GENERATING BLOG POST TOPICS-PART 2

GENERATINg AWESOME BLOG POST TOPICS-PART 2

Pushing fresh content out can be stressful when you’re trying to come up with good content to blog about especially every day.Thinking sometimes reverses ideas and we come up with a blank mind. and we just sit and stare at the screen. Here are some tried and tested techniques to help generate great blog post topics.

techniques to get good blog toppics

Keep a file – a document or a spreadsheet – with a list of all your blog post ideas. Keep this file in a place where you can access it at all times; like Dropbox.

When you have an idea that might make an interesting blog post, write it down.

Do this each and every time and before long you’ll have a significant inventory to work from – even when you’re not in the mood to be creative at all.

One of the best ways to come up with ideas for your own blog is to consistently expose yourself to blogs which you want to emulate. Use a feed reader (we like Feedly) to subscribe to your favourite blogs and check in once a day to see what’s been published.

You can crowdsource blog post ideas by reading your own comments section, checking your @replies on Twitter, and listening when people talk.

Many-a-noble-blogger has been stuck for content ideas before you, and while that has been an insurmountable hurdle for some… there are many more who have conquered it and documented the process. Check out lists of awesome blog post ideas created by your blogosphere peers.

Here are just a few:

There are lots of ways to find out what’s “hot right now” online. A great way to write a piece of content which will be read by many people is by knowing in advance what many people are searching for and reading.

  • Google Trends – Tells you what people have been searching for online recently
  • Twitter.com/Search – Gives you the worldwide trends in what people are tweeting
  • Reddit.com – Shows you the people’s news (TM) stream

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Topics to Write About

A NEWS STORY

Suggestion: Scour the news headlines or press releases you’ve received to write a post on a current topic that your readers will be interested in. Bloggers who are quick to jump on news stories may be well-rewarded traffic-wise.

A DIARY ENTRY

Suggestion: For the blogger who’s open to revealing their more honest side, a diary-style post will do just that! Talk freely about an experience, what’s on your mind, your hopes or plans for the future or a funny story from your past.

A REVIEW OR CRITIQUE POST

Suggestion: Document your experience and thoughts on a particular hotel, restaurant, plane ride, car you’ve test-driven, new website, cosmetic or cleaning product, new film or TV show, e-book, adventure or game.

A TUTORIAL OR HOW-TO POST

Suggestion: Are you skilled in carrying out a particular task? Or, is there a task you want to learn (that others would likely want to know how to do too?). Turn it into a step-by-step tutorial usingvideo, photos or screen casts. Example: How to set up WordPress.

A LIST POST

Suggestion: Write a bucket list, a must-see or must-do list, a list of 10 reasons to (or not to…), a list of your top 15 fave places/movies/travel destinations, a list of lessons you could learn from Celebrity X.

A LIST POST

Suggestion: Write a bucket list, a must-see or must-do list, a list of 10 reasons to (or not to…), a list of your top 15 fave places/movies/travel destinations, a list of lessons you could learn from Celebrity X.

A TIMELINE POST

Suggestion: A timeline can be used to in many situations. You could try “A day in the life of…” listing how your subject’s day starts and ends, and what happens at different points during the day. This format can also be used to cover, for example, the opening of a business, or the launch of a product.

As they say in Hollywood, “that’s a wrap”.  I’ll be back with more on this topic next week. Hope this post gave you some great ideas to work with.  Leave a comment with some of your favorite blog post topics.

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  1. Pingback: GENERATING BLOG POST TOPICS-PART 2 | Charma Hagans Word Press Blog

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