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How to Find Blogging Ideas That Get You Noticed

How to Find Blogging Ideas that Get You Noticed | Freelance Writing | Online Entrepreneurship

You, like me, probably struggle to find blogging ideas sometimes.

If you’re a book reviewer, you probably want to cover something other than a book review once in a while. If you’re a blogger writing about writing, well, it’s not always interesting to write about writing now is it??

So today, I’m here with a super-short list of where to find other writing ideas.

Where to Find Blogging Ideas That Get You Noticed

Wondering where to start looking? Here are a few of my go-tos:

  • Blogs like yours – scroll through and take note when they deviate from their usual topics, and what the outliers are
  • Pinterest – just type an interest of yours that’s related, but not too closely, to your industry
  • Related industry blogs (e.g. if you’re in writing, you might want to check out a marketing blog)
  • Instagram, where people talk all day long about what fuels them in positive, helpful and passionate ways – one of the best sources, IMHO!

Now that you know how to find blogging ideas, ready to talk about brainstorming?

The Art of Brainstorming: Yes, It Matters

I know you learned all about this when you were eight years old, and as such, probably don’t have that much respect for the art.

But that’s silly. It’s seriously one of the best ways to find blogging ideas ever.

While you should keep a running doc of ideas somewhere on your phone or computer – and probably already do – brainstorming is more intentional than that. It means actually sitting down and taking time to figure out what you want to write about.

Why is this so valuable? Because it lets you focus all your attention on the subject rather than jotting down a note here and there throughout your day, hoping your boss doesn’t see you.

Here’s how I do it whenever I’m starting a project, creating a new editorial calendar or putting a course together:

  1. Set aside a half hour.
  2. Sit down with a blank document or sheet of paper (don’t go in with preconceived notions).
  3. Write everything that comes to mind. Everything. Do not erase.
  4. Keep going until your half hour is up. Some of your best ideas will pop up like 10 minutes after you feel you’ve reached your limit.
  5. Set it aside for at least a day, even better if you can do more.

So, what do you do with the list now?

How to Use Your Brainstormed List

Mmk, now that you’ve brainstormed to find blogging ideas, it’s time to learn to use this trick in a totally-not-third-grade-way.

Let’s talk about sorting through those ideas to find the best ones. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Word doc. If I wrote your ideas by hand, type those in.
  2. Begin to move ideas up and down depending on which ones move you more or less.
  3. Order each idea, comparing it to the ones above and below and adjusting accordingly.
  4. Continue until you have a list in descending order of importance that you feel accurately reflects your goals and interests.
  5. Remove all but the top five ideas from the list. Put them in another document and file it away.
  6. Pull it out after your next brainstorming session, at which time you can add it to the fresh ideas you just came up with and repeat the sorting process.

Et voilà! What do you think? Are you ready to take content creation by the horns? Good, time to outline!

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Outlining

Outlining, huh?

Pretty boring if you’re not careful. Yet, if you do it right, one of the most valuable tools to which any writer has access.

Why is outlining so great? Because it lets you collect all your ideas, resources and notes in one place, then mix and match as you will. When you’ve got a great idea you’ve brainstormed – or better yet, several complimentary ideas you’re trying to sort into a logical argument or piece of content – outlining rocks.

Every time I start a blog post or assignment, I outline. Yep, I routinely pull together links, snippets and sentences, client instructions (if applicable) and other materials before I start.

I then:

  • Sort the material into a logical flow
  • Add headings and subheadings
  • Write the content
  • Edit it
  • Add in any necessary SEO data

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