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One of the things busy bloggers struggle with is finding fresh ideas to write about. Whether you update your blog once a week or you post daily, you still need a minimum of 52 ideas each and every year. After a few years, it can be tough to find new ideas to cover.
If you need a few more ideas than what are listed there, this article is here to help.
Look at Current Events
Stay up to date on news in your niche. For example, we've done some web hosting news and current event updates here at WHSR. In December of 2014, we wrote an update titled Web Hosting News Updates: Syrian Electronic Army, Right to Be Forgotten Push and Amazon Cloud Outage.
We covered some of the current things going on in web hosting. This type of roundup of current news help you find something to write about without having to overthink it. You simply pull the topic, research it and write how it pertains to your industry. You may also find that it triggers some ideas for additional articles for you.
Look at What Competitors Are Covering
Another neat trick is to look at what your competitors are writing about and then cover what they have missed or cover what they've covered better. While you never want to copy another blog, you can trigger some ideas this way.
If you do want to write on the same topic, it's smart to go ahead and credit the original source and talk that article up and then cover it from another angle so that your post is unique.
Ask for Ideas
Do you have followers on Twitter or Facebook? Perhaps you have a mailing list filled with those who regularly visit your site. Ask them to give you some ideas to write on.
Simply send out a call that goes something like this: “Looking for new ideas to cover at ABC Blog. If there is something you'd like to see me write on that I haven't already covered, send your ideas this way.” You'll be surprised at the ideas that your site visitors come up with that you didn't think of. You may also want to look at questions your visitors are asking in the comments section of your site. Can those questions be turned into articles?
Knowing how to come up with ideas is great, but what if you are truly so stuck that you can't think of a single thing? The blogging prompts below will help. Simply fill in the blank with a term that makes sense for your niche topic and you'll have an engaging headline that you can tweak a bit or write as is.
25 Myths About ______
5 Fast Tips About _______
The Worst Advice Ever about _______
Top 10 Things About ______ Your Clients Want to Know (you may want to change the word client)
Think You're Ready For _______?
Discover the Truth about _______
Why We Love _________
How to Solve _____ (problem)
Why _____ Sucks More than Spilling your Milk
5 Worst Things about __________
Why ______ Won't Tell You the Truth about ________ and What the Truth Is
The Only Resource You'll Ever Need for _________
The Complete and Unique Guide to ____________
20 Ways _______ Can Increase Your Productivity with ___________
It Not Easy to _______ But We're Going to Tell you How
How to Make Money from ____________
What Mistake Are You Making When it Comes to _________?
Top 10 Examples of _____________
Do You Spend Too Much Time on ____________?
Has Your _______ Lost Its Edge?
I Started This Business Because _________
The Top 5 Gurus in ___________ (fill in your industry)
Someone Who Is a Hero in ____________ Is
An Exclusive Interview with _________ (interview someone within the industry or who has helpful advice)
Taking a Look at the History of _________
The Biggest Fear ___________ Have
What to Do in a ________ Crisis
The Day I Decided to Become a __________ and What You Can Learn from It
10 Ways to Improve _________
Predictions of Where the ______ Industry Will Be in 10 Years
Tips for Making 2021 (can change the year) Your Best Year Ever in __________
How to Instantly Revive ________
Review of _________ (this can be a book, another blog, a movie, or anything that you can relate to your industry in some way)
_____ Is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Building the Perfect __________
Top 5 Apps to Help You ___________
Best Tools for _______ (should relate to your industry)
Why Procrastination May be Hurting Your ___________
10 Social Media Tricks for Growing __________ (can be your industry in some way or an element of the industry)
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your ___________
A Holiday Primer on ___________
Getting Help with All Your _________
The Must-Have Tool for _________ (review a tool to help people in the industry)
______ for Newbies
Does _______ Really Matter When it Comes to _______?
Why ______ Works Better than __________
Get _____% More __________ with These Tips
How _______ Saves You Time
Save Money by __________
The Secret to _________
More Tools to Help you Come Up with Ideas
If the 50 prompts above aren't enough to keep you busy, you may also want to utilize some tools that offer additional writing prompts, such as some of the online blog topic wizards or daily writing prompts.
The Daily Post – free ebook with 365 days of writing prompts. While most of the prompts are personal in nature, they may help spark an idea for you to write about.
A final tip that you can take to heart is one that nearly every professional writer will tell you works. Carry a notebook or some way to record your ideas around with you.
As you go about your daily life, you'll have ideas about things to write on. Jot these ideas down in title form. You can always refine the idea or title later on to be SEO friendly, but the initial idea will be one you can pull out when you're feeling blocked.
Lori Soard has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 1996. She has a bachelor's in English Education and a PhD in Journalism. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, online and she's had several books published. Since 1997, she has worked as a web designer and promoter for authors and small businesses. She even worked for a short time ranking websites for a popular search engine and studying in-depth SEO tactics for a number of clients. She enjoys hearing from her readers.