We all need some quick content ideas for our blogs. Hopefully, this series of posts will give you plenty of ideas for things to blog about.
It’s hard sometimes to come up with something fresh and unique to write about. When you’re stuck with writer’s block or just feeling a little uninspired, look no further than these posts with quick content ideas.
Use them right away, or file them away for those days when you’re struggling to post consistently. That will be Mondays then!
Quick Content Ideas Based On Your Categories
First of the quick content ideas is to use the categories that you have already planned. If you are unsure about your categories, this is a good opportunity to finalise these.
It is a great idea to make a list of potential blog post ideas. There is nothing worse than sitting in front of your laptop, attempting to write a new blog post with nothing but a blank screen staring at you. We all have those days where inspiration just doesn’t strike and we can’t come up with a single workable post idea.
Or maybe you’re in a rush and you need something quick you can write and publish to stick to your blogging schedule and keep your readers happy. You don’t want to spend time trying to come up with something to write about.
In either scenario it’s nice to have a list of blog post ideas ready to use. And that’s what we’ll work on today. I’ll walk you through a simple little brainstorming exercise that will result in dozens of blog posts ideas you can use over the coming weeks and months, or whenever you need a little extra inspiration.
So grab a notebook and pen, and let’s start brainstorming a whole list of future blog posts. I prefer to do this exercise with pen and paper, but if that’s not your thing, by all means use a word document, spreadsheet, mind-map, or whatever program you prefer for brainstorming topic ideas.
Step 1 – Log Into Your Blog and Make a List of Your Categories
Start by making a list of all the categories on your blog. You may have a pretty good idea of the main ones or the ones you use the most, but there may be some you are forgetting.
Log into your blog and look up the categories you have set up. Copy them down in your notebook, leaving at least 10 lines of space below each category.
Step 2 – Come Up With At Least 10 Sub Categories
Now that you have your list of categories, try to come up with 10 sub-sections for each category. For example, on this blog I have a category of ‘Blogging’. My 10 Sub topics are:
- Starting a blog.
- Using images.
- Researching the niche.
- Blogging challenges.
- Affiliate Marketing.
- Editorial Calendar.
- Make money.
Go through your categories and think how you would section them up. You can use the same sub-category in more than one category if it will fit. For example, let’s say you are in the make-up niche. Your categories may be eyes, lips, face, etc. You could have a sub-category of ‘make-up tools’ that would fit in all categories.
Step 3 – Come Up With At Least 5 Blog Post Ideas Per Sub-Category
Now that you have your list of categories, come up with 5 blog post ideas for each sub-category. Don’t censor yourself, just jot down the first things that come to mind. Remember this is a brain storm. The idea is to generate ideas. You’re free to tweak, edit, and reject them later. For now, get them on paper and come up with a long list of potential post ideas.
For example, if I was looking at ‘researching the niche’ I would write down the places I get information for my niche:
- Google – using my keywords followed by A-Z.
- Keyword planner.
- Answer the public.
- Other blogs.
- Amazon books and magazines.
- Own blog posts.
I would also list the things I look for when researching my niche, for example, other blogs it would be their posts with lots of comments.
Step 4 – Rinse and Repeat As Needed
One of the best things about this technique is that you can repeat it whenever you need a new batch of blog post ideas. By the time you get back to this brain storming technique (which means you’ve used up all the previous ideas), it will be easy to come up with fresh blog post topics for each category. And since you’re focusing on coming up with ideas for each category, no area of your blog will be neglected over the coming weeks.
This can be easier to do once you have actually started blogging. It is as if you have got yourself into your groove! I try and do this brainstorming exercise every couple of months as it keeps your ideas current.
Give it a try and see if this simple idea doesn’t help you generate a long list of future blog post topics.
Your homework is to come up with a list of future blog topics!
- List the categories on your blog.
- Come up with 10 sub-categories for each category.
- Start brainstorming ideas for each of your sub-categories.
- Come up with 5 blog post ideas for each sub-category.
- Enjoy your long list of future blog posts!
So, this is your tip for quick content ideas for your blog posts. Give it a try and see if this simple idea doesn’t help you generate a long list of future blog post topics.
Any questions or problems, ask in the comments box below. I will be in touch tomorrow with another tip.