One of the most common reasons why people will give up on a blog is that they feel they have run out of things to say. Perhaps when they started writing on the topic six months ago they were almost bursting with ideas, but now the mental well is completely dry. They can’t think of anything new to write so they give up in defeat. If this is the way that you are currently feeling then don’t give up just yet, there is almost certainly more topics that you write about – practically an endless supply.
So How Do You Find New Topics for Blog Articles?
Finding new topics for blog articles doesn’t have to be a struggle at all. In fact if you approach things the right way you will always have a large pool of potential articles to choose from. The problem won’t be finding new blog ideas, but in choosing the one that you are going to use that day. Here are a few ideas about how you are going to do this:
- The most important resource for anyone trying to generate new ideas for their blog is a notebook. This can be a physical notebook or software on your computer (something like Evernote) – you can have both if you want. Once you have your notebook your goal will be to write down any article idea that comes into your head. You do this as you have the idea or else you will just forget; this is why it can be handy to have two types of notebook to make sure you always have one nearby. This notebook is going to be soon packed with great ideas that you can turn into blog posts.
- A lot of us get our best ideas when we are exercising or out walking so always make sure that make time for this.
- It is a good idea to expose yourself to what other people are writing about; in particular those who focus on the same theme as your blog. Make sure you regularly visit the websites of other people writing in your niche and if possible subscribe to their blogs; either by email or RSS feeds. You don’t have to copy what they write about but you can use their ideas to generate your own ideas.
- It is perfectly fine to revisit topics that you have covered before. You don’t want to write everything word for word as you did previously, but you can approach it from a slightly different angle to create an original article.
The Ideas Jar
Once you have lots of ideas the problem them becomes choosing between them; this can actually be a lot harder than it sounds. One solution is to have an idea jar. What you do is your write each idea on a small slip of paper and fold it up so that you can’t read what you have written. You then place all the slips of paper into a jar and each time you are looking for a topic you just pick something from the jar.