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.
Wondering where to start looking? Here are a few of my go-tos:
Now that you know how to find blogging ideas, ready to talk about brainstorming?
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:
So, what do you do with the list now?
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:
Et voilà! What do you think? Are you ready to take content creation by the horns? Good, time to outline!
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.
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