How To Get New Content Ideas For Your Blog

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The hardest part of blogging is coming up with something new to write about. Content is the most important factor of your site and is the one thing guaranteed to either bring in your readers or send them elsewhere. It is important that you choose your content carefully. So what happens when you run out of ideas? Obviously you cannot simply quit posting. Your readers expect to find new information. Your only recourse is to find new ideas and write about them. The problem is figuring out how to do this.

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It may sound silly and quite simple, but you can gain a lot of insight by visiting other similar blogs. While you never want to copy someone else’s post, it can give you fresh and new ideas for what you can talk about on your own page. You simply need to spend some time surfing some of your favorites. You may quickly find yourself with a number of new thoughts you can turn into blog posts. Make a note of all of them and write about them as you find the time. You will find that what others talk about is often what readers are interested in hearing.

Speaking of your readers, they are a valuable resource for blog post ideas. Your readers will quickly tell you what is on their mind. They comment to your posts and answer your questions freely. As they do this, they are giving you ideas of what you can talk about that will grab their interest. Never be afraid to scan your reader comments to see what is important to them. Then jot down any new ideas that you have and see how appreciative your readers will be. They will feel as though you are listening to them and writing your posts just for them.

The truth is, there are many things that are talked about often. The best way to know what to write is to know what people are discussing. You can find this information through online forums, news sites and even your favorite social media. Locate where the buzz is and see what exactly people have on their minds. This is what is being typed into search engines as well. So if you write about it you will be grabbing the attention of those who are already on the search for that topic.

Knowing what content to create may be the toughest part of the job, but it can be the most rewarding. When you touch someone with your post, whether it is emotionally or simply through laughter, you will see the response that it brings. This can liven up your blog and show you that what you do each day is worthwhile. That is what makes creating that content so important. You have to find what will resonate with your audience and share it in a way that it has never been shared before. Then you can sit back and watch as your blog continues to grow and people continue to enjoy it.

Sté Kerwer
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12 Comments (Add one)

  1. Liz
    Liz

    I think that’s the best part of being a blogger: Connecting with people! It’s the main reason I started, because I really loved the blogs I was following and I wanted to be another person out there that people listened to and found inspiration from. Spreading the positive energy in the Universe!!

    1. Michelle
      Michelle

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Liz! Even if someone has 5, or 500 readers, let’s get that positive energy out there!!

  2. Mitch
    Mitch

    It’s definitely true that your readers are your best source of info. I feel like the point of a blog, or the main reason most people start blogs is to write, to get their thoughts out, or to chronicle some experience in their life. But when all other inspiration fails, you readers, the people who are taking the time to read and follow you, will be the best source of writing content.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah

      Well said!

  3. AffMaster
    AffMaster

    I think that if a blogger doesn’t know what to write about, they shouldn’t have a blog. A blog serves a specific purpose, it should inform, or follow a story or an experience, and there should be no end to content. If someone has to search around for things to write about, it’s highly likely that said blog is not going to be very interesting. In my humble opinion.

    1. Chris
      Chris

      I think I’m going to respectfully disagree with you there, AffMaster. You would agree that a blog, in order to be successful and keep its readers interested, must post on a pretty regular basis, correct? But 9 times out of 10, a blog is not a blogger’s only focus. We all have lives, we all go through things everyday. I think you’re being a tad harsh in your assessment, and I think it’s totally plausible that some days, when sh*t happens, you don’t want to sit down and blog about it, or could even force you to not know what to blog about at all. These things happen, inspiration is not always at %100, and I think these are some great tips for people in those cases. IMHO.

      1. AffMaster
        AffMaster

        I hear you, Chris, but I’d also like to point out that I have very high standards, and this is a very competitive world. So yes, “personality” bloggers, as I like to call them, have days where they are not inspired, or are too distracted/upset to write. I’m referring mostly to “business” bloggers, who do this for a living. This is work, this is your job, and I’m the type who will still show up at work even if I have pneumonia. Gotta get it done, pal. If my assessment is harsh, it’s only because I try to go above and beyond in my profession. Thanks for discussing this with me though, it’s good interaction.

  4. Anon
    Anon

    To expand on what AffMaster is saying, I do think that if you are a true blogger and blogging is your passion, there’s no excuse for you to not eat, sleep and breathe as a blogger. Inspiration is all around you, and its up to you to channel it. That being said, sometimes one blog isn’t the focus, but many. A lot of bloggers out there have their fingers in a few different pots, juggling many projects and sometimes you may not be able to summon the inspiration for one out of your 10 blogs, especially if you’ve been writing all day. In this case, I think this article is a great help. Cheers.

  5. Jony
    Jony

    If I’ve got writers block, I just go for a walk. I live right next to a wooded creek area, and I just go out there and clear my head. Being out in nature does wonders, and I feel like a lot of times, writer’s block just means your head’s too full, you’re over-thinking. That’s when it’s time to get back to basics. Go outside. :)

  6. Samie
    Samie

    One of the best parts about this post is at the very end, the list of related posts. There’s more great ides for place to get inspiration!

  7. sudeep
    sudeep

    Really useful tips…

    1. Sté Kerwer

      Really short comment… ;)

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