Brainstorming blog post ideas may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Read on to find tips and prompts for collecting blog post ideas.
Lately, I’ve been a writing machine. I’m starting to stockpile blog posts for late March and April because I want to be prepared for when this baby comes. I love this blog and this space, and I don’t want to leave it unattended while trying to adjust nor do I want to rush posts and give you guys bad content. So I’ve been writing away, pumping out quality posts in any down time I can find. Thankfully, I have pages of potential blog post ideas to choose from.
Maybe you want to get ahead on (or start!) your editorial calendar. Or maybe you too are about to have a baby or go on vacation or have surgery and would like to have some posts ready. Maybe you’re like me and tend to write your posts the night before when the inspiration hits you. The problem is, that’s obviously not the most efficient way to run a blog. But how does one accumulate the necessary ideas to create content ahead of time? By brainstorming. In just 1 hour, I’ve been able to map out three months worth of content for the blog. Here are my tips, tricks, and prompts to get your creative juices flowing and the blog post ideas coming! (And if you’re looking for other blogging tips, be sure to check out the blogging tips page!)
Tips for Brainstorming Blog Post Ideas
–First and foremost, have a place to put it all. I have a section in the notes on my phone where I can throw any ideas that come my way when I’m not near a pen and paper, but I also have a section in my blogging binder where all of my ideas go. Some of them are just the title or a headline, and other are the title and bullet points. Sometimes I’ll write the entire opening (though if I’m home and able, I’ll open up a draft on WordPress and put the idea there.) Other times I’ll plug in my blog post template and fill in the essentials. Either way, make sure you have a place where all of your ideas will live, and also have one, neat, master list that you can see all of your ideas in one place. You may way to make an Excel or Google Sheets chart for this.
–Always be open to ideas. I’m one of those people whose brain just never shuts off. Sometimes it’s bad, but sometimes it’s great. Because of this, I think I am open to seeing blog post ideas in everyday things. Allow yourself to be open to inspiration at all times of the day.
–Set a time once a week for brainstorming. This might seem like overkill, but especially when you’re just starting to build an arsenal, it’s super effective. once a week sit in a quiet room for 30 minutes with a pen and paper and write down any and all ideas that come to you. It may be hard at first, but it will then suddenly feel like a tap but turned on and ideas will flow. I promise. If you need them, use the prompts below to get you started.
Prompts for Brainstorming Blog Post Ideas
–Go through your day step by step. This can result in such amazing posts – some of my most popular posts like my 15-minute rule have come from simply taking note of things I do every day that may seem like second nature to me, but would be helpful or interesting to readers. Think of your day from an outsiders point of view – what stands out? What do you do to make your day easier?
-Look at a calendar to see upcoming holidays. This is very important and useful if you’re starting an editorial calendar. (which you should be) Most blogging experts agree that, just like retail stores, holiday themed blog posts can start being published 6 weeks out from the event. So if you have a great idea for the 4th of July, you may want to start thinking of publishing those posts around mid-May. Just seeing the holidays can inspire you. Think recipes, crafts, tips, gift guides, outfits, ways to celebrate.
–Expand on a popular post. Check out your most popular posts and keywords (I use my Google Analytics for this.) You may be surprised by what posts readers love and which posts bring the most traffic. Take that post and think of as many topics related to it as you can. Maybe even create a series! I’ve done this with my popular baby led weaning posts and my hand lettering tutorial.
-Go on social media. Sometimes just browsing social media is a great way to get inspired and think of posts. Obviously, I am not advocating stealing post ideas from other bloggers. Giving a different perspective on a topic, though, totally okay. I love to peruse Facebook, Pinterest, Stumble Upon, Twitter.. whatever. Especially if I’m looking to waste some time 😉 Note: this will exponentially increase your one hour.
–Watch TV or read. Get your mind off of writing posts. I know, it doesn’t make any sense. But if you’re like me, watching TV can spark an opinion piece, an idea for a new DIY, or inspire a delicious recipe.
–Let your mind go!! Keep a notebook open while you do other things. This is my number one tip and the number one way I get the bulk of my post ideas. I get my best ideas when I’m cleaning. (This post came while cleaning my floors!) Sometimes I find myself having to just hope I remember posts because I’m using so much of my cleaning time stopping to write down an idea. Find YOUR jackpot time. Maybe it’s while you’re cooking or working out. Whatever it is, be mindful of that time and make sure you have access to somewhere you can document these ideas quickly.
However you find your posts, I definitely recommend giving brainstorming blog post ideas a try. Sit in a quiet room and let your mind go. Even if you don’t plan on creating an editorial calendar, having a list of potential posts will help you SO much when you have a post you need to write the next day and no ideas – never again!
So do you have a list of potential blog post ideas? How to you come up with them? Any other ideas for brainstorming? Let me know in the comments!
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