One thing that people often ask me is how do I think up new ideas for blog posts every day.
It’s not something I’ve ever struggled with, which you may think makes me a dick. In fact, the whole reason I blog every day as I had too many ideas and unless I had a schedule of one new post a day, things would become redundant before I had a free slot to publish the post.
I guess we all struggle with different things. Like, I struggle keeping my flat tidy and getting food in my mouth rather than on my face, but I can blog 14 hours straight. Other people struggle to blog so much, but don’t eat like a four-year-old. Swings and roundabouts, innit.
I’m not really sure if this is a tips post, but it’s more a bit of a chatty post telling you where I get my ideas from.
PR samples and brand work.
This may sound obvious, but when you work with brands on something, you’re given a topic to talk about there on a plate. When I accept samples or sponsored posts, it’s heavily driven by me wanting more content than actually wanting the product. People often say you shouldn’t blog about things you wouldn’t use, but if it’s a fit for your blog and means you fill a spot in your schedule, then I say go for it.
Questions from your readers.
I’ll often get questions left for me in the comments or Tweets or DMs sent to me. Rather than spending my time sending an individual reply, I’ll create a blog post around the topic. This works best for me in regards to blog tip posts.
Things that have happened to me.
Going out somewhere, having something funny or weird happen, or a big life event can always be a good topic.
You can even delve back into your past and think about a lesson you’ve learned, something that you’ve experienced, how you have grown in some ways. You go back to your childhood to talk about favourite holidays, Christmas presents, toys, TV shows and songs. Posts like that are always fun to read and write.
There are about a million and twelve Twitter chats every week. Some of them have awesome topics and might give you an idea for a blog post.
It’s hard to express yourself in 140 characters, so if you ever see a topic that takes your fancy, then blog about it.
Halloween costume ideas, Christmas jumper wishlists, how to decorate your house for Easter, autumn wardrobe essentials, what’s it my suitcase.. there are loads of posts you can do themed on the time of year, holidays or other festivals and celebrations.
A lot of these are quite quick and easy to do, too. I’ll often have a few posts like this pre-written as back-up for if I’m busy.
Lists are always a good post to turn to, both as backups or if you’re short on time. Top 5 songs, best movies of 2016, best lipsticks, quotes, dresses, or even your top 5 own blog posts. I like to do a top 5 or 10 blog posts of the year late December, for example!
Things you’re working on.
You can talk about your goals – blog goals, life goals or something similar. These are great chatty posts and can be a fab way of letting your audience get to know you a bit better, as well as allowing them to share their goals and things they’re working on in the comments for a bit of a 2-way conversation.
So that’s where I usually get my blogging inspiration from.
How do you come up with new ideas?