How to Come Up with New Content for Your Blog When You’re Out of Ideas
Actionable Tips for Great Blog Post Ideas…
Writing a blog is hard work, and when you have used up all your initial ideas, it’s hard to think of where to go next. How can you come up with a new topic every day, or even every week? Here are a few ideas that you can use to come up with new content, even when you are not feeling particularly inspired.
Search other blogs
The first thing to do is go out and find other blogs that are in the same niche as yours. If possible, look for the most popular blogs so that you will get a good idea of what people really like. Look through their posts and their blog categories so you can see what your competitors are doing, and see what works and what doesn’t. It’ll also help you get inspired. Just remember that you should only take the concept and approach of the post,rather than copying it word for word. For example, if they have written about their favourite ways to relax, write about yours rather than copying the article’s main points.
Make a series
A great way to always have new content is to make up a series. This could be a new category on your blog that you add to at set intervals, or just whenever you have something new to post. It could be reviews of all of the restaurants you go out to, or showing your favourite outfit of the week. Think about something that is relevant to your blog but is also ongoing. You could even feature one of your followers, or one of your favourite blogs to read. How about discussing the book that you are reading at the moment? The possibilities are endless.
Ask your audience
What do your followers want to read about? Ask them! You can either put up a blog post asking for feedback, or post on social media. Find out if there are any burning questions they have, or whether they would like you to cover something specific. This will help you to come up with new ideas based on what your readers actually want to see. It’s great to make content that you are sure will be appreciated. Plus, this way you don’t have to do as much work in actually coming up with the ideas!
Look for a guest post
A great way to fill in some content is to have a guest author post on your blog. Normally you can find someone who blogs in the same niche, and who will post for you so long as you link back to their site. This is a great way to get new and fresh content without having to do any work. Beware of doing it too often, however, as readers are interested in your voice and want to know what you have to say. Make sure it also fits with the theme of your blog and doesn’t look out of place. If possible, they should follow your post layout as closely as they can.
Check older posts
What did you write about when you first started blogging? Are there any topics or ideas that you can revisit? For example, maybe you made a post about your goals, or about your favourite things, a while ago. You can now post an update to that, showing how things have changed over time and what you think now. This is a great way to reward long-term readers by showing them how far you have come since you started your blog, and could even become a regular feature.
There’s always a way to find new inspiration for your blog. Don’t give up until those new ideas strike!