Getting Ideas for Blog Posts

One of the hardest things when running a blog, for me at least, is coming up with not only titles for blog posts, but more importantly, ideas for blog posts. We may have all of the information in our minds for our blog, but sometimes, it can be very difficult to think about what to write.

Ever tried to remember a memory that you had? You try so hard to remember it, you never do remember it. The same analogy can be applied to blogging. You try so hard sometimes to come up with an idea for a blog post that you can never think of one. It’s happened to me numerous times and I can say the harder I think, the harder it is to come up with one.

Here is a list of ideas that work amazingly to get ideas for your blog. They are ones that I employ on my blog and ones that I find to be the most effective.

  • Go to the store and buy a few magazines. Not only are you going to get ideas for things to write about, but you’ll also see how to title them. Magazines sell because the titles lure people in. You want to have titles that lure the reader in.
  • Simply cruise some different blogs and see if you can’t find anything that sticks out. I suggest subscribing to some of the biggest blogs in your niche so that you can get ideas that way. It can be effective to write a response to a blogger’s article and then e-mail them letting them know you responded. Maybe it can start a debate via blogs. Link bait anyone?
  • It’s always helped me to – at the end of a post – ask if people have any questions. Something as simple as: “If you have any questions, just ask.” Then, when they ask, you can write a reply as a new blog post rather than answer it in the e-mail or comments.
  • Make a post in your blog saying: “Do you want to see something explained more? Just post!” People actually do post. It’s a bit aggressive, but if people know you are open to being asked questions, they’ll ask them.

Coming up with posts can sometimes be difficult, but the truth is, it’s not rocket science. If you’re writing about a topic that you’re passionate about, thinking of things to write about should be a synch. If you can’t think of topics to write about after a few weeks, something is wrong. But, if you just can’t think of something to write about, employ one of the techniques mentioned above. It’s helped me in the past and I am sure it could help you as well.

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Jacob is an avid guitar player as well as a biology major in college with hopes of becoming a professor. When not blogging on The Webmaster Blog, he is over at his political opinion blog.

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