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 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.
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.
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.