Four Ways to Come Up With Blog Post Ideas

As a blogger, you’re constantly on the lookout for potential blog post ideas. You never want to find yourself sitting at your laptop one evening, staring at the blinking cursor, worriedly racking your brain for a blog post idea. Well, in case you ever find yourself in that situation, here are a few creative ways to come up with blog post ideas.

Revisit your archives. Check your blog’s archives to see what you’ve already blogged about. Chances are there are some blog posts scattered throughout that you can either expound upon or dust off and touch up with new information. In fact, this post serves as the perfect example of how this can be done. When I sat down to write a post for this week, I had no idea what to write. So, I checked Brown Girl Bloggers’ archives and realized that Candice had already written a post on how to come up with blog post ideas. After reading the post, I also noticed her list wasn’t totally exhaustive, so I came up with a way to expound on that post.

Ask your family and friends. If you’re a blogger, more than likely there’s someone you know who has a question or concern that can be addressed in a blog post. For example, if you hear your cousin constantly complaining that she can never find the right shade of red lipstick, write a blog post on how to find the perfect red lipstick if you’re a beauty blogger. Or, if you’re a food blogger and you have a friend who wants to start cooking more, you could write a blog post on how to make cooking at home an easy process. The best thing about this idea is that once you’ve written the post, you can email it to your family member or friend, tell him/her that they inspired the post, and more than likely, they’ll pass it along via email or on social media. Win, win!

Write a dissenting opinion. Not all bloggers agree on everything. So, if you ever read a blog post and fundamentally disagree with what the blogger has written, write a blog post discussing your opinion on the matter. A great example of how to do this is Tyece’s post, “Don’t Compare, Collaborate: Tips to Avoid Comparison as a Blogger” to which Liv Love later responded to in this post: “How to Compare Yourself to Other Bloggers.” While both writers addressed the same issue, they did so in different ways. And remember — you do not have to take a mean or nasty tone when you’re writing a post that dissents from another blogger’s opinion. Just state why you disagree with his/her point of view and then spend the rest of the post discussing your opinion on the issue.

Tweak a tag. There’s no shortage of tags going around on YouTube. If you ever find yourself fresh out of blog post ideas, head over to YouTube, search for recent tag videos, and find one that you can recreate in blog post format. For instance, you could take “The Boyfriend Tag” and change it to “The Best Friend Tag” or “The Best Blogger Friend Tag.” Just tweak the wording of the questions so that they make sense for your blog and answer them in a blog post.

P.S. Candice has written about this topic quite a bit. Read: How to Consistently Come Up With Blog Post Ideas, 6 Ways to Get Post (or Business) Ideas Flowing, and 15 Blog Post Ideas For Days When You Can’t Think.

Tell us: How do you come up with blog post ideas? Any tips or tricks to share with us? Leave a comment below.

Author: Drea Hall

Drea is a Chicago-based freelance writer and lifestyle blogger at The Drea Daily. She’s obsessed with coffee, books and blogs, handbags, and lipstick. When she’s not blogging, you can likely catch her tweeting about something on Twitter @DreaEHall.

  • That’s how I run my lifestyle blog: almost anything can be flipped into a post. I try to not be all over the place with my content so I plan it in advance and stick to a few topics (eg: beauty, style, food, etc). Thanks for sharing, Bobbie.

  • Bobbie

    Up until recently, I had a hard time finding ideas for posts. I come up with ideas based on what’s going on in my life at the time, my favorite things etc…..almost anything can become a blog post….a convo with someone, a trip to the mall etc….I also carry a journal to jot down posts or use my smart phone so I won’t forget ideas.

  • Oooh, I’m drawn to the idea of having weekly brainstorm sessions – smart one! Thanks for reading + sharing, Chonce.

  • Chonce Maddox

    Great creative ideas! For the most part I believe I have a lot to say and I really hope I never run out of fresh blog topics but when you are a niche blogger it’s definitely a possibility over time. I try to brainstorm topics once a week and enter them into a spreadsheet so I don’t forget. I also carry around a planner in my purse and just use my daily encounters as motivation for blog posts. If something happens to me or someone I know or if I see something, my mind almost automatically translates the experience into a blog topic.

  • Been there before. You leave your blog for a few days/weeks and then wonder what’s the best way to make a comeback. I think the YouTube tag is a good way to let your readers get to know you. Good luck and thanks for reading!

  • thebayarean

    This is exactly the stage I am in with my blog right now! After taking a hiatus, it became difficult to get back into the flow of things. I really like the Youtube idea, which I’ve never heard of before. I’m off to try that now. Thanks :)