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Three Secret Ways to Find Post Ideas for Your Blog

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Earlier this week, I posted 44 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Finding Post Ideas, where I featured hundreds of tips from bloggers across the Internet. Coming up with post ideas is one of my favorite things to do, so here’s the post I promise you – my own techniques for finding post ideas!

There are some very tried-and-true methods for beating writer’s block if you’re a blogger, which most of the other bloggers at Brilliant Bloggers have covered so eloquently. Here are a few techniques that I think most of them missed that I personally use to come up with post ideas:

1) Current Events

It’s no secret that you can blog about the news happening in your industry. We do it all the time here at the BlogWorld blog, but even if you typically don’t cover news stories, when you’re in a pinch, voicing your opinions about current events a great way to go. That’s not the secret method I’m talking about here, though. One of the ways I personally come up with post ideas is to look at what is happen in the world in general and build a post that works for my blog from there.

It’s all about finding a metaphor or spin on a popular news story to make it work for your niche. For example, let’s say that you’re a food blogger, but one of the major news stories is that so-and-so celebrity just has a baby. You could write about meals that are nutritious for expecting mothers or how to make your own baby food. Or let’s say you blog about movies, but one of the major news stories is the upcoming World Series. You could write about the top ten baseball movies. I mean, get a little more original than that…but you get the point! There’s always a way to tie together your niche and the general news. You just have to think outside of the box!

2) Stories, Fables, and Parables

One of the best ways to teach others is to use stories. Lots of really smart bloggers have talked about story-telling as an effective blogging method. But what if you don’t have an especially interesting stories to tell about your life? Or what if you don’t feel comfortable sharing such personal information on your blog? You don’t have to use your own stories. Sometimes, fiction works well!

You can retell stories that are already written if you can relate them to your niche, or you can write your own parables if you’re so inclined. It’s an easy way to make a “lesson” post a little more interesting to readers so you don’t come off as preachy, and it’s definitely good for getting the creative juices flowing when you don’t know what to write.

3) Pets and Kids

I don’t have kids yet, but I’ll put them in the same category as pets for this tip because the idea is the same. Sometimes, my cat does funny things or even profound things that translate well to my blog for a post. You don’t have to be someone who blogs about pets or kids for this to work. I certainly don’t, yet my cat, Godiva, has made several appearances in my writing. And yes, she’s a total diva about it.

This isn’t so secret, but I also like to keep a document on my desktop so I can brainstorm when I have time or write down post ideas as I think about them during the day. That way, when I’m stuck for an idea, I can just go to my list and pick something. I also typically have several posts outlined or started within WordPress, which is great for busy days.

What are your best post-idea-finding tips?

44 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Finding Post Ideas

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge list of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Finding Post Ideas

Cue me rubbing my hands together and licking my chops.

Usually, I use Brilliant Bloggers as an excuse to write about topics where I don’t personally have much experience. This week, the topic is my jam. I love coming up with post ideas and spend a lot of time brainstorming for my various blogs. I’m not going to tell you how many blog posts and articles I write or outline every month, for myself and for clients because it might make your head explode. To do that, I’ve had to get really good at coming up with ideas. At least, I think I’m good at it. *pats self on back*

So, tomorrow, I’m going to post my own secret tips to help you come up with ideas for your blog when the well runs dry. I hope you’ll stop back to read it!

But for right now? Well…I have to admit, even I have ideas when finding inspiration is a challenge. We all deal with writer’s blog (or podcaster’s block or vlogger’s block or whatever) from time to time. So even though I hope you will come back to read my idea-finding post tomorrow, it’s even more important that you check out the brilliant bloggers I’ve featured here. These are some smart cookies, y’all – much more brilliant than I am! Check out these awesome posts – and then list one of your own tips for finding post ideas when you’re lacking inspiration by leaving a comment.

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

What Topics and Content Should I Include on my 3DS Blog? by Dave Taylor

Okay, I know most of you out there probably don’t own 3DS blogs, but stay with me – although he’s answering the question of someone who runs a video game blog, the techniques Dave talks about for finding post ideas can really be used with any kind of blog. Using a search engine is not something I’ve done in the past, so it was an interesting new tool to add to my repertoire. After reading the post, you can find Dave on Twitter @davetaylor.

Finding Blog Post Ideas in the Most Unlikely Places by Murray Lunn

While a lot of blog posts about finding ideas go over the same old tips, this post by Murray Lunn actually covers some really interesting new ways of finding inspiration for your next blog post. I especially love his tip for using eBay and Amazon – that’s something I hadn’t heard of before that I’m definitely going to use! Check out the entire post and then find Murray on Twitter @murraylunn.

How To Get Killer Blog Post Ideas…Even If You’re Not RVing Full Time by Eli Sorenti-Burns

Eli is an 8-year-old who gives crazy good advice. Like, seriously, when I was eight, I could barely handle brushing my teeth and he’s writing complete blog posts! Now, I suspect that he has some help from mom or dad, but it’s pretty cool to read some awesome advice about finding post ideas from someone who hasn’t been jaded by the world yet. :-p Eli’s going to be an online millionaire by the time he graduates. I’m calling it now. He’s too young to be on Twitter, but you can follow dad at @ralphhb to learn more about this cool RVing family!

Even More Brilliant Advice:

  1. 3 Tips to Get Killer Blog Post Ideas by Mani Viswanathan (@mani0993)
  2. 4 Blog Post Ideas to Get You Unstuck by Kristina
  3. 5 Best Ways to Find Ideas for Blog Posts by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen (@QuipsAndTips)
  4. 5 Places To Look At For Your Next Blog Post Idea by Tushar Agarwal
  5. 6 Places to Find Ideas for Blog Posts by Grandma Mary (Andrea Vahl) (@AndreaVahl)
  6. 7 Blog Post Ideas For When You’re Staring At A Blank Screen byDavid Santistevan (@dsantistevan)
  7. 7 Ways To Get Endless Ideas For Your Blog Posts by David Risley (@DavidRisley)
  8. 8 Ways to Collect Enough Blog Post Ideas for the Next 100 Years by Judy Dunn (@CatsEyeWriter)
  9. 9 Tips on Using Forums to Get Blog Post Ideas by Tristan Higbee (@tristanhigbee)
  10. 10 Killer Post Ideas by Chris Garrett (@chrisgarrett)
  11. 20 Blog Topics To Get You Unstuck by Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)
  12. 20 Different Blog Post Ideas by Jonathan (@blogpassion)
  13. 23 Great Ideas For Blog Posts by Pat Doyle (@patdoyle)
  14. 25 Ways to Use the Web to Find Content for Your Blog by Danny Brown (@DannyBrown)
  15. 33 Blog Post Ideas for the Personal Brand-Building Blogger by Jacob Share (@jacobshare)
  16. 37 Viral Post Ideas You Can Use Today by Skellie (@skellie)
  17. 45 Blog Post Ideas That Always Generate Buzz by Adam Singer (@AdamSinger)
  18. 50 Blog Ideas to Help You Keep Your Blog Fresh by Wendy Wood (@wendywood)
  19. 50 Blog Post Ideas for Business Blogging by Tad Chef (@onreact_com)
  20. 50 Can’t-Fail Techniques for Finding Great Blog Topics by Carol Tice (@TiceWrites)
  21. 52 Blog Post Ideas for Business Blogging by Cheryl Liquori (@cherliquori)
  22. 100 Ways To Find Ideas For Your Blog Posts by Steven Aitchison (@StevenAitchison)
  23. 111 Instant Blog Post Ideas by Easton Ellsworth
  24. 353+ Blog Post Ideas to Inspire You by Amy Schmittauer (@schmittastic)
  25. The A to Z of Blog Post Idea Generation by Danny Iny (@DannyIny)
  26. Are You Running Out of Blog Post Ideas? by Sonny Lanorias (@sonnylanorias)
  27. Finding Post Ideas by Matt Cowan (@matt_cowan)
  28. Finding Blog Post Ideas in Unusual Places by Kiesha Easley (@weblogbetter)
  29. Five Blog Post Ideas When You Have No Idea What to Write About by Mack Collier (@MackCollier)
  30. Five Places to Find Blog Post Ideas by Alyssa Gregory (@alyssagregory)
  31. How I Generated One Years Worth of Content Ideas in One Hour; And You Can Too by Glen Allsopp (@viperchill)
  32. How to Get Blog Post Ideas for Your Blog by Onibalusi Bamidele (@youngprepro)
  33. How To Get Blog Post Inspiration In Your Niche by Lee Ka Hoong (@BloggingWP)
  34. Stumbling for Blog Post Ideas by Justin Germino (@dragonblogger)
  35. Ten Easy Blog Post Ideas For When You’re Lazyby Max Miroff (@MaxMiroff)
  36. Uncovering Awesome Blog Post Ideas by Drew Berman (@drewberman)
  37. Unusual, Cheeky and Fun Ways To Get Inspiration For Your Blog Posts by Michael Dunlop (@michaeldunlop)
  38. Want Infinite Blog Post Ideas? by Andrew Hanelly (@hanelly)
  39. Where Do You Get Your Blog Post Ideas? by Brad Harmon (@brad_harmon)
  40. Where Do You Get Your Post Ideas From? by John Chow (@johnchow)
  41. Where to Find Blog Post Ideas by Andrew G. Rosen (@jobacle)

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about finding post ideas? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: TBD

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