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You could always maintain a list of topics to use on a rainy day. Every time a new idea strikes you, write it down in one place. But there’s no guarantee this list will keep growing. Besides, many topics in the list may become stale if you don’t get to them fast enough. The trick is to not limit yourself to specific ideas but broaden your thinking to include themes, categories and larger ideas that can be further broken into multiple topics.
The following are some themes that should get you started. These are only triggers and questions for you to answer so you can keep an infinite pool of ideas going. This list of ideas will hopefully light a spark that creates 50 more ideas. Take a look!
Is there a problem that you can offer solutions to? There’s a whole gamut of ideas in that one question if you think about it hard enough. Your readers could turn to you for some useful advice about anything under the sun. The idea is to write something that your readers can take away something useful from. This larger idea covers life hacks (there are multiple blog posts you can write just on life hacks), offering suggestions to improve efficiency at work, how to manage time, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some ideas you can consider:
- A book or list of books that have been helpful.
- How to save some hours in the day and make time for yourself.
- A concise list of useful blogs to follow.
- Any new applications or tools you may have used that have been helpful.
- A detailed blog about your work methods, what works for you and what doesn’t.
- A blog on recipes for quick meals – never go to bed hungry!
- Easy Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ideas for gifts.
- The ultimate list of travel essentials.
These are only some ideas you can think about. Try to offer solutions to general problems. These could be problems you may have encountered too until you chanced upon a surprising solution – share that solution along with your experience. You don’t need to be an expert in any field to write a blog of this nature. Just focus your mind towards common problems you can think of. At the core of this idea is the question – what useful advice can you give to your readers?
Everyone enjoys reading something fun and light-hearted every now and then. This doesn’t mean the blog post has to be frivolous or silly but simply something that a majority of people relate to and enjoy consuming. A fun blog post can be about anything simple and cheerful that may resonate with your audience. You could talk about a funny incident at work, a funny film you recently saw or a witty book you enjoyed. If you look hard enough and have the right perspective, you can find humour in a lot of things in life. So be on the lookout so you can invite a laugh or two out of your everyday life. A funny post not only enhances your blog but also gives your regular routine a cheery spin.
Here are some ideas you could consider:
- Write about something hilarious you came across on the internet – videos, memes, etc
- Talk about an interesting hobby outside of work
- Write a short story
- Announce a contest with fun, exciting prizes
- Upload a vlog (video blog) about a trip you took
- Write about a funny, interesting incident during your travels
- Write a limerick or create a parody of a famous song
- Share the recipe of your signature cocktail
The key to cracking a fun or quirky post is to ask yourself – do you genuinely think this is funny? Of course, your sense of humour or the things you find interesting could be different from others. But if even you don’t think it’s funny, chances are nobody else will either. There is no point in publishing something you don’t believe in yourself, is there?
Now, lifestyle as a genre forms a very large umbrella. A lot of the topics you may cover under lifestyle also fall under ‘fun’ blog posts. Drive your focus towards popular culture, literature and cinema – these areas should be a good place to start. You can widen your lens further to talk about food, culture, travel – there’s a lot of freedom to explore ideas under lifestyle. These blog posts typically do well since you’re talking about things that most people enjoy. So use that to your advantage and come up with unique ideas.
Here are some you could consider:
- Blog about a television show you recently binge-watched.
- Explore a new band or music artist that you have discovered.
- Share a music playlist you created.
- A review of a restaurant you recently tried.
- A list of weekend getaways from your city.
- An interesting podcast that caught your eye.
- A fun video or YouTube channel you’ve been following.
- A fitness hack or regime that worked for you.
- Talk about your morning and bedtime routine.
- Unbox new fashion looks you’re keen to try.
Again, these are only some ideas to start you off but you may want to think about what comes under lifestyle or what you see becoming a lifestyle. Ask yourself – are these things people might enjoy doing in their leisure time? If that sounds exciting, share that excitement with your readers!
Has there been something in the news that you can comment on? Go through the papers, watch the news on the television and track social media to see if there’s a hot debate you can jump into. If something is being discussed actively on social media and in your circles, there’s a very good chance a blog with those keywords in the headline will get good engagement. So be informed, keep a lookout for multiple angles on a current issue and formulate strong opinions or takes.
Here are some ideas or angles you could try:
- Comment on a recent political case.
- Review a film that has been anticipated for a while.
- Review a new book that has just released.
- Try out a newly launched gadget and write about your experience.
- Talk about unique plans to make for the holiday that is the closest.
- Attend a popular event or conference in your area and talk about your experience.
What’s tricky about these ideas is their short shelf life. Speed is of utmost importance when you’re writing about something timely. Make it sharp, crisp and to the point, so you can publish it at the earliest. The question to ask yourself is – is there a current trend you can ride? If yes, get on that trend before it becomes old and irrelevant.
Have something to say that may divide opinion? Go ahead and say it. Starting a debate will only invite more readers to your blog, even if they don’t agree with you. Be careful not to provoke people just for the sake of it, however. This will lead to you losing readership rather than gaining. If something controversial is being said for publicity or as clickbait, sooner or later your audience will be able to tell. So don’t take your readers for granted.
Here are some ideas to test out:
- Rebut a column in the newspaper you disagree with.
- Share two distinct opinions on a burning topic on your blog.
- Write an open letter about an issue you feel passionately for.
- Comment on a political debate that has frustrated you recently.
- Write about an experience that made you feel wronged.
- Write a contrarian blog about something popularly celebrated.
Writing something controversial is a slippery slope. While you could easily offend certain groups, if you’re saying something of consequence, be unafraid and express it. But you have to be prepared for criticism and brickbats too. Anything controversial will in all likelihood also carry a lot of emotional baggage, so choose your words wisely. If you’re saying something controversial or contrarian, not everyone will necessarily agree with you. The question to ask yourself is – are you contributing something meaningful to a debate? Or are you just adding fuel to the fire? If it’s the latter, strongly reconsider. There’s enough chatter on the internet about things of little consequence, don’t let your blog be added to that list of noise.
While you’re writing a blog, several things you’re saying will be from the perspective of ‘I’. The beauty of blogging is that you don’t necessarily have to beautify and find flowery ways of saying something. Your blog is your distinct voice and your readers expect you to be straightforward and honest. Writing about something personal may not always be easy. After all, even if you are writing in the first person, there are some veils you’re hiding behind. This, however, doesn’t mean you have to reveal personal secrets or share something you feel deeply uncomfortable about. Saying something personal could simply be anything that helps readers get to know you and relate to you better.
Here are some ideas, give it a whirl:
- Ten things nobody knows about you.
- How did you spend your childhood summer holidays?
- Your earliest childhood memory.
- Write a personal essay about the dynamics in your family.
- An essay on an experience that changed you or a watershed moment in your life.
- Talk about your fears.
- What do you feel optimistic about?
- Write a letter to your younger self.
- What is your ideal day like?
- Lessons you’ve learnt from friends and family.
The idea is to say something of value. You may wonder why anyone should care about your personal life or desires. But more people than you realise perhaps share the same interests or concerns in life. For all you know, your sharing of a personal story could motivate or help a reader going through a tough time. Before writing, ask yourself this – would you read it if someone else shared something true and heartfelt about themselves? If heartfelt and honest are your intentions too, then go ahead and write that post. A little vulnerability will only make you stronger.
One of the easiest and most fun ways to blog is to make compilations. If you have ever made mixtapes for friends and loved ones, you’ll know that making lists and compilations on your blog can be time-consuming but ultimately something you may really enjoy doing. Find similar things you enjoy and club them together into a concise list for readers to peruse. The permutations and combinations of this are endless. From your favorite romantic comedy films to your favorite trainers, top fashion trends of the 1960s, books based in the Scottish moors, etc, you can put anything into a compilation.
Here are some more ideas you could explore:
- A list of top hip-hop artists ruling the charts
- A compilation of the most-recognized feminist authors
- A list of Netflix comedy specials to look out for
- A list of summer flowers your readers could plant in their garden
- A list of inspirational quotes
- A bunch of fashion hacks to try this fall
- A catalogue of queer literature
The list of lists you can create is endless. There are multiple lists that can be created out of every category. If you think something has been done too many times, find a twist or an angle to do it differently. A compilation blog gives you room to explore a range of topics and while making the actual compilation may not be easy, it’s a convenient safety net to fall back on if you run out of ideas. Of course, a lot of these ‘the best of’ lists may be subjective and you should reveal your biases to your audience right at the outset. If all else fails, compile a list of your own best work! This will keep readers on your blog for longer. Before writing, ask yourself – are there other items that can be categorised similarly? If yes, start building your compilation!
There is a range of questions the internet always needs answering. These could be solutions to technical problems, frequently asked questions or general advice. There’s great potential for engagement when you’re offering to teach something or take your audience through something tricky. If you have an expertise in a particular field, let it be known that you can answer tough questions. If your audience recognizes your niche and your strengths, they will invariably hold you in high regard to solve those queries.
Here are some ideas you could dive into:
- A step-by-step tutorial for a tricky, technical issue. For example, setting up an application on your phone.
- Do an AMA (ask me anything) and answer queries in real-time. Compile this into a post later.
- Offer advice to those starting in the same profession as you.
- Offer advice on running a successful blog.
- Explain technical terms in your field of work.
If you have something of value to teach, go ahead and let your audience know you have the knowledge. Only if you publicize your knowledge will people come forth and ask you questions you can answer. ‘How-to’ blogs are one of the easier ones to write because you will choose to blog about a subject matter you have some knowledge about. But be careful to not preach or assume your audience knows what you’re talking about. Remember, you’re the expert, so explain with care and patience. Ask yourself this – is there something you can speak on with some authority? If yes, then go ahead and do it!
Finally, there will come many points in your blogging tenure where you feel uninspired or don’t feel like blogging as frequently. But if you want to sustain yourself as a blogger, be as regular as possible. The only way to be regular is to constantly keep churning ideas. They may not be the best of ideas when they strike you but keep at it and hone them so they can be turned into great content. Stagnation is what kills a successful blog, so persist even when your pool of ideas has run dry.
The ideas mentioned above are only slight nudges to lead you in the right direction. There are a host of other themes and ideas you can explore which you may arrive on either on your own or through the ideas already mentioned. No matter what, carry on and drive that writer’s block away!