Stuck for Blog Ideas?

You know how it is, you’re laying in bed or pottering around the house and all these great ideas pop into your head.  It happened to me last night, I’d gone to bed but couldn’t sleep.  Having joined the blog challenge I’d been thinking through some ideas about what I can post over the next 31 days… So laying in bed at midnight and not being able to sleep I got up and decided to make some notes about the ideas I had been going over in my head.

Create a new post…

This morning I sat at my laptop and started a few draft posts on my blog, just with a sentence and saved them, this post was one of them!  Even though you have an idea it takes time to come together sometimes, but a good way of keeping your idea evolving is to jot down a few things, a sentence, some bullet points and come back to it later, and then again another time if you’ve still not brought it together.

Some of my favourite resources about coming up with blog ideas are Michelle Schaeffer’s 50 Article/Blog Title Ideas and also What to Write About When You Don’t Know What to Write About.  Another good resource is the video by Ace Inspire 40 Blog Post Ideas in 5 Minutes as well as the guest blog post on ProBlogger 5 Ways to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas.

5 Tips for Writing a Blog

  • Always have a notebook and pen handy for jotting down rough ideas
  • Bookmark posts that inspire you so you can come back to them when looking for ideas
  • Start a draft post and add to it until completion
  • Always remember who your audience is and try and write relevant content for them
  • Don’t give up, if you get writer’s block come back to it at another time

If you’re a small business you may have to come up with ideas yourself, unlike a bigger organisation who probably employs people to writer their blog for them.  In cases like this it’s a good idea to invite some guest bloggers to take some of the strain, and if you don’t know anyone there is a great website I came across last week called My Blog Guest, where you can look for relevant posts and make a request to the owner to see if you can use it on your website.  If you’re also a keen blogger you can submit posts of your own for website owners to request.  I will certainly be using this resource in 2012!

Alternatively, you could hire a Virtual Assistant like me to guest blog for you or even manage your blog completely.  If you have the ideas but don’t have time to expand on them, let me do it for you!

Comments

  1. Another great post — thank you!
    Bev recently posted..Goal Setting QuotesMy Profile

  2. Thanks for the advice and the links Jo – need to spend some time mapping out ideas for the rest of this challenge … oh well, only another 28 posts to go! :)
    Ian Hamilton recently posted..Beach Weddings Bournemouth – Dorset wedding photographyMy Profile

  3. Great post Jo. I sometimes find that I am stuck for ideas then get hit with a few at once when I am away from the computer. Thankfully I can use my phone to email the ideas to myself so that I don’t forget
    Rob Scott recently posted..3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Filing Your Tax ReturnMy Profile

    • Luckily I was on my laptop when I was hit with some ideas this evening, intrigued by your blog post, off to read it as I need to file my first tax return! :)

  4. Fab post!! Thank you for the inspiration

  5. Had decided yesterday to go with having notebook and pen with me at all times….have already jotted down some ideas for blog posts…and a few sentences or at least the angle i want to take…If I get the idea from someone else’s post I put down who they are so I can link to them….I like to acknowledge where I got the idea from of course….or if it’s from seeing someone or talking to someone I jot that down also whether it’s to mention them, reference them or ask them more questions when I do the post.
    I am hoping to take my blog into new areas
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  6. Great ideas Jo. I need to get a notebook to note all the great ideas I am getting through reading posts on the UBC.
    Lisa K. Berquist recently posted..Take Charge, No One Else WillMy Profile

    • Me too, I think I’ll have more than 31 ideas soon… which is good as I’ll need to keep some kind of momentum up on my blog from February! :)

  7. Anne Hannan says:

    Thanks for the great ideas….

  8. Thanks for including my blog posts as resources, Jo, I’m glad you found them helpful. :)

    Great tips — I do the draft posts all the time and it works for me. I just create a draft with an idea when I get it and then add to it when I have time here and there until I’ve got a completed post.
    Michelle Shaeffer recently posted..It’s an Every Day DecisionMy Profile

  9. Great post..,.I recently started taking a pen and paper with me everywhere I go, and it’s really made me realize just how many ideas I get everyday that i never jot down. Now i just refer to my notebook for inspiration on what to write about.
    Amanda B Stephen recently posted..5 Simple Steps To Creating Your Authentic Brand IdentityMy Profile

  10. Excellent tips, I particularly like the idea of the draft post. And I always jot down any small idea that I have on my iPhone. I think I still have some from the October UBC there! I should check them out :)
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    • Draft posts is great, this morning I logged on and had a look through my drafts to see what I could expand upon quickly so as not to take up my whole weekend… a good way of keeping notes! :)

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