Three Techniques for Endless Blog Ideas

3 Techniques for Endless Blog Post Ideas

When you start blogging, you probably had so many ideas you couldn’t keep up with them all. But over time, you’ve started to lose steam or get bored. It’s hard to come up with content on the same topics over and over every week. No matter how passionate you are about a subject, you eventually feel like you’re repeating yourself or just get tired of talking about same things all the time.

So, your blogging tapers off, your engagement drops, and you end up feeling guilty because you think you “should” be blogging more, and you know that you can’t grow your blog if you aren’t posting consistently.

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years, and I have several now dead blogs that I’ve lost interest in behind me, so I know how this goes. My current blog is about four years old and still going strong. I’ve spent a lot of time researching and developing ways to sustain interest in a field of expertise and continue to produce fresh, vital blog content.

Today I’d like to share with you three methods for generating endless supply of blog posts ideas.

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Changes Are Afoot

The TL; DR version of this post:

I’m switching gears in my online work to focus on creating premade graphics packages for bloggers and entrepreneurs and print on demand products through Zazzle and FineArt America. So, the blog is going to become a complement to that and focus on art journaling experiments, resources for designers and artists, and the occasional topic of interest.

I’ll keep the blog schedule largely the way it is for now because I don’t think it’s possible to segregate art from the life of the artist. Tuesday there might be a second post for me to talk casually about whatever is on my mind.  Wednesday is for blogging and writing tips. The general leaning of the blog is just going to be more art-related than it has been.

I’m keeping Wednesday mostly because I feel like the blogging information is relevant anybody who would be on this site looking for stuff anyway. And, most often you can still expect me to share Feminist Friday content when I have it.

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The Much Longer “What’s Been Going on with Rose” Version of the Post.

If you’ve been following me anywhere else on the Internet, you already know that my grandpa died in February.

It wasn’t unexpected, but it’s been devastating. There have been a series of other family problems since then.

What you may not know — or may not remember — is that my brother almost died last February, and my physical health has been declining steadily since last summer. On top of that, I took a bad fall in September and I didn’t realize how bad or how long-lasting the problems would be until it was December and I realized I was still waking up in pain every night.

We won’t mention the US elections in November or the subsequent political landscape.

I fell again this weekend, and messed up my shoulder worse than it already was.

Lately, I’ve felt like a pinball in my personal life.

Online, I’ve spent a lot of time on activism and social justice projects.

I’ve really enjoyed the consulting and coaching work that I’ve done since last February, but with my health and everything else going on in my life, I don’t feel that I can give enough time and emotional energy to that type of client.

Although I love blogging, my blog hasn’t been a priority for about a year and half now. I didn’t mean for that to happen, but things have changed a lot since I started on WordPress. I thought seriously about just turning the blog into a static website and letting it sit.

I spent this March and April trying to figure out if that’s really what I wanted to do. I decided that I don’t want to shut the blog down, but I need to make a pretty drastic pivot if I’m going to continue.

Four years ago, when I got on WordPress, I had two intentions. I wanted to write about social justice issues, and I wanted to connect with other fantasy and science fiction writers. I formed a lot of great friendships in the intervening time, but the truth is that I spend more time interacting with those friends on social media channels than I do on WordPress anymore. As far as social justice, it’s always going to be important to me, but I didn’t realize how much it would cost me in terms of time, energy, and emotional well-being to blog about those issues on a daily or weekly basis.

I finally hit the wall last week and realized that it’s time for me to start getting paid to do social justice work if I’m going to do it at all. I used to think that it was “too important” to worry about whether I was getting paid to do it or not, but I don’t have unlimited resources or energy. So, I’ve made a decision.

I’ll continue to support and promote social justice projects like the Feminist Friday discussions on Part-Time Monster and anything else that my blogging friends throw my way, and I’ll have a post every now and then, but otherwise I’ll be looking for paid writing opportunities and working on building my own site for child abuse and sexual assault survivors with a self-sustaining model.

For the time being, I’m going to reinvent the Evil Genius Blog as primarily an art blog with Intersectional Feminist leanings. The schedule will stay the same for now, with maybe some additional content on weekends, and the focus will be “Art with purpose”

I see purpose being a lot of different things. Whether it’s practical, as in the merchandise and selling, political as in art as resistance or personal as in using art as an outlet and a way to heal.

If you’re intrigued, stick around.  If not, no hard feelings.  Go ahead and unfollow.  I’ll see you around the interwebs.

How to Find Blog Post Ideas: The Ultimate List

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This is an index post for all my content related to how to come up with blog post ideas.  Over time, I’ll also be adding prompt posts.

5 Ways to Get Blog Post Ideas That No One Else Has

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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.)

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IWSG: 5 Reasons You Haven’t Finished That Book And What To Do About Them

 

You Don’t Have A Consistent Writing Practice

Consistent action is the key to success in everything.  Whether it’s every day, once a week, or even once a month, you need to show up consistently.  It’s easy to become distracted by life circumstances, new interests, TV shows, and more urgent things that need your attention.  So decide right now how much you want to finish that book and then decide on a schedule that will work for you.

You Give Yourself An Out

I hear this all the time.  “My goal is to write a chapter a week, but I’ll be happy if I do half that much.” Or: “My goal is to write every day, but what will really happen is that I’ll procrastinate and watch TV and then feel guilty at the end of the month.”

Stop giving yourself an out.  You don’t have to pick random milestones like “a chapter a week” because they sound good or because that’s what everyone else is doing right now.  Pick a small, manageable goal as a first step and use it to build momentum for larger ones.

And stop sabotaging yourself with “permission to fuck around.” All those memes you see about how writers spend more time fucking off and arranging their desks or making coffee? WRONG.  It’s entirely possible to work on your book when you say you’re going to.  It’s a matter of deciding what you really want and going after it.

Find something you want to do, and then surround yourself with the supports you need to actually follow through.

Your Priorities Suck

There’s no easy way to say this.  You want to write but you “don’t have time.” You want to write but you’re tired.  You want to write but you can’t decide what to work on, so you watch TV instead.

Everybody has things they need to do.  Kids, job, chores, caretaking for sick loved ones.  There’s always going to be something you have to do.  And some days you will let that get in the way of your writing, because you’re human.  But most days, if you want to finish a book, you will sit down and do the work, because there’s no other way.

Figure out what your priorities are.  Then decide how much time and energy you can realistically give to writing each week.  Make a commitment to do the work, no matter what.

You Can’t Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Page
Everybody seems to have a cooler concept, more followers, a better blog.  Everybody’s doing wizards or dystopia or alpha romances, and you’re spinning your wheels trying to find the “perfect” thing to write.   Or you’re stuck because you start second guessing your ideas, and pretty soon you realize you haven’t written anything in a month.  Or three.
Don’t worry about what “everyone” is doing.  Be aware of market trends, understand what tends to be popular in your genre, but write your own story.  Whether it falls into a currently popular category or not, it’s uniquely yours–and you need to write what calls to you if you hope to finish.

You Are Listening to the Naysayers.

 

I have a project that’s so large in scope that it will probably take me the rest of my life.  I shared my notes and outline for it with a friend once, and he promptly told me that he didn’t think I could do it.  It was too long, too complex, too full of potential problems and setbacks.  So, his solution was that I shouldn’t try.

 

Later I shared another, more simple project with him.  That one was meant to be a trilogy.  He immediately started listing out every potential problem I might face while putting it together, every instance in which he foresaw a roadblock or question I’d have to solve.  MY reaction to a list of problems is to find solutions as I work.  HIS reaction was to say, again, that the story wouldn’t work and I should give up.

 

Needless to say, he and I don’t talk much about writing anymore.

 

If you’ve got a naysayer in your life, you need to stop listening to them.  Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you in overcoming your roadblocks, and leave the naysayers far behind you.

 

7 More Tips For Finding Blog Post Ideas

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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.

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4 Easy Steps to An Endless Supply of Blog Post Ideas

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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.)

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3 Quick Tips For More Blog Post Ideas

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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.

3 Awesome Places to Get Quick Blog Post Ideas

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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.

Narrow Your Focus

Even if you have a focused and specific niche, there’s a lot of ground you can cover. Sometimes there’s so much that your brain can’t process it all and your mind goes blank when you’re trying to come up with an idea. Think about this: have you ever been in a social situation where someone says, “Tell me about yourself,” and you suddenly can’t think of a single thing to say? It’s the same thing with blogging. You know so much about your niche that it’s hard to find a stating point.

 

 

Answer Questions and Comments

One of the easiest and most effective ways to develop ideas for new content is to answer questions.  If someone asks a question in a comment thread, you can turn your answer into a followup post.  If you keep an eye on your search traffic, you can craft posts around the most often used search terms.  You can also keep track of questions asked in other places, including other popular blogs, and turn those answers into new posts.

Layer Your Ideas

Blog posts don’t need to be exhaustive.  Most readers are looking for content that they can scan and quickly find a solution to a problem.  You can give an overview of a subject, then write followup posts that go into more detail on specific aspects.  For example, I could write separate posts with more detail about each suggestion I’ve made here.

 

5 Types of Content for Quick Blog Post Ideas.

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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.

There are 5 main types of blog posts, and if you know which one you want to write, you’ll have better luck coming up with ideas. Continue reading