Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Come Up With Blog Post Ideas

One of the biggest struggles of blogging involves coming up with blog post ideas. Because I blog three times a week (minimum), I often finding myself plunging the depths of the idea well. I know how hard it can be to come up with topics. In order to make the blogging process easier for you, I'm sharing some of my tips on how to come up with blog post ideas.

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I've tried these techniques over and over again and have gotten good results. Of course, what works for me might not work for you. Don't feel like these are the only methods for brainstorming blog topics. In blogging as in life, you should do what works for you. Here are a few techniques I use for generating blog topics.
  • Personal experience. This is my most reliable source of blog topic inspiration. I've written about my own processes and routines as well as topics I've researched out of curiosity. I've noticed these posts also tend to be the most popular around here.
  • Questions. Sometimes on social media, usually on Twitter, people come to me with questions. If I have a fairly detailed answer, I'll discuss it in a blog post. If no one comes to me with questions, I'll ask everyone what I should write about. With that being said, if you have any questions you'd like me to answer, just let me know in the comments or on Twitter! :)
  • Trends in literature and popular culture. My recent vlog about FIFTY SHADES OF GREY proves that I like to write about buzzworthy topics and current events. If there's something exciting going on with the media or literature, I might want to write a post about it.
This is a short post, but you get the idea. When it comes to generating blog topics, try not to overthink it. The next time you're looking for something to write about, give some of the techniques in this post a try!

How do you come up with blog post ideas? Leave your thoughts and answers in the comments below.

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8 comments:

  1. Great post with amazing blog ides. I think staying up-to-date with news & pop culture helps as well.

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  2. This is great! I usually go with personal experiences a lot: many of my posts deal with things I've been working on improving in my writing, struggles, things I've seen in published books that either work well or not...personal experience is probably the biggest help for me :D

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  3. I couldn't agree more. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. I've noticed that about your blog, and that's one reason I like your posts so much. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Aw, well thank you! And you, too!

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  6. As someone still earning his stripes as a writer I try to focus my posts on experiences I have encountered while on my journey to becoming a best selling author. I only blog once a week (give or take) and I'm constantly running into something new or interesting about the writing process so it's fairly easy to keep the content coming. In the event that I do need a topic I use the same techniques as you do, except replace "Twitter" with "Facebook" :)

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  7. My blog focuses mostly on urban fantasy and psychology, so I tend to turn to psychology journals and mythology websites and such to see what turns up. As I write a lot of shifters I'll sometimes turn to my history and knowledge as a dog trainer too. I try to avoid personal stuff as it's scary lol

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  8. Haha, personal stuff can definitely be difficult to write about. Stick to whatever works for you!

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