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10 Ways To Find Inspiration To Develop Content For Your Blog

It is something all bloggers battle with..coming up with topics, ideas and content for your next post. 10 ways to be inspired to write and develop content for your blog

I am certainly not immune from this constant challenge of finding inspiration and it continues to be a never ending battle every day.

I recently was directly tweeted by Aaron Lee a cyberspace buddy whose opinion I value.

He made a very kind compliment about my blog content after I had thanked him for retweeting my latest post and he then proceeded to make the suggestion ‘”How Do You Focus On Creating Blog Content?”

So what do I do to clamber over the writers block so I can have a quiver full of tools to help me write the daily post.

1. Always be alert to conversations and situations with clients, friends and colleagues that you can turn into a post.

An example of this was a conversation with a client where he mentioned that his use of social media such as a blog, Twitter and Facebook had together increased his search engine rankings from page eight to page one. It is important to develop the awareness for finding topics to write about. Another example was a conversation with my young nephew which inspired ‘Choose a Dream For 2010

2. Read the Latest News In Your Industry

This is really important as it will provide you with topical ideas that are relevant to your industry and people are interested in reading about. A recent one was “11 iPad Facts and Figures To Make The Amazon Kindle Cringe

3. Create A Google Alert

If you are struggling for an idea I found that having a ready list of topics in your industry in my email inbox that are constantly updated by Google a great way to become inspired. Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic that can be fed to your inbox either daily or as it happens.

I use phrases such as ‘Social Media Case Study’ or ‘iPhone Apps’. I would recommend that you create a dedicated email account that receives these updates or else your important daily email will be lost in the crowd of inbound alerts.

10 Ways To Find Inspiration For Writing Your Blog Google Alert

4. Subscribe to the Top and Favourite Blogs in your areas of interest

This doesn’t have to be just your industry there are times when I have taken a topic from another niche and put a social media twist to it. I scan and read my Google Reader every day.

5. Create A Poll

I have found that there are questions in your niche that are topical and you can quickly create an introduction and then create the poll using something like the ‘Poll Daddy’ widget. A recent poll I ran was titled ‘Why Do You Blog?

6. Take The Results from a Poll and Turn it into a Post.

This will be of interest to readers as a lot of them will have participated and will want see the results summarized and commented on. An example for this suggestion is a follow up to the ‘Why do you Blog Post and was ‘11 Reasons Why People Blog‘.

7. Comments as a Source of Inspiration

I have found that insightful comments by readers on your posts can be a valuable resource for a post. Don’t forget to mention their name and highlight their contribution and link to their blog. Example for this was ‘50 Ways To Optimize Your Blog

8. Make another blogger a star on your blog

There are a lot of bloggers in your industry that have great ideas that you can help them spread. An example of this was when I wrote a post after attending an industry forum and was inspired by a  blogger who talked on a topic that I found of interest… a post that illustrates this is   a post titled ‘How To Reduce Business Costs By 90%

9. Read Books Offline

Reading is an essential element in finding topics and ideas for blog content. When reading a thought provoking book I often come with ideas for content that swell up from the points that the writer is making. Grab a pen and take some notes and add it to your library of topics either in your draft or your diary.

10. Switch On your Multimedia Mind

As part of your development of becoming fine tuned to coming up with content ideas you need to ask your questions like  ‘Are there text posts I can turn into a two to five minute video blog’  or ”could I turn this post into a powerpoint presentation that I could then post on slideshare and then embed it on my blog. The other benefit for this is that a text blog can be turned into multiple types of media rich content that  are 3 different social media platforms and with optimisation can increase your blogs SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

What are some other ways to come up with topics for your blog and how do ‘You’ become inspired to develop and write posts and content?



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Comments

  • Some extremely valuable handy little tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • That came in very useful. It is indeed a challenge coming up with a blog and to be able to keep feeding the blog with relevant material all the time ( should I say, like you Jeff?)

    You do come up with such usable, valuable, blogs all the time and so your pointers can definitely be followed.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Great tips Jeff! One thing I have recently started doing is looking at LinkedIn Questions and answering one really properly => there’s your next post.

  • Fantastic blog and thank you for the information, going to spread this around the office are we about to launch our new blog.

  • I love reading your Blog Postings. I always find something new and interesting. People are always asking me this same question, “What should I write about?” So I made my “51 Things to Blog About” starters-list! http://bit.ly/51ideas

    Thanks for the wonderful insights always, Jeff!

  • thanx i like this

  • Thanks for sharing Jeff. I find it’s best to create content for future use, however, you also need to have more current posts. Google alerts can be really helpful in generating new topics to write about.

  • I was glad to read this check list! I am happy to say I am doing all of the above! It is nice to know that the things you do are what others do as well!

  • Great blog post Jeff,

    Thank you for including that DM of mine in your blog post, will start implementing your methods starting now. Am inspired to get working of them right away.

    As always keep up the great blog post, I am a regular here and I can’t believe I missed this blog post LoL!

    Cheers
    Aaron

  • hi jeff,
    love your blog. i’m a performance artist and i’ve created a blog about my work and the things that inspire me to do this work. your tips are invaluable so thanks for posting them. keep ’em coming.
    camille

  • Hi Jeff,
    enjoyed reading this article. Fortunately for me, although I blog almost daily, I never run out of things to write about….I blog on London. I could live to 310 and still find something new to write about 🙂 However I did find the google alert idea great which will give me current affairs as well as history to write about, and will implement that asap. I liked what Sarah had to say on her list of 51 and will keep that handy.
    Have a great day.
    btw the retweet button is working a treat and gives me a guideline to which posts are more popular than others.
    Regards
    Cindy
    @notjustagranny and @3days_in_london

  • Jeff:

    Great Post! Very useful information, sometimes it´s really hard to find a topic to write about. I usually do many of the things that you suggest in this article, I think that one of the most important tips is to be aware of conversations and situations, they act as a trigger for new ideas. I´m going to test the Google Alerts, seems very useful.

    Regards, German Prieto.

  • Hi Jeff! I’m so sorry i didn’t find your blog untill now.
    Before writing a post to my blog, i used to spend hours searching ideas
    of what to write. Now i set up the google alerts and i just got a couple ideas
    of what to write.
    Thanks.

  • Very good stuff! Came across you via Twitter. Thanks for sharing…

    In-Joy,
    Tina

  • Great post! I actually just posted one on the same topic the other day, but mine was a 5 list, lol. Since I have more writing to do I need some more inspiration!

    http://www.smcubedconsulting.com/2010/10/5-sources-of-inspiration-for-blogs/

  • Merci

    informative and inspiring, thanks jeff!:)

  • And you never know when that next idea might appear, so I carry a small, leather journal in my back pocket. I’ve found more than once that no matter how exhilarating the idea is when first conceived, if I don’t write it down I’ve probably forgotten it.

    Great post, Jeff.

  • Thanks Jeff … good stuff.

  • Thanks Jeff, some great advice in here. 

  • One strategy I find really helpful is just to free write. Pull out a piece of paper – yes, paper. Computer documents can intimidate the creativity reflex – and write whatever it is you’re thinking about. You’d be surprised how frequently this leads to incredible blog entries. It helps keep your scribe skills limber, too. As with anything, writing is a craft and you have to exercise it, or it gets flabby and listless.

  • Malhar Barai

    I do like the idea of vlog and intend to do it sometime. But till that time, am content using text and slides. As for ideas, I do keep a paper handy & pen down as soon as I come across anything interesting during conversations or while reading a book.

    Cheers
    Malhar (@malharbarai)

  • Malhar Barai

    I do like the idea of vlog and intend to do it sometime. But till that time, am content using text and slides. As for ideas, I do keep a paper handy & pen down as soon as I come across anything interesting during conversations or while reading a book.

    Cheers
    Malhar (@malharbarai)

  • Loved #10 Switch On your Multimedia Mind. I just found a Youtube video on a Aussie dog rescue. I added it to a feature called Mutt Monday: The Zen of Australian Shepherds. So far I receive over 100 hits on this post. Google loves video, especially if you write 500 words plus about it.

  • By keeping updated with the latest news and trends in the industry, one can have various interesting topics for blogging. Add this to those mentioned, one will surely have more visitors and followers.

  • I like to repurpose existing content.  If someone on staff wrote a scholarly article, how about summarizing it in a couple of paragraphs and adding some insight as to why it’s important?  Or if you’re a childcare organization, how about publishing “Top 10 Ways to Babyproof Your House”?  Or ask your receptionist or customer service person what the top questions they receive are; then, simply use your posts to answer these questions.  We’re swimming in content, if we only learn to think of it as such.

    • Thanks Claire and the line I use is “Find your your offline content and take it online”!

  • 1,2,3 are THE most important ones for me 😀

  • jacqueline van der venne

    Good tips. Thanks!

  • jacqueline van der venne

    Good tips. Thanks!

  • Great tips and I definitely agree on conversations and comments points. There is a tremendous amount of ideas that can be generated from getting involved in conversations with an engaged community.

  • Raul Nunes

    I am starting so I found great tips here, Jeff. Thanks – I am intending to follow reading everything you is posting. CONTINUOUS SUCCESS FOR YOU.

    • Thanks Raul for your kind comments, I look forward to seeing you commenting on future posts.

  • Great ideas. I also like to use a content matrix (plan topics that appeal to my audience, provide education, guaranty variety, etc) to keep me on topic and introduce the next post to short cut the planning time.

  • Thanks for the tip on Google Alerts. Totally missed that until now.

  • Madeleine Coe

    I like to start with a personal story, metaphor, or visual image and relate it back to industry-relevant topics. That’s my creative writing background kicking in.

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    I am struggling to come up with an idea for my third blog post. Your recommendations will definitely help. 🙂 Thank You

  • Start Buffalo

    Great tips, thank you, also check out scoop it, it allows you to share content right to your blog