4 Surefire Ways Never to Run Out of Blog Topics

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Blog post ideas you will never run out of

There are surefire ways to never run out of blog topics.

Are you a blogger or a writer?  Are you building an online community of readers who rely on you for information?

In a recent blog post I recommended writing more than once a week.  Are you ever worried you will run out of ideas?  Today, your metaphorical cup may be running over with ideas to help empower your readers.  Are you ever worried your well will dry up?

This post seeks to explain why you don’t need to worry ever again.

Postpone Answering Readers’ Questions

What?!  Gasp!  And we thought Janice was the nice sort of blogger!   Wait before you click the unsubscribe button!  I did not say never answer their questions.  That would indeed be rude and actually biting the hand that feeds you so to speak. I said postpone answering them.

You should definitely answer your readers’ questions.  Be flattered they consider you such an authority that they ask you for tips.  However, do not answer their questions in the comment box.  Answer their questions in a brand new blog post.

I never intended to write on this topic of how to have an infinite supply of blog post ideas.  I figured it had been done and overdone.

However, when  I published 8 People Who Should Not Be Blogging, I explained that one of the eight was the type of blogger who only blogs once a week which isn’t enough if you want to grow your blog and stay in the minds of your readers.

One of my readers asked me how to find the ability to write more often than that.  He explained writing once a week suits him, but he is unable to find topics more frequently.

There is your first tip for having an unlimited supply of topic ideas.  Answer your readers’ questions in entire blog posts, just like the post you are reading right now.

This is not the first time I have postponed answering a reader’s question.  When I tell my readers that I am so inspired by their question that I want to write an entire blog post about it, they are thrilled.  After I publish it, I then go back into the comment section of the original post and send them the link.  Several have actually become my followers after receiving it.

Rationale: If one blogger wants to know the answer and asks you, the odds are many bloggers are wondering the same thing, but they aren’t asking.

It’s win-win-win.  Many readers get information, you get a new blog post idea, and the reader who asked the question ends up feeling very special.

Not every question will lend itself to an entire blog post, but I write it instead of answering the question in the comment section when I can.

Research

Research on Pinterest.  It is genuinely fun to use, and pinners have a

wealth of ideas to share with readers of every genre.

Research using search engines.  For example, you could go into Google, and type top (name your niche) blogs.  You’ll discover the best blogs in your niche, get plenty of great ideas, and you’ll be able to network with a successful blogger.

Offer Tips

Blogs providing tips are traditional blog offerings.  However, there is nothing wrong with the tried and true.

Think of the flip side of each coin you offer.  If you write posts telling what your readers should do, you could milk those ideas by writing posts about what your readers should not do.

Learning from others’ mistakes is helpful.  Don’t hesitate to share the lessons you’ve learned that can pave the way for others.

Reviews

I offered a Hootsuite Tutorial and a Canva Tutorial recently.  I wrote

Writers have plenty of topic choices.

Bloggers need never fear running out of blog topics

such praise for each, they might as well have been reviews.  Although I didn’t hear back, I actually sent my Hootsuite Tutorial to the developers, so they could read how highly I thought of their product.

Are you a fan of another blog in your niche?  Review it for your readers, so they can make their blogs successful like the blog you admire.

My blog was actually reviewed.  I didn’t find out until afterward.  I was so flattered!  The reader said that my advice had helped him, and he wanted to return the favor, so he chose my blog to review.

By using these tips, you will avoid pressure to think of topic ideas.  You will also be less likely to succumb to blogger burnout, and your well of ideas really will be running over.

Readers, if you think other writers can use these tips to make sure their cup of ideas keeps running over, please share.

What inspires you to write?  I’m sure many of you have been blogging longer than I have.  What has helped you think of blog topics over time?  It could help others, like my reader who inspired this post, to know.  I look forward to your views.

 

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  1. Very true! Luckily, the world is made up of an infinite supply of questions.

    • Hi Bella,
      I thought of you when I wrote this. It’s about writing, and you are a writer. Therefore, it doesn’t just relate to blogging. What’s happening with our characters? We need to catch up! We missed you at the last ladies night. Hope all is well.
      Janice

  2. I love these tips! Thank you, I’m going to start doing them (especially answering questions in a new post!).

    • Hey!
      I saw you over at Facebook, I believe, this morning or recently.
      Thank you for the compliment. My husband was afraid I’d put people off by advising them to avoid answering their readers’ comments. Thanks for being open-minded and appreciating the tip.

  3. These are great ideas. Going to implement some of them. Stopped by from Home Matters

  4. Hi Janice! Great post. I think that is an excellent idea to save a reply to a comment for an actual post! Lightbulb moment! That has occurred to me many times when I have commented. I also have received blogworthy comments, they should have done the same thing! I get inspired by photos I have taken. I have over 2000 photos just in my dropbox and in fact, this morning’s post of Spring Garden was inspired by a photo I ran across. I will have to PM you about my experience with my Pinterest business account.

  5. This is very helpful, thanks!! I find it helpful to jot down ideas too as they come to me for blog posts. That way I have a go-to list to draw from 🙂 I found new ideas here!

  6. I really love your tips. It is hard to keep the topics coming but putting a little time into it helps. Thanks for sharing! #HomeMattersParty

  7. Great advice. Thank you x

  8. This was really useful. Thank you. I’m too scared to read your 8 bloggers who shouldn’t be blogging post in case I recognise myself in there!

    • Hi, and Thanks,
      You sound nice and funny.
      I’m afraid my personality got the best of me with the 8 Bloggers Who Shouldn’t Be Blogging. I once heard, if you find the joy, the humor comes out of you, and I’m afraid my “joke” kind of fell flat. Oh well. I really meant blogger types, anyway. I regretted the whole thing; however, it received so much traffic! My husband thought the whole thing worked out for the best. As a result, my March stats are way up. Go figure!
      Nice meeting you.
      Janice

  9. If you are in the class where are your photos to critique?

    • Hi no wonder nobody is critiquing my photos. I have been asking for feedback & posting the links to the posts that contain the photos in the Commons. Where am I supposed to put them? I also tag those posts Photo101. What should I be doing? Please advise. Thanks!
      Janice

      • I’m not seeing the photos, either. I followed this link from Photography 101, but I’m not seeing your photos.

      • I think that’s what’s confusing people. You’re making them as “featured images” but not mentioning them – and with the text, no one’s seeing “photo”! Sorry!

        I like the fire pit – the interplay of light and shadow. It seems a little dark – though that’s great for adding the text the way you have. I think the highlights (the flames) got a little washed out – there could be more detail in there. But it’s tough to get those night shots looking straight into a light source, and I’m no pro – I don’t have any helpful advice to offer.

        That said, as a writer, I’d try to use it to best advantage – how would you tie in the image with the blog post title and content? I’m seeing sticks and kindling and thinking “fuel for ideas” or “ideas burning brightly” – think you could modify the title to match and pull it all together?

      • Helps to wake up. “Sure fire…” Why I wasn’t SEEING that yesterday when I commented, I don’t know… my problem, not yours! LOL

        • Hi Holly,
          1. You are a gem.
          2. Thank you so much for trying to help me out last weekend.
          3. Thank you so much for the follow! I look forward to getting to know you better.
          4. Off topic, I don’t know if I will pursue our class. I think I thought I could save time by using my photos, that met the assignment description that I already had in my posts. However, all that did was confuse everybody. I’ll see how the rest of the class plays out. I should have a less busy rest of March, but that is what occurred to me. So, I’m glad I’ll get to see you here if I don’t pursue it any further or much at all.
          Janice

          • I think your idea was a good one. I think most of us were thinking “photography class” more than how to use our photo archives more effectively in blogging. But the irony there is that using my photos more effectively in blogging was part of the point, for me, too. I was just suffering a dearth of coffee, first time I looked at yours.

            If you look at the number of people taking those classes, and the number of people actively participating in them, and then try to figure of the number actively posting how many are making the rounds at all, let alone trying to visit everyone else – it’s no wonder it’s hard to get feedback.

            Are you participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April? I think you might get more out of that, if you do. It’s very well organized, with a small army of people who TRY very hard to make sure, during the month, that no one feels neglected. It’s also a bit more free-form.

            Another event you might look into (Google it, if you don’t already know it) is the Ultimate Blogging Challenge. Very freeform, but if you’re in the Facebook group, there’s a daily comment thread – and you may post your links daily, but if you post in the comment thread, you must also visit AT LEAST the two blog posts above yours and comment on them, as well. I think that makes it a bit more engaging.

          • Hi Holly,
            While I did get traffic from the Facebook Ultrablog group, it was only two page views (the people under me) with each post. It was very time consuming going into the posts above me, and I felt it didn’t warrant the two views I got as a result. Those people never returned to my site, so there were no long term effects. I’ve been reading about ROI, return on time invested, so I guess that stayed in my head that I wasn’t getting a return on time invested. I hope that doesn’t make me sound like a snob or an elitist or anything.
            However, I am definitely interested in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge you wrote about. Is it through WordPress? Is there a link I could see? Is it like Facebook’s Ultrablog where you have to go in every day? I don’t always have time to go in daily. If it’s through Facebook, I think it’s a daily commitment which I can’t make. Otherwise, can you send me the link? Thanks so much.
            Janice

          • It’s open to all bloggers. When you join via the Link code, you have the option (it’s not required, but it can be helpful in finding like-minded bloggers to visit) of entering a code after your blog’s title to indicate what category it belongs in.

            I posted more info and links here: http://jahangiri.us/2013/blogging-from-a-to-z-april-2015-challenge/

            You may notice that a lot of bloggers are regular, annual participants – I think that speaks well of the event overall. It’s well organized, and the hosts put a lot of effort into making sure that participants get visitors and make some new blogging friends. The daily blogging is always good for the health of your blog. I generally try to visit 5-10 blogs that look interesting to me each day, and more if I pick up a favorite or two along the way.

            People tend to stick around when there’s conversation back and forth, you know? I’m much more likely to return when someone’s left comments on my blog (it helps that each comment has a CommentLuv link below it!) – it’s not even a reciprocal thing, in my case, it’s just that I love comments and they make it easy for me to find my way back to the other person’s blog, too! There’s just so much new and shiny STUFF out there, all clamoring for attention – the first to get it is going to be the ones I see when I’m checking comments and email. 🙂

  10. Another great way to get blog post ideas is to go to Yahoo answers and look for questions in your niche. Respond to their questions by a a blog post.

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

    • Hi Brandi. When you answer their questions, do you send them the link? I hear that’s considered “spammy” and therefore unacceptable.
      Janice

  11. Another fab post! You are just full of brilliant blogging advice. Thanks for linking up with #twinklytuesday

    • Hi Lisa,
      I went into the group board yesterday. I feel like I’m in the “in group”. Thanks for making me feel so welcome with the Twinkly Tuesday crowd and for the kind words about my post.
      Janice

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