Brainstorming a Year’s Worth of Post Topics

blog post brainstormingHave you ever sat down at your computer to write a blog post and ended up spending most of your time banging your head against your computer screen because you were clean out of post topic ideas? Running out of blog post ideas can make blogging feel like a chore. Believe me, I’ve been there and it stinks (and hurts…ouch)!

In an effort to help keep your forehead bruise free this year, I’m going to share with you some tips and a series of 20 questions that will inspire an entire year’s worth of blog posts. These tips are going to fill you with the inspiration needed to start posting on your blog like a boss!


Tip #1: Schedule Time to Brainstorm

In order to have an effective brainstorming session you need to set aside about an hour of uninterrupted time to focus on just one thing: post topics for your blog. Growing a blog takes time and effort. You can’t grow a blog if you aren’t producing new content on a regular basis, so really take this brainstorming session seriously. I know you’re busy, but please chisel out some time soon to do it. It really will make all the difference in the success and growth of your blog this year.


Tip #2: Just Start Writing

blog post brainstormingIn The Ultimate Blog Planner, you’ll find a page specifically designed for brainstorming called “Post Topics Brainstorming.” I recommend printing off one of these pages for each of your main blogging categories. Then spend 5-10 minutes per category brainstorming and listing as many post topics as you can think of off the top of your head.

Just start writing. Don’t worry about whether it’s a good idea or not at this point. Jot down anything and everything that comes to you. You can weed out the not-so-great ideas later.

HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator is a cool tool you can consider using for brainstorming blog topics. All you do is enter in three keywords (preferably nouns) that you want to write about and it will spit out five post ideas that have to do with those keywords. It’s a fun tool you can give a try.


Tip #3: Ask Yourself These 20 Questions

If you’ve finished tip #2 and you still need more ideas, ask yourself the 20 questions below. Write down the ideas that come to you as you read each question and you’ll have a year’s worth of blog posts compiled in no time.

1. Are there any past posts you could expound upon, update, or do a follow-up on?

2. Are there questions you get asked often that you could write a post about?

3. How could you invite your audience into your life through a blog post? Here are some ideas:

  • Behind-the-scenes
  • A day in the life
  • How you got started
  • What you wish you would have known when…
  • Tell about your process
  • Share some things people don’t know about you
  • Show examples of how you or your business has grown through the years
  • What products, services, or tools do you use every day?

 
4. What areas of expertise do you have that you could teach your readers about?

5. What types of how-to posts or tutorials could you share that would be beneficial to your readers?

6. What have been your most popular posts? Use these to inspire new posts.

7. Have you reached a milestone in your blogging journey, profession or life? Feature those milestones or achievements in a blog post.

8. Is there a blog in your niche or a professional in your field you could feature?

9. Do you have a product or service you could highlight in a post?

10. Is there a free printable or resource you could share with your readers?

11. How did you come up with your blog or business name? Share the story in a post.

12. What interesting stories or experiences from your life could you share?

13. Do you have a list of posts from other bloggers that you find helpful and refer to often? You could list a roundup of these posts as a help to your readers.

14. What have you learned along your blogging or professional journey? Share about your successes and failures.

15. Who do you work with? Who helps make your blog successful? You could feature the people you work with in a memorable way.

16. Where do you get your inspiration for what you do? You could write about what or who inspires you.

17. Who do you know that you could ask to do a guest post on your blog? You could offer to do a guest post on their blog as a trade for them doing one on yours.

18. Are there products you use often and love that you could review or promote on your blog?

19. Is there a big project you’ve been working on that you could feature in a blog series?

20. Have you surveyed your audience recently? Create a survey to find out what your readers would like more of and then implement their ideas into future posts. Here’s a recent survey we did that you can refer to as an example: 2015 Reader Survey Results



Next up I’ll show you how to use the following pages from The Ultimate Blog Planner to schedule your lists of post ideas into the year.

  • Post Brainstorming Guide
  • Monthly Post Calendar
  • Weekly Post Planner

 
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Comments

  1. Thank you very much … very helpful! These brainstorming tips will be the next I’ll do for my blog!
    Great, that I have found your blog – and many thanks for that wonderful, clean and stylish planner!

  2. Boh-lee says:
  3. Thanks so much for this post. It actually gave me ideas for posts and even for IG.

  4. Such an awesome post! Such great information and helpful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank You!! I need all the ideas I can get. There are some good ones here.

  6. Beate Malan says:

    This has been very helpful, thank you! As I was reading I was coming up with ideas already.

  7. Yes! It is so great to go back to old posts and revise them and see how you’ve grown with your blog.

  8. Anneliese says:

    got some really useful ideas from this post, thanks for sharing 😀

  9. Keleigh rouse says:

    This is brilliant! I’m new to blogging and I originally started it as a therapy for myself but have decided I’d like to expand and broaden my horizons. Reading through your advise and tips have already got me brainstorming for future posts! Thankyou!
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  10. Seriously, like this is amazing. I do right away download your Blog Planner and actually in love with it. This will makes my blogging experience even more fun than before, and it make so much easier too.

    Thank you so much!
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  11. Amazing blog post, Erin – thank you. Definitely pinning for later! 🙂

    Have a nice day,
    Lucie
    http://www.inbluebox.com

  12. I’ve been in a rut with writing and this really helped. Thank you so much!

  13. Natasha says:

    Thank you this help me soo much

  14. Ohh I really like it, it was more than 6 months when I created my blog but, I still not really know what I’ll start blog on it .. But that’s help me and encourage me to start, thank you

  15. Thanks so much! I found your site on Pinterest and I’ve bookmarked it to help me out! I just started a blog and I’m plotting out some ideas for the rest of the month 🙂

  16. Im definitely pinning this! These tips are so helpful.

  17. This article helpfull to new blogger like me.

    Yes. Sometime i spent coupe time in front of netbook and i can’t post anything. So just open my bank ide and start writing

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