Saturday, December 29, 2012

Writers Block? How to Come Up with Ideas for Blog Topics

Running out of ideas for blog posts? Fear not, dear friend, for Freelance Lady has come to the rescue. While you're sitting there, tapping your fingers on the keyboard with nothing coming of it, take a break and read the ideas below on how to come up with new blog topics.

1. Check out the trending topics on Google, Yahoo!, and Twitter. If you know what people are interested in, you'll know exactly what you need to write about to catch their attention.

2. Watch your local news station or pick up your local newspaper. If your blog is more geared to local topics, this can help you find out about local happenings, community events, and even local deals that your readers might be interested in.

3. Eavesdrop. Listen to what other people are talking about. Whether you're at the cafe for your morning coffee, walking around in the grocery store, or catching a ride on the subway, keep your ears open. You might hear something that lights that bulb in your head.

4. Pull ideas from everyday life experiences. Write about something significant in your life that people may be able to relate to. Don't make it entirely personal, however, unless your blog is a personal blog. Reach out to your readers.

5. Write about the next upcoming holiday. You could even pull a strange holiday up such as "Talk Like a Pirate Day," or "National Joe Day."

6. Keep a journal o ideas for interesting blog posts and carry it with you wherever you go. When you're feeling creative or come across an idea, you can write your ideas down and check 'em out later when you're lacking inspiration.

7. Conduct an internet search on your blog's niche and see what other people are talking about. Read the comments to see the view of the readers in order to better understand how they feel about certain topics.

8. Come up with a top ten list. It could be fun or serious, such as "The Top 10 Ways to Die in a Zombie Apocalypse," or "The Top 10 Mistakes in Political History."

9. Think about what you're good at. Write a how-to guide on that topic. Include pictures.

10. Check out my writing prompts.

Have any other ideas to get over writer's block? Let us know in a comment!

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