It can happen to all of us. One week you’re full of blogging ideas, only to find a week later you have no idea what to blog about.
Even I’ve suffered from bloggers’ block. And if you don’t do something about it, you may find your passion for blogging dwindling and people becoming less interested in your blog.
While generating engaging blog post ideas comes easy to some, many of us can sometimes find it challenging.
Thankfully there are plenty of easy ways of coming up with regular ideas that will engage your readers.
If you’re eager to break out of your ‘ideas’ block, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
1. Read and comment on other blogs.
Many bloggers do this every day, but looking at and reading other blogs is an easy way of generating ideas.
While stealing the blog posts of other bloggers is a definite no go area, there’s no harm using some of their ideas as a starting point. For example, I started writing and publishing blogging tips after reading blogging tips posts.
Even looking at photos on a photography blog has given me ideas for blog posts and short stories.
Have a look at blogs that are similar to yours, but also branch out and look at entirely different blogs. While their content may be completely irrelevant and uninteresting to your readers, they may have ideas you can adapt.
2. Don’t just leave comments, read them too.
The comments left on blog posts can often be as interesting as the post itself. And, best of all, the comments section can be a brilliant source of ideas.
I take time in reading comments that others have left because often what they have said will spark ideas for new blog posts.
Likewise, longer comments can often be a whole blog post in itself.
Read the comments on the blog posts you leave comments on and see if anything sparks a new idea. You’ll be surprised by the results.
3. Write and publish a questions and answers post.
This is a great way to reach out to your audience and get them involved.
In my blog post Do You Have A Question About Blogging? I asked readers to leave me questions. I answered those questions in a new blog post. I also featured the blogger who asked the question.
It resulted in me getting lots of questions which generated lots of new blog post ideas.
Unfortunately, I haven’t got around to answering all the questions, but I know I can always go back to them if I find myself stuck for ideas to what to write.
We all have bloggers who inspire us with their blogs, so another great way to reach out is to ask for interviews and collaboration opportunities.
Don’t be afraid of approaching somebody for an interview. You’ll be surprised by how many bloggers will agree. After all, you’re offering them and their blog some free publicity.
5. Use a memo pad.
Whether it’s on your phone or in physical form, a memo pad is an essential part of a blogger’s arsenal. None of us ever know when ideas will strike, but when it does, be ready to write it down before the idea is lost.
Even if you don’t think an idea is currently functional, you can always go back to it at a later date. This is ideal for days when bloggers’ block hits you hardest or if you’re short on time.
If you write down every idea that comes to you, it shouldn’t take long to create a useful inventory you can refer to.
6. Get your readers involved…again.
Another way of writing and publishing content your readers will enjoy is by asking them for their input.
Ask them for their feedback on which posts they enjoy reading the most.
Check your WordPress stats as this will tell you what your most popular posts are. You may be surprised by the results you receive.
You might discover that your readers respond and share your personal posts more than your how-to guides. You can also pitch ideas to them to see if there would be something they would be interested in reading.
This can give you endless ideas and insight into what to write next.
Encouraging their ideas and feedback is also a great way of retaining loyal readers. Just remember to acknowledge them for their input.
7. Take up a challenge.
One of the easiest ways to overcome bloggers’ block is to participate in a blogging challenge.
Over the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve participated in hundreds of blogging challenges hosted by other bloggers. Not only were they fun, but they opened up new doors which helped create new blog posts.
There are hundreds of challenges on WordPress. My post How To Make Your Blog Standout From All The Other Blogs Out There gives details of some of the blogging challenges I’ve taken part in.
8. Check your draft folder.
If you’re like me, you’ll probably have lots of unfinished blog posts in the draft folder of your blog. Some of mine go back a few years.
There may be lots of reasons why you never finished drafting those posts, but go back, reread them and see if now is the right time to finish writing them.
Rereading them may even spark some new ideas.
These are just a few ways that you can stay relevant and retain your followers. Make a habit out of looking for inspiration from multiple sources to keep your ideas fresh and unique. That way, you’ll never be short of ideas again.
- Many bloggers encounter times when they can not find any new ideas for blog posts.
- Don’t just leave comments. Read the comments others have left. They can often spark ideas for new blog posts.
- Looking at photos can often create ideas for a short story, poem or new blog post.
- Don’t be afraid of asking other bloggers and writers for an interview or collaboration opportunity. After all, you’re offering them some free publicity.
- Check the draft folder of your blog. It may contain posts that you can finish and publish.
- Encourage your audience to ask you questions. Answering questions can generate new blog posts.
- Consider taking part in a blogging challenge. There are lots of challenges available that are hosted by other bloggers.
- Make sure you always have something available to write down any ideas you have for blog posts.
What about you?
- Have you ever encountered bloggers’ block?
- How do you combat bloggers’ block?
Join the discussion by leaving me a comment that I can respond to with more than just a ‘thank you.’
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