As someone who tries to blog everyday, I have to be on the ball with creating blog post ideas and knowing what I want to write. Some days this is easier than others, so I thought I would share what I do when I’m feeling slightly uninspired but am still itching to write. As well as how I come up with ideas through daily life. This post won’t apply to everyone, as it will depend of what you Blog about, but hopefully it might give you some ideas to steer you in the right direction. My tips aren’t in any particular order and quite a few points over lap but I thought it would be easier to read this way rather than a giant babbled essay.
1. Writing every idea down as you have it
This is a really big one for my blog post ideas. Throughout the day and night if I have the slightest spark of a blog post idea, I write it down in my WordPress app as a draft post. This means that over time,I have dozens of blog posts ideas on random thoughts feelings and topics in my draft section at all times. They won’t all be made into posts but they are a great starting point and can inspire other ideas. If you read my blog regularly you might of noticed a lot of my blog posts start with how the idea for the post came about, I feel this gives the post a bit of backstory and gives your more of an insite to my life and how I was inspired to create the post. I can honestly not stress enough the importance of writing down every single idea, no matter how small or silly, if I don’t write it down I can guarantee within 10 minutes the idea will be gone and will never come back.
2. Thinking in the moment
If I have no idea what to write and none of my draft post ideas are hitting the spot, I think about what’s going on that day. Is something bothering me? Has someone annoyed me? Have I heard something on the radio that got me thinking? Do I just need to rant and vent? Has someone else’s blog post given me an idea? How is my mood that day? Is something on my mind I don’t want to say out loud? Am I thankful for anything? Or is the world against me? Even though these posts are the least planned they seem to be incredibly popular. This is when I really speak from the heart and they are incredibly personal. These posts tend to be issues I wouldn’t even talk about out loud, so they are incredibly therapeutic to get off my chest. You will be amazed (like I was) at how much people can relate to these sorts of posts and the incredible encouragement you will get in your comment section. These posts are the heart and soul of my blog so don’t be scared to let that wall down and express yourself.
3. Taking inspiration from the world around me
This is pretty much what my blog is about, my opinion and my life. So many of my post ideas come from conversations with others. For example, my Movies people love that I don’t… post was inspired by Mr Secret Blog and I talking about not liking Harry Potter. Messy breakups with kids involved (ramblings) was inspired by friends I know going through it. A random act of kindness from a McDonald’s employee was me re telling what happened to me earlier on that day. Feeling huge at the cinema *insecure* came from how I felt that day. Don’t you hate it when…was born after I received a text from a friend. Things about me as a child I’m so pleased my kids haven’t inherited was from me lying awake at night thinking about my children. All these ideas start with a tiny spark in my day to day life which grows into a post.
4. Thinking about the past
I think about my past quite often, in good ways and bad. These thoughts can turn into blog posts. I could be reminded of something funny and outrageous that I know you lovely people will enjoy. I could be thinking about something incredibly sad or hard that I went through that others might relate to or might find comfort in knowing they’re not alone, that there is a light at the end of tunnel. I LOVE inspiring people, and to be living proof that you WILL come out the other end. I think it’s great to read about other people’s perspectives and life stories so I enjoy other people’s posts like these too.
If you don’t have passion for what you are writing about, you might as well stop right now. The only reason I have stuck to blogging every day (apart from a few days in the summer holidays with the kids off school!!!) is because I love what I’m writing about. I want to help people, make them laugh, get them thinking and fill them with random trivia. If I can’t fit a post in on a certain busy day, it’s not a problem but I’m itching to write by the time the next morning comes. I could write all day every day if I could, I’ve massively discovered my passion for writing, but that passion is only there when I write about what I want to write about, not what I think I should write about.
I put a lot of thought into this post so I really hope my tips can help you in some way or another.
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