How To Constantly Come Up With Interesting New Topics To Blog About

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When writing a blog, one must regularly come up with interesting topics that will keep the readers focused and wanting more. However, constantly keeping up with the demands for new ideas is a challenge to every blog owners.

When you’ve been writing for so long, you tend to write about the same things repeatedly without even noticing it. Your topics become irrelevant to your niche, and you’ll eventually find them monotonous with less thought-provoking concepts. Though you know you need to come up with something new and exciting each and every time to maintain your blog’s readers , it’s very frustrating to begin writing when you do not have any good topic in mind.

Finding topics to write about that readers will be very interested in can be a difficult process, so listed below are a few great ways to help you keep up.

Look To Others for Inspiration

* Read your competitors.
– The next time you are drawing a blank with your next blog topic, surf the Internet for what others in your niche are writing about. It does not mean you are stealing ideas from others, but use the topics to develop an idea and get inspired.

* Get a critique.
– Any writer can find criticisms to be the building blocks of a good blog. Have a mentor to teach you the ropes, and learn from them as they point out what makes your blog good or bad.

* Do an interview.
– A simple and quick Q&A will bring some new ideas to the table worth tacking on. Take note not only of the answers , but also the questions that you want to ask, because it may be in itself a great topic to write about.

* Have a deliberation.

– Sometimes conflict can bring about new topics you can write about. It is good to have someone who is strong with their opinions and will argue with you over it.

* Make use of a popular post.

– Capitalize on an established blogger’s thoughts by posting your reaction to their latest blog topic. You will not only have something to write about, but also attract some traffic to your own blog.

* Read comments.

– Reply to those comments directed to you. Whenever you can, look at other blog’s comments and see what other readers have to say. Write down their views and questions.

* Have a guest blogger.

– Sometimes, having someone write a post for you takes the pressure off and gives you time to recuperate from all the thought-process you’ve been doing. A different perspective is also refreshing.

* Ask for ideas.

– Let your online social connections do the work for you. Ask for ideas on facebook, twitter, and so on; most likely, a lot of people will oblige.

Use Other Sources As Reference

* Try a new medium.
– Don’t limit yourself to reading blogs. Watch Youtube videos or TV shows, listen to podcasts or radio broadcasts.

* Read gossip or news websites.

– More than looking for topics to write about, you are updating yourself with trending stories that matter to people. Read the headlines and collect interesting links for future reference.

* Scan newspapers and magazine stories.

– Know how news affects the lives of your readers and talk about it. Your audience will come to rely on you to address their concerns basing on the current news.

* Ask yourself questions.

– The questions in your head when reading about various topics on different sources can be a source of ideas. If there was something missing, or a subject that has not been dealt with, write about it.

* Read small publications.

– If you have a niche blog, check relevant brochures, booklets and other writer’s columns in local papers or business weeklies. These are usually not read by most people; you can develop the topics or recycle them.

Think Outside The Box

* Mine your hobbies.
– This will allow your readers to learn more about you and your interests, and gives them a personal opinion on your topic.

* Talk about your experiences.

– People love to hear about real stories on how others overcome struggles , adventures, and truthful narration of what you learn from your experiences.

* Change your ambience.

– Sometimes our environment can be stifling. Change your view so you can get inspired. Go to the park, a museum, or even your own backyard garden. Leave your usual writing area to have a picnic on your lawn. Bring something with you to jot down your ideas as they come to you naturally.

* Take a vacation.

– Even if it’s just a day off or a two-week getaway, you’re bound for a fresh start the next time you tackle your blog. If you can’t afford taking time off, a few minutes to relax, like taking a nice bath or a long walk, will stimulate your mind and release your creativity.

* Create a poll.
– This will let you know what your readers would like to read about. You will also be able to determine what topics matter to them.

* Hold a contest.
– Encourage your readers to share their insights and reward them for it. You can persuade them to create topics and the best idea wins. This will also give you lots of options to choose from those non-winning entries.

* Keep a journal.

Just as doodling inspire art, forget about the technicalities of writing for a moment and just let your mind flow as you write. When you don’t edit things as you go on with your thoughts, you focus on just the ideas that expand exponentially as you write.

* Do reviews.

– Who doesn’t want to be told if something they want is not really worth having? Do product reviews , movie reviews, or anything that will allow you to critique.

* Attend events.

– Whether it is a local community or industry networking event, chat up people and spread the word about your blog. Ask them if there is any topic they would particularly be interested in. Go out of your usual group and expose yourself to a wide array of minds.

* Take deadlines as a challenge.
– When you have a deadline, it forces you to get things moving no matter what. So if you need to find a post idea in the next hour, you tend to have instant courage to go out of your usual habits, chat people up, and squeeze ideas from everything around you.

* Create a regular feature.
– When you have a particular topic that you need to cover for a certain day every week, you won’t fret too much because you know you at least have on day covered. It also helps your readers as they expect a particular subject to be tacked on a regular basis.

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  • Peter Lawlor May 8, 2011, 1:33 pm

    This is one of the best list of methods to come up with blogging ideas. My blog caters to specific audiences (I have different portals where I blog on different topics) and sometimes I’m concerned about veering far off my usual topics. However, I think I should dump this fear and try different types of blog posts to mix it up and to remain inspired in my niches.

    The blog feature idea is a good one. I don’t do this, but I think I’ll look into it. It adds consistency to a blog and I’ve read blogs that do this and it’s kind of cool because you know on X day a certain type of post will be published.

    • Andre May 9, 2011, 1:05 am

      Hey Peter, you should absolutely try out blog feature. It’s not right for everyone but if it does, it is also a great way to engage with other blog owners and spark that relationship.

  • Delena Silverfox May 8, 2011, 7:33 pm

    Hi Ally!

    This is a really fantastic list! There are quite a few items here I hadn’t thought of, but I like the ideas they’ve already started to spark. I might have to print this post and tack it to my wall beside my desk. =)

    When it comes to getting a blog audit, Ana over at TrafficGenerationCafe.com is really super-duper awesome about it. She really digs in deep, looks at every aspect, and everyone loves reading her audits because they learn right along with the blog owner!

    Delena

    • Andre May 9, 2011, 1:11 am

      Thanks for referring me to that site Delena! I’ll definitely go there to check it out!

    • Ally T May 11, 2011, 11:29 pm

      Hi Delena!

      Thanks for the kind words. 🙂 It’s great to know how this piece allowed you to pick up tips you haven’t came across before.

      Cheers,
      Ally

  • Joshua May 8, 2011, 10:52 pm

    I loved the title of this article. But to tell you the truth, no matter how many sources of inspiration you come up with, at some point in your life, you will run out of ideas and hit a sort of writer’s block. You can’t help it. It’s those days when you find inspiration sources but can’t really use them that piss you off the most. It’s like you know you could be writing something great off of that, as you have done countless times before, but this one time you simply can’t. Your mind is fatigued.

  • Techabouts May 9, 2011, 12:38 am

    This one is in my Top 10 list of best guest post on WTR

    • Ally T May 11, 2011, 11:33 pm

      Hi there!

      That’s so nice of you. ^^

      Thanks!
      Ally

  • Andre May 9, 2011, 1:13 am

    Hey Joshua, that’s when I wouldn’t write it myself and get a guest blogger to do it. Or create a poll.

  • MS Dhoni May 9, 2011, 2:06 am

    Writers block is nothing less than a nightmare for a blogger… I know a few bloggers and one of them told me that he suffered from it for weeks… then he decided to take a vacation and went to Singapore… I wish I saw this post earlier so that I could have shown him what options he has..

    • Andre May 11, 2011, 11:10 pm

      Hi MS,

      I know that’s true for me too. What I do is I try to read as much as I can so my mind is continuously stimulated with new ideas.

  • Jasmine May 10, 2011, 2:15 am

    Hi Ally, you are sharing some really good tips here! I am sure by following your tips, I will have interesting new topics to blog about for a very long time!

    • Andre May 11, 2011, 11:12 pm

      Glad you find Ally’s tips useful! She’s my relationship manager, by the way. 😀

      • Ally T May 11, 2011, 11:46 pm

        Before I forget, Andre is my boss, by the way. He’s really awesome!

        Thanks for dropping by, Andre!:D

    • Ally T May 11, 2011, 11:43 pm

      Hi Jasmine!

      Your comments are much appreciated. I do hope you find these tips innovative enough .

      Good luck! 🙂

  • Felicia @ No Deposit Poker May 11, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Hi Ally,

    These tips you’ve provided are all really helpful and it sparks up some interest in trying out new things in order to get ideas for a new blog post. I’ve never done a regular feature before. Great ideas you have shared with us here.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Ally T May 11, 2011, 11:51 pm

    Hi Felicia!

    Creating a regular feature is one technique to keep your readers engaged. Just try it. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Ally

  • Michael May 12, 2011, 11:48 am

    Hey Ally –

    Those are some fantastic tips. I definitely use a bunch of those methods and will try some of the new ones you suggested.

    Thanks for the useful information!

  • exsuit May 15, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Good post, I have seen some blog recently have added a plugin that ask readers what they would like to know about. I imagine if you have decent traffic you would get a long list of ideas and start to see some trends in what users are looking for on your blog.

  • Johanna @ GIJoh.com May 16, 2011, 5:52 am

    Hi Ally,
    The tips you stated are all clever ideas! I haven’t done everything you’ve stated here so far – do polls really work? I guess I’ll look into that.
    Oh, I scan newspapers and other printed media to find ideas for a blog post. Even if it is quite time consuming, I enjoy reading printed articles for a change. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  • donna sheridan May 17, 2011, 1:37 am

    gathering tips and ideas are important in writing a topic…these tips you’ve provided are all really helpful and it sparks up some interest.thanks for useful information!

  • Marcus@Laser printer reviews May 19, 2011, 10:32 pm

    These are all excellent suggestions! In the past, I’ve done some television show fan blogs. Those are probably some of the easiest kind to do because you have all sorts of help in coming up with originality. But these suggestions you make are a must when you’re trying to be consistently interesting on other types of blogs. I did pick up a few that I hadn’t thought of before.