25 Blog Post Ideas and Stimulators to Get You Unstuck
One of the biggest challenges for bloggers is to come up with good and enough blog ideas to write about. Even if you know a lot about a topic, sometimes it can be a real struggle when it is time to sit in front of the computer and type. However, at the other times, you seem to have a lot of blog ideas when you don’t expect them.
If there is only one suggestion about getting good blog post ideas, it would be to jot your ideas down as they become available. Forming a habit of capturing ideas is proven to help bloggers unstuck.
Problem is, understanding the whole idea capturing is one thing. Actually putting it into practice is another. So, challenge yourself to get started or test it for at least a month. Do it consistently and it will become a habit.
With that said, these blog ideas are just generalities. You have to actually transform these ideas into specifics that you can use for your blog. For instance, “interviewing an expert” is an idea, but “interview A about how to ….” is something you can use and put into action. You understand what I mean.
The benefit is, you can reuse the same ideas repeatedly or perhaps cycle through those ideas so you have enough content varieties.
If nothing else, this list should be able to stimulate your mind and open the door to unlimited writing ideas and possibilities. Here are the 25 unique blog writing ideas:
1. Free flow – just write what you want
Just write the first thing that comes to your mind. If you have a few separate points, list them down and make each of them as subheads for the blog post.
If you have just 3 points and expound them into 3 paragraphs each, you have written a 9 paragraphs blog post. That is good enough if you deliver some valuable tidbits throughout the content.
2. Write a top 10 list
The sky is the limit when it comes to turning a topic to a top 10 list. If ten items create too long a post, divide them into two top-5 articles.
Top list article doesn’t have to be hierarchical, but it allows you to add value by picking the best items only.
Examples: top 10 free blog themes, top 7 rose gardening tips…
3. Come up with 3-5 informative points and elaborate
Pick something at random. It is better if they are related to each other. Elaborate those points and aggregate those paragraphs into one article.
People are often struggling to write long articles. By dividing an article into multiple chunks, each chunk becomes easier to handle.
If only you could write a few paragraphs about something, three of them make a worthy article.
Examples: 3 popular dog breeds, cat caught in action (list 3 funniest).
4. Find a problem and offer a solution
Readers are looking for a cure to their itch. Better still, you can offer something that is a remedy without having them to do the hard work. The idea is to come up with something practical, useful and as easy as possible. Uniqueness is a bonus.
The latter is important if you want to generate buzz and get your content passed around.
Examples: blogging and social media as an additional channel for content distribution, natural remedies to cure acne in 48 hours.
5. Show them how to do things (how to)
How to article is one of the most popular and well accepted formats to deliver information. This is much like the problem-solution article, but different mainly in its format.
You can easily re-purpose the problem-solution article into how to format by rearranging the flow and add details. It should be organized so the readers know what to do next, and the step after that, and so on.
Examples: how to setup your blog in 3 minutes, how to pick the right baby strollers.
6. Tell a story
You probably heard about “story sells” a few times but wonder what it means.
Story is able to engage your audience to keep reading what you write. Now you know why sales letter often starts with a story. It allows you as the writer to capture the readers attention immediately and most importantly, make them feel as being part of the story.
If your readers are able to relate to what you write, you are already on the right track to get what you want, i.e. invite them to subscribe to your RSS feed, take a look at your product, etc.
7. List pitfalls / mistakes
I bet you can list at least 10 pitfalls or mistakes people do in your industry that are either ineffective or dead wrong. Do them a favor. Write and reach out to them with this type of article so they know how to avoid those mistakes and most likely save their time.
Of course, as the result you are also known as an expert who cares about them and who knows what you are talking about.
Examples: 5 mistakes every social media marketer should avoid, 3 reasons why your parrot doesn’t talk.
8. Outline steps to accomplish something
This format is another variant of how to, but rather than just telling the readers and giving out information, you combine those points with a format that is known to work again and again.
No, scratch that. This method works wonder everywhere, including for social media where most surfers have short attention span.
Examples: The secret to start an online business during a weekend in 5 steps, how to build a garden your neighbors would envy in 11 easy steps.
9. Help your readers start something quickly
Nowadays, no one has time to read a book just to get started in anything. If you are able to help them save time, they will be all ears (and eyes). A quick start article can be in any format, like how to or step by step format.
If you offer unique ways, or if your guide is outstandingly easy to follow, this may as well be one of the most popular posts on your blog.
Examples: Quick start plan on how to start and making money from a blog, how to sell your house in a week – starting from scratch.
10. Debunk a myth (or a few of them)
Like pitfalls, myths are holding people back, so if you do the work of busting a myth or two, your readers will appreciate the truths that you reveal on your blog.
The thing that you’ll like about this article format is that, the readers will see you as someone who is in the know. After all, you should know or experience something before you are able to know the truth.
Demonstrate your expertise but make sure your analysis is accurate and reasonable.
Examples: 7 myths that keep people from making a fortune online, 3 biggest myths about arthritis and why they may slow your recovery down.
11. Compile a list of questions and answers
Presuming that you allow people to get back to you, either through blog comments, forums or contact form, you will get questions from your blog readers.
While I do the best to answer every personal email, oftentimes it is not possible to provide comprehensive details in one email. It is also important to know that if there is one person who asks a question, probably there are hundreds of others who share similar concern.
Take a few questions at a time and answer them in-depth. The readers will feel that pay attention and listen to them, which is key to building strong relationship.
12. Analyze the latest industry research or news
The best scenario is, of course, to do your own research and report it. What I mean by research, it doesn’t have to be expensive and complex scientific research. It may be as simple as setting up a poll on your blog or web site.
If that’s not for you, the next best alternative is to cover the result of a third-party research from your angle. If you are able to offer useful perspectives and valuable input, it can be an interesting read.
Examples: Internet penetration and what it means for your online business, pitbull’s attack increases – who’s to blame?
13. Summarize an event or news (as takeaways)
Insightful articles are enjoyable. However, not everyone has the time to read the whole thing. Nowadays, people have hundreds of RSS feeds and thousands of entries to go through every single day.
The same thing with events, hundreds of seminars, industry events, webinars are held every year. They can be overwhelming.
While you can’t help readers get benefits from the networking opportunities, at least you are able to hand them a few key points you’ve learned from those events or articles.
Examples: 3 biggest things I learned from such and such seminar, 3 strategies you should absolutely integrate into your business to succeed next year.
14. Provide a different angle of something
As an expert, you often have a different opinion or perspective of viewing something. If you notice an entry in your news reader (you’re tracking news and blogs through RSS readers, aren’t you?) that you can rebut or expound on, do it.
Bonus tip: Notify the blogger so he is aware of it, either though a trackback, comment, personal email or micro blogging platform.
15. Write a book / product review
Books and e-books are everywhere. Pick one of them that you read recently and review it. You may also compile a list of books that got you started in the topic you are blogging about.
Put a bit of creativity in it, and you will come with an interesting angle even for an idea as simple as a book review.
Examples: what I learned by reading Tribes, how Byron Katie’s the Work help me get unstuck in my marketing every time.
16. Interview an industry expert
Establish a win-win-win deal with an industry expert. Ask for their time in return of publicity on your blog. The readers also win by getting insights from other experts.
Interview is a unique but powerful content format. Not only because you don’t have to actually produce the content but the quality is tremendous. Interviewing is a skill though, but a very worth skill to master.
17. Make a comprehensive list
It can be anything, but list exceedingly long resources about a topic. The readers will be interested and stick to see what else you have to offer.
If you pay attention to social news and social bookmarking sites, list type articles are very popular. Mostly because they are resourceful, but also easy to read and scan. Moreover, they are worth bookmarking because they are resources.
Examples: 25 blog post ideas to get you unstuck (sounds familiar?), 50 graphic design tools for non-designers.
18. Highlight a case study
Your readers certainly can make use of a case study in your industry. Unlike interview content, you are not highlighting an expert, but average person just like most of the readers.
The benefit with this format is that the readers will be able to relate to the story better. They may take the advice as seriously, if not more, than if it comes out of an expert.
Case studies don’t have to be from your own clients. Just pick someone who has been there and done it recently, so the story about their success is still fresh in her mind.
19. Report your experiment
As part of your involvement in an industry, certainly you also work on various things that are useful for your business. Your readers will appreciate if you are able to share with them what you’ve discovered during the experiments.
People are often willing to pay for this content as premium, either because they are not able to do their own experiment, or because such information is also unique. If you are giving away high quality stuff for free, this is a potential hit.
Examples: A report on which content type works for social media and which doesn’t, the experimental techniques to keep roses blossom a week longer than average.
20. Create a tutorial
No matter how well you explain things to your audience, some of them will have a hard time understanding it unless you serve the content in tutorial format.
What’s unique about tutorial is because rather than just giving the information, you also take the readers through the step by step, until they finish.
Tutorial can be in different formats, but visual aids help, so add screenshots and video if possible.
Examples: Do it yourself WordPress installation, tutorial on how to build a pet house.
21. Run a poll and discuss it
Most of the time if I try to guess what the readers or customers want, I am wrong. If you already have access to a group of readers, you could do a poll about something you want to know that may help you in making a business decision.
To ensure the readers participate, offer to reveal the result and your take about it. That means offering an insight that may benefit the audience too.
22. Use your personal experience
The difference between a blog and a typical web site is that blogging is also personal. Instead of using it as a broadcasting medium, think about it as talking to a friend in a private conversation. (You want to hold back your secrets with blogging, obviously).
But still, if you are able to use your personal experience to relate to the readers, either through a story or as an example, the readers will find it interesting and they feel they know you better. This also establishes a bond, so they stick around longer and even promote your content.
23. Span multiple posts, if necessary
If a topic is too long to fit into one blog post, start an article series. Plan ahead about what you are going to cover and start writing.
By telling the readers that the article is part of an article series, they will pay attention just to catch the next article in the series. Certainly, you have to make them all interesting so the readers can’t wait to get the sequel.
Examples: 5-day business blogging quick start guide, how to potty train your dog in 3 days (explain thoroughly what you do each day).
24. Create multimedia content
Nowadays, consumers are in control. They only consume content that they are interested in, and in the format that they prefer.
If a reader spends a lot of time commuting, perhaps she will appreciate an audio podcast instead of reading blog posts. A visual learner prefers videos than everything else.
What if you only have one content format but not the other? Simple. You are losing readers.
The good news is, you can re-purpose your existing content and present it in interesting audio and video formats. A blog allows you to publish multimedia content just as easily.
25. Use other people’s content
YouTube has all sorts of videos that you can embed on your blog. However, be careful not to make those videos the only content for your blog, unless you are able to create an interesting video of the day or something (an angle that might work, by the way).
If you want to take it to the next level, provide an insight on the video and let the readers discuss it on your blog.
This is one of the quickest way to create new blog post.
After going through the list, I bet you should have a few more creative ideas on your mind, which is a good thing.
Remember this post doesn’t try to be the most complete content ideas available but it focuses on variations so you are able to expand further and come up with unique ideas of your own.
If you could pick only one new blog post idea for your blog, this article already does its job very well.
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