One of the most frequent questions I get about both blogging and online entrepreneurship is how to come up with fresh content on a regular basis. “Where do you get all those post ideas?” How do you keep up your momentum? How do you plan your posts so far in advance? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some tips that will help you generate as many ideas as you want, plan and organize a blog schedule, and spend less time on your content creation so you can do more of the things you enjoy. (Note, I’m actually a nerd and I like creating blog content, but I realize that other people might rather be working 1:1 or reading a book.
Keep an idea notebook or file on your computer where you can get to it easily.
You already come up with more ideas in the course of the day then you can use. The problem is that your brain can’t keep track of them all. The first step in training yourself to come up with ideas when you need them is to designate a place to write them down.
Practice coming up with ideas for post titles or topics.
Set an intention to jot down 5 or 10 things in your idea notebook every day. I do it in the morning because that’s when I get a lot of random ideas, but you should experiment to see what time of day gets you the most usable ideas. Remember that all of the ideas don’t have to be good ones. The purpose of the exercise is just to jog your brain and teach yourself to capture ideas as they come.
Set aside time to research
It doesn’t have to be a lot of time. Say 10 or 15 minutes twice a week. Read other blogs in your niche. Read books and magazines. Hang out in forums and Facebook groups or any other social media outlet where people in your goes interact. Pay attention to trending topics on Twitter and sites like Buzzsumo. Jot a few of them down and see if there’s a way you can connect them to a topic in your niche.