Eventually, all bloggers will come up against writer’s block. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you are behind schedule and need a post written ASAP.
If you’re struggling trying to think of something to write about, here are some ways to come up with blog post ideas.
1. Ask Your Readers
One of the simplest and most effective ways to come up with blog post ideas is to ask your readers for their input. Obviously, one goal of blogging is to create content that’s relevant to your readership and will keep them coming back.
You can gather input in a variety of ways. For example, you can create a poll either on your blog or social media page asking readers for their feedback on a particular topic within your niche.
Based on the answers provided, you can then write a detailed blog post highlighting the topic that the majority of your readers want to know about.
You can also glean ideas from comments left on your blog. If several of your readers ask the same types of questions surrounding a particular topic, consider answering their questions in depth by creating a blog post exploring the topic in more detail.
2. Check Your Analytics
You probably already check your blog stats on a regular basis to check how many readers are connecting with you and where your traffic is coming from.
However, you can also use your blog stats as a way to come up with post ideas. Take a look at the most frequently used keywords people are typing in to find your blog.
Take a look at the keywords most frequently used. Chances are, there will be some keywords you haven’t written about yet; even if you have, you may find you can put a different spin on a particular keyword that will be relevant and useful to your readers.
Keywords can be a great source of inspiration for post ideas, and since people are using those words to find your site, you know that the posts you write will be something your readers actually want to read about.
3. Learn What Others are Writing About
When you’re stuck for ideas, you can gain inspiration by checking what other blogs in your niche are writing about.
This doesn’t mean you should blatantly steal their work; plagiarism is a no-no, and will quickly discredit you in the blogging world. Plus, you don’t want to rehash the same information everyone else has already written about.
Instead, you can browse through popular posts on other sites and discover a way to take that topic and make it your own. Look at some of the common themes among blogs within your niche, and come up with a unique angle that will work for your blog.
4. Follow the News
News reports are a great way to gather ideas for blog posts. If something newsworthy occurs and you can relate it to your blog niche in some way, you’ll be able to take a story that’s already been written and spin it to relate to your personal thoughts and feelings on the subject.
For example, let’s say you operate a health and fitness blog. There are always new studies and reports dealing with various aspects of the health and fitness world.
If you see something particularly newsworthy, such as a new study debunking a popular diet myth to name on example, you can cover the story on your blog and get readers feedback.
News stories are an effective way to come up with your own post ideas, and can even incite feedback and discussion among your readers.
Are You Experiencing Writer’s Block?
Writer’s block happens to all of us at some point, but luckily it doesn’t have to hamper our efforts to consistently post quality content.
At times I get stuck trying to come up with things to blog about, but in the end I find the things I listed above usually lend a hand.
So what do you do when you have writer’s block? Let’s discuss below.