Saturday, November 14, 2015

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas

This summer I shared a post about how I plan for blogging where I talked all about how I plan out my editorial calendar for the month. What I didn't tell you is how I come up with a month's worth of blog post ideas. If you have ideas for lots of blog posts, writing a schedule of when and what you will post is a lot easier!

The way I keep all of these ideas organized is by writing them down in my blogging notebook. I really think everyone should have one! I have a list on my laptop and phone as well, but I add them to my blogging notebook about once a month or so. This way all (or at least most) of my ideas are all in one place I can easily reference if I ever get stumped or need to plan out my month!

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas


Brainstorming

The number one way I come up with blog post ideas is by brainstorming. I sit down with my blogging notebook and write down any idea that comes to me, no matter what it is. Write down every idea, no matter if it seems silly at the time. Another important thing to think of when brainstorming, is what kind of posts you want to write. For me, I try to think of some general life posts, college related post ideas, blogging tips I might share, and some how-to posts I could write. If there's something special I want to write about that month, I try to think up some posts for that too.

Monthly Topics

Another way I come up with lots of blog post ideas is by brainstorming post ideas related to holidays and important dates for that month. I take a look at my calendar to see what holidays or important dates are coming up. Right now the holidays are really obvious, but there's something going on every month whether it's the start of a new season, back to school, or all the December Holidays. Now that I know what's happening that month, I have another brainstorming session of anything I could write related to that. I try to think of a list, a craft, a recipe, and anything else that could make a good blog post related to that holiday.

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas


Take Note

Keeping a running list of blog post ideas is a great way to constantly have new blog post ideas. I never know when an idea will come, so I have a list on my computer and a list on my phone for those random moments when a great blog post idea comes to me. I get a lot of ideas when driving back and forth on the weekends and when looking around online. Periodically I take those lists and add them to my blog notebook so they don't get lost or forgotten about.

Read

I get so many ideas from reading other blogs. I'm not saying to just steal posts from other blogs, but you might read a post and think of a great idea based off a point made or a thought you have after reading the post. You might see someone post about their recent trip and realize you never posted about that awesome time you had in Hawaii. Sometimes I'll see a great post and think, I could write a post about that and it would be totally different (like a before bed routine or list of things that make me happy), so I'll add that idea to my notebook.

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas


Think About What YOU Like to Read

This is so important - write about what you would want to read! If you're not interested in your posts, no one else will be. If you save posts you like on Bloglovin or Pinterest, take a look through those to get some inspiration. Maybe you save a lot of posts about nutrition and cooking. You could write a post with 5 delicious and nutritious meals or share one of your recipes. Again, it's important not to steal these posts, but to look at them and think about how you could put your own spin on it or see if it gives you an idea for a blog post.

Live Life

If all you do is sit around in the evenings, you might not have a lot of blog post ideas. You need to do things whether that be a craft project, a trip to a pumpkin patch, a little shopping haul, or exploring downtown. There are so many things I've done in my regular life that I turn into a blog post. One of my favorites is a little day trip I did with my brother that I made into a photo diary post. So go on some adventures and have fun!


Now that you know how I come up with blog post ideas, you can use them for your blog. Hopefully you'll be bursting with enough ideas to keep you going for a couple months!


How do you come up with blog post ideas? How do you keep track of them?

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips. I LOVE Those pens!

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    1. They are THE best pens! They come in so many fun, bright colors and write really smooth. They're papermate flairs if you want some (and no, this isn't an ad, I just have a thing for pens and other stationary items).

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  2. I love how organized you are!! These are great tips. I definitely get inspired by reading others blogs or just listening to podcast. :)

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    1. Thanks! Being organized just makes me feel better. Other people are so great for finding inspiration from. I never listen to podcasts so I hadn't thought of that, but it's a great way too :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips iv only just started and this is going to help me loads ☺

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    1. That's so exciting! I hope these ideas do help you and you have fun with your blog!

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  4. I am definitely always in need of organizing tips for my blog. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants, and that is a VERY stressful way to run this sort of thing! So glad you shared at Merry Monday, pinned and tweeted!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing! Even if you don't like scheduling, I feel like having a list of post ideas is super helpful

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  5. Thanks for the tips! I'm currently in a state where I just can't seem to write a blog post that satisfies me, but I think these tips will help me get through it!
    Amelie xo
    http://awanderersadventures.wordpress.com

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    1. I hope they do! I think when all else fails, sometimes you just need to hit publish. If you work it up in your mind that you have to have the PERFECT post, it can stop you from posting some really good ones that people will like. Plus writing one post can give you ideas for more!

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