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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?