Do you ever get stuck trying to figure out what to blog about next that your readers WANT to read about?
Here's a great strategy to help you get un-stuck from guest blogger Jonell Alvi of HomeLearningPortal.com
Finding Good Blog Content: Are You Ignoring a Potential Mother Lode?
Coming up with ideas to blog about can be trickier than negotiating video game time with a twelve-year-old. If you struggle with the former, I just may have an idea that will help. As for the latter; I welcome any and all suggestions.
Seriously though, most successful blogs belong to a niche: their authors are knowledgeable about a given topic and that’s what they write about. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that lots of blog authors are also active in Yahoo Groups related to their niche. See where I’m going with this?
Recently, while preparing to launch my blog, HomeLearningPortal.com, I was trying to brainstorm ideas. I’m a homeschooler, so it made sense to focus on that, but even that’s still a pretty broad topic.
And then I got an idea. A perfectly wonderful idea. I already knew what homeschoolers were asking about. I’d already written answers to tons of questions and discussed many topics with other homeschoolers. I didn’t need to re-invent the wheel. I didn’t need to let the kids have an extra hour of media so I could brainstorm ideas.
I’ve been a member of several homeschooling Yahoo groups for more than six years. When I first joined the groups, all I did was read others’ conversations. Over time, I began to ask questions. Then, after I got a bit of experience under my belt, I began to answer questions. A lot of questions.
It took me about four hours to go back through the three primary Yahoo Groups I was active with. I located my past “conversations” by searching the archives for my name. Then I simply copied the answers I’d written to the Yahoo group over to draft blog posts in WordPress and saved them with a descriptive title. Some of the ideas overlapped, and some were obviously several blog posts. But using this technique, I scraped together over sixty draft posts prior to launching my blog. Sweet!
So if you’ve been active in Yahoo Groups in the past, use that content! And the best thing about this strategy? The information and ideas are relevant. Homeschoolers are already asking these questions. And the answers are already written. All it takes is a bit of editing, reformatting, add an image or two, and whiz bang blog posts. Easy. Fast. Done. Now pass me that controller, it’s my turn to play.
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