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Blogging Tips Series: Coming up with content when you are out of ideas

blogging tips series coming up with content when you are out of ideas

Have you been blogging for a while and now you have run out of stuff to write about? Even if you have only been blogging for a few months you may find yourself experiencing writer’s block. This has happened to me before and it can be hard to get back to writing, but I am going to help you get past it.
First, try to prevent it before it starts.
When you have an idea for a post, write it down. Then, when you start running out of ideas, you will have a list to go back to. You can use the notepad on your phone if you want. Personally, I use Evernote because I like how I can organize my ideas, and if I am out and about I can even write a post on my phone and it will show up on my computer. Evernote syncs with all of your devices. My favorite part is I can give each post idea it’s own page and organize them into notebooks and move them around as needed. I currently have about 80+ topic ideas listed. Will each one turn into a post? Most likely not, but the ideas are still there should I run out of things to write about.
The next thing you can do to prevent writer’s block is to try to write every day. I aim to finish one post per day for my blog, but that doesn’t always happen. Some days I start writing and I just don’t like how a post turns out. I then abandon it and go to a new post, then come back another day. There are days where I partially write 3 or 4 posts, but I am still writing and honing my skills. That is the important part.
Once writer’s block sets in.
We all have these days, none of your ideas seem good enough or you just don’t have any ideas left. The good thing is there are several things you can do to help.
Take a break. Take one day off, no writing or worrying about your blog. You may be surprised how many ideas come to you when you aren’t trying.
Visit other blogs. One of my favorite things to do is hit up other blogs I follow and “steal” their ideas. I look through the archives and see if any of the posts look like something I can do on my blog. I can usually come up with at least 5 more post ideas, and usually the ideas I come up with are actually no where near what the original blog owner wrote about. Just make sure if you do use anything they have written to give them credit.
Make a list of anything. Think about what your blog is about and make a list that corresponds. You can make an A to Z list or a top 10, 20 or any other number list. You can make a list of your top posts, your worst posts, people to follow on Twitter, and so much more. Use your imagination.
Allow guest posts. This is a great way to let your readers discover new blogs and to give you a break. Allowing guest posts will also help spread out your posts. For example if you have 8 posts written and schedule them one a day, you get 8 days worth of posts, but add 2 guest posts in between your posts, you can have 10 days worth of content with less work on your end.
Revisit an old post. If you have been blogging for a while you may be able to update an old post to be more relevant. Only do this though if you can add value to the post, personally I do not like reposting old posts because people can find them on their own.
Write a review. I don’t like blogs that are nothing but reviews, but once in a while it is  O.K. I suggest reviewing a product you actually use and would recommend to others. You may even be able to make a little money if you reach out to companies and ask.
Find an infographic. Readers love infographics, and they can be a great asset when you are struggling to find something to write about. You can either make your own or use someone else’s (I use visual.ly), but if you use someone else’s, make sure you give proper credit.
Look at the month. Is it breast cancer awareness month? Is there a holiday coming up you can write about? Is there a current blogging challenge you can participate in, such as the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April?
These are just a few things I do when I am finding it difficult to write content.
What do you do?

Thanks for reading, Cassie

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