Blogging is hard work. You put in the time, you write good content, but there are those days when you stare at a blinking cursor. How often do you suffer from writer’s block?
Think about the hours you spend on your writing. Now, multiply that by the hours you scratch your head on what to write for Monday’s blog post.
I blog here every Monday, Wednesday and sometimes Friday. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep the content flowing. I have good days and I have bad days. But I keep trucking forward.
Over the past few months, I’ve had several people ask me, “How do you write so much without running out of ideas?” Trust me, I run out of ideas. It happens far more than you think.
If you are finding yourself suffering from writer’s block, this is just what the doctor has ordered. There is hope and writer’s block is just a symptom of not having the resources to spark that idea.
Here are 7 idea sparking things you can use to write your next blog post.
1. Tell a personal story. Nothing is more powerful than using stories to communicate a message. Maybe there’s something you recently struggled with. Tell that story and the victory you used to overcome that obstacle keeping you from success.
2. Give a resource list. People love resource lists. They help the reader navigate a world of options. You can talk about the latest apps you’ve been using. A book library resource (a great way to earn affiliate commission.). Perhaps you can talk about your most popular blog posts and combine them into one article. Start compiling.
3. Share your favorite workflow. We all do things our own way to save time in our day. Write a step-by-step guide on something you do as a mundane task for your readers. This task can help them see immediate success and will give you credibility as an authority on the topic.
4. Comment on something newsworthy. There are things happening around us all the time. Turn on the TV and you have a plethora of things to write about. Take a story, add some value and give people a why they should care about this story.
5. Tell a personal story. Nothing is more powerful than vulnerability. Tell a story from your life, a lesson you learned, and give it to your readers as something that can change their lives. Help them either repeat what you do, or not repeat a mistake. You decide.
6. Write a book review. If you’re a blogger, there’s a good chance you’re also a reader. If you’re not a reader, become one. But give a review of something you’ve read recently and how you’re applying it to your life.
7. Refresh/update an old blog post. It may seem like cheating, but you have a solid set of content that people are not finding or searching for anymore. Find an old post, refresh it by rewriting certain parts, update the image and republish it.
Tip: don’t edit the slug/URL. It needs to remain the same for Search Engine Optimization. Otherwise, google will get confused. You can change the title, but not the URL unless you do a 307 Redirect – I use Pretty Link.
This list will help you stay motivated and focused. That blinking cursor doesn’t have to be a curse. You can always find something to write about, you just may need a kickstart in the right direction, and I hope this list provides that for you.
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