How to never run out of blog post ideas

by - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blog post ideas

Generating blog post ideas is one of the very many challenges Bloggers face. Writer's block is so rude that it sets in anytime.

Saddening is that your blog readers want more of you, they want to read what newest thought, information, experience that you have to share. You have them waiting for you and this puts a lot of pressure on your overall blogging.

How do you keep them satisfied? How do you generate tons and tons of blog post ideas?

Be present 


I say this a lot on social media. Having content for your blog, social media, email blasts etc. requires that you be inquisitive. It requires that you be present and observant. If you are a food Blogger for example, be open to new recipes that you stumble on anywhere even on the streets. You'd be surprised where inspiration can come from.

While everyone is lazily talking about a flimsy topic, make something good out of it. This is not to pressurize yourself so much that you are drained of the joy that normal conversations or events bring.

This is practice. When you constantly practise milking juice out of seemingly unimportant issues, you'll find it easier to generate blog post ideas without feeling overwhelmed.

Answer questions as blog posts 


I learnt this from a friend. Make it a habit to reply questions as blog posts. If you are a skin care Blogger for example and someone is asking a question that would need a lengthy answer, promise to answer in another blog post if it is a good material.

If someone asks you a question on your social media channel(s), tell them to watch out for the answer on your blog. You can give them teasing answers that will make them anticipate the blog post. This is another way to get readers interested in your blog.

This blog post for example, is as a result of frequently asked questions I get from my clients and all over social media. Even though I already put them through on what to do, I have decided to share a bit of them here.

Be alert to trends 


What's happening right now? What can you talk about this moment? If what is generating the buzz is something that agrees with your niche, why not?

Interestingly, you can even make anything, I mean, anything fall in line with your blogging niche if you must talk about it.

Use Google alert and Google trends to stay current on things that you can generate blog post ideas from.

Listen to your audience 


What are their struggles? What are they frequently talking about in their online groups? Ask them what they would like to read more of on your blog.

In fact, ask for specific topics they would like you to write about. Stay close to your readers. Be on some of the groups you can find your ideal blog reader.

Always write 


Don't shut down a silly idea or a weird thought. How do you think some people come up with two articles daily? We are talking about people who write more than 2,000 words everyday. Don't be under pressure to do exactly what they do.

All I am asking is that you learn from their methods and that is, write everyday. Make it a point of duty to write something, an experience, a lesson, a rant, anything. When you need blog post, this might be developed into something proper.

Start a series or a theme


This is what it means. Pick on some topic you know you can write so many things about. If you are a fashion blogger for example and you know many things about fabrics, you can weave a theme around fabrics for a month:

Where to find original fabrics, how to identify unique fabrics,  how much should you spend on your fabrics, different types of fabrics etc.

Or you can talk exhaustively about thrift clothing a.k.a, okirika, bend-down-select.  Where to find quality thrift clothes, popular thrift stores in Lagos, how to identify quality thrift clothes, how to start an okirika business etc.

Read other blogs 


What are your favorite Bloggers writing about? Are there topics of which you have a different opinion about? How can you substantiate a Blogger's view about something on your own blog?

Do you know that you can find a month's worth of blog posts from just reading other people's blogs and developing content around them too? I really don't have to start to explain what plagiarizing their content does to your brand. You know that already.

Read comments on their blogs and answer some of the questions on your own blog. Since you have similar audiences, watch out for what they are constantly asking and curious about. Write something quality on it and generate tons of ideas from reading these people.

Connect with other Bloggers and brainstorm with them too. It's really fun, I tell you. You may even end up collaborating with them.

Have a blog post time table


Have what you write on different days of the week or different weeks of the month, depending on how frequently you blog. An example is if you are a relationship Blogger and you blog everyday. Your blog post time table could look like this:

Monday - Married only
Tuesday - Quick Relationship tips
Wednesday - Makeup or breakup stories
Thursday - Relationship articles
Friday - Relationship teasers
Saturday - Events: e.g proposals, weddings etc
Sunday - Long distance relationships

This is just an example of what can get you constantly writing. If you know that you have to write on relationship teasers just once a week, you can gather as much ideas you need for a month. You only need four of them.

Identify what inspires you 


You know, you can get a lot of blog post ideas from what inspires you. From where do you have an influx of ideas? Do you have a rush in the bathroom, on the toilet bowl, watching a movie, at events, discussing with people?

Identify what gives you inspiration and tap from that source. Do you know that I sometimes find inspiration during my quiet time. I stop to write them down. That's divine help and I don't toss it away for any reason. It would be irresponsible of me to waste a word from the Lord.

Recycle old content


This could be content from anywhere. It could be your old blog posts, Facebook post from 1 year ago (you know Facebook now reminds you of posts from year(s) ago on that same date). If you have a lot of blog posts, you can make a month's blog posting an edit of some of your oldest content.

This not only gives you new content, it helps you to rewrite outdated content, remove irrelevant or broken links, correct an outdated idea, improve on the search ranking of the blog post and give the post more visibility.

How do you get blog post ideas? I would be glad to know your methods too.

P. S - if you like this blog post and you find it useful, I would be glad to have you share it with other Bloggers. It would mean a whole lot to me to have this message spread. Thank you.

P. S. S - if you would like me to work with you to take your blog to the next level, send me an email at [email protected]

Related : what if I don't have what to blog about?

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26 comments

  1. Been so waiting for the next blog post on blogging. I love it. Thank you very much.

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    1. I am glad you did. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. I am finally sending that email. By the way, your blog is very addictive. Anyone's ever told you? I've been a silent reader. You are a blessing. Thanks.

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    1. Oh, thank you very much for your kind words.

      Send the email biko.

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  3. This is very informative. I enjoyed reading. Thanks a bunch.

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  5. 'be alert to trends'... I love that part. This is a helpful piece!! Beautiful Post you've gat Esther.

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  6. Nice post Esther. I really love your blog. Its very understandable.

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    1. Thank you Victoria. I am happy that you find my blog easy to understand .

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  7. You have got so many great ideas. I love your consistency. Hope we meet someday. I love your tips. Keep the harwork Esther.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words Tiwalade.

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    2. Yes, I hope we meet too. You can send me an email.

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  8. I hope to revive my blog soon. Your blogging segment has been my inspiration in that wise. I find motivation for ideas when I read novels.

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    1. I am glad to be an inspiration to your future blogging .Please join the club very soon .

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  9. Google alerts really helps, especially in news blogging. As soon as you publish a new blog post, it trends.

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    1. It's such a good place to get new blog post ideas. Google alert helps a lot. Are you a news Blogger? Can I see your blog?

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  10. 2nd point works like magic and gived the reader who needs an answer a sense of belonging.

    Grest post Esther.

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  11. I don't know any blog story like yours maybe because I don't explore much or some do hide their flaws but I have seen you in the times of 'small things', start up, breakdown, get up again, snob naysayers and dream wreckers. You've shown grit, heart, soul, tears, brains, still learning, still evolving, wrestled with inconsistency and you are winning. passion on nitro; You just want to do this for you and history!

    I'll do well to check out the others though. I am getting to learn there are great talents out there.

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    1. Thank you Ndububa. I am flattered. May we all arrive safely.

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  12. This is so nice, as it's very encouraging for people like me. I get lots of inspiration everyday, I put things down in fact I have notes of write-ups of poems yet to be unseen anywhere.

    But you know what puts me off Esther? Even when I gather the courage to put something up I just feel many don't read it I get very few likes of comments on if that kind of puts me off.
    Asides that my poem isn't specific on a side of life it cuts through different things..

    I fear my consistency when I start..and maybe that's just it.

    Perhaps I should dust my shoes and see if it still fits...

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    1. Hello there,

      You will have to build and thereafter cultivate an audience that listens. Find people in your niche that are interested in you and then pick up from there after initiating relationships.

      Provide value and get them to a point where they are addicted to your message.

      You can check my most recent post on Instagram @estheradeniyisblog. Alternatively, you can reach me via my email- [email protected]

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