Finding yourself stumped for inspiration with your blog? Watching the calendar drag you further and further from your last post date? Here are a few simple things you can do to help yourself think up ideas for new posts.
1 – Get Connected
New input always gets the creative juices flowing. Seek out others who would be suitable to collaborate on a small project with, or interview somebody relevant to your field. Not only can this produce some interesting, original content to help bring in traffic, but you’ll have established a contact that could well come in useful in the future.
2 – Get informed
Being familiar with what the issues other bloggers in your genre are writing about will give you a wider understanding of what is happening out there. Keep an eye out for current developments that will interest your readers. There’s always a new angle that you can write from, so don’t be afraid to tackle a subject that’s already received some attention.
3 – Get casual
Sometimes the most stifling thing for a blog writer is feeling that everything they post has to be a hard-hitting and weighty, educating and enlightening the reader so they can never view the topic in the same way again. Relax. Sometimes it’s enjoyable to read blog posts that take a more everyday approach to the topic. Think about how the area you write about has affected you today, and think how this might be turned in to something light hearted that someone will want to read about.
4 – Get meta
Charles Bukowski once said ‘writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all’. If you’re struggling to think of something to say, take one step back and talk about it. If nothing much seems to be happening in your field, pose some ideas as to why that might be, what you might expect to be happening or what you wish were happening. Maybe your readers share your sense that things have slowed down and will be pleased to have that addressed. Or if they disagree, they’ll let you know what you’ve been missing!
5 – Get creative
Sounds obvious, but if you’re struggling to think of something to write about then maybe you need to change the way you approach the subject. What other ways are there to address the your field? If yours is a blog on, for example, graphic design, could you look at other aspects of art and design that could still shed light on an idea for your readers? If your blog is on contemporary politics, try tying other aspects of society into that world. Take a step outside of your typical mindset and consider perspectives that a non-specialist might have.
And there you have it, 5 methods to keeping your creative side churning out the goods, and hopefully keep traffic flowing onto your blog as you provide readers with rich, original content. Happy blogging!