It happens to all of us – sometimes, we encounter writer’s block (or blogger’s block, as I like to call it ) At one point in time, you may have had seemingly limitless ideas for blog posts you could write, but now, you’re stuck with nothing. No matter how hard you try, you can’t think of anything to write about.
So what do you do? The answer’s actually quite simple – you try one of the below techniques.
1. Find Out What People Want
When people type something into a search engine, it’s because they’re looking for information. They’re looking for an answer to some sort of problem they may be having. New questions are always being asked, so why not find out what problems people are having, and then write a blog post solving it?
There are tons of different question and answer sites available on the internet, namely Yahoo Answers and Quora. One option would always be to navigate to the category your niche is classified in, and take note of some questions people are asking. If you know how to solve it, you can write a blog post around it.
This is a great way to gain some targeted traffic as well. Chances are, if the person took the time to write a question, it’s because they couldn’t find the answer on Google already. This means your post has a great chance of ranking!
2. Tell A Story
Each and every one of us has a different story. A story that makes us stand out, a story that makes us all unique. By telling a story regarding your website’s topic, you establish two things.
First of all, you can ensure your content is completely unique. The people who read your story will have never read anything like that ever before – because again, we all have different stories.
Secondly, stories help build a connection with your readers. They get to know you better, on a more personal level. This helps lead to more sales, as building a connection with your readers is one of the best things you can do to convert them into cash.
3. Refresh One Of Your Old Blog Posts
Information changes. Information becomes dated – and some old blog posts may no longer apply today. So why not take one of those ideas, and revive to apply now?
You could even extend this further by writing another post comparing how something applied back then, and how it applies now.
Of course, you should be updating your old blog posts anyway, but you may just find that taking the time to do so now will spark a bunch of other ideas for your blog. It’s well worth doing!
4. See What Others Are Writing
I’m not saying you should go to your competitor’s blogs and copy what they’re writing word for word. Instead, you could take topics other websites in your niche are writing about, and use them to inspire your own, unique blog posts.
Let’s use an example. Let’s say my blog was about mobile app development. I go to another blog of the same topic, and see a post titled “5 Ways To Market Your Mobile App”. I could then use this idea, and change it around. I could write an article called, “5 Ways NOT To Market Your Mobile App – Mistakes To Avoid”, for example.
5. Write No Blog Posts At All
Initially, you might think this doesn’t make any sense – after all, isn’t the point to write blog posts? Let me explain.
On the internet, we all know that quality is greater than quantity. You should never force yourself to write a blog post. Doing so makes it easier to write lower quality content, which not only adds no value to the readers lives, it wastes their time. I learned this the hard way when editing my first eBook. If you don’t want to write, than don’t do it. Come back and write later when you’re in a better mood.
Blog post ideas will come naturally throughout the day. Sometimes you’ll have a great idea when you least expect it – something will trigger a brilliant idea. An idea that will help your readers.
You Have Ideas… Now You Got To Keep Them!
When I first started blogging back in 2007, one mistake I commonly made was forgetting all of the great ideas I had come up with.
The solution is dead simple: Keep a list.
Every blog post idea you have, write it down. Keep a list of all your blog posts on your computer or phone, and reference them whenever you need something to write about. You can very easily build a list of 100 or more ideas simply by writing them down.
And now that you have all these wonderful ideas…
Go out and write them!