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12 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Blog Post


12 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Blog Post Recently, I sat down at my computer to write some blog posts for the week. I found myself in that dangerous cycle of staring at the blank page, getting frustrated, walking away, coming back to the computer when I felt “refreshed”…and starting the cycle all over by staring at the blank page again. I’ve written hundreds of posts here on the NMX blog and thousands of posts across several blogs over the span of my career.

I had nothing left to say.

I felt like punching the computer. I felt like crying. Could this be the end? Was it time for Allison the blogger to retire once and for all?

Of course, if you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you know that these feelings wax and wane. All bloggers inevitably face the terror of the blank screen from time to time. It’s one thing if you truly do not enjoy blogging in your niche anymore. Then, maybe it’s time to move on to another project. But if you’re simply feeling uninspired, don’t worry; it will pass.

It will pass…but you can’t just sit around and wait for that to happen. If you do, you can easily fall into complacency, ignoring your blog for months. Sometimes, you have to go out and find inspiration, tear it from the world, and stick it on your blog. If you don’t have a muse, look for one rather than just waiting for one to magically find you.

I already posted this short list of the places I find inspiration most often – from current events, stories/parables, and kids/pets. But some days, those techniques just don’t work. So let’s dig even deeper and find more places to help get inspired to write. Here are the places I look for inspiration when I don’t know what to write about (and if you need even more ideas, check out this list of Brilliant Bloggers talking about finding post ideas):

1. Other Bloggers

When is the last time you took a day to catch up on your reading? When’s the last time you actively searched for new blogs to read instead of relying on your old favorites? What’s the last time you wrote a reactionary piece to something someone else wrote?

2. Google Analytics

What search terms are people using to get to your site? Are you actually answering their questions or addressing their needs with the posts they find?

3. Your Readers

Don’t be afraid to post a poll asking your readers what kind of topics they want to see you covering on your blog. You can also ask them for specific questions they have so you can address their problems.

4. Your Past Posts

Rarely is a post truly evergreen. Could you write an update to a previous post? Could you cover a topic in more detail? Think about how you can use one of your favorite past posts as a starting point for one or more new posts.

5. Versus

What in your niche can be compared? Think about two products or two services or two schools of thought you can compare and contrast and write about it.

6. Books and Print Media

Just like we don’t take enough time to read other blogs, we often don’t take enough time to read books in our niche. Books (and other forms of print media) can lead not only to reviews, but also to content ideas. Pull a quote from an author and write an entire blog post around that.

7. YouTube

What are people in your niche creating video content about? Check out YouTube and see what videos are most popular about specific topics. Even if you don’t do videos yourself, you can turn those ideas into blog posts.

8. Forums

If you don’t have a huge following quite yet, polling your readers can be difficult. So instead, head to a forum related to your niche and see what people are asking. Answer their questions with a blog post.

9. Wordtracker’s Keyword Questions

This is a trick I learned from Rich Brooks during his BlogWorld New York 2012 session. Wordtracker has a great tool called Keyword Questions. You enter a broad term (like “cooking” if you are a food blogger) and you can see what people are really asking about this topic. Each question can be answered in a blog post.

10. Twitter Hashtags

On Twitter, people often use hashtags to talk about specific topics. Search these hashtags (or just do a general Twitter search) to find out what they’re talking about. This can inspire you to write your own posts about the topic.

11. Pinterest

I absolutely love Pinterest! (If you aren’t using it yet, here’s a five-part Pinterest 101 series to help you get started.) This site is a great source of inspiration, since you can search for boards about a specific topic and see what people have pinned to those boards. You can also type in pinterest.com/source/yoururl.com (replaced with your url of course) to find out what people are pinning from your site so you can replicate that success by expanding more on a popular topic.

12. Your Own List of Ideas

Lastly, you can get inspiration from your own list of ideas. What does that mean? It means that right now, start a list of ideas that you can pull up whenever you are stuck. When you’re feeling super creative, it’s easy to come up with topics for posts, so when you’re in the blank screen cycle and contemplating giving up, you can simply open this document and pick an idea from the list. Add to this list of ideas regularly so you also have fresh content ideas for your blog.

Three Secret Ways to Find Post Ideas for Your Blog


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


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

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

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