7 Blogging Tips to Creating Awesome Content When You’re Out Of Ideas
I love the blank page, but I know plenty of people who literally freak out when they need to sit down and write something. They freeze up, their minds go blank and they don’t even know where to start. Fortunately, for many of them, after a few minutes of staring at a blank page that fear passes, and they’re able to write.
What happens when the fear is gone, but it seems there’s nothing new you can say and you’re completely burnt out? What to do when you’re just out of ideas?
Here, I’m going to give you a quick rundown of some things I sometimes take advantage of, when I have a hard time coming up with ideas for my posts. Some of them might be a little strange, but they’re very stimulating, and if you use them, you’ll have a constant flow of new concepts, angles and completely fresh ideas coming in all the time. Let’s roll, shall we?
1. Base Your Post on a Brand Or a Famous Name
This is by far one of my favorite idea generators. The reason why I like it so much is that everyone loves to talk about famous people or huge successful companies.
I don’t care who you are, if you see a newspaper article that has to do with Facebook, for example, you’re going to want to read it (even if you’re not really a Facebook fan.)
You can take famous brands, such as Pampers, KFC or Ferrari and write about how or what they do relates to your niche, and how your readers can learn from them. This is very easy and extremely fun. Go give it a shot.
2. Do Something You’ve Never Done Before
One of the reasons you’re out of ideas for content is that you’re bored. Maybe your life is very mundane. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing for years and you’re sick of it. Maybe you think you’ve never done anything interesting at all.
Whatever it is, I can promise you, if you get out there and do something you’ve never done before (something completely wild and out of your comfort zone) you’ll come back home (or to your office, depending on where you work) and you’ll be stoked.
When that happens, all you have to do is take what you discovered (either about yourself, the world or life in general) apply it to your niche and blog about it. Works like a charm.
3. Check Out Some Crazy Food
This goes along the same lines as what I just told you. If you don’t want to (or don’t have the time) to get out for a day or two to do something crazy, go check out a really strange restaurant you’ve never been to before.
You’ll see the moment you come in, it’ll be a very exotic experience for you, and if you’re like me, you’ll discover a whole lot of stuff to blog about.
4. Talk About Your Failures
This might sound a little strange, especially if you’ve been trying to establish yourself as an expert in your niche, but it works very well. See, no matter what people say, we all know that no one is perfect. Perfect just doesn’t exist.
One of my favorite examples of that is Frank Kern. I believe the guy is a genius and he actually does have super powers (lol), but you got to admit, the dude is a technological idiot.
I mean, he can’t even push play when he needs to half the time. It’s funny and he talks about it all the time. Technology is his weakness. That’s where he fails. I am sure you have something like that, too. As long as you can talk (and laugh) about it comfortably, do that.
You’ll see your readers will love you for it, and you’ll have a whole new angle of blog post content to discuss with them.
5. Get As Personal As You Can
When you feel like you have nothing to talk about, get personal with your audience. Go ahead and take a few pictures of your family and tell them your life story. Share with them how you got started in blogging. Tell them why you’re doing what you’re doing.
When you do that, you’ll bond with your readers, which will come in handy when there comes a time for money to exchange hands.
6. Do a Case Study
Case studies are awesome, because they take very little effort on your part. Here’s what you do:
I assume, if you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you’ve been able to help someone with your advice (if you haven’t, then maybe you should step it up a little.)
All you need to do is contact that someone or a few someones you’ve helped, and talk to them over Skype (while recording the whole conversation using Pamela for Skype or any other type of recording software.)
When the interview is done, you should have a complete story of how you guys met, what was the problem, and how you helped them.
Just publish that on your blog with a little write up to tell the people what the interview is about. Put in a picture of yourself and the guy in the post and you’re all set.
7. Let Someone Else Write
This can be done either through outsourcing or finding good guest posters. In either case, once you find someone to work with, you don’t have to do a thing and apart from getting a great content without lifting a finger, you’ll see how other people write which will cause you to have awesome ideas for your own future posts. This is it. What are some of the things you do when you’re out of ideas?