Beat Blogger’s Block: Seven Blog Topic Brainstorming Methods
“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” –Ray Bradbury
There’s nothing worse than sitting down at your computer and finding you have absolutely nothing to write about. You may be thinking that it’s because you are retired and your brain is not working the way it used to when you were younger. But, rest assured, it happens to all of us at one time or another.
We can get help to beat writer’s block by using simple brainstorming methods so we can hear the “tap, tap, tap” of our keyboards again.
Here are Seven methods:
- Be ready anytime:
It’s funny how blogging ideas strike us at odd times. Sometimes, it’s when we’re watching a movie or standing in line at the bank. Other times, it might be when we’re exercising or watching our grandkid’s soccer game.
While you can’t always take the time to blog the moment an idea strikes, you can certainly take note of those great ideas. Always keep a notebook with you or keep your mobile device handy. You can write down your ideas in the notes feature of your device or use the audio recorder for later review.
Ray Bradbury, a famous science fiction writer, once wrote that he didn’t need an alarm clock because an idea will strike. What he didn’t say is that he recorded the idea right away so he could recall it for later use. Follow his example.
There is always so much more that can be said on just about any topic. If you’ve written a popular post about teaching grandchildren how to save money and it turns out to be very popular, do more with it.
Here is what you can do:
- You can expand on each point you made in the original post
- Create budget spreadsheets for kids and grandkids
- Recommend related products
Always leverage the work you’ve done in the past to create more of what your audience wants now.
- Fill your RSS reader:
Other bloggers can be a great source of inspiration. Fill your RSS reader with blogs in your niche and scan them regularly. Look for hot topics and the latest news that you can incorporate into your own blog. It is simple to set up the RSS reader. Download the app on your computer or mobile device and activate it.
- Take or share a picture:
There is so much truth to the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Pictures can evoke emotions; make people think and get them to pay attention. If you don’t feel like writing, take a picture or share one you already have. Let the picture tell your story.
- Ask questions:
It’s one of the easiest types of posts to make and they often get the best response. Instead of lecturing to your audience, ask them a question. You could also think of something controversial or something they’ll be passionate about and ask them for their opinion.
- Accept questions:
Create a submission form so that your readers can submit questions to you. It’s an easy way to come up with ready-made topic ideas that you know that your audience is ALREADY interested in. Include your readers name and blog (if they have one) to give them a little recognition and exposure as well.
- Write a response to someone else’s post:
Once again, the writing of other bloggers can be a great inspiration. If you read a post that you really like or one you dislike, you’ve got yourself a brand new topic idea. Of course, if you happen to disagree with a blogger and you don’t want to burn any bridges, always state your case logically and respectfully. Not only is it good content for your readers, but also it could be the start of a mutually beneficial relationship with the other blogger.
Overcoming Blogger’s Block Cheat sheet, Part 1:
Coming up with fresh and interesting content, is an important job for any blogger and it’s easy to get stuck sometimes. I’d recommend bookmarking this post or printing it out to use as an “Overcoming Blogger’s Block Cheat Sheet, Part 1.”
Just keep it handy whenever you stumble and you’re sure to have new great ideas.