It’s that day again.
Time to write that SEO-rich, hot topic post for your blog…
But, your brain is out to lunch.
Your creative juices just aren’t flowing.
How are you going to get the post done so that you can maintain the element of consistent awesomeness on your blog?
Here are a few ideas to get you out of the rut and into the groove…
- Check Google Trends to see if any of the Hot Searches inspire some ideas for a post. These are the most searched topics in your country, which means that if you can catch an angle on one of these topics and write a post, people will be looking for this info and you will have yourself another hot post.
- Tune into your YouTube channel subscriptions to see if anyone has posted a new video that strikes a chord with you. Embed the video into your post and talk about why you agree or disagree, what you’d like to add to the content, how the topic impacts the world or whatever other ideas come to mind. My personal favorite channel to find inspiration… TED talks.
- See what some of the top social influencers are sharing on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and other social channels. Many of these people are sharing great quotes, videos, blog posts and news articles that can be used as a spring board to dive deeper into a topic.
- Talk about what is going on in your life. We live in a voyeuristic society. People like to know other people’s business and thoughts. If you are not able to come up with a blog post idea because you are super busy and you don’t have time to research a subject, readers always love the behind the scenes aspect of bloggers.
- Repost an old blog post with updated content. Look into old blog posts and see if there is a specific topic that is relevant now, but that has shifted significantly since you originally posted it. Add a few new resources, tips or thoughts and give it a fancy title. Sometimes polishing up an old post is a great way to show that you have evolved as much as the world has.
- Host a Google Hangout. Invite a friend who has a great message for your audience to join you for a Google Hangout that you broadcast on your YouTube channel and embed on your blog. Once the 10-15 minute Hangout is over, write a quick synopsis of what was discussed for your blog post.
- If all else fails, go for a walk in a people watching type place and see if conversations, interactions or imagery gets you thinking. I have found some amazing topics for blog posts while listening in on the conversations while in line at Starbucks or after receiving good (and bad) service at restaurants. Just put the shows of your audience on and see what happens. You’d be surprised what taking a walk can inspire!
Every blog post that you write doesn’t have to be an award winning, earth shattering revelation. It just needs to speak to your audience in a way that entertains, educates or informs your readers.
Consistency is important, but it is also important to have a life. If you find yourself hitting creative blocks often, it may be a sign that a longer break is needed in order to reboot your brain so you can enjoy life and business.
Have you ever hit a wall when trying to write a blog post? How did you overcome this challenge?