12 blissfully simple ways to find blog post ideas you’ll love
You’re stuck for blog post ideas.
Everyone else seems to be blogging their socks off, but you can’t think what to write about.
You’ve tried other lists of advice, and they say things like ‘try writing list posts’ or ‘create a regular weekly post’. Maybe, but what about?
Don’t despair – and don’t give up on writing your blog just yet. We’re here to help.
Try these brilliantly easy ways to generate ideas for your blog:
1. Check the calendar
The standard Western calendar has Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and so on, which is a good start – and you don’t need to blog on relevant topics to find blog post ideas there. If you have an auto blog, for instance, you could write about The Car Only a Mother Could Love for Mother’s Day, and Fall in Love with the Jaguar XJS on Valentine’s Day.
But they aren’t the only days of the year to celebrate. There are other saints’ days, and celebrations from other religions, many with interesting stories which could spark a bit of inspiration, even if you’re not religious-minded.
The United Nations Calendar of International Days has many more – from International Mountain Day to the somewhat unbelievably-named International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime (perhaps they thought ‘International Genocide Day’ might give people the wrong idea???)
You’ll find others of interest on Wikipedia’s list of Commemorative Days, such as National Hug Day, Star Wars Day and my personal favourite on May 6th: International No Diet Day. Woo-hoo! Time for some scrummy chocolate recipes!
By the way, if you’re writing a food blog, remember 2016 is the International Year of Pulses. Lentil Pavlova, anyone?
2. Pick a colour
Whatever your blog topic, choose a colour and celebrate it: purple-themed writing ideas, movies with ‘blue’ in the title, yellow gardening accessories, design a silver bedroom… you could get a whole series of blog post ideas using different colours in turn.
Write a list of things which are the colour you’ve chosen, to see if they’ll produce ideas for your blog: What’s pink? Er… pigs, Barbie dolls, the Financial Times, hearts, strawberry icecream, lipstick, the city of Petra, breast cancer ribbons, marshmallows, Lady Penelope’s Rolls Royce, flamingos…
Now compare each item on your list with your niche topic to find a connection: What have pigs got to do with home insurance? Some people have pigs as pets… making sure exotic pets are insured, damage by your pets etc. Barbie dolls? Your dream house, expensive new purchases may not be covered…
3. Link with sporting events
Add a topical twist to your blog content by connecting with well-known sports events. From the London Marathon to the Superbowl to the Melbourne Cup, you don’t need to have a sports blog to find something of interest to say.
For example, your life insurance blog could discuss statistics or stories of deaths at various sports events, your music blog could comment on music from the Olympics, your finance blog could compare the favourite with some of the also-rans, or your food blog could suggest football-themed party recipes.
4. Step into history
In thousands of years of history, there are a heck of a lot of events. Some will be linked with your blog topic, so look up what happened 10 years ago, 50 years ago, 100 years ago and so on, looking for connections. If you have a fire safety blog, it’s 350 years since the Great Fire of London, for example.
Or create anniversaries by Googling when things in your niche were first made or built, products were launched or invented, or well-known people were born or died, looking out for dates ending in 6 or 16 for a round number of years before 2016.
Look around a museum, preferably one connected with your specialist subject – you’re sure to come up with some great blog post ideas there.
5. Be a tourist in your home town
Wherever you live, there are millions of people out there who’ve never visited your home town. Review the local attractions and tell your readers about them, or share your memories of how the area has changed in the last ten years.
What are the key industries in your local area, and how do they link with your blog niche? Can you interview local people in those industries for your blog?
Think you live in an absolute dump? Write about The 6 Ugliest Buildings in ____ or 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Visit ____.
Walk around your local area, looking around with a fresh eye – blog post ideas may come to you. Take your notepad and pen, in case you feel inspired to write on the spot, and a camera – original images can be better than bland stock photos.
6. Feel the emotion
Make a list of emotions: fear, hope, excitement, boredom, loneliness etc.
How do they relate to your blog niche?
For example, if you’re looking for blog post ideas about hotels: What fears do people have about staying in hotels? What do they hope for when they arrive? What are the 10 most exciting hotels? Why might your readers think a hotel stay is boring, and can you convince them they’re wrong? How can people avoid feeling lonely staying alone in a hotel?
7. Ask your friends for blog post ideas
Ask 10 friends, workmates or relatives to give you 9 words each:
- an indoor activity
- an outdoor activity
- a type of building
- a job
- a household item
- a rare or unusual item
- something dangerous
- something beautiful
- something they’d be afraid to lose
Write each word on a separate piece of paper. Mix them all up and pick out three. See what ideas you generate for your blog.
For more ideas, ask 10 random strangers for the words, and tell them why.
8. Find out what’s going on
If you’re writing a business blog or niche topic blog, check out dates for trade shows and conventions connected with your subject, and search for relevant competitions and awards.
Look up release dates for new products, so you’re prepared to review them while they’re new and interesting.
9. Face the worst
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
What are the worst ways to do that? What’s the worst mistake you could make?
Which are the 10 worst songs/movies/video games, worst collectible toys, worst ways to get fit, worst things to say to your partner, worst fashion styles in history, worst things about being a teacher?
10. Be a child again
Get out all your family photographs and relive your childhood. Ask your older relatives for their photos and memories of things you did when you were a child.
What was your home like? Which places did you visit?
What were you proud of? What were you afraid of? What did you enjoy doing?
What was the bravest, stupidest, funniest, naughtiest thing you did?
Were you interested in your blog topic back then? Did you expect your life to turn out the way it has?
How are children’s lives different these days?
For your business blog, try Googling historical photos of your niche topic.
11. Answer the questions your audience is asking
Read Quora questions on your topic. Which ones appear again and again? Help these people by writing a detailed, well-informed blog post to answer them properly, combining your own knowledge with the best advice given by other people.
Check out your competitors’ websites. What questions aren’t they answering? Could you have written a better version of that article?
Look for patterns in your own blog comments. Are people asking for clarification on certain subjects? Which posts generated the most interest? Write a series of posts to explore these topics more fully.
12. Seek perfection
Perfection isn’t much to ask for.
What’s the perfect day out in Chicago? What makes a perfect blog post? How can you pick your perfect job? What’s the perfect way to celebrate your parents’ Golden Wedding?
How do you grow the perfect tomato, choose the perfect retirement plan, find your perfect man, cook the perfect soufflé, choose the perfect dress for your body shape?
Did these methods help you to generate some fabulous blog post ideas? Leave us a link below.
Emily Lock is a freelance writer and blogger about the ups and downs of trying to evolve towards a better life.
Her Emily the Dodo blog has ideas to inspire you to make those changes, quizzes to help you decide what you want and planners so you can figure out how you’re going to get it, along with life hacks to make it easier. Come and join Emily on the journey to a happy life.