Belle Wong has a great Bloggiesta mini-challenge: how to create a treasure trove of blog post ideas. Since she is in the middle of a 365 days of blogging challenge, I figure she has to be an expert at coming up with new blog post ideas. I am going to give her suggestions a try.
- Brainstorm on a blank piece of paper and keep track of the ideas with promise
- React to blog posts and news articles from other sources/social media
- Use a blog topic generator like this one at HubSpot
I tried the blog post generator first because it seemed intriguing. I found out that rather than a blog post idea generator, it is more of a title generator because you have to supply it with three topic nouns. It might be useful when I’m trying to spruce up a title, though.
Plugging in tree, books, and children’s yields:
Okay, that was good for a laugh.
Lately, I have been running a weekly list of ideas in columns for each of my blogs, which helps keep me focused. Generally, I put the upcoming. more-polished posts at the top and topic ideas I’m working on further down. I used some of the brainstorming suggestions and came up with the following (no stealing, ha, ha):
This is about 2 weeks of posts. In addition to reacting to news articles, I also thought about upcoming holidays and events that I might feature, such as National Library Week and Arbor Day.
In case you are interested, here are links to some of my other blogs: Growing with Science, Science Books for Kids, and family recipes at Your Individual Taste.
How do you come up with ideas for blog posts?
Regular readers: I’m always open to suggestions for topics from you!
5 Replies to “Bloggiesta Challenge: Generating Ideas for Blog Posts”
Fun post ideas! Love the chart. And I really like your idea of brainstorming around upcoming holidays and events.
I’m still working on your meme challenge. I would love to think of something both useful and fun, which may not even be possible…
This is a great list! I’m going to try out hubspot too 🙂
Great list of ideas – and thank you for participating in the challenge! I’m very much in awe that you are running three other blogs!
Ah, but sometimes it is easy to get behind on one of them. Thanks for the great mini-challenge.