Posted by : Amanda Stein Thursday, January 24, 2013
Have you ever had one of those blogging days when your mind just goes blank? All of a sudden, you can’t think of a thing to write about. Those days can be intimidating for even the most experienced bloggers; if you’re new to blogging, they may make you want to shut your blog down in despair.
Don’t give up! There are several handy ideas you can use when you have blogger’s block. Here are some that will help.
1. List Your Favorite Blogs
List and provide links to the blogs you enjoy reading. Then add a sentence or two about why they’re your favorites. Readers like these posts because they can find new material. The bloggers that you mention will appreciate the props and may provide a link back to your blog from their websites.
2. Check Twitter to See What’s Trending
Once you know the popular subjects that people are talking about, write a blog post related to that topic.
3. Answer Customer Questions
If you get customer questions on your website or social media accounts, use your blog as a place to answer them. (Don’t include the name of the person who asked the question unless you have his or her permission.)
4. Stand Conventional Wisdom on Its Ear
Have you ever heard an old piece of advice that you think is just plain foolish? Write a post explaining why you disagree with the advice and what works better for you. Invite readers to leave comments about the worst advice they ever received.
5. Share a Motivational Story
Have you ever known someone who inspired you with his or her courage, ingenuity, intelligence, or strong will? Share that person’s story with your readers. Be sure to either change identifying information or get the person’s permission first.
6. Write a Book Review
Find a book that’s related to your field and review it. For instance, if you’re blogging for an SEO company, find a book about advertising online or using the new Google algorithms to your advantage. Give it a thumbs up or thumbs down.
7. Invite Interaction with Readers
Write a short blog post inviting readers to introduce themselves and tell you what they want to get out of reading your blog. This feedback can be helpful for planning future blog posts.
8. Have a Contest
Ask readers to leave comments sharing their best or worst SEO experiences. Give the winner a free e-book, an online gift certificate, or a free consultation about using SEO on his or her website.
9. Write a Simple “How To”
This can be as basic as explaining what a keyword is or warning your readers about dealing with link farms. What you may think is common knowledge may be new information for some visitors to your site.
10. Ask Another Blogger to Write a Guest Post
Having someone write a guest post for your site can give you time to recharge your batteries. The person who writes the post gets exposure on your website and a link back to his or her blog, so it’s a win-win situation.
Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring writer. When she’s not blogging about tech and social media, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.