It happens to the best of us….sometimes it can just be, well tumble weed up there in our brains. One day our mind is on fire with ideas, and then another….diddly squat.
So what do you do when you need some ideas of things to write about but quite frankly, have none? Here are some pointers which will hopefully get you kick started.
And when I mean everywhere, I mean everywhere. Seriously, I have got ideas from anywhere and everywhere. Bored crapless in the doctor’s waiting room, I have even got ideas there. The key here is to think laterally, and see things as prompts, as opposed to the whole blog post handed to you on a plate.
You know what is not going to happen…..a deluge of ideas by staring at your screen in frustration. Instead, get out. Overhear things. Watch people’s behaviour. Go and mooch in the library. Go to an event. Go and witness some obscene behaviour in Tesco. Whatever it is…for the love of god, get out of your house because there is only so much inspiration that can come from within our same old four walls!
Hey! If ever you needed a viable excuse to read the Daily Mail or Grazia this is it! Now they are not something I would actively go out and buy but if they are lying around disused then you can bet I’m not going to leave them there looking all forlorn. Reading about current trends, scandals and gossip can be a wonderful source of inspiration for blog posts. OK, it doesn’t just have to be trash….one of my favourite sources of inspiration are the supplements that come with the Sunday Times….LOVE!
Seriously, it’s amazing the the number of ideas that come from serious chats, silly chats and everything in between. Sometimes an idea can be buried inside the layers of our mind which just need to be unpeeled a little to get to the sweet stuff. It’s there in your unconscious and one of the best ways to unearth it is by spending some time shooting the breeze with anyone that will be willing.
And if all else fails, there are some fun tools out there to help you come up with your blog post ideas. Some of those are also quite helpful in forcing you to wear your SEO hat too. Here are some of my faves which I suggest you have a play with:
Portent’s Content Idea Generator
Take a blog break
And if you try all of the above and still fall flat on your face, it’s time to think about a blog break. A week or two can do you the world of good and after all, the blogosphere will still be there waiting for you when you get back. Check out my handy guide on how to take a blog break without having a nervous breakdown here.
Do you suffer from writer’s block? What do you think of the tips above? Do share in a comment below.
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