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:
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.
How do you come up with ideas for blog posts?
Regular readers: I’m always open to suggestions for topics from you!