Sometimes I go through huge blogging inspiration slumps sometimes where I literally wouldn’t be able to think of an idea for a post if my actual life depended on it. I think we all go through these phases, for a bunch of different reasons and it’s totally normal. Annoying. But normal. So today I want to share some advice on how to think of blog post ideas.
After doing this gig for over 7 years, I’ve built up some pretty solid strategies for when I’m feeling low creatively. We can’t all be creative 24/7 (I mean how hectic would that be?) but when you rely on your blog for any sort of income, you sorta have to be blogging consistently and it’s a real nuisance when you’re stuck for ideas.
But there’s always something you can do to stay creative and boost that inspiration and that’s what I want to share with you today. You don’t have to be stuck in this creative rut forever! Remember, don’t beat yourself up about it either. That never helps!
How to think of blog post ideas in 7 easy and practical steps:
Stop thinking about it: Can seem counter-productive, I know but honestly, if you’re thinking too much about what to write about and still can’t think of anything then stop bloody thinking about it! Do something else. Literally anything and don’t force ideas. They’ll come.
Reflect over your old posts and see what you can expand on: Go back to the posts that did really well or the ones that you really enjoyed writing and re-read them. You may have touched on a subject briefly in these posts which could translate nicely into a post by itself.
Look for ideas: It’s fine to actively seek ideas out from other people. That’s what all those blog post ideas posts are for after all! I have a few which I’ve created in the past which are linked below and you’re welcome to take any ideas from those if you’re struggling!
- 25 Blog Post Ideas For Bloggers Who Blog About Blogging
- Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers
- 25 Blog Post Ideas For Spring
- Christmas and Winter Themed Blog Post Ideas
- 25 Fall Themed Blog Post Ideas
Read other blogs: I literally don’t know how some bloggers survive without reading other blogs. Discover some new blogs that you enjoy reading and inspiration might strike. As long as you don’t copy their posts (Google: plagiarism) then it’s all gravy baby.
Note ideas down – however strange they sound: Keep a notebook with you at all times or make the notes section of your phone accessible to you. I find inspiration can strike at the strangest of times so if you get any sparks, note them down. Even if they don’t make sense at the time.
Step out of your comfort zone: If you’re really struggling for ideas but are going round and round and round the same topics and getting nowhere – try expanding your horizons to something entirely different which may seem alien to you. Switch up the way you talk about something or try a totally different topic altogether!
Really pay attention to what you’re reading / watching / listening to: I find inspiration from books and TV / films all the time. From one character talking about one little thing, could spark off a whole load of post ideas. So next time you’re watching a film or a show on Netflix, be mindful that you can pinch inspiration from that too!
There we are! How to think of blog post ideas in 7 easy steps. Do you have anything to add? Let me know!