Are your looking for ideas for your next blog post? Sometimes the hardest part about being a writer is coming up with fresh ideas. You want to stay current on the hot topics that pertain to your niche and you want to write about things that your audience is interested in. This is something I struggle with all the time. But don’t worry I have some great places to help you get ideas for your next blog post.
1. The Bookstore
The bookstore or your local library is full of helpful information and a bounty of topics. Find the area that relates to your niche and thumb through a couple of books. Read chapter titles for inspiration. Not only will you find many great ideas, but also have some credible sources to include in your post. Keep reading for more ideas for your next blog post.
What are the latest topic trends? What’s everyone hashtagging? Don’t rule these out as possible blog ideas. Not only will it give you something to write about, but when you are done, you can share your link with the trending hashtag on Twitter and know that many people will see it.
3. Ask Your Friends
If you have a personal blog and share interesting details about your life, your friends may have a few ideas for you. Ask them what personal stories they think you should share. Maybe it is something that happened years and years ago. Not only will it be a nice trip down memory lane but it will inspire fresh ideas for your blog and help you connect with your audience even more.
You know how you start to put something in the Google search box and Google likes to guess what you are saying? You might find it kind of annoying, like that co-worker that likes to try to finish your sentences for you, but you can look at what shows up in the drop down box as new ideas. These are things people are searching and if you haven’t covered these topics yet, maybe it is time to dive in.
5. National What Day?
Someone, somewhere at some point declared each day a holiday. Awesome! I love celebrations. Find out what National Holidays are coming up and blog about them. Make it a big deal. Each day seems to have multiple celebrations. You are sure to find something to tie in with your niche. Happy National Measure your Feet Day anyone? Sure, why not! Drinks on me.
6. Yahoo Answers
People have some crazy concerns out there and why shouldn’t you be the voice of reason. Check Yahoo Answers for some awe-inspiring ideas. Look around your subject matter to see what questions are most common or you check to see what questions inspire you to write. Either way you can’t lose.
7. Your Audience
Of course there is no better than finding out what your audience wants to read. You can do this in a couple of different ways. First you can ask them straight out, “Hey guys is there a topic I haven’t covered that you would like more information about?” You can also read through your comments and answer questions in a follow-up blog post. Just be sure to let the kind commenter know you answered her question by posting a link.
I hope I have helped you come up with some fresh ideas for your next blog post, or at least got you on a good start to finding those ideas. If you are a blogger I would love to hear where you get inspiration for your posts and your suggestions on keeping your audience engaged. Best of luck and happy writing.