Ready for a little creativity boost to help you write your next blog post?
Try one of these!
1. Share “Behind the Scenes” in your life or business.
Let readers catch a glimpse of inside your life or business.
Share your office and a few tips about creating an inspirational space, staying organized, or whatever ties into your expertise.
If you sell a physical product, you could create a photo tour of your studio or workspace including details about the tools you use and your favorite work tips.
2. Build on someone else’s words.
Be inspired by a great quote! You could share a quote from someone famous or someone less-than-famous (like your kid, spouse, neighbor, or friend).
Quote inspired posts can be inspirational and motivational, funny or sarcastic. There are quotes for every mood and theme.
Try these great sites for quotes:
3. Play “Dear Abby…”
Do an advice column. You can make up your own questions for this or invite subscribers to send you their questions.
Or just pick a question that you get asked frequently, or one that your customers should be asking and answer it.
4. Get controversial and dive into a hot topic.
What topics or posts have worked to get your readers talking? Write about the 3 or 4 blog posts that you have received the most comments on. Were those comments positive or negative? Were the posts controversial? Is there a theme of some sort? Will you be writing more on that subject?
If your blog doesn’t have a post you’d consider “most popular” yet, then check out Facebook or Twitter to see what’s a hot topic and blog about that.
5. Share your inspiration.
What inspires you? Share a photo, quote, video, or something else that’s helped you stay motivated or get through those tough times.
Who inspires you? Share someone who you admire, respect, or who you’ve learned from by profiling them on your blog. Might be your favorite author from childhood. Or a teacher who cared and made a difference in your life. Maybe it’s your coach or a mentor.
6. Spy on the bestseller’s list.
Books can provide all sorts of inspiration for blog posts. How about these blog post ideas:
- a review of a book you’ve read recently
- share your favorite fictional character from a book
- create a “top 5″ required reading list for your clients/industry
- write about the book you most remember reading as a child (anyone else love the Ramona Quimby series?)
- feature a book that taught you something or changed your perspective
- if you’re an author, highlight your own book
Or, hop over to Amazon.com and go to the best seller list — either the best sellers, or top sellers in a particular category that fits with your blog. You’ll find lots of inspiration just waiting for you.
7. Borrow a page from Letterman and go “Top Ten” style.
You can write this one in many different ways and it doesn’t necessarily have to be 10, just using a list format can get our brains thinking creatively sometimes.
You could share…
- Top 10 Reasons You Should (fill in the blank)
- Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t (fill in the blank)
- Top 5 Reasons I (fill in the blank)
- Top 5 Blogs You Should Be Reading
- The 7 Web Tools You Can’t Miss
- 5 Ways to Succeed at (fill in the blank)
- The 10 Coolest Places I’ve Visited
- 5 Blogs I Discovered Recently
- 10 Random Things About Me
- My 3 Favorite (fill in the blank)
Does this idea look familiar? Like you’ve seen it used somewhere recently… perhaps in THIS post? ;)
8. Interview yourself.
Share your own story in the format of an interview.
You can come up with questions based on what questions you’re frequently asked, focusing on what’s unique about you and your life.
Or, check out the StoryCorp’s website and this list of Great Questions.
9. Interview someone else.
Brainstorm a list of people who could make an interesting interview for your readers:
- Other experts in your niche
- Experts with complimentary services/products
- Your own clients/customers (success stories)
- Authors or popular bloggers in your niche
- Members of your team
- Your partner/spouse or a family member
10. Search Wikipedia for “today in history” inspiration.
Search for a specific date in Wikipedia and you’ll find a list of holidays, major world events, famous births and deaths that happened on that day in history.
Your turn! Do any of these ideas strike you as something that could work for your blog? Or, what are your favorite creative ideas for blog posts?