Have 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
In 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:
- 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