small__503600331 (2)Wondering what to blog about is becoming an increasing headache for many business people. In this series, we take a look at some key areas of inspiration to help trigger ideas for your next blog post. This time, we look at humor.

Most people like a joke and a laugh, and every now and again a humorous blog post will lift your blogsite and get you some surprisingly good traffic, too, provided that you use an appropriate headline.

If you can, though, you should theme your humor to your business and to your readers’ interests.

Should you want to have a try at writing bespoke jokes for your blogsite, be my guest – have a look at these two articles on here as they will give you some ideas on how to go about it:

However if you’re not humorously inspired – don’t worry. There is another way!

Use Google to find jokes

Nearly all jokes have been around for years and no-one can remember who wrote the originals. Many are derivatives of earlier jokes, having been updated and adapted. As far as I am aware there can be no copyright on standard jokes for these reasons.

However, if you take a joke from a website you should say in your blog post where you got it from and include a link to that website.

And in any case, there’s nothing to be ashamed of for the fact that you have curated some jokes from around the internet, carefully selected by you for your readers’/customers’ entertainment. No-one will expect you to write jokes from scratch unless that happens to be what you do for a living.

So, to find some jokes about your area of business, do a Google search. Here are some examples of what I came up with:

Your business: landscape architect – I searched: jokes about gardening

My wife said she’s leaving me because of my unhealthy obsession with plants. I said where’s this stemming from, petal? Source here

Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. Source here.

New gardeners learn by trowel and error. Source here.

Your business: veterinary surgeon – I searched: veterinarian jokes

One day at the vet’s surgery where I take my cat, a man and the receptionist were verbally sparring. After a few minutes a technician came to her co-worker’s defence. “Sir,” she asked the aggressive man, “do you know what happens to aggressive males in this surgery?”

small__2934614864Silly questions people ask their vet
My cat just came in from the garage and I was wondering…how many calories are in a mouse?
I have a neutered male cat. How old should he be before I can breed him?
What should I feed a borderline collie?
What size litter box do I need to keep my cat comfy?
Is it normal for a dog to shed?
How can I keep my cat from stealing my husband’s toothbrush?
My cat passed a stool on the indoor rug and it’s stuck in the vacuum cleaner. Any suggestions?
How can I get the secret recipe for your special dog food?
How do I stop my cat from giving food to the dog?
Your food turned my dog into a stud. Now what do I do?
Do you know how to toilet train a cat?
I have three cats. Is it true that a special brand of cat food makes the poop smell better?
Will chewing pop cans remove enamel from my puppy’s teeth?
Where can I get a six-toed cat?”

Source here.

Your business: travel agent – I searched: travel jokes

I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that their hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window.

A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, “Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?”

I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with “I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. “Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, “Capecod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa.” Her response … click.

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state.”

I got a call from a man who asked, “Is it possible to see England from Canada?” I said, “No.” He said “But they look so close on the map.”

Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, “I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time.”

Source here.

And so-on. It really is easy and a win-win all around as long as you credit your source. Good luck and happy laughter!

I could go on here, but that’s all we have time for today. For more ideas on what to write about on your blog, give me a shout on [email protected].

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