Never Run Out of Blog Post Topics
I frequently get asked how I’m always able to come up with new blog post ideas. I have been blogging on the same topic for about 3.5 years, writing at least one post every single week. That’s about 200 posts. After 200 posts that cover the same general area is there anything new left to write about? The good news is that I actually don’t run out of things to write about. If you have a blog or are considering starting one, here’s my advice for making sure you don’t run out of post ideas.
Make sure you’re in the right niche. If your blog is only a few months old, and you’re finding yourself constantly struggling to come up with something to write about, you might be in the wrong niche. Don’t get me wrong. It’s normal for everyone (myself most definitely included) to have off days or to get a little burned out and struggle from time to time to be inspired to write. However, if it’s always a total struggle, you just might not be passionate enough about your topic. I LOVE organizing, printables, and productivity so much that I really can write about them every week for years on end.
Keep a list. There is nothing less inspiring than sitting down at your computer to write a post that is due tomorrow with no previous plan of what you’ll write about. At least for me, doing that seems to completely zap all the ideas out of my head! Here’s what you should do instead. Anytime, anywhere a possible post idea comes to you, write it down. Don’t let any idea of those ideas escape. That way when it comes time to actually sit down and write your post, you already have a big list of ideas ready to go. I even keep an aqua notes notepad in the shower, so I can write down ideas that come to me while I’m in the shower! I keep my list right in Asana where I manage all my tasks. When I use an idea, I check it off the list.
Ask your readers. This is probably one of the most helpful things you can do to ensure that you never run out of post ideas. Ask your readers what they need help with or what they’re struggling with. When someone signs up for my free Get Organized Once and For All E-course, I ask them in the first e-mail to hit reply and let me know what their biggest organizing and planning struggles are. This gives me a great picture of what topics and advice my readers want to hear. Also, you can pay attention to what your target audience is saying (in blog comments, or on Facebook pages or groups.)
Look at headlines and magazines in other genres. Looking at magazine headlines or post headlines from other genres, can really help spark your creativity. For example, if I see the headline “3 Parenting Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making,” I can easily turn that into “3 Organizing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making.” I would caution against reading blog post headlines from your own genre. That can often be more detrimental than helpful, because you obviously can’t copy someone else’s title, and it’s just one more great title that you can’t use.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you struggle to come up with new content? What are your tricks for never running out of ideas?
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I think I got it this time. I have made lots of mistakes of choosing niches that I did not have a passion for. I now choose 3 niches: stress, inner critic and self acceptance. Along with journaling.
Nefeli - www.lovebeinginspired.net Says
I ll check out your blog! I love your niches! I have something similar. 🙂
I have so many ideas in my head. I need to write them down. These were great tips. Thank you!
Debbie Slaughter Says
For about 8 years I wrote about faith and family and matters that I wanted to pass on and hopefully inspire other women. Then one day I got so burned out on having no feedback or just the same people that would say one or two things, that I walked away.
I retired my old blog, started a new one, and now I am telling the story of our old farmhouse and all the restoration we’ve done over the past 12 years. I’m combining that with our current lives and it’s working well.
I think I’ve come to the conclusion that writing needs to be for me and the bonus is that others will want to read it.
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I have a bad habit of telling myself to go write something down and then forgetting it all over the course of 5 minutes. I really need to get my brain in business mode. Thanks for the read!
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Annick Hary Says
I can easily come up with an idea but oftentimes it only broaden my niche so I have to try again with something for my audience instead of always going to far off my original purpose. It can be tough to find something you haven’t already talked about but is still relevant to your readers.
I’ll try looking for magazines of headlines as you suggested!
Thanks for sharing!
Nefeli - www.lovebeinginspired.net Says
Helpful post!! Great blog!
Thank you 🙂
I am new to the blogging world and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have started doing what you said about writing down any “possible” ideas that I have for a post. It has been very helpful.
Hayley - Dot Punkt Says
Asana is great for organising tasks and it makes it so easy to tick off what you’ve done and see what you have to go. Great tips! 🙂
Very timely to come across this post. Thanks!
shibby sparkles Says
This has helped me so much
Thank you for this post. I sometimes struggle finding what to write about, and you just made me realize something huge. Maybe I’m not that into it. I think it’s time for me to sit down and reevaluate my plan and make it more fun for myself. Loved reading this (and I also love your topic!)
Ideas are great! I’m trying to keep this in mind with my blog as well!
I think these tips are really important.
Thank you for this post! Gives me ideas on how to improve and create more blog post!
Dr. Rajshree Says
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