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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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.

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