Blogging Tips: Generating an Endless Flow of Ideas to Blog About


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Blogging, if you’re not careful can turn from something exciting and fun that you look forward to with great anticipation, to feeling like an albatross around your neck. If you hit a slump where you feel bogged down, or heaven forbid, get struck with writer’s block, your blog will suffer for it.

The thing to keep in mind is that ideas are everywhere! They are in the air, on TV, at the grocery store, on the playground at the florist–everywhere. You might have a conversation with a good friend that takes an unexpected turn. You could get lost in an unfamiliar part of town, or you could be facing a new crisis in your life which moves you into previously unexplored territory in your life. Every moment of your life is bursting with inspiration and ideas for things to write about. What you must do is get into the habit of being tuned in, open to receiving it, ready to capture it and use it.

I’ve fallen woefully behind in the #31DBBB challenge with the SITs girls, but I’ve not abandoned it. One of Darren’s assignments is to come up with 10 blog post ideas. He has you do that by brainstorming and mind mapping ideas and extending them as far as you can take them. I’ve done that with this post. Last week, I had a very popular post, Blogging Tips: 7 Strategies for Keeping Up with Posting Consistently. In this post I am extending the idea of creating mechanisms for making consistent posting easier by establishing productive habits to making idea generation a regular habit so that you keep the funnel full and keep writer’s block and frustration at bay.

Remember that you started your blog because you had something to say, and you were bodacious enough to believe that other people would care enough about what you had to say to visit your blog and read what you’ve written. Your ideas are golden and when you share them with the world other people get to benefit from them. I always ask aspiring writers to name their favorite book–one that has changed their lives and that they’d read again and again. Then I ask then to think about how it would be if that author had not believed in themselves enough to put pen to paper and write that book? What if they gave in to the thought that said, “Who’s going to read your writing anyway?”

So, let’s take a look at some tips for generating ideas for what to blog about:

For most of these tips you’ll need your writer’s notebook. Keep it handy.

  • Get out of the house and explore outside of your normal orbit.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery
  • Visit a different branch in your city’s library system in a neighborhood you’ve never been to.
  • Pick up some magazines on topics you don’t usually read and discover something new.
  • Read magazines in your niche.
  • Make an appointment to visit an expert in your niche in person, or arrange a telephone call or request an email interview.
  • Read widely on a variety of topics
  • Visit a church of a denomination you’ve never heard of, or a house of worship of a different faith.
  • Visit your local chamber of commerce
  • Visit your local college or university and find a lecture that you can sit in on. Take good notes.
  • Interview a child
  • Interview a senior citizen
  • Do an online search for “ideas on what to blog about”

I could go on and on here, but the purpose is to show you that ideas are everywhere. You’ve got to get into the mode of being open to receiving them. Regular readers of my blog will forgive me for using this quote again, but it’s one of my favorites about keeping yourself open to the flow of creativity that seeks expression through you:

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. . .”

I urge you to seize your opportunity to express yourself and to contribute to the lives of others because that is what you are doing as a blogger. You are channeling that vital life force and translating how you see the world on to the printed page or the shimmering pixels. Keep the channel open and keep those blogging ideas flowing.

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