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
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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.
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.
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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
…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
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 😛 . 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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