogger is not only about sitting in front of your laptop and writing, it is about being a part of the community, contributing to something larger. Building good relationships with other people like you is necessary for your survival. Networking is crucial in any vocation, blogging included.
#5 Do a personal piece
Every once in a while a blogger needs to show that they are human as well. Your blog followers will feel more connected to you if you let them in a little bit. By making them feel closer, they will trust you more and you gain credibility. If a personal story fits the theme of your blog, you can do them more often.
For example, if one blogs about cooking, they should do more of pieces like “The best recipes for helping you with a break-up” or “How I made my special day even more special with these recipes”. If a blogger is into literature, they can write an article on what book they like to read when they are sad and why, or what is the most inspirational novel they have read and what it has inspired them to do.
However, if a blog is rather impersonal, it is slightly more difficult to do that. But there is always a clever way to do it, just not as often perhaps. Write about how you have learned something from your own life, and carry the same experience into words relating to the overall theme of the blog.
I try to do it as much as I can, since it makes both writing and reading my posts much more enjoyable and I feel more connected to my readers, as they do to me.
#6 Read printed publications related to your work
Traditional print is waning in popularity, but that does not mean that its influence is lessening with experts. With most significant contributors stating their opinions in monthly or quarterly published magazines, they are clearly a go-to place for intellectual food or news of innovation. [Tweet “From Forbes to Martha Stewart’s Living, print is still where big shots spill their beans”].
You don’t get just the story itself, you get the way it was told, which can at times be more valuable.
#7 Visit informative websites dedicated to your line of work
The same works with big-name websites and portals. Actually, most of the traditional publishing houses, like The Economist or The New York Times, have transferred to the Internet as well, so you can access most of its content online. Sometimes there is a small fee required, but mostly you can do without.
The thing with visiting a website nowadays that makes it all easier is that they have their own search directories, so you find something of your and your readers’ interest in a jiffy. Tags are of immense help as well, so one can browse through certain categories and simply absorb ideas.
I am a big fan of this technique. Sometimes I feel like I am in the Matrix of ideas.
#8 Rely on your readers for new ideas
This is possibly the last resort, but certainly not the worst one. [Tweet “Reader feedback is a highly useful thing for a writer, journalist or a blogger”].
Readers are eager to get informed and they will ask you for writing on certain topics all the time. You should pay attention to their wishes and keep records on what they want. When you are left with no topics of your own, reach for your readers’ questions instead.
You can do this in several ways, whether asking a direct question after you blog entries or via posts specifically designed for this purpose or even a Facebook poll.
This would be a good way to profound your relationship with your readers.
With these 8 tidbits of advice on how to think of some genuine blog ideas, you will have a blog as revered as massplanner’s. Hopefully, you will include us in a round-up or two