After enough time blogging, you can feel like there’s nothing left to write. Fortunately, that’s probably not the case – with a bit of prompting, your mind can conjure up awesome ideas. Here are five ways you can give your brain the push it needs to generate ideas for your blog.
1. Re-purpose previous content
If you’re feeling fatigue because of how much content you’ve produced, you’re in luck – you have an amazing archive of material to draw from. Rather than letting prior work collect digital dust, find ways to use it again. For example, have you written any long articles? Break them down into subtopics and create new posts around each one. What about videos? If you’ve ever posted a video that received a warm response, turn what you said into a killer blog.
2. Talk to people who don’t know much about your field
It’s an excellent idea to read up on your industry and learn from the best. But sometimes remaining in a loop of expertise can get stagnant. Inevitably, topics and perspectives overlap. Shake it up by talking to people who have more questions than answers for you. It can give you new perspectives for topics and, in turn, fresh ideas for your blog.
3. Look into the future
Mix creativity and analysis to make an educated guess about things to come in your field. It is likely your prediction will trigger a discussion, too, because no one knows for sure what the future holds.
4. Respond to your past
If it’s been years since you wrote those first entries to your blog, take a moment to revisit your past. Pick a popular entry and, with the wisdom of retrospect, dispute what you initially wrote. Or perhaps you fundamentally agree with what you said, but feel the need to update it so it’s up to date. This option isn’t solely for veteran bloggers; even if you’ve only had your blog for several months, you probably still have posts to reexamine.
5. Browse titles
Have you ever casually browsed a store or library and then left with a title that caught your eye? The same thing can apply to creating content. Scan titles for inspiration, whether they’re books, magazine articles, blogs, or podcasts. When you’re at a creative standstill, this method can work better than reading blogs and articles in their entirety, which may be overwhelming and reinforce the idea you have nothing fresh to contribute. Focusing on titles, on the other hand, gets your ideas flowing through manageable snippets.
The rapid-paced world of blogging demands frequent, creative idea generation. With these techniques, you’ll be able to summon ideas even on days when your creativity feels like it is lagging.