We finally bought the domain name the other day, and he already has a few blog posts in the works. He’s had many questions about blogging, and one question that he keeps wondering is how a blogger comes up with blog post ideas.
He didn’t really know where to start, and he didn’t know how people could blog for so long and continually come up with new article ideas.
I won’t lie, there are many days when I sit down to write a post and I just cannot do it to save my life.
However, over the past few years, I have become much better at this. I have over 1,000 published posts on Making Sense of Cents alone, and I still have a few hundred ideas in my notes as well.
Here are my tips to keep the ideas and posts flowing whether you are a brand new writer or you have been writing for years:
Use questions you receive from readers.
Some of my favorite posts have come from ideas I’ve received from readers. Sometimes I receive an email, sometimes a tweet, or sometimes a reader will comment and ask me to expand on a topic.
This is a great way to think of new blog post ideas. You could even create a survey or directly ask your readers if they have any questions they would like you to answer. I’m sure there is something!
Use questions you have had yourself.
I’m sure there have been times where you have Google searched a question you’ve had. Maybe you dived in and completely researched the topic. If this is the case, then you may have a great blog post idea right here.
You know the saying that if you have a question, then others probably do as well?
Well, that’s true! I’m sure there are others who have wondered your very same question.
Think about your life experiences.
One thing I love about have a personal finance blog is that it’s PERSONAL. I can write about whatever I want, and that’s what I always do.
Many of my blog posts on MakingSenseofCents relate directly to my life and what I’m currently going through. These can be positive, negative, boring, fun, and more. It’s whatever I want them to be.
For example, the other day I published the post Easy Ways I’m Currently Saving $1,200 Each Month. This post is all about how I’m saving money in my life right now and that’s how I thought about the idea.
Also, I’m a nerd. Whenever something “interesting” happens, I almost always write it down because it may have the possibility of turning into a blog post.
Have a running list of possible post ideas.
For me, it would take a very long amount of time for me to run out of ideas. I have ideas both in my phone and on my laptop.
My phone is full of ideas I’ve thought about on the go or right before bed (I get a lot of my ideas then). My laptop is full of ideas from when I sit down and try to have a brainstorming/research session.
I probably have a few hundred ideas, which is something I am proud of. While I am not too far ahead when it comes to actually writing these posts, it is nice to know that I have possibilities for when the time comes.
Do you ever feel like you are out of article and blog post ideas?
What do you do to overcome this feeling?
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