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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Finding Content for Your Blog


I've been blogging since 2005. My goal, is to post at least once a day during the week. Some weeks I reach my goal and some weeks I don't. Like any writer, I occasionally fall prey to writers-block. Or the opposite, which is when I have SO many thoughts, I can't pick one to write about.

Many of my non-blogger friends ask me how I find my topics to write about.  I tell them "it depends." (my favorite response to just about anything)

Sometimes my ideas are from current events. I write some posts after I have been somewhere or used something that I want to share with you. I keep an Editorial Calendar, and plan a specific topic each month to focus posts around. 

There are lists of topic ideas available on the web, and many bloggers run linkys on their blogs as well. Linkys can inspire you to write about a certain topic, such as Meal Planning, and link up with other bloggers writing about the same topics.

So content, and therefore blog topics, can come from just about anywhere. If you are really stuck for something to write about here are FIVE suggestions to get your creative juices flowing again.
  1. Open a newspaper or magazine and write about something you read.
  2. Make a list of things you are good at, pick one and write a "how-to" to share your tips.
  3. Surf the web. Check out other blogs or your favorite sites for inspiration.
  4. Look and listen around you. Grab a coffee at Starbucks and eavesdrop on people sitting around you.
  5. Interview someone. . .a friend, your spouse, or your cat.
Give one of those a try, next time you're stuck. And never underestimate the power of just writing. Open a file and brain dump, you never know what kind of gem you may discover. Are you a blogger or writer? Where do you get ideas?

catch you soon - 

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the suggestions!
    I have been not beating myself up for NOT posting daily but there are times when I need something. This can be it!

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  2. I personally love the eavesdrop at Starbucks one! You have now inspired one of my next blog posts:) Thanks!

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  3. I can use some inspiration to fill the blanks between my half-finished craft projects!

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  4. I'm always taking notes or writing things down in Evernote. Periodically, if I'm stuck, I'll go through the different categories and turn my notes into a post.

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  5. Love these tips! I have been wanting to interview Oscar forever. Maybe I will do that one finally!

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  6. Great ideas. I also keep all of the goofy holidays in my editorial calendar such as chocolate day, penguin awareness day etc, because I'm bound to have a last-minute idea on a craft, recipe or activity to share.

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