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.
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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!
Thanks for this informative post. While reading it, I actually came up with a new idea for a post. Very inspiring!
That’s great to hear!
I have a spider diagram in my bullet journal which I try and use to come up with ideas and extra ideas from those ideas. currently it’s blogmas that I’m struggling with, there are only so many christmassy ideas I can see to think off.
That’s a really good idea! It’s always useful to bounce ideas off of other ideas 😌
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Thanks for the tips. Whenever I have an idea for a blog post I’ll put some general notes I the WordPress app and save it as a draft – Some of them I come back to and others stay as drafts until I trash them.
That’s a great idea 🙂
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This really helped babe, I’m going through a creative rut at the moment and now I have some great tips to get me out of it xx
Glad this helped a bit! Hope you’re out of your rut soon xxx
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I always find inspiration from reading other blogs i love reading blogs
Me too xx
I use the notes app on my phone like crazy – inspiration strikes and it goes right in there! I then put it all on my blog content calendar so I have things mapped out. Helps keep me on track!
The notes app is a life saver isn’t it! xxx
great ideas thanks the one idea you wrote about which Im going to do is re read some of the posts which had great traffic and expand on it thanks
You’re welcome glad it was helpful! xxx
I really need to step out of my comfort zone, I feel like that is what has been holding my back.
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Do it! You won’t regret it xx
I’m having a bit of a blogger’s block at the moment and this is just what I needed! Will definitely keep them in mind 🙂
Hope they help and you get out of your funk soon! xxx
These tips are great! Theres nothing worse than feeling uninspired to write! I particularly agree with reading other bloggers, who are always such a great source of inspiration! I also use pinterest and articles (magazine etc) in general for inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
Pinterest certainly seems to be a popular option as well! I use Pinterest but I could definitely utilise it more! xxx
I was sat here nodding all the way through this. I definitely need to work on not thinking about it when I’m stuck though. You’re totally right. Inspiration will always come. Usually as I’m about to go to bed but still, better than nothing 😂. You had me chuckling at (Google: plagiarism) x
Haha yep inspiration can strike at the strangest of times can’t it — for me it’s in the bath or shower! Haha thank you (; xxx
These are fab ideas, and I definetly do number 6 especially! Another thing I do sometimes is to try and come up with posts based around the month e.g. love in February. I also like to work ahead, so I’m currently writing for February and brainstorming for April/May.
That’s a great idea and actually something I’ve been thinking a bit about! Even if it means scheduling a month, 3 months, 6 months ahead — its great to have relevant and relatable content for everyone at certain times of year (: xxx
Reading other blogs and looking through Pinterest helps me x
Pinterest is a good one! xxx
This is super helpful, thank you Jenny! I’m hoping to post more often/consistently this year but I definitely go through periods of struggling to think of something to write about, so I’m bookmarking this page for inspiration in the future!
So glad you found it helpful! xxx
What an amazing post! I’m glad that you pointed out how not thinking about posts can help ideas come along – hence why I always brim with ideas whenever I don’t have time to blog :’) Happy new year xox
Thank you! Happy new year to you too (: xxx
Great tips, Jenny. My shopping list book is FULL of blog post ideas, haha, I’m feeling so inspired this year but my problem is finding time to write, sadly. And I completely agree with you about getting inspo from other bloggers’ posts – you’ve definitely inspired some of mine! X
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Awh yay! I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling inspired 😍 xxx
Great tips! I often find things come to me the less I think about them so I totally get what you mean!
I’m glad you do haha! You can definitely think TOO much sometimes xx
I LOVE these, Jenny! The more you think about it, the more your brain will go totally against you, so it’s important to chill and just take note when the ideas come rushing in. And YES to reading blogs! They’re entertaining AND inspire so many new ideas. <3
I’m not that creative a person generally – hence why my blog’s full of reviews and guest posts!
Reviews can be creative in their own way!
Love your tips, I’m definitely going to bear some of these in mind!
Thank you! (: xx
Great advice! One of my new year’s resolutions is to go on WordPress and read other people’s blogs instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook all the time. Of course, as you mentioned, you can’t copy other people’s posts, but it sure does get your brain in the right mindset when you’re reading what other people are doing.
I totally agree and reading blogs is a much better use of time than Facebook IMO! (; xx
I have a OneNote that I jot down my ideas when they hit. It’s “in the cloud” so I can get to it from whatever device I’m on. I have a mile-long list of topics that “move” me. …I just need to find the time to write!
I enjoy reading your posts! I’m looking forward to more!
Awh thanks very much! Glad enjoyed. A OneNote sounds like the perfect bloggers organisational device!
This was such a useful blog post, especially for this time of year! I’ve been away from the bloggersphere for the last couple of months because of my mental health, but I’m slowly working towards revamping my blog so I can start posting on there again. I’m definitely going to be taking note of this blog post so I can come back to it in future if I’m struggling for ideas again! Thanks for writing it.
A blog revamp is always a positive move especially this time of year for a new start so I hope all goes well with it! 💖
Thanks for the tips hun😊😊
You’re welcome (: xx
I sometimes just stare at my notepad for ages looking for inspiration – too many reviews to organise, but other posts leave me slumped sometimes! This is a great post, thank you!
As for reviews, could you not start writing them as you finish the book? Time allowing, obviously. I literally couldn’t have my reviews piled up cos I’d completely forget what to say specifically for each book 🤣 xxx
Yeah, that’s what I do otherwise I’m a nightmare. I just have so many that I want to review, it’s figuring out what to do when!
One of my resolutions was to blog more regularly, and I already feel like I’m in the middle of a slump! So I’ll definitely be taking this advice on board, thanks 🙂
Awh no! Don’t fret, we’re only 3 days in so there’s plenty of time to rectify that! Hope it helps 😘 xxx
Thanks for the tips! I’m eager to get going again this year and I want to be more personal. Hopefully I’ll have the courage to step out of my comfort zone.
You’re welcome, I hope they help! Always good to step out your comfort zone when it comes to writing xxx