Do you ever go through these phases in your blogging journey where you just don’t know what to write about? You want to update your blog, but, can’t think of a topic that you feel like writing on?
So how do you find your muse then? How do you find a topic that inspires you to write? How do you get those creative juices flowing?
I’m sharing below a few sources of inspiration that have come in useful for me while blogging.
My Top Sources of Inspiration for Blog Posts
- Other blogs.
There are so many posts on this blog that have happened because of something I read/saw on someone else’s blog. Sometimes you want to agree with another blogger’s post, adding your own points in favor. Sometimes, you want to disagree with something you read, and you give your reasons for that. Sometimes, their experience reminds you of a similar experience you might have had.
- Comments on my posts.
Occasionally, one of my readers would say or ask something in the comments that would get me thinking. And then I’d write a post around it. Sometimes, they mention something so witty or humorous that I feel like sharing it with the rest of my readers too.
Phone conversations. Face-to-face conversations. Email/chat conversations. All kinds of conversations have found their way into my blog posts.
- Google Analytics.
I don’t check the data from Google Analytics too often (maybe twice a year), but, whenever I do, I’m amazed to see the variety of search phrases that bring readers to my blog from Google! Occasionally, I’ve written a post or two on some of the phrases that “clicked” with me.
- Real world.
Time off from my computer. A walk around my building perhaps. Time spent with some kids. Going on a cleaning spree in my house. Or cooking. Or even shopping. (Even though I still hate shopping.) Anything can ignite that spark, you know. In fact, I get some of my best post ideas in the shower!
These are my top sources of inspiration for blogging. I usually find topics to blog about in one of these five places. Then, of course, there are books and social-media too.
The best thing about blogging is that once you get in form, the ideas keep coming without much effort on your part. The more you blog, the more you want to blog. It becomes like a cycle.
Do you also use any of these sources to find inspiration for your blog posts? What other sources do you have for ideas to blog about?
This is my ninth post for 2015 AprilAtoZ.
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Blogging: H - Habits.
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