If you’ve been blogging for a while, you may be having a hard time coming up with new ideas. Here are some tips and tricks to help get you through your writer’s block:
· User-Submitted Questions
Make a post encouraging people to submit questions, comments, concerns, compliments, anything! Even if you don’t use their content directly, it may spark an idea.
· Google Alerts
This is a service offered by Google that can automatically notify you when new content is posted that matches a specific set of keywords you’re interested in. Seeing what other people are currently writing and blogging about can help you keep tabs with what’s going on.
· Focus On Keywords
Google also provides Google Keywords, which will list hundreds of related keywords to whatever word or phrase you input. This can be a great jumping-off point.
· Do Interviews
While you can obviously do interviews with industry experts or others, you can also do interviews with dead or fictional people. It may be a bit cheesy, but you can make up an interview about “What would George Washington think of SEO?” or “Superman becomes a real estate agent.”
· Look At Comments
You may already have a valuable resource on your website – all the comments to previous posts. Depending on how many comments your site is getting, you may not have had the time to read each and every one. But occasionally, you should take some time to go through them to look for ideas.
· Have a Contest or Incentive
Give your readers a task (like signing up for your monthly newsletter) and say you’ll select someone at random to win a gift card. Or post a question (related to your industry or not) stating that the first person to answer correctly wins a prize.
· Ask Others To Write
This could be an employee, peer, or other guest blogger. If you can, get them to write regularly; once a month is probably fine. This shouldn’t be too much for them and can be a big relief to you.
· Do A “Best Of” Your Own Posts
Look through your previous posts and see which have received the most traffic or comments. Repost them, or make a post linking to each, giving updates where necessary.
· Industry Book Reviews
This can be a bit time consuming, but if you’re already reading the book, you might as well write a few posts about it. As you’re reading, highlight things you may be able to blog about, or blog as you go.
· How To Improve The Industry
Write a commentary on your niche, how it’s going, how it can improve, problems you see, etc. This will likely breed good discussion.
· Start With A Quote
Find a bunch of your favorite quotes and talk about why you like them. Use them to deliver a point about your business, site, industry, or anything you want.
Scott Spjut is a writer and editor who has been featured in various magazines, newspapers and websites, including Newsweek, the Washington Post, CBS News and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. With a B.A. in Communications, he continues to write on a wealth of topics – politics, health and fitness, business, marketing and more. Scott currently works with Professional Marketing International [http://www.professionalmarketinginternational.org] helping people change their lives.