The issue of inspiration, fighting writer’s block, getting ideas for new posts and articles, and generally being able to write new posts on a consistent basis is one of the main challenges of blogging.
Essentially, as bloggers we have only one job (well, we have a lot of jobs, but one of them is the most important), and that is writing. So when you find yourself staring at a blank screen for half an hour this can be really discouraging and intimidating.
What to do to get over this state of things? The following is my list of 4 not so popular sources of inspiration.
I’m sure you’re fairly familiar with the idea of looking for inspiration within your own niche, not that there’s anything bad about it. You can get plenty of new post ideas by looking at what your competitors and partners are doing.
However, sometimes you can stumble upon something really unique if you do a little broader research. Many ideas/angles/approaches that bloggers take in other niches can work in yours as well.
For instance, people have been publishing “weight loss reports” for years now in the weight loss niche. Quite surprisingly, the practice has become very successful for “make money” bloggers too. All kinds of “income reports” are extremely popular in the make money niche because people are simply curious about how others are doing, just like they’re curious about someone’s weight loss progress.
This is just an example, but it shows how you can take a given idea from one niche, and use it in another one.
MyBlogGuest is a community of guest bloggers and blog owners. The main benefit of the site is that you can either: (1) go there to find relevant articles you can post on your blogs (you get the articles for free), and (2) sign up and start guest posting for SEO or brand building purposes.
There’s another way you can use the site, and that is to get inspiration.
What’s great about MyBlogGuest is that it’s always up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. So whenever something significant happens, you will find a range of guest posts talking about the issue. You can use this observation to publish something yourself.
Additionally, you can simply look at the various headlines people are using. This alone should give you great inspiration, regardless of the niche you’re in.
For those of you who don’t know … Delicious is not dead yet. In fact, I find it one of the most reliable sources of inspiration.
From a standard user’s point of view, Delicious is a basic online bookmarking site. This is true, but the site has some additional things to offer once you learn to use it the right way. First of all, Delicious is a great search engine. A kind of search engine that provides almost exclusively quality results.
The whole trick is that the only pages that get included are ones bookmarked by other people. And people simply don’t bookmark low-quality sites. Every result displayed comes along with a number of bookmarks it has received.
The only thing you have to do is pick a seed keyword and do a quick search to get some inspiration for your new blog posts.
Yahoo! Answers can help your blog in a number of ways. For instance, you can use it as a place to build your brand by responding to interesting questions and providing good insights. The other way is to use YA as a place to find out what the current interests and needs of people in your niche are.
All you have to do is browse one of many categories at YA and find out what people want to know right now. There’s truly no other better way of keeping your finger on the pulse and being able to respond to an actual need in the marketplace.
Guess what, your friends are quite intelligent people. That’s one of the reasons why they’re your friends, right?
The trick here is to pay attention to what they are doing and saying. You won’t get anything “direct” that way, but if you read between the lines, you can get some great post ideas.
For instance, maybe one of your friends has recently gone through a career change, and they did something interesting along the way that helped them thrive. Take it, add your own spin, and publish an article about it if it’s something relevant to your niche.
Even though this is just an example, I’m sure you can see the potential here. Friends usually talk about a lot of things, so there’s always something you can use if you just pay attention.
What’s Kanye West been up to lately? Do you even care? Should you care?
To be honest, my goal is not to throw any names here, so I’m actually talking about every mainstream artist in general.
The fact is that such people have a lot of things going on in their lives. For instance, mainstream artists have a team of people designing their marketing campaigns, content release campaigns (music, other works), social media, and virtually everything else.
By paying attention to this whole carefully directed process, you can get a lot of inspiration for yourself. Over the years, paying attention to what other successful people are doing has always been a great source of inspiration.
The idea here is that mainstream artists are mainstream for a reason. If you want to become anything close to successful, you really should try mimicking them.
Before I finish this post let’s get one thing out of the way… I’m sure you’re familiar with some of the more popular sources of inspiration for bloggers. For instance, you’re most likely a reader of ProBlogger or DailyBlogTips, or some other “blogs about blogging.”
I really think that all of these places are great for finding new post ideas and building up your bank of headlines (the things you want to write about). However, every once in a while it’s good to introduce some out of the box thinking, and this is why I’ve created this post.
I encourage you to explore all of the possibilities listed above, and to discover your own as well. And when you do this, don’t forget to come back and shoot me a comment. I want to get some inspiration too!
About the author: Karol K. is a freelance writer and blogger. He’s passionate about different ways one can improve their blogging skills. Feel free to visit him at YoungPrePro to learn what is guest blogging and how to use it to grow your blog.