It’s Thursday so that means time for a new Blogger Series post!
If you are new to my blog, I am currently running a series of blog posts all about blogging. These are designed for both people who are looking to start a blog and for those who want to give their existing blog a boost.
Today I’m discussing keeping your blog topped up with new ideas.
Create a List
Blogging should be continuous, as consistency and regular posting are key for both being found by readers and by Google Spiders.
The best way to keep your posting frequency up is to reduce your chance of not having anything to write about.
We all get writer’s block, even when blogging. So make life easier by creating a running list of topics.
Every time an idea creeps up, write it on the list. Do include any details or points you want in the post because I guarantee if you just put a basic topic down, you might forget the additional points that you originally thought of.
I like to keep my topic list connected to my Content Calendar so I can slot new topics into my calendar on relevant days ready.
If you have not yet started a blog, then get ahead and try to come up with a month worth of blog ideas.
When starting, you only need a frequency of once a week so that’s just 4 to 5 topics per month.
Once you have those you will find new ideas will keep coming up.
Group your ideas
The more ideas you can come up with the better. Once you have a number of them, look to see if there are any that could be grouped together in a similar category.
Or see if any of your ideas are quite intense and could be broken down into smaller, separate posts under a similar topic.
When I came up with several ideas for blogging posts, I focused on that, came up with even more and then turned them into this Blogger Series: Tips for Starting a Blog.
Coming Up With Ideas
One way to generate ideas is to keep an eye on what is trending. Is there something in the news or on social media that is trending that you can use to spark ideas.
Look on Pinterest
There are lots of pins that list possible topics for blogs. While you may have a niche-specific blog, some of these lists can still trigger new ideas or be worked to fit with your niche.
Consider looking through pictures online to see if the imagery can trigger an idea. I have often done this where a photo or graphic has given me an idea that then developed into a series.
Consider the reasons
Blog posts can inspire, educate or entertain. Use these three when looking for ideas. You may be able to come up with a topic that can be written to cover all these three in separate posts.
Fix a problem
Has someone asked a question that you can answer? Would it be possible to write a post about it?
I decided to include how to back up a blog after realising so many people didn’t even know it was something they could do.
Ask for suggestions
Reach out to your readers, ask them to share their ideas on topics they may want to see. I’ve received some great ideas through my Submit a Tutorial idea form.
Do you keep a list of topic ideas for your blog? Where do you find your ideas?