7 Ways to Generate Endless Ideas for New Blog Post

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Hi everyone!!! I am thrilled to be staying on and writing for Ivan with The Friendly Blogger. As most of you know, it was a tough decision for me, but I think it worked out beautifully in the end. So, I look forward to hearing from you and touching base with all of you soon. :)

In keeping with Ivan’s latest post on what to blog about, I thought I would pipe in. You know me, I gotta have my 2 cents worth.

Once you’re up and running with your own blog you may find that constantly creating content can be quite a strain. With your community demanding new posts and your schedule filling up it can be difficult to think of new blog posts; it’s complete writer’s block! To absolutely destroy any hurdles you may have when generating new blog post ideas this post will tell you several of the best ways to always find something to write about.

7 Ideas For Blog Posts

“Keep an Idea Journal” – Always keep a pen & paper or a word document around so you can write down new ideas that pop into your head. Don’t edit yourself when writing down ideas because even though you may not write about a particular subject it can inspire you to generate a new idea for a completely different blog post!

“Listen to Music” – Music has the ability to unlock your creativity. Put on your favorite album and listen to the lyrics (or lack thereof) and let your mind wander. During this time that you’re listing to music, write down new idea or begin working on an article which you’ve gain inspiration upon.

“Scratch your own Itch” – Write about things you’ve always wanted to read on the web. You may find that few people cover the types of content that you’d want to read; there are many others out there that have this same though. Write about what’s on your mind or something new you’ve tried that others haven’t the time to write about.

“Answer the Community” – Many blog comments can easily generate new blog posts ideas. When a commenter asks you a question in the comment area don’t just answer them, create a new post that specifically answers this question. Not everyone will read blog comments and those that leave you questions (along with your great replies) could be the perfect subject for a new post!

“Disagree with Popular Belief” – Take a stance against a popular belief and explain why you disagree with it. Standing your own ground may cause heat from many people within the blogosphere but often times you’ll find that others have been thinking the same thing but don’t have the courage to write about the topic. Drama can send waves of traffic to your blog but always present a coherent theory vs. simply trouncing someone’s beliefs.

“Rant and Rave”Talk about a product you love or hate; write about a service you didn’t enjoy or one which has made your day. People love to hear when things work out for the best or the opposite side of the story. Not everyone agrees with what’s common acceptance; it’s your blog so go ahead and vent (or rave)!

“Create a Series” – Create a series about a particular skill you’d like to teach in detail. Break up your post into a series so you’ll be able to stretch out the information over the course of a week or month. Writing a series allows you to learn new things about what you’re focusing on and keeps the community engaged with every word you write.

In all, there are ideas all around you waiting to be placed onto your blog; keep your mind open to any questions or comments you may hear floating around, sit down and just start writing – it’s as simple as that.

Let me have it! Share your thoughts below :)

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22 Responses to “7 Ways to Generate Endless Ideas for New Blog Post”

  1. I agree with all your tips except music. I enjoy, relax and humm listening to music and generating blog ideas is serious work and music is no for me.

    Enjoyed the reading. Thanks

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      Kavita:

      I have been known to write words to a song instead of what I was actually writing about!!! So I understand what you mean!

  2. May 20, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I particularly love the idea journal suggestion. I keep a little flip notebook with me for that purpose.

    Another suggestion – which might sound totally crazy – is to transcribe some audio. A recording of an interview with someone you admire, or an on-topic podcast. I’ve had some of my best ideas this way, but it might not be for everyone.

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      I like the idea of transcription…..even if I just use it to make short topic ideas!

  3. May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Lisa,

    I’ve go two more for you….

    Take a shower…

    or go for a walk.

    I don’t know what it is about water or exercise but it seems to stimulate new ideas.

    Suzy Weiss
    Divorced Women Dating
    “Practical Steps For Finding Love After 40”

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Shower and walk are perfect! Or, how about a walk in a rain shower???? Beautiful!

      Thanks Suzy!

      Lisa

      • May 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

        That’s a good one Lisa.

        I can tell you are a multi-tasker!

        Suzy Weiss
        Divorced Women Dating
        “Practical Steps For Finding Love After 40”

  4. May 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Very helpful Lisa!

    I’m a big advocate of the idea journal and also recognize that ideas come to me when they want to (not necessarily when I want them to)

    While I always carry my idea journal with me, there are times when its inconvenient to jot it down so I either use the voice recorder on my phone or there’s a cool free app called Dragon Dictation for I-Phone.

    I’ve been using this one quite a bit lately and can dictate my thought, have it transcribed and then I can email it to myself when I’m on the run.

    Thanks again for your fantastic suggestions!

    Respectfully,
    Paul Castain

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      Paul:

      Awesome suggestion to email to ourselves! I like it. :)

      Thank you,

      Lisa

  5. May 17, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Lisa
    Well for me if I lead a full life and remain curious, I will always have plenty to blog about. It’s the idea journal that I have to make second nature. Too many times I have that AHA moment and forget to follow up in a systematic way.
    Riley

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 17, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Riley:

      I am just getting this idea journal moving as well….in time it will be 2nd nature I hope!

      Lisa

  6. May 17, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Lisa,

    Welcome back! Glad you are sticking around and writing occasionally.

    My favorite is keeping an idea book. I think this is huge, because I always seem to come up with ideas when not near my computer.

    Online though, I would say that my favorite is listening to the community. I could even expand on it (or perhaps add an eigth) by saying doing this on forums is also effective.

    Any-time you answer the questions that you see that a large block of people are having you are doing something powerful.

    Every single one of these tips are golden, though. I use them all and find I am never lacking for things to write about.

    (Just time to do it)

    -S

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 17, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you Steve!

      I agree. For example, I popped over to Google to find a feedburner solution for a problem I was having. What I found was TONS of people having feed issues and no one was replying to them!!! And they were becoming angry people….I stepped in where I could and gave them solutions and gained some readers and subscribers from that!

      Glad you stopped by Steve!

      Lisa

  7. May 17, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I like the music idea. This is the best list I’ve read so far. I’ve started creating video series and they’ve been popular.

    Thy also help with the bounce rate because people stay on my blog to watch the videos when they get tired of reading.

    AdSense Crash Course Video Series

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 17, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Ramiro:

      So glad you found this useful!!

      Appreciate the visit.

      Lisa

  8. May 17, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    You have a great advice… I love it. The ideas are very valuable and helpful. Thanks for sharing..

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 17, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Aya!!

      Lisa

  9. May 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Yaaay!

    Welcome back, my dearest – always great to hear from you!

    I love your advice overall and love being included, of course.

    The only thing I find more of a distraction is music. As much as I love listening to it, I find myself humming the songs and not writing. :)

    To each his/her own, I suppose.

    Ana

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 17, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Sunshine!!! Well, whatever you are doing.,..keep on because you bring it solid and brilliant everytime!!!

      Missed ya sunshine!

  10. May 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    My personal favorite is answering the community, I tend to find great questions to be used as topics for my posts in the comments I receive. But I also had great success with my so called idea journal :)

    between these 7 tips it is hard not to find a topic to write about, so great job Lisa :)

    • Lisa Drubec
      May 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

      Zarko:

      My favorite too!!! Community is key in this business! Thank you for your feedback!

      Lisa

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