If you’re like most people who start a blog, you initially have a bit of writer’s block. Good news- it will likely go away, and you’ll find yourself thinking of new things to blog about frequently. In fact blogging becomes quite addictive after a while. This was certainly true of me. When I started Flip Flop Bytes, I would often struggle with finding topics to post about. Now, I have the problem of not having enough time to post on all the things I want to write about.. So If you are going through that writer’s block right now , Here are a few tips to get you through that bad phase in no time.
Get inspiration from other blogs in your niche
If you have a blog about dog training , then you might want to have a look at other dog training blogs on a daily basis and see what are they currently writing about. It’s a good way to keep up todate of what’s going on in the collective consciousness of people. Just do a Google search for blog + topics of choice, and you’ll come up with plenty.Keeping up with other blogs in your niche means that you can link to their posts (and you should always link to a blog that inspires your own post!) and add your own take on the subject.
Look at trade magazines and newspapers in your niche
Magazines and newspapers are a great place to look for inspiration…the articles are mostly short, pithy, “quick fix” and solution oriented (similar to blog posts). They also change to reflect what’s going on in the world and with your target market. Keeping up with the news is also a good idea…you can find news feeds to add to your RSS reader too. When something is happening in the world that impacts your target market, blog it.
Create an Article Plan
Though this might eat up a good amount of time when you work to create it , an article plan will come handy when you are really confused of what to write about next. An article plan helps you look back at what you have already written in a particular topic and what else you can write now to add more value to that topic.
Create a Covering Post
If you have already written a bit of content on one particular topic in your blog. May be its time you come up with a covering post which basically consolidate all this information in one place with links pointing to each individual posts.It also helps you with improving internal linking.
Review products that you’ve tried and books you’ve read that relate to your niche. Anything that would help your blog readers make a decision (and we all need that help in a world with too many choices!) is a good thing.
Involve Your Visitors
Your RSS subscribers and blog readers can be marketing partners and content generators for you! How? When they email you with a question, ask their permission to post it (along with the answer) on your blog. Another way of involving them will be to ask them what they would like to read next. Use websites like Survey Monkey or Poll Daddy to setup a free poll in your blog.
So that’s about it from my end now. May you soon find yourself in the predicament of so many blog posts, so little time!