How to generate ideas for blog posts [A helpful guide for every blogger]

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Hey guys,

How many of you have a problem to generate new blog posts? No matter whether you are a lifestyle blogger, a travel blogger, a beauty blogger or a food blogger sometimes you don’t have any ideas for blog posts. You’re just exhausted from writing. How familiar! Don’t worry it’s normal for every blogger. The most important is to create your own strategy about generating of new ideas.

Do you know over 2 million blog posts are written EVERY DAY! Are you scared from this statistics? Because I am. Really! What is the chance my blog posts to be read? I write an unique content (I mean, I don’t copy-paste from other blogs) and use SEO tricks like – keywords, length of an article, tags and etc. but I still feel scared. Moreover, I want to deliver interesting topics, reports, useful tips and one of my future goals is my website to be a leader in this niche. Unfortunately, I know so many websites like mine, which provide the same content. Sounds familiar? And sometimes I’m confused how to generate more interesting articles to my readers. So I decided to create my own strategies about the content of MarketingforPros. In this article I’ll give you some ideas and feel free to share them with other bloggers. I’ll be very happy if you use them. 

Ideas

Everything begins with an IDEA! To be honest, I’m very creative person, so I often get ideas for blog posts – while I’m taking a shower, reading a book, running and so on. But what happens if you’re not creative? OK, firstly keep calm it’s a common problem for the newbie bloggers! I’ll show you how to generate more ideas, while we’re playing games!

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a process for generating creative ideas and solutions! The most important thing is THERE’S NO BAD IDEA! Brainstorming will give you answers of your problems. Many people think that brainstorming means to write on paper ONLY unrelated words. That’s a big mistake! First of all, you should go to a room without any mobile devices and noises. For better brainstorming you can change your physical environment – go to a park, a library, a seaside. Find a place wherever to “clear your mind”. Think only for your problem and how to solve it. I prefer to do brainstorming late in the evening! Maybe because I’m a night owl. 😀

Steps to successful brainstorming:

  • write down on paper your main problem – for instance: I don’t have ideas for blog posts
  • think about your problem, but think “outside the box” – try to find new solutions;
  • avoid the grammatical mistakes (if you’re not native like me 😛 ) 
  • play a word game to generate ideas – it’s called “word storm”. How to do this? Write it one word, for example “blog” and next words should be associated with the first. For example: Blog, then you write Post, then Interesting topic and so on.
  • don’t be afraid that everything is MESS.

If you’re old-fashioned you can use just PAPER and A PEN. Look at my sample of brainstorming:

I’m a Millennial and I prefer to use platforms for design like Canva – it’s looks better, yeah?

After Brainstorming don’t forget TO GENERATE SOLUTIONS! Ask yourself WHY!

For example: “Why don’t I have any inspiration?” 

Answers:

  • because I probably don’t meditate;
  • because I probably don’t read books;
  • because I probably don’t watch TED videos;
  • because I probably don’t go to concerts, theaters, Museums;
  • because I probably don’t have a hobby.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

For example: “Why don’t I have time?”

Answers:

  • because I probably waste my time in social medias;
  • because I probably have problem with time management;
  • because I probably work too much.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

For example: Why don’t I have enough skills and knowledge?

Answers:

  • because I probably don’t learn new things;
  • because I probably don’t read professional blogs;
  • because I probably don’t enroll in a course.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

For example: Why do I feel stupid?

Answers:

  • because I probably don’t believe in myself;
  • because I probably don’t have enough experience;
  • because I probably have low self-esteem.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

For example: Why do I have fatigue?

Answers:

  • because I’m under pressure;
  • because I probably have too much responsibilities;
  • because I probably don’t have work-life balance.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

After you’ve finished the answers you will see “the whole picture” and will know your next actions.

You’re next!

Freewriting

For the first time Dorothea Brande mentions “freewriting” in her book “Becoming a writer” (1934). Then Peter Elbow also talks about freewriting in his book “Writing without teachers” (1975). Julia Cameron also mentions this method in her book “The Artist’s Way” (1992). This method is similar to brainstorming. You just take paper and a pen (or open a new Word file :P) and start to write within 5-10 minutes. Unlike in brainstorming you should write in sentences!

Steps to successful Freewriting: 

  • Set a time limit – I recommend you to write no more than 10 minutes;
  • avoid the grammatical mistakes;
  • don’t stop to write.

Look at my example of freewriting:

You can improve your creativity every day. But don’t forget after freewriting you should GENERATE IDEAS FOR BLOG POSTS!

For example: Let’s look at the second sentence – “Should I stay or should I go”

Ideas:  It’s a catchy topic for your blog, right? If you’re a professional travel blogger I think this will be interesting article for your readers. You can share with them your experience as a traveller, how you took decision to go or to stay.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

For example: What are my goals?

Ideas: Also can be interesting topic if you want to inspire your readers. Share your future goals how you want to achieve them.

………………………… and so on…………………………………

It’s your turn!

Mind Map

This is a creative pathway. In the center you should write the main problem. Have a look my sample of mind mapping.

As I said you can use other graphic programs. For example, I made this with PowerPoint:

After you are ready think about what you wrote. Create new strategies and ideas!

Follow the trends in social medias

How many of you love social medias? I’m addicted to them! To be honest, if you want to be a professional blogger you should definitely know what happens in social networks. Hashtags are often used in social platforms and give you the latest trends and news. Unfortunately, some of the bloggers waste of time and forget about their purpose of writing. In order to be productive you can determine your time in social medias. For example, early morning while you’re waiting a bus you can check groups, forums, etc.

My advice to you:

  • Facebook – yeah, I know that plenty of information out there but try to concentrate and don’t miss professional groups and follow Facebook pages of other bloggers.
  • Twitter – OMG! I adore Twitter !   The best way to get more followers is to use the right hashtags! Sometimes to get more inspiration you can retweet interesting topics and infographics. Have a look: Twitter marketing hashtags
  • Pinterest build your brand by engaging with the community via repinning, commenting and liking other pins. 
  • Reddit – is an American social news aggregation. According to me, Reddit is the best to increase traffic to your website.

Follow what others write about it

Every blogger has competitors. Actually, the competition is a good thing. Although, for many people blogging is just for fun, if you want to earn money you should follow other blogs. I’m not saying to copy-past their ideas and content, but use it as inspiration. And remember – every professional was once an amateur. It’s up to you to become expert in your field! Once or twice a week spend at least 2 hours to review blogs like yours.

Use Google suggestion

In one of my previous articles I was mentioned this tactics as a way to get unstuck if you’re a blogger. I highly recommend you to use also Keyword Research Tools like Google Keyword Planner, SEMrush and etc.

Bonus for every blogger

OK, guys, you’re almost at the end of my blog article. Thank you so much for the reading! 😀

As a sign of gratitude I decided to prepare a list with creative ideas regardless of the type of blog you have. I know every blogger has different struggles. Looks around. Great ideas are everywhere and you should just grab them and transform into a very well-written article.

How to generate delicious content, dear Foodie bloggers

Yummy, I love food blogs! To be honest, I’m not good at cooking and always look for any good recipes. So, thank you food bloggers that I can cook for myself. If you’re a food blogger, but you don’t have ideas for blog posts, don’t despair! First of all, look around! Is there any new local restaurants? You can visit them and to try some new food 🙂 As a result, you can write article about your experience or to write reviews of these restaurants 🙂

Other ideas:

  • take an interview – maybe you know the gurus in your niche. Contact them and ask them politely to give you an interview;
  • write cookbook review;
  • promote events in your field;
  • share your own story – talk about your success, failure or just give advice to your readers;
  • publish related news;
  • article about interesting facts, for example: “3 facts about Potatoes that you probably didn’t know” or “Fun facts about Potatoes”;
  • don’t forget to reshare your old content – always save my life when I’m stuck 😉
  • ask your audience – they would tell you what actually expect from your food blog 😉
  • if you are a good photographer you can share the best pics of food you’ve ever made;
  • analyze your audience – if 70% are busy women you should focus on easy and fast recipe;
  • provide interesting recipe from different countires;

How to generate ideas for blog posts if you are a Travel blogger

Ideas for blog posts if you are a travel blogger

If you travel a lot maybe it’s hard to keep up a blog. Lack of time is one of the main reasons why many travelers refuse to become bloggers.

I’ll give you some ideas to generate more interesting content for your travel blog:

  • write about your experience as a traveler – why you decided to be ;
  • memorable stories with you;
  • share tips how to prepare for a trip;
  • share interesting pics and videos;
  • share your opinion, for example: “10 thing to do in Madrid”
  • ideas for cheap journeys – it’s useful for everyone;
  • review of a hotel, hostel or another type of accommodation;
  • if you have enough time you can write guides, for instance: “Guide for every traveler” or “Survival kit for every travel”  

Don’t worry if you’re not good at writing. I think the most important things in travel blogs are pics and emotions 🙂

P.S. Sometimes one article is born by another. I’m sure you will have a lot to share with your readers 😉

How to generate ideas for blog posts if you are a Beauty blogger

Ideas for blog posts if you are a beauty blogger

Internet is full of beauty bloggers. Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition out there. In order to be a good blogger you should follow latest trends and to know everything about new products. You should give to your readers useful tips, tricks and secrets 🙂 Before that you have to determine your niche. I mean – hair care, Make-up, cosmetics, nail polish, etc. What are your strengths?

Some creative ideas:

  • review of new products and brands;
  • you can create own YouTube channel;
  • collaborating with successful bloggers;
  • create video tutorials for your subscribers;
  • Giveaway – you can select a product that people love;
  • you can share common mistakes in make-up/hair care and etc.
  • daily beauty challenge;
  • blog posts”How to”;
  • little secrets that only professionals know;
  • share your personal opinion – people love honesty;

You should have definitely Instagram profile. Most of your potential readers are in Instagram.

How to generate ideas for blog posts if you are a Business blogger

Ideas for blog posts if you are a business blogger

Nowadays, professional blogs are important part of every business. 

How to generate interesting content for your business blog:

  • share current reports about trends;
  • post a case study;
  • posts “How to” – useful article for your customers;
  • explain benefits of your product/service;
  • share special offers and promotional codes;
  • provide survey and after that analyze results;
  • talk about your industry;
  • take an interview with guru in your field;
  • show your story – failure, success, awards;
  • meet the team – short blog posts about your colleagues;

Think “out of the box”. I’m pretty sure that you have more ideas about your business blog. And don’t forget to speak “the language of your customers”. 

How to generate ideas for blog posts if you are a Fashion blogger

Ideas for blog posts if you are a fashion blogger

Even the best Fashion bloggers get stuck in a rut. I’ll give you some tricks how to generate content for your blog.

  • share of your favourite items;
  • share your story – why you decided to become a Fashion blogger;
  • TOP 5 stores where you shop;
  • how to buy with less money;
  • how organise your wardrobe;
  • compare different fashion styles;
  • beautiful pic will always save your life – in case you don’t have inspiration to write anything;
  • Fashion trends you need to know;
  • Useful tips – for example: “How to dress for a job interview”;

To Sum up

Be yourself! Even when you get stuck in a rut, don’t try to copy-paste your competitors! Take a break for refresh! Listen your intuition! Every day look for new inspiration! And you come up with great ideas! Be awesome!

Thanks for reading, guys!

Best regards,

Jane :*

P.S.1. Feel free to share with your friends! 😛 I’ll be happy to leave me a comment 🙂

P.S.2 I’m not native and I want to appologize for any grammatical mistakes 🙂

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71 thoughts on “How to generate ideas for blog posts [A helpful guide for every blogger]”

  1. Hi Jane, thanks very much for such an informative post. I am new to blogging & getting my head around Pinterest & Twitter is my challenge at the moment.
    Loved reading this 🙂

  2. Wow, this is very informative! Great tips and very helpful to every bloggers. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

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  3. Thank you very much for these tips! sometimes I have a lot of ides but then I don’t follow through because I can’t put together a final idea but this helps!

  4. I needed this read!! I always panic on what topic to blog about next or if it’s boring, or I’m not ‘interesting’ enough. But this is a super helpful guide. Definitely saving it to check out whenever I’m in a slump. Thank you!

  5. Loved this post! Very informative and I loved the tone, at the same time. It’s definitely super helpful to read other blogs in one’s niche, but always looking for ways to make the post even better and unique!

  6. Will definitely be putting some of these tips to use. I especially liked that you put detailed examples. I am a visual learner so that made it so much easier to grasp.

  7. Excellent article. I am a blogger too and these tips will be very useful for sure. You say that Reddit is one of the best way to get traffic to your website. I have always found this difficult. As you know, most subreddits don’t allow self promotion. So, how do you go about getting traffic from Reddit?

  8. These tips are awesome! As a blogger I’ve been feeling a bit of the summer slump which has been making it difficult for me to write. By using some of these ideas and techniques I hope to get out of the rut I’m in. Great post, thanks for sharing it!

  9. I love this post! I have been struggling with thinking of new post ideas recently and this was much appreciated. I will definitely follow your suggestions!

  10. This was very informative! I loved the infographics and photos you used as well, what a well written, excellent blog! I am definitely going to utilize this information next time I get stuck for ideas!!!

  11. Holy Moly you have some amazing advice in here and it was exactly what I needed. I have been blogging for a few months and am still trying to get a rhythm and flow going and this post was what I have been looking for. Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely book marking this one 😀

  12. LOL, I’m the same… I get my ideas when I’m not trying to force it. On walks, hikes, shower, doing random things 😉

  13. These are incredibly helpful! Thanks so much for sharing this comprehensive list that can hit everyone’s targets! I have saved this article for later use!

  14. This post just gave me the inspiration to continue my pending blog posts. I love getting ideas from Google. Most of the time I document my days and get inspirations from it.

  15. Great ideas. I constantly struggle with content for my blog. Even though I’ve got so much going through my head every day….. I’ll definitely use some of these.

  16. This is such a helpful article. I really like how you bring personal touch and so much information. I have so many ideas and now I have somenew ideas for blog direction. Thanks so much.

  17. I appreciate your advice and love that you hit on various niches. My favorite thing you said was to watch your grammar. I have read so many blogs that cause me to lose interest due to poor grammar.

  18. This was a really interesting read, so much useful info here! I especially loved your examples on free writing and brainstorming.

  19. This is a really great list to help bloggers beat the dreaded writer’s block and some often much needed tough love on why we can feel uninspired. I believe as writers we NEED to get off our laptops and experience real life so we can stay filled up!

  20. Wow! What a detailed post. I love these ideas. I write regularly in a journal. It clears my head, but then later I have turned some of my journal entries into blog topics. I would say my journaling is kind of like the free writing method.

  21. Thanks for the ideas Jana 🙂 I think a lot of good ideas can come from social media, so it’s not a waste of time. I just read a blog post a friend wrote about a question her friend asked on Facebook.

  22. I really love the whole part about giving reasons as to why you may not have inspiration, ideas, or time! I think that will be super help for me! And I like how you went into the different niches. Great read!

  23. I haven’t used a mind map in so long with all of those title generators out there! I do use pen & paper for brainstorming though! Great tips!!

  24. I really like the tool of taking excuses basically & giving yourself a reason and or solution to those problems or thoughts of doubt! This is something that I myself will spend more time practicing. My current issue is the lack of time & managing my blog while also working 40 hours a week. I know a lot of people do it, so I just need to find the time! Thanks for the encouragement!

    http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

  25. What a great post, I need to pin this for the day when my inspiration goes on the fritz. Knock on wood, right now I have so many ideas I have a back log, running into to next year, and they just keep coming. I feel like the famous writer with the black book in ELF, 1,000;s of great ideas I just need more hours in the day to do them all. LOL

  26. When it comes to thinking up new blog posts, I always try to doing a big brainstorming session where I just write down ideas and think about how it would fit into my blog. I haven’t tried free writing just because I never know exactly where to start… which would probably be solved by free writing!

    Great and informative post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  27. Thanks for these practical and useful tips. I’ve tried mind mapping and it’s great. I will certainly try other ideas you’ve suggested. 🙂

  28. I was literally thinking about this today. I consider myself as a creative person, but I am bad at organizing my thoughts. I tend to write by impulse and what comes from my heart. This is helpful for my writer’s block. You organized it so well.

  29. These are excellent ideas!! I love the thought on free writing. I am a huge supporter of free writing and have my students do so in the classroom even. This is encouraging me to do more of it on my own. Thanks!

  30. wow! I was really not expecting this!!! Normally I’d click on these links saying ‘post ideas for bloggers’ and it turns out to be a ton of ideas not making sense at ALL!
    But you presented it so well and I especially loved the mind-map and freewriting part. I personally struggle with writing, not ideas. I usually have a lot of ideas but when I start writing I’m blank. Now I will use this mind mapping strategy in my writing.
    Thanks a lot for sharing an amazingly informative post! 🙂

  31. What great tips, that statistic makes my eye twitch a little! As a mom blogger it is hard to be unique! But we are all unique! I am going to be using some more brainstorming to come up with some new ideas! Thank you for the inspiration.

  32. What a great post! Right now I’m struggling with finding time because Work and studying is so demanding. Sometimes I think about stopping for a while but it’s my only outlet right now to break from work. I love the idea of writing for 10 minutes and the mind Mapping. I’m going to use those suggestions!

  33. Great ideas for finding ideas for blog posts. I’m a fan of the mindmap and just chasing an idea. Although usually I write based on something that’s happened to me or a feeling.

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