How to Find Ideas for Your Blog Posts

Writers of all genres talk about periods of being blocked, when ideas don’t come easily and the writing has stopped flowing. It shouldn’t be any surprise then that bloggers would experience times like that, too. Sometimes writers may need to find the right prompt or idea to get them moving again.

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Writers of all genres talk about periods of being blocked, when ideas don’t come easily and the writing has stopped flowing. It shouldn’t be any surprise then that bloggers would experience times like that, too. Sometimes writers may need to find the right prompt or idea to get them moving again.

While I find many ideas for posts online after reading some of my favorite resources, I still have days when I’m doing more absorbing than writing. A few of those are okay but what happens when it starts to stretch on and you find that you haven’t updated your blog in over a week or more? That’s when I usually find a visit to a bookstore or the library as a cure for wayward writing. For me, I find inspiration when I’m surrounded by thousands of books.

Yesterday you could say I hit a gold mine when I stumbled upon the book, 100 Ways to find Ideas for Your Blog Posts by Steven Aitchinson. (By the way, the list of 100 ideas is also available online but is superb in a bound printed format!) I already do a good number of things mentioned in the book but there were many I hadn’t thought of before.

Here are five of my favorite new ideas for finding inspiration for blog posts:

1. Google Wonder Wheel. This one is just plain fun. The tool is wonderful for people who like to see things visually represented.

Here’s how Steven explains it: “The Google Wonder Wheel is an amazing tool which can spin ideas out of nothing. You can find the Wonder Wheel on the search at google.com, when you search on something there is a + box with ‘Show Options’ on it, you will find the Wonder Wheel on the list on the left hand side. Type in a phrase of your subject and Google Wheel will come up with similar phrases about your subject.”

UPDATE: Since this post was published, wonder wheel has since been discontinued.

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Hello Blog!

Like the computer tutorials which displayed “Hello World”, I offer “Hello Blog”for me and for you. Happy Labor Day and Happy Blogging!

This might be the longest break I’ve ever taken from blogging. Scratch that. It IS the longest break!

Even though I haven’t sat down to compose posts now for a couple of weeks, I’ve found myself musing on topics and actually writing the content in my head. I’m always looking for ideas–in the media, person-to-person exchanges, as I’m perusing bookstores and magazine racks, online and offline. Why? Simply, because I love it.

When I first discovered blogging a few years ago it had come at time when I was beginning to take myself more seriously as a non-fiction essay writer and blogging became a natural extension of that writing. I’ve become enamored of the medium. The short form. The casual writing style. The ability to link and include photos and videos. To have an opportunity to interact with readers and other writers.

I’m still writing creative non-fiction essays and in fact, I’m working on a new piece simultaneously as I work on a longer blog post for a client. Blogging helps my non-fiction writing and vice versa.

I had to smile when I saw the link to Don Martelli’s post, Five Tips to Kill Bloggers Block, in my Google Alert the other day. As Don says, “If you have a blog, you’ve been there before.” I took it as an omen that I was supposed to be cracking my blogging block wide open.

As I write this Labor Day post, I’m thinking about all the ways the Fall brings change and ramping up in day-to-day schedules which were more laid back and on a summer hiatus. I’m ready to get back to the work which has fallen (I have to admit) a little to the wayside in these last days of summer. I’m hoping that the time my writing ideas have been spent simmering on low will be ready to come to a full and fruitful boil.

Wishing you a Happy Labor Day and Happy Blogging!