As much as I love blogging, sometimes my brain just seems to turn into the desert when it comes to planning out my blog posts.
Luckily, I’ve got a few tips up my sleeve for a sprinkle of inspiration on those dry days which will help you endlessly create blog content!
Plus, I’ve got a handy-dandy worksheet fresh off the press that will help you put an amazing title to the posts you’ll create using this super helpful info.
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Hunt for Trends
When I’m having trouble forcing some inspiration into my brain, my first response is to go check out the currently trending topics.
You can do this easily by glancing through your Facebook feed or by going to Pinterest.
What are other bloggers posting about? What pins are most popular right now? Do you have any authority on the subject or anything helpful to add to the conversation?
I also like to go on twitter and punch in a hashtag, even if it’s only #blogger or #blogging or whatever strikes your fancy, to see what the trending topic of discussion is. You can also get a list of Instagram hashtags here.
Typically, you’re going to get a burst of inspiration from seeing what your blogger friends or your readers are invested in at the moment, plus posting on trending matters will make you a more relevant blogger!
There’s so much amazing information out there and everyone has a unique take on it, find your voice and add it to the ongoing dialogue!
Log Your Ideas
A helpful tool to creating content is to keep a running list of ideas that pop into your head.
Now, this step actually does take a little bit of attentiveness because I can’t even count the number of times that I’ll get a bolt of inspiration, put off jotting it down, and then completely forget the idea in the first place!
If you can manage to keep track of these ideas, they can be so helpful in growing your blog!
To help with this, I have an ongoing list compiled in my phone’s notepad. When I catch even a hint of an idea, I stop whatever I’m doing to write it down. If I have time, I’ll also scribble down a few ideas that spring forth from that initial one.
This step is really useful to keep that ‘endless’ amount of content flowing, because the post concepts sort of flow into one another, making a river of useful info that you can fish out of at any time.
Read and Relax
An important (and often overlooked) aspect of keeping your inspiration oasis healthy and flowing, is to avoid creativity burnout.
When you start struggling to create blog content, feelings of frustration and disappointment tend to start breeding. These feelings are neither helpful nor useful. Check out this helpful remedy to blogger discouragement to lift your spirits and rock your blog.
Take a deep breath and settle down on the couch for a few minutes. Let your body and your mind take a break, you’re going to get nowhere fast if you let the frustration wear you thin.
Instead, think of what bloggers you admire. If you can’t think of any off the top of your head, go back to you Pinterest and flick through the pages a bit. Here are 10 bloggers that every beginner blogger should follow, just to give you a starting place.
Do you see a pin that strikes your interest? What about it is intriguing? What makes you want to read it?
Go through and read a few posts, did you learn new information? Do you have a unique side or point of view? Have you discovered new tools that you could share with your readers? I would never have discovered SiteGround for hosting if I hadn’t been involved in a blogger discussion.
After all, part of being a blogger is being open to learning new things that you can share with others. Technology and trends are always changing and evolving and in order to stay abreast of it and on top of your game, you need to be reading what others are saying.
Like I said earlier, there is SO MUCH info out there! There’s so much to learn and so much that you can share with your own voice.
Dig Up Dirt (on Yourself!)
Check out your statistics on Google Analytics or whichever platform you use to track your stats. If you use HootSuite to schedule your social media, they also have interesting analytic reports as well.
Which blog posts have gotten the post attention? What has the most views? What has the most comments? How has your traffic increased lately?
Go through these posts. Has anything changed since you wrote them? Is there new information you can add?
Use your old content to create blog content that seems totally fresh and new!
There’s always a new perspective or a new take on what you may have written months ago.
Check Your Calendar
Take a glance at your planner and see if anything interesting is going on. It can be something silly or it could be a major holiday.
For example, Halloween is coming up, as is Thanksgiving. Plus, it’s finally fall and everyone is in a cheery mood!
What kind of posts can you make from these things? This will depend almost entirely on your blog’s niche and focus.
Maybe it’s National Cheeseburger Day and you’re a food blogger that can whip up fun burger recipes. Maybe it’s Mother’s Day and you’re a parent blogger who can share cute kid crafts to celebrate Mom.
There’s always something intriguing and festive going on in the world that you can use to draw inspiration from.
Get Some Air
When all else fails, shut down your computer, stand up, and stretch a little.
Inspiration doesn’t always come when we want it to, and it certainly can’t be forced.
Go for a walk and enjoy some sun, do some guided meditation or some relaxing yoga. (We have lots more keys to unlocking inspiration here.)
Mostly, you just have to let your mind wander for a little while. Once you’ve begun to relax and not strain yourself into frustration, you’ll be able to create blog content like a pro in no time.
Sometimes when your brain is refusing to work, it’s saying that it needs a brief timeout, and that’s just fine! Take a second and then get back to business when you’re feeling less fried and more fruitful.
I hope these tips on how to endlessly create blog content helped inspire your next post!
If you have any useful tips of your own, I’d love to hear them!
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