21 Ways to get Post Ideas for your Blog

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]H[/su_dropcap]ave you ever faced the writer’s block, or even the blogger’s block? Every writer/blogger faces them at some point or the other. What do you do when you’re just out of ideas to write about? You read tons of blogs and yet you can’t seem to think of what to write about. Well, this post will help you get some ideas for your next post. Read on.

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1. Ideas Hover in the Shower

I’m sure you knew this one already, but didn’t remember you could get ideas when in the shower. Some people even use this water-proof notepad to jot down these ideas, before they forget.

2. Leave Your House

Another way to get more ideas for your blog posts is to go out in the open. When you’re in the open, your mind thinks freely and your brain gets more oxygen to add to this creative thinking.

3. A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

You can ask some of your friends about any problem they’re facing right now, or one which they faced recently. Everyone faces problems and they can be any kind of problems. If you can solve the problem, you have a great idea for a blog post.

4. Get Ideas from Amazon E-books

Go to Amazon and do a search in the books section for your niche. When you get a list of e-books, sort them by bestselling. You’ll have to do the advanced search for this. Once you find the bestselling book(s) in your niche, on the right hand side, you see “Try it free”. I have Kindle for PC installed so it sent it directly to that app. You may see a different message depending on whether you have a Kindle device or not.

For example, I searched in the Blogging niche and found a bestseller, downloaded the sample to my Kindle for PC and just viewed the index. Within a second, I was ready with a topic to write about. One of the first index topics was “Four steps to start a blog in 10 minutes”. Anyone who’s good with blogging and has experience of having started a blog, can write a good post on the above topic.
You can do the same for other topics in the index. Whatever topics you like, copy them and paste them into a note or a file, or even save them as a blog post draft to come back and write later. This way, read more samples of other bestselling e-Books and make a list of topics. You can even change the topics to suit your blog or add to them.

5. Review a Gadget or Device

You surely bought a new gadget or device on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, didn’t you? You can write a review of that device. You’ve used it for some time and surely can write the pros and cons about it. Even if you can’t write a detailed review, you can write a short one and then add to it or update it later someday.

6. Get Ideas from the Idiot Box

I don’t watch TV myself, but this could be a good way to get some ideas for news posts. If you watch the news, or even if you listen to the news on the radio, you can get some blog post ideas from the news, depending on what interests you.

7. Google to the Rescue

This is the father of all post ideas. Just by typing some words into Google can get you many ideas. You should have Google instant searches enabled for this to work. As you do this, you should note down the ideas on paper or in a text file/Word document.

8. Take Out That Mag From Your Bag

Do you have an old bag or drawer, filled with magazines? Take them out and just scan their index for topics or ideas you can use for your blog posts. You’d surely get a few ideas.

9. Get Spiritual

Not just me, but many top writers and bloggers say they get better ideas after doing some meditation. Try it.

10. Did You Forget That List?

If you have an e-mail list, ask one or more questions to your list. Then type their responses into a blog post

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11. If You Can’t Loot Them, Just Shoot Them

Go out with your camera or smartphone, take pics of anything which interests you. Then, write about it on your blog. When you go out with your camera in hand, you’ll start getting more and more opportunities to click your camera at.

12. That’s Just My View

Write a review of anything which you use regularly. That includes your smartphone, camera, laptop, computer, iPod, iPad, anything in the kitchen, and what not.

13. The Best Services I Use

Write a review of any service you use. You surely use services, don’t you? If you’re using a self-hosted WordPress.org for your blog, you’re surely using a domain registrar, a webhost, and probably a few other services. You can blog about them, or any other online or offline service you use.

14. This Tube Can Help Too

Search your niche on YouTube and then search for highly rated or viewed videos. You can get some great ideas from videos, you hadn’t thought about. Even if you don’t get ideas, you can even write a short post about some of the highly rated videos and embed the video into your blog post.

15. Old is Gold

I’m talking about Internet Forums here. Sure, forums are old, but they contain loads of information, and are searchable. You can search old posts from other users in your niche forums, and can even ask for post ideas, or questions. Many people ask questions on forums and reading through such question-posts on forums is a great way to get post ideas for your blog.

16. On Yahoo Answers

If you go to Yahoo Answers, you’ll find many people asking questions related to your niche. Read some questions and answers and you’ll soon get ideas for a new blog post.

17. Chirp Chirp, Tweet Tweet

Twitter can be a good source for getting blog post ideas too. Whenever I use twitter, I mark favorite posts to view them later. These are the posts which interest me, or can give me ideas about blog posts. Later, when I read these posts, I get many ideas. You can do the same to get ideas for your next blog posts.

18. Dig Your Blog

You don’t need to take a shovel for digging here. Just read your old posts and keep a notebook/pen handy. As you keep reading your old posts, you’ll see new ideas come to you. Jot them down.

19. Brainstorm Using Old Post Topics

I read about this in Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. What you do is, just write down the last 5 or so post topics you posted recently. Then,  take each one and brainstorm around it for a few minutes. You’ll come with many topics this way. I tried this and came with nearly 25 topics with just two of my old posts.

20. Zzzzzzzz

Don’t ask why I’m snoring! I too need a good night’s sleep, to be able to get blog post ideas. No, I’m not kidding here. A good night’s sleep is needed for the brain and the mind to work creatively. You can’t think of new ideas if you’re sleep-deprived! Try it and see. So, the best time go generate your own new post ideas is early in the morning when you get up from bed.

21. Get Ideas from This Idea Generating Machine

Do you know there’s an idea generating machine? So, you want to buy it, don’t you? Now, where do you get such a machine? And, how much does it cost? Well, this is a human idea generating machine, so you can’t buy the man behind it. 🙂 But, you can certainly get the ideas from this guy in e-mail. It does cost a little, but this is the best way to get ideas, if you can’t generate on your own. The guy behind this is Chris Brogan, and you can subscribe to his idea list. He’ll send you 10 ideas each and every week for one year.

22. Bonus

You can get tons of ideas for blog posts from this list post I created for the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It’s a list of list posts and contains links to blog ideas’ posts on other blogs. The ideas total to over 2,500. You can easily get more than 365 from these for an entire year, I’m sure.

What methods do you use to get ideas for your blog posts? Do you use any which aren’t mentioned in this post? Let me know in the comments below.

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