Are you sitting in front of your computer staring at a blank screen? Is the clock ticking on this week’s blog post and you’re fresh out of ideas? We’ve all been there. No one is an endless fount of blogging inspiration. Everyone’s well runs dry from time to time.
But don’t give up. Your blog is a critical piece of your online marketing. You need to keep publishing, even if it’s only once a week or so.
One way to help keep a steady flow of things to blog about is to create an idea file. I carry a notebook where I jot down possible post ideas whenever they cross my mind. Sometimes it comes from a comment in a conversation, something I hear in a podcast or video, or just random thoughts.
But what if you’re still short in inspiration, even with that idea list? Here are 10 things to blog about when you’re out of inspiration. Bookmark this list and use it to help spark some ideas the next time you find yourself starting at a blank screen with a deadline looming over you.
Book Review: Have you read a good book lately that’s related to your niche? Would it be of interest or value to your readers? Write a blog post about it and how it helped you. Besure to include a link to buy the book and, if possible a link to the author’s website.
How You Got Started: What inspired you to start your business? What did you learn in the process? Share your insights with your readers. Who knows who you might inspire to start a business of their own?
Most Influential Lists: Who are your favorite follows on each of your social media platforms? Write a post on the people who influence you most on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or whichever platform or platforms you like best.
Industry Leaders: Who do you watch in your industry? Whose blog is a must-read? Why? What might your readers learn by following them also? Share these insights with your readers. One of my personal favorites for blogging and business-building ideas is Kim Garst. You can check her out here.
Your Last Oops: No one’s perfect. When you can own up to a recent fumble, whether it was a marketing disaster or a foot-in-your-mouth moment, write about what happened, how you handled it and what you learned. Your readers can learn from your mistakes–and sometimes writing about it helps you learn more too. Don’t dwell too much on the problem, but spend most of your post on how you handled it and the lessons you learned, along with what you’d do differently next time. It may not seem like one of the best things to blog about, but it can be one of the most powerful and instructive topics.
Your Last Success: Did you achieve a goal? Have a successful product launch, marketing campaign or receive some kind of award or recognition? Celebrate with your readers. Tell them what you did, how you made it work and how they can take those ideas in to their businesses.
Customer Experience: Highlight a customer who has had success with your product, service or app. Interview them, show how they’ve used your product and how it has helped them in their life or business. For maximum impact, make it a great piece that focuses more on your customer’s success with your product than on your product.
Your Experience: Write a piece that highlights how a product, service or app that you have used has a made a positive difference in your life or business. For maximum impact, focus more on the benefits of what you’re highlighting than your own business. Sharing your own growth experiences can be one of the most helpful things to blog about for your readers and followers.
Your Daily Routine: What do you that maximizes your productivity? Is it getting up early? Is it using a distraction-blocking app? Write a post about how your daily routine helps you to be successful in your business or your life. Include information with links to apps or products, especially if you’re an affiliate, that help you—and will help your readers.
How-to: Finished a recent project you’re particularly proud of? Whether it’s a makeover of some kind, home improvement, craft, graphics project or whatever, create a tutorial/how-to post of it and share it with your readers. Sharing your creativity may not only help your readers, but exercising your creativity may provide you with more ideas of things to blog about.
Did this list spark any ideas for you? Add to this list in the comments below. And share—what do you for inspiration when you’re out of blog post ideas?