Starting a blog means you’re going to be creating quite a bit of content regularly, and there will be times where you feel a bit stumped trying to figure out what to write about. You may even find that you’ve exhausted all of your best options, settling for something that doesn’t seem to fit your site’s overall image.
Finding the right topic starts with being prepared for your writing sessions, noting down ideas when they spring up out of nowhere and understanding how best to go looking for them when nothing seems to come to mind. There would be days where I’d sit in front of my computer, frustrated that the ideas I had weren’t good enough to produce a post, knowing that the deadline I set for myself was fast approaching.
Being prepared and having a few ideas at your disposal will certainly help in these situations. If you’re struggling to find new content ideas right now, tapping away at your keyboard, and hoping the words will flow freely again, I have a few tips to help.
1. Write About the First Thing That Comes to Mind
I know that when you find yourself stuck, this is probably the last thing you want to do, but you’d be surprised how quickly you’ll be able to formulate thoughts about a single word or phrase rather than just staring at a blank page. Write out a list of five to ten words or phrases and see if it sparks any new blog post ideas.
2. Tell a Story About an Experience That Changed You
This is a great way to provide value to your readers because they will resonate with your advice better if you tell them about your experiences in detail versus just outlining tips that they can follow. It’s an excellent way for your readers to get to know you better, and you may write a story that changes your own life along the way.
3. Share Your Advice or What You’ve Learned at ANY Step of Your Blogging/Writing Journey
Sharing advice can be scary, especially if you’re dealing with a pretty consistent measure of imposter syndrome. I’ve learned that you don’t have to be an expert at something to show how your writing journey has changed you, and you might offer up some advice that someone out there will be able to put into practice in their own lives. The more you write about the process, the more you will learn and improve, so don’t feel discouraged. You do have something to say.
4. Read Articles Outside of Your Preferred Categories
This is one that makes me think because I don’t absorb the information as easily as I would reading about a topic that I’m incredibly familiar with. It opens my mind up to new and different possibilities, and it doesn’t hurt to learn something new every once in a while. You might even find that you resonate with a story you never would’ve clicked on otherwise, and it may help you come up with new content ideas along the way.
5. Chat With Other Writers and Brainstorm Ideas
Making connections is very hard for me as an introvert. Though I’ve made it my mission to connect with other writers on platforms like LinkedIn, and I’ve had wonderful conversations about the process itself. It’s great to hear other writers’ perspectives on a topic or category that you’ve wanted to write about, and it may even lead you to take an entirely different direction.
6. Search Pinterest for Blog Post Ideas in Any Topic
This is a helpful tip for anyone starting out blogging or writing online in general. Countless lists and articles will give you new blogging topics and categories you can write about. You can use this as a keyword tool (I touch on another one later in this list) to see what content is popular or that’s garnering a significant amount of readership.
7. Open Any Novel to a Random Sentence and Use it as a Prompt
I’ve been doing this a lot more recently because I’ve been writing quite a few posts and articles every week, and I’m always on the hunt for new ideas. Sometimes, you’re going to get a sentence or phrase that doesn’t lead you to any new ideas, but close the book, reopen it, and try again. There are limitless possibilities to what you can write a blog post or article about, and it can very well come from that single sentence.
8. Share a Fiction Piece
When I started blogging consistently, I stopped writing fiction for a while. Lately, I’ve been dabbling a lot more into fiction writing, and I remembered just how much I loved it. It has been years since I’ve gotten the urge to share a fiction piece on my blog, but it is still something I want to do in the future. Sometimes, it’s a great change to your usual content, and it can keep your creativity flowing freely.
9. Write a Review About a Book You Love
Reading is a great part of our lives as writers, and sometimes we read wonderful books that sit on our shelves to be forgotten, not telling a single person how much we loved them. There are many great lessons in novels, and writing a book review can be a great way to explain those lessons, your thoughts, and opinions, as well as the overall effect the book has had on you to your audience.
10. Use a Keyword Tool to Produce New Content Ideas
While it can be a great option to use Pinterest to find new content ideas, another way you could go about this is to use a keyword tool. The one I use is Ubersuggest and it can give you a lot of insight into what topics are currently popular and what people are searching for. This can give you a better idea of tailoring your content to garner more readership while you continue to produce incredible content.
I hope these tips help you to find new content ideas and write wonderful blog posts!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Let’s stay in touch.
Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.