In the blogosphere at large, you see these prolific writers, who drudge up these absolutely masterful, yet brilliantly creative works of art day after day. Sometimes, they are annoying enough where you receive a post notification email more than twice a day. “This guy…again?” You mumble. Because let’s be honest, ideas are tough to come by and that person never was and will never be you.
No, if I held a sign saying “ideas for sale.” You might be first in line. (Maybe I should start selling.)
Ok, I suppose I could sell for over 9000$. (Kidding) For now, all my advice is free, so enjoy this premium content now, before I sell out. (also kidding)
Finding the time to write a blog post is tough as it is, but my god, coming up with equally awesome mind-blowing Keanu reeves level of perfection is damned near impossible. So how do I do it week after week? Let’s find out.
Spoiler alert: It’s because I’m awesome.
Write high-end quality content. (Headlines)
When you write content infused with a heightened amount of detail and quality, each header (if done right) should be able to take on a life of its own. Headers are merely a microcosm of the main idea at hand. So, if it is a cogent, well thought out concept, your headers will follow suit. One of my own personal tests of proficiency, is to parse through my article and see if each header could stand on its own shoulders. Go ahead, try it, simply add the words “why you should” to any header on this post and I guarantee you could make a post about it in itself.
This is a great tool to use because it gives you an opportunity to shine a light on a topic that your original post couldn’t. It also gives you a built-in synopsis, so that when you actually write your post, there’s already an outline in place. Besides that, it can yield countless ideas and is highly time efficient.
I’d like to think I am a pioneer for coming up with this one, that I sailed the seven seas looking for this very solution to an age-old problem, but that’s not true. For it was serendipity, and an absurd amount of laziness that allowed me to stumble upon this.
But luckily, I did. So – you’re welcome.
Read comments and make comments.
Reading comments is integral to coming up with your own ideas. Sure, your audience for the most part comprises of your mom and that weird guy in the back of class, but from time to time you will have a beautiful unicorn with long flowing hair make the most fantastic comments that really make you think. Read these comments. Better yet, respond! Sometimes comments can help you think about a new post, or better yet, your subscribers will flat-out suggest it.
I know you think its hip to ignore your comments, but who are we kidding, your audience is the best part about your blog, so respond back to them and create a dialogue. Most times your audience is more creative that you are, so listen!
If no one is reading your blog and leaving comments, then A. Read my post, “why no one is reading your blog.” And B. Read comments on other successful bloggers pages if life has dealt you a terrible hand like me.
Read other blogs for ideas
There are so many great blogs in the blogosphere (hopefully mine included) that if you pay attention and take some notes – you might get some clever ideas for your own posts. No this is not stealing, I checked with the blogging authority. It’s safe
I once read an article about blogger engagement by the little mermaid and it gave me a great idea for my own post. After reading, I thought it clever to analogize blogger engagement to an actual relationship. (Genius, right?)
And whilst my take on blogger engagement delved into the supernatural and all things Rick and Morty, it was mine. Just because something has already been written about, that doesn’t mean the story is finished. Your prospective is valuable as well. In fact, you might be able to connect with an audience in a different way and shed a light on a subject that wasn’t shown before. So, write that article, your voice matters.
Yes, yes yes….you can check out my post here. Don’t beg.
Create an idea bank.
Penny for your thoughts? (You know you thought it)
You save your money in a bank, why not save your ideas? Even your terrible ideas that you secretly cringe at in your alone time. At some point, that deplorable idea you shudder at might become a great idea that could potentially save the world! If not, it can, at the very least, buy you some precious time to come up with another unique idea or to finish a post.
Storing away ideas for later is always a great thing to do, especially if you have a terrible memory. The trick is to always have a way of recording an idea when the magic strikes, which is typically always on the can. I use my cellphone and I keep all of my personal notes there temporarily, until I can put them on my laptop.
Just think, you don’t want to be the guy who discovers the cure for cancer and just – forgets it.