How to come up with ideas to write as a new blogger
One of the things that stopped me from starting my blog, was this wrong idea that I was not creative enough to write consistently, to come up with fresh content, I’ve been following many bloggers from a long time, and it amazes me how they’ve turned their blogging into careers, quitted their jobs and are able to publish new content twice a week or even more often.
As a new blogger you may have the misconception that you are not skilled or creative enough (I know I did), and after the first exciting posts you enjoyed so much making, you could find yourself struggling to get new ideas or finding the ones you have to not be good enough, here’s how to improve those ‘not good enough’ ideas and get new ones every single day so you can keep writing new content and posting at your desired rate.
1. Read more books:
Writing skills are highly linked to your reading habits, the more you read the easier the words will flow when you start writing, try to read every day even if it’s just one page of a book, you’ll realize more often than not that you can’t just read one single page, you’ll read more than that.
Find some interesting books related to your niche that spark your curiosity, pay attention to the structures, the grammar, if you’ve got some time on your hands make the exercise of writing with your own words what you find most interesting about them, you could even turn these exercises into posts, like this one, where I share the helpful things I learned from Atomic Habits.
I focus on the relevance of books because they have a lot of work behind, people spend months and even years in the researching and writing process to make them as great as possible, this is why you’ll find valuable and detailed information in them, and you can learn almost anything from books.
2. Engage in social media and look for problems you could solve
Engaging in social media not only helps you connect with prospect readers and collaborators, it gives you a hint of what is people actively seeking out, look at the comments on Instagram posts related to your niche, what are they saying?
Maybe people have some questions that have not been answered yet, they could be struggling with an issue that you might just have the solution to. Isn’t the whole point of the modern days of blogging giving solutions and sharing experiences through the process?
You can always find something valuable to add, some random question on Quora could give you an amazing idea for a blog post, who knows? By this I don’t mean that you should be spending countless hours on social media, that is crossing the line to procrastination and we don’t want that; just spend the right amount of time connecting with like-minded people and when you stumble upon an idea jot it down.
3. Follow other bloggers from your niche
The first step of the writing process again: reading. It is amazing how much you can learn from other bloggers, in fact, I spent most of my researching days (pre-blogging) reading blogs, not only to learn the obvious which at the moment was how to start one, but to actually get advice for studying, on how to balance career and family, these are my areas of concern, my niche.
By reading I realized there was an empty space, the solution I was looking for my pain points was not available. There aren’t many women writing about how to be a successful student, raising kids, and work at the same time (they’re probably too busy to even write) but I’m pretty sure they look for some advice and they read more than textbooks, because I do.
So, by following other bloggers you can find topics to cover, connect to people with similar interests, and you can even emulate some of their techniques on writing, you wouldn’t do it exactly the same way even if you tried, because we all have our own train of thoughts and unique ways to express, so don’t feel guilty if you get some ideas from other bloggers.
Also don’t be afraid to reach out and comment on their posts, let them know how you’ll use the information they’ve just shared with you, or any feedback you’d like to give.
4. Use search engines as a brainstorming tool
It’s amazing how much you can expand just one topic when you look for it on a search engine, the suggestions might just give you dozens of different ideas of posts to write. Also using some of the most searched keywords around the topic can give your SEO game a bump.
The main search engines I constantly use and get ideas from are Pinterest, Youtube, and I do a quick research on AnswerThePublic to understand what people want to know about the topic I’ll be writing about.
5. Jot down any ideas you have through the day
When you are a content creator any tiny idea is valuable, and I mean ANY, you have to keep them safe as if they were gold! Don’t trust your mind on keeping these thoughts safe, your minds goes through millions of thoughts a day and if you don’t get this one idea on paper the moment you get it you could lose it forever.
It doesn’t matter if the structure is not clear, you can work on that later, the moment you are ready to sit and write instead of looking for a streak of creativity look at your ideas and pick one to expand on, get to the brainstorm and you’ll be ready to go.
I try to keep all my content ideas in one place, at work (I’m currently a waitress) I used to have tiny pieces of papers, clients’ receipts written in the back with my crazy ideas all over the place, and when I got home I completely forgot about them in the bottom of my apron’s pocket. Now I have them on Evernote and at the end of the week I pass them on paper to a notebook I have dedicated to my blogging process.
6. Practice everyday
Make writing a habit, the more you do it, the easier it will get and the ideas will start to burst. Set a time every day to sit and write, have a dedicated space for your writing process, a starting ritual if you could, make yourself a cup of coffee, sit on your writing chair, and put on some background music.
Whatever the ritual is, it’s up to you. From what I’ve read about creating habits these starting rituals are very strong when it comes to getting things done, and don’t worry if you can’t write more than 300 words in a session, it’ll get better, just keep doing it every day and by the end of the week you could have a finished blog post.
Once you get through the initial phase of research and have your first drafts of content, you’ll soon find that the idea of beginning to write 1000 words or more is harder to think about than the actual writing is.
7. Bonus: Break down one big subject and make it a series.
This is one of those techniques I got from seasoned bloggers I follow, you have some really good idea that you can get a lot of content from? Instead of making a mega-post, break it down into smaller chunks of information, you may have to do a little more research to make it more detailed in every step of the way but it’ll be worth it.
You can see some common examples from starting a blog series, landing your perfect job, reaching financial freedom. All these topics have little subtopics you could make several posts from.
And this is it, these are the tactics to use as a new blogger to ease the struggle of writing fresh new content every week, the key is to make writing a part of your daily life and the ideas will come to you.