How to Get Blog Ideas – A very effective way to conquer blogger’s block!

Sep 3, 2010   //   by Gloson   //   Contests, SEO Blog  //  30 Comments

This is a guest post from Gloson. It is part of The “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest.

Most of us have been trapped in blogger’s block before – very determined to write the next high-quality blog post to benefit your beloved readers! Woohoo!  :)

Searching for ideas

Photo by Stephen Poff

So you sit down and your fingers are ready to type! But after several minutes, you are still stuck on a blank page – you haven’t wrote anything at all. You can’t think of even a single idea! Aww man! :(

But your problem is now over! Here’s a very effective and little-known method to help you get blog post ideas in no time!

Step 1 – Visit other blogs in your niche

If your blog is about entrepreneurship, visit other blogs about entrepreneurship, business, marketing, blogging, social media, and those kinds of stuffs.

Examples of great blogs on those topics: Chris Brogan, Problogger, Copyblogger, EpicLaunch, Income Diary, and lots more.

Step 2 – Look for list posts

Some examples of list posts are ‘10 Ways to Become a Successful Blogger’, ‘50 Ways to Become Super Productive’, ‘12 Ways to Maximize Your Influence on Twitter’, and other posts like those.

Photo by Éole

Step 3 – Read the list posts, and get ideas from the points!

Next step is to read the post and get the goodies.

Most blog posts about overcoming blogger’s block mention that reading other blogs helps you get ideas for your next post.

However, they didn’t mention that you should read list posts, which are a much easier and faster way for getting ideas!

Here is how to get blog post ideas from list posts!

Here are the first 2 points from one of my blog posts, 22 Reasons to Blog.

1. Writing skills

One thing blogging has improved a lot in my life is my writing skills.

I have noticed that my writing skills started to improve rapidly during the first few months I started blogging. And soon, I realized that my writing was becoming more professional.

2. Communication skills

When you blog, you get feedbacks. And when it comes to feeding back the feedbacks, you have to communicate. And when you learn to communicate, you improve your communication skills and learn to communicate better.

So, what blog post ideas can we get from these two points?

  • How Blogging Improves Your Writing Skills
  • How Blogging Makes You a Better Communicator

And then you can write blog posts about those two topics! Isn’t that easy?

So basically you are just expanding the points into a detailed blog post.

Here’s another example, from Mashable – FOLLOW FAIL: The Top 10 Reasons I Will Not Follow You in Return on Twitter. Here are 2 of the fails.

1. You have no user avatar

no-img-follow…or your user avatar is neither a personalized photograph nor reflective of a brand.

More important than whether or not your Twitter profile background is “designed” is how you choose to present yourself in that seemingly insignificant 48×48 pixel square. If that square is empty, impersonal, or otherwise lacking any qualities that will immediately allow me to visually associate it with you, that is an immediate Follow Fail. If I am going to build a Twitter relationship with you, I want to see you, or your brand, and not, however humorous I may find it, a screen capture of a magical leoplurodon.

10. You do not engage your Twitter followers

Probably the most important reason why I will not return your follow, though, is if it is glaringly obvious that you do not engage your Twitter followers. Here I suppose I need to make a distinction between those Twitter users who use Twitter to broadcast their content, as opposed to everyone else; these broadcasters, in my experience, are generally the ones who are followed, not those who are following.

Obviously, engaging their followers is not a priority. Twitter is a major platform in social networking and social media, and they aren’t called “social” networking and “social” media for nothing. There are other people out there, and if you are not engaging or interacting with those users who take the time to follow you for whatever reason, that is a huge follow fail in my book.

So, what ideas can we get?

  • How to take a great photo for your profile picture
  • 12 Ways to Engage Your Twitter Followers

Let’s take another example, this time in the Personal Development niche. What blog post ideas can we get from 6 Traits that Separate Winners from Whiners?

1) Whiners Focus on the Past, Winners Focus on the Present and Future

Whiners love to dwell on the past. “I wish this never happened!” or, “if you had just done what I said we wouldn’t have this problem,” or everyone’s favorite, “I told you this would happen!”  The past is done and over and can not be changed. For some reason this simple concept eludes Whiners.

Winners understand that we live in the here and now. Rather than dwelling on the past, Winners focus on the future they want to create and think of actions they can take in the present to make that future happen.

2) Whiners Cast Blame, Winners Take Responsibility

When something goes wrong, the Whiner’s “blame radar” kicks into full gear and they start a CSI style investigation to find the guilty party. This hurts morale and takes away energy from the most important task: fixing the problem! Winners take responsibility for your actions and simply say, “what can I do to solve this now?”

There is a time and place to identify what went wrong, why it happened, and what can be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That time and place is after the crisis is resolved, not before.

By the way, that post is really interesting and inspiring. You should really read it. :-)

So, what blog posts ideas can we obtain?

  • How To Let Go of Your Past
  • How to Plan Well for the Future
  • How to Stop Blaming Others
  • How and Why You Should Take Responsibility

And more!

There! I hope this article helps you to to eliminate blogger’s block and lack of ideas! Now the only problem is that you have too many ideas and no time to write them all :P . Haha

Hmmm… maybe you can write a blog post about that! – How To Find Time to Write Blog Posts!

So, is this method for getting blog ideas working for you? I would love to hear your comments below! :)

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Gloson is a talented 12 year old blogger from Malaysia. He also has written a poetry book, and is officially the youngest published poet in Malaysia. Be sure to follow him on Twitter!

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  • Abhishek says:

    Hi Glosan
    I have heard about you so many times and this is your first post I read and it is awesome.All points are great and valuable.I love kid like you who knows their passion in their early life.
    Thanks For Sharing
    -Abhishek

  • Really great post Gloson,

    I like all your tips and one of the best ways to get blog post ideas is by reading other blogs in your niche.

    You've got a tweet!

  • Charlton Gomes says:

    Awesome post, Gloson!

    Really opened up my mind on what and how to write my next and future posts!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Best Regards.

  • Gloson says:

    You're most welcome, Abhishek! Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words! I really appreciate it! =)

  • Gloson says:

    You're most welcome, Charlton. I'm really glad it helped you! =) By the way, great blog there and I've left a comment.

  • Gloson says:

    Thank you very much Oni! I appreciate the tweet! :D

  • Vinayak Nagri says:

    Great work
    I have tried this and I know that this helps
    While doing this we should be sure that we should not COPY the whole thing written in the posts from which we are taking the idea.

    Cheers
    Vinayak

  • Simon Liew says:

    I am happy to see your article appear in here again :-)

    Every blogger have their own idea what to write in their blog. However, sometimes they will again and again asked themselves "What is the next article should I write?", "How to make interrelation among my articles…" etc.
    After a while, time has pasted and not even a single word(s) or article(s) has produce.

    I believe this is the most common failure Blogger had currently. (Perhaps I'm one of them :-D)

    Setting a "Goal" is a must, but whether you are really take "Action" to start your article or still hanging around or let your ideas / inspiration slowly disappear in your mind ;-)

    Anyway, this is a good article that can make Blogger "Wake Up" again and keep "Alive" of their Blog :-)

  • Ben Lang says:

    Hey Gloson,

    Great advice, I always find myself having trouble coming up with post ideas, some of these tips help a lot, definitely going to implement them in the future.

  • Andy Nattan says:

    Ah, list posts! They're the solution to all of blogging's little problems, aren't they?

  • Andy Nattan says:

    Ah, list posts! They’re the solution to all of blogging’s little problems, aren’t they?

  • Gloson says:

    Great point, Vinayak! We shouldn't copy it otherwise we would become plagiarists who are people who are too lazy to write.

    Cheers!
    Gloson

  • Gloson says:

    Hi Simon! Agreed! Procrastination is one of the causes of a blogger's failure and bloggers must take action and not just sit there. :-)

  • Gloson says:

    Thanks Ben! I'm really glad it helped you! =)

  • Joseph Ting says:

    Cool stuff! This has been really helpful.
    Although I don't like blogging and I still dislike blogging after reading this, but this will give an idea and help some bloggers who think blogging is hard to get their blog updated frequently with brilliant content.

    Good job, Gloson. As always. =)

  • Joseph Ting says:

    Cool stuff! This has been really helpful.
    Although I don’t like blogging and I still dislike blogging after reading this, but this will give an idea and help some bloggers who think blogging is hard to get their blog updated frequently with brilliant content.

    Good job, Gloson. As always. =)

  • Joseph Ting says:

    Cool stuff! This has been really helpful.
    Although I don’t like blogging and I still dislike blogging after reading this, but this will give an idea and help some bloggers who think blogging is hard to get their blog updated frequently with brilliant content.

    Good job, Gloson. As always. =)

  • Nice one Gloson! I usually recommend people step away from their computer when they start getting 'bloggers block' but you have listed some great alternate ideas!

    • Gloson says:

      Haha. Thanks Thomas! Stepping away from the computer is a really good suggestion too. You need to refresh your mind after spending hours in front of the computer :P

  • Mark Bell says:

    Gloson,
    Great post – I've taken on board these tips, as I'm encountering a little blockage myself at the minute.

  • Carl Ocab says:

    Great post Gloson! Tweeted it as well :)

  • For me the best way to get out of writers block situation is go through my old blog posts and specially comments.. This give me ample amount of post ideas..
    Meanwhile Glosan great write up..!! :)

  • Julius says:

    I think it’s easy to get ideas for articles. And yes sometimes it’s hard but for me I have so much I can write about, the hard part is actually figuring out what to write. Still you made some nice points here, they will definitely help people who need to overcome the writers block.

  • Hi Gloson,

    I like your blog post and in very young age you are doing great job. All the best for your career.

    kmadhav

  • guest says:

    this is really great!keep it up.gonna bookmark this and put a link back.