Let’s be real, blog friends. We’ve all been stuck at one point or another when it comes to brainstorming fresh and new content ideas, right? Blogger’s block is a real thing.
Fortunately enough, there are plenty of ways to combat the struggle of blogger’s block, and today I’ll be sharing the ways that work best for me and never fail me.
For some reason, I think we get so caught up in the factor of not having new content generated that it actually distracts us even more from coming up with new content. Why do we stress so much? Let’s learn to take deep breaths more frequently. Are you with me?
The first thing we need to do when we feel overwhelmed with our content calendar (or lack thereof) is to remember why we started blogging in the first place. Get back to the basics of why you love and believe in the power of blogging. Once you do this, I promise that you’ll finally get a sense of inspiration and hopefully, a reawakened excitement for your craft.
After you’ve rediscovered your passion for blogging, turn to places of inspiration that never fail you. From there, you’ll be able to start on the path towards new ideas and possibilities for your blog. You are totally capable of this, my friend!8 Ways To Help You Come Up With Fresh Content For Your Blog! Click To Tweet
1. Check Your Most Popular Posts //
Going back and taking a good glance at your stats to see what your most popular post are is a great way to see what your readers love most. While it is your blog, you do need to focus on what your audience wants to read, as this is the only way you’ll truly grow your community. At the end of 2015, I did a round-up post on my top ten posts from 2015 and 8 out of the 10 most popular posts had something to do with blogging or social media, and the other 2 posts were deeply personal. This showed me that the majority of my audience really longs to learn more about blogging and social media, which is why I’m always sharing the best information that I have on those topics.
2. Read Through The Comment Sections //
Reading through the comment sections of the posts that did really well can help you better understand what some of your audience is looking for. There will be many times where they’ll ask you a question about a related topic or something more in-depth than you just shared. Turn these questions into posts of your own! Your readers don’t just support you in being faithful, but they can also give you new ideas and questions to address.
3. Write Everything Down //
I mentioned before that I have a specific notebook dedicated to blog post ideas and collaboration ideas. At the start of each month, I set aside a good 20 minutes to just block everything else out and write down prompt ideas. Write everything down! Even if you second guess yourself and think one of your ideas isn’t that great, write it down. For the times when you have a random idea and want to expand on it, write that down, as well. You never know what could blossom out of just a simple idea or thought.Brainstorming blog post ideas? Write EVERYTHING down! You never know what an idea could turn into. Click To Tweet
4. Search Through Pinterest //
Over the past few years, Pinterest has quickly become the “Google for creatives”. By simply scrolling through your feed, you’ll find tons of inspiration and fresh topics to write about. When I say to find inspiration on Pinterest, I mean just that. Don’t copy someone else’s work. Point blank. Pinterest is there to get your creative juices flowing so that you can come up with great ideas of your own.
5. Change Your Scenery //
If you feel stuck in the same old routine with your blog, then I encourage you to get out of it – literally. Get out of the house or your apartment and visit a local coffee shop or bookstore to get work done. Create your own blogging essentials bag and adventure out. The days I’m able to get out and work from a coffee shop are some of my most productive days. Changing your scenery can help you better cut out regular distractions. If you’re unable to get out, try working from a different spot in your living space. When I don’t feel like sitting at my desk, I resort to the kitchen table or the couch. You’d be surprised at how much this helps.
6. Listen To Music Or Ambient Noise //
I am always listening to music when I’m working away on my laptop. It helps me better retain my focus and get into the groove of creativity (pun intended). Does that make sense, though? I created a blogging playlist just the other day – it has a decent range of genres on it, but every song on this list helps me focus and get creative. Want in on the playlist? You can subscribe to it on Spotify right here. Is music not really your thing? Do you find yourself distracted by your singing? Then listen to some ambient noises. Yes, they have websites for that! Chelsie from Hey There, Chelsie just wrote a great post about her 6 favorite sites for ambient noise. Her list included some of my favorites, too!
7. Bring Old Content To Life Again //
Do you have posts from when you first started blogging that barely got any attention to them? I’m sure you have a few! Instead of promoting them as is, spice them up a bit to be more relevant and republish (delete the old) them! This is perfect to do for when you don’t have a ton of time to write a full post.
8. Ask Your Readers //
Something you should consider doing at least once a year is a reader survey that has a wide variety of questions for your audience to answer. One of the great things about these surveys is that you can ask your readers what topics or post ideas they’d like to see you cover. Some people will be very specific, too! If you’ve already done a reader survey in the past, consider going back and re-reading the suggestions.
I hope that these tips will help you just as much as they’ve helped me over the past couple years! Inspiration is out there and you are creative, sometimes we just have to push through the temporary blocks that life can put in our way. What are some ways you come up with new blog post ideas?