How To Use Your Everyday Thoughts To Create A Blog Post.
Have you ever had a great idea for a blog post, but when it came time to sit down and actually write it out, you couldn't seem to remember what that killer opening line was? Or maybe you've been stuck staring at a blank screen for minutes (or hours) trying to come up with something to say.
If this sounds familiar, don't worry—you're not alone. In fact, this is a pretty common issue faced by bloggers everywhere. But the good news is that there are some simple techniques you can use to get your creative juices flowing and come up with ideas for blog posts that are genuinely interesting and engaging.
In this post I am discussing my methods for blog content creation and why you will never run out of ideas again.
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Start By Brainstorming Content Creation Ideas, aka "Dumping Your Random Thoughts Down."
One of the best ways to come up with new ideas for your blog is to simply start thinking about the things that interest you on a daily basis that pertain to your blog. Whether it's something you read, saw, or experienced yourself, try to come up with a list of potential topics that you could write about. Not just the topic, but an actual headline you can envision. It's not going to be perfect just yet, but it's a rough idea of where to begin.
Think about what kinds of posts are most popular on your blog and try to come up with ideas that fit into those categories. For example, if you tend to write mostly listicles or opinion pieces, brainstorm a few ideas that would fit well into those formats. If you find that you're struggling to come up with new ideas, ask yourself what it is you want to say to your specific audience. What is it you want to help with or inform them about? Or maybe you just want to share a story with your followers. You can also try coming up with a list of prompts or questions that you could answer in a post.
Once you have a few solid ideas written down, it's time to organize! What you really don't want to do, which is often recommended, is read other blogs and reword or regurgitate what they've done. Why? Because what they do works for them and it's their content. You have original thoughts and we want to hear them.
Organizing Your Brainstormed Content Creation Ideas Into a File For Later Use
If you're anything like me, your mind is constantly racing with ideas. And if you're a blogger, you know that sometimes those ideas can make for some great blog posts. It's easy to get busy and forget what it was we wanted to write about.
So how do you get from having a great idea to actually remembering it later?
Here's my process:
1. Whenever I have a great idea for a blog post, I jot it down in a notebook that I keep handy for blogging ideas. I find it helpful to keep all of my ideas in one place so that I can easily reference them later.
2. I also have a spreadsheet for my blog posts. Once a week, I sit down and think randomly of all the blog ideas I can get in one go. Those ideas, no matter how random, get typed out and ready for later reference.
3. If you are like me, waking in the middle of the night and coming up with absolutely genius thoughts. Start keeping a pen and paper or your phone close by to record those brainy ideas.
How to Narrow Down Your Rough Ideas for Content Creation.
It's time to start narrowing down your blog post ideas. What are some specific angles you could take on each of these topics? For example, if you're interested in fashion, you could write about your personal style, trends, or new designers. If you're interested in food, you could write about healthy eating, cooking tips, or food culture. You can also lump some ideas together under a broader heading. Better still, you can do both, creating two or more blog posts from the same idea and saving yourself some time.
Once you've settled on a few potential topics that spark your creative juices, it's time to start thinking about what kind of content you want to create. Do you want to write informative articles? Creating entertaining videos Share a list such as recipes? Take smashing photos and discuss it. The sky is the limit!
How to Write From Your Narrowed Down Content Creation Ideas
Sit yourself down. In a quiet place or with your favorite music playing if you don't find it a distraction. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and open your blog writing program. If the writing isn't flowing right away, don't panic. You can use your content idea to come up with several points you want to include. Write them down and then expand on them. No one said you had to sit down and write an entire blog post in one smooth start-to-finish process.
Why Should You Brainstorm Content Creation Often?
Things change in all these niches. Even food niches see changes over time, from the tools used to the methods employed to how things are plated and presented. If you work solely from a list of 100 ideas you wrote out a year ago, you may be missing valuable trending topics that can attract more readers. You want to stay current as much as you want to have things to write about.
So take the time to write your daily ideas down, and it doesn't matter if they are silly or small, you can always toss them aside or lump them into a larger topic later. The point is that you won't miss those rare gems that pop into your mind. If you do this method of recording your daily thoughts, you will NEVER run out of ideas because, as a blogger, you are staying on top of your niche and learning more about it as you go along.
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