Resource Roundup: Where to find blog post ideas

February 21 by

Resource Roundup: Where to find blog post ideas

This Resource Roundup revolves around finding fresh inspiration for your blog posts.

Sometimes, the idea well just runs dry. We’ve been there. In this post, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite sites and tools for finding that creative spark when blogger’s block hits hard. Take them for a spin and tell us in the comments whether they helped you, too! (And please keep in mind that while these are places we have personally found useful, we have no material connection to these sites and are not responsible for their content.)

 

Free Ebook – 365 Writing Prompts

The Daily Post has a fantastic and extensive collection of writing prompts, and most are useable for any niche. A few might seem tougher to tweak into business blogs, perhaps, but as we teach in our classes, any prompt could be worked into any topic given the right angle. Favorite quote, for example?  You might be able to make it relate to shoe sales or how to knit. Be creative!  The whole idea here is to jumpstart your brain in new ways. The book is currently free and can be downloaded as PDF (which, of course, can be viewed on-screen or printed out for a paper copy) and in Kindle or epub format for digital reading devices.

 

50 Can’t-Fail Techniques for Finding Great Blog Posts

In this post at Copyblogger, writer Carol Tice outlines fifty things you can do immediately to get your blogging juices flowing — some are strategic for gaining readership, some are light fun, and some are just common-sense things that are so obvious, we tend to forget to do them (myself included!) Among my favorites, number 48: “Take the headline challenge. Tell yourself you need to come up with 50 story ideas today, or else. Jot down anything and everything. (This one helped [Carol] write this post.)”

 

101 Proven Headlines

This post by Adam Costa was meant for travel bloggers, but the headline templates within it would work for absolutely any blog, regardless of subject matter. It’s a long list of fill-in-the-blank post headlines, and they’re well crafted to catch your reader’s attention.  And even better, there are examples of each so you can see exactly how to use them. Just plug in the terms for your own topic, and off you go!

 

25 Article Ideas in an Instant

Cherly Sloan Wray via the Writing for Dollars website brings some excellent advice for those of us who write for various media outlets — but guess what?  Her technique also holds true for both your own blog and the blogs owned by others at which you are hoping to land a guest post slot. Think about who your target market is, and cross reference everything to spark some new ideas. Are you a real estate agent who needs more young families to pay attention? Are you a Civil War novelist who would like to be featured in a historical magazine? Want to guest post at a blog with a totally different audience, one you’re not used to writing for? Try her trick. Stretch your brain a little. It works in strange ways to find the most interesting, unexpected ideas — and I can say that from experience.

 

Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing

This one’s not exactly an external topic generator, as the others have been so far. But let’s not forget where your most unique ideas come from — you!   One of the best ways to have backup post ideas for your blog is to keep from losing all those great ideas you had in the first place; you know, the ones that strike you when you’re in the shower, watching a movie, or driving to work. The resource linked above is a list of ways to document and save them for later. Some are pen-and-paper based, some are apps, some are programs. A few are solid techniques for brainstorming, like mindmapping, which we here at Inkwell swear by. But whatever the method, the point is that you can’t write about awesome things if you can’t remember to!  Fix that problem, and you might be surprised just how productive your own brain really is. Passing thoughts only come back to the forefront of our brains when we prove that they’re valuable enough to do so. Start treating your ideas like they’re important, and more will line right up.

 

No Idea Left Behind: 25 Tools for Capturing Ideas Anywhere

Okay. Confession time. My list was done. I was about to hit submit and post this to you guys, but I noticed another link, and it cracked me up so much that I couldn’t help including it.  It’s similar in nature to the previous link in that they both list various ways to remember your ideas before they escape into the ether. There is a little bit of overlap, but this set also has some really creative tips and tricks that I’ve never seen anywhere else. An mp3 spy watch?  Yes, please. Sign me right up.

But my favorite of all was this, which the writer credits to yet another writer (See how quickly ideas get passed around in the blogosphere?  Gotta love it…) : “Remembering the idea until morning. I think nearly everyone has ideas right before they go to sleep, while your mind is winding down. Bert Webb has an interesting method for remembering the idea until the next morning, if you’re too tired or lazy to write the idea down. [Quoting Webb now]: ‘Reach over and turn your alarm clock upside down, lay the nightstand lamp on its side, place a shoe in a drawer, or drape your housecoat over the lamp. In the morning, when you rise, the first thought you will have after rising will be, Why the hell did I do that?? At that time, natural memory will take over and remind you.'”

I’m trying that tomorrow. At the very least, it’ll be amusing to watch my spouse think I’ve lost my mind.

 

Please leave your comment below telling us any other sites you know to be worth sharing!

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