Have you ever sat down to compose a blog post or other web content and every possibility you came up with seemed really lame? I have, and I’m sure any blogger out there who is committed to blogging consistently has had that problem as well.
Here are a few tips to help you move forward when all of your ideas for blog post come up short.
- Consider taking the time to do the “100 Ideas for Blog Posts” exercise that I wrote about in a previous blog post. If you do this exercise, you will be bound to come up with some blog post titles, even if at first no good ones come to mind.
- Talk with someone else about your problem and the fact that you’re stuck. I’ve found that conversations with a supportive friend or family member often lead to good ideas. The suggestions the person I’m using as a sounding board may not be that great, but they may spark possibilities that are good. Sometimes a good conversation is all I need to get the creative juices flowing.
- Take a walk or go jogging. I’m not sure what it is about walking and jogging that bring forth great thoughts, but I know that often my best inspiration comes when I’m out for a walk. Don’t think about it too hard or try to force yourself to come up with blog posts ideas when you’re out walking or jogging, but do take with you some type of device to record your thoughts such as your smartphone or paper and pen so that you can capture any ideas that do come to mind. Ideas can be fleeting, so it’s important to capture them immediately, rather than waiting until you get home.
- Try freewriting. Freewriting is a daily or near daily habit of mine, and one where my best blog posts are often conceived. Again, don’t try to force ideas. Simply sit down and write as fast and furious as you can. If I’m really stuck, I start off by just writing about how stuck I am and sometimes in that process, I become unstuck.
- Sit down and write. I’ll admit that I hate writing when I don’t feel inspired, and I sure prefer it when the words flow and make me energized. At the same time, there are advantages that come with being disciplined as a writer, and consistency is an important part of blogging success. No one hits it out of the park 100% of the time, and though it’s important to do our best to produce engaging web content, it’s counterproductive to worry about every bit of web content you write being spectacular.
Furthermore, I learned an important lesson early on in my career as a freelance writer: there were times when I thought an article I wrote was not that great and yet it ended up being accepted for publication, and there were other times I was super happy with a piece of writing and yet it ended up being rejected. Through that I learned that I can’t always go by how I feel, so it’s best to put the work out there and let whatever happens, happen.
Tell me about some of your favorite ways to come up with ideas for blog posts, or what you do when it seems that all of your blog post ideas are lame.