Although my blogging schedule is publishing posts twice weekly, I clearly go through periods where I blog more or less, depending on what’s happening in my working life, my home life, and with my health.
From time to time I experience a day when I wonder what to blog about, and sometimes I experience “dry spells”, and when I do, then I’m blogging through writer’s block.
On any day when I can’t determine what to blog about I begin by reading my blog description, because when I do sometimes an idea leaps out at me. At times when nothing is “leaping” I consult my “Blog It Ideas Checklist“
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Blog It Ideas Checklist
(1) A record of search terms readers used to locate your blog is an excellent resource and that’s why I keep one so it’s the first place I look for new ideas.
(2) Reader feedback in comments made on posts, and responding to reader questions is also a means of inspiration for new posts.
(3) News in my niche as well as news in social networks, and by subscribing to the RSS feeds of the blogs of several leading bloggers in any niche may provide inspiration for new posts. Reading the comments received on those posts frequently produces inspiring new material and new angles to explore on how to present older material.
(3) Checking my daily Google Alerts for key words, phrases and concepts is helpful too.
(4) Topics being discussed in online groups and forums related to my blogs’ niche has also provided inspiration for a new post.
(5) Performing searches for related blogs and like-minded bloggers has also helped me turn up some ideas for new posts.
(6) Canvassing comments my readers have left on earlier your posts has also bring to light possible topics to blog on.
(7) Writing a “how – to” post is a solid idea as no matter which niche your blog is in there is bound to be something that you can provide a tutorial or instructional post for.
(8) Recording potential “blog fodder” I experience in everyday life events in conversation, and by reading books, newsletters, ebooks, ezines is also a helpful way to find inspiration for creating new posts.
(9) When I attend interesting local event or travel to attend one further afield my notes provide all I need to blog it. And one day I’ll have a laptop so I can live blog events.
(10) Interviewing a fellow blogger is a terrific idea for writing a new post when I’m stumped, but as you can see, it’s at the bottom of my list and I have yet to do it.