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10 Ways To Find Inspiration To Develop Content For Your Blog

June 17, 2010

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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16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 11:40 pm

    Some extremely valuable handy little tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. June 18, 2010 12:26 pm

    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.

  3. June 18, 2010 4:51 pm

    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.

  4. June 18, 2010 7:17 pm

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

  5. June 18, 2010 8:44 pm

    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!

  6. June 20, 2010 7:18 am

    thanx i like this

  7. June 20, 2010 11:42 am

    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.

  8. June 22, 2010 5:24 pm

    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!

  9. June 27, 2010 11:30 pm

    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

  10. July 7, 2010 12:36 pm

    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

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