Creativity involves a little destruction and reconstruction, and then some construction all over again. Such is the creative life of the blogger who longs to make an impactful, beautiful, and successful blog. I take a look at my own blog and think about its evolution over time, how much despair I felt that I would bore my readers with the same dry topics and diction, how long my laundry list of shoulda coulda wouldas was getting, how much more successful it would have been had I started when the inspiration struck me back in 2007-2008, yadda yadda.
In a way, I consider my late start to be a gift. Being a late bloomer allowed me to develop and organize all my good ideas and, thus, extract this idea I’m sharing with you right here, right now as a current blogger making money from this way of life. Honestly, I tell you, it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an established thought leader with a readership that could fill multiple football stadiums–you never have to run out of things to blog about. Before your mind starts spinning with all the possibilities and ideas (and thoughts of forgotten ideas too), take a deep breath…and remember that everything is constantly under revision.
Everything is a work in progress.
Once you start making a list of all your current ideas, you don’t have to settle just because you only have a few items there. Just like you, that list will grow and accumulate items as your knowledge base expands subsequently.
Pay attention to other blogs similar to yours or the one you want.
(Yes, even the not-so-great ones.) You have to contrast the triumphs and mistakes of others in order to navigate your own blogging journey with more ease. Avoiding as many pitfalls as possible would be ideal. One common blogging sin I often see is the failure to write engaging titles. Having a whacky title is like a really nice clothing boutique hiding behind boarded windows. I kid you not, I have seen some articles that read “Update #” and “Announcements for June” (you catch my drift). That’s a no-no, no matter how good the content of the blog post is. I have spent hours studying what makes writing better and effective but also ineffective. Oh, by the way, I get ideas just by noting my strategic processes, which is why I’m able to share these insights with you. That moves us along to the next point…
Think about what you know and do best, then go from there.
I just illustrated a portion of my creative thinking process and how I generate ideas from something I do practically everyday. Of course, it pertains to copywriting, which falls under my niche. You should be thinking about your niche also. Do you regularly surf the internet for information–kind of like how I do–to obtain more information that will increase your expertise within your chosen field? Or maybe you just know about it from years of experience and living. Well, in case you haven’t, it’s about time that you merged the web-surfing habit with your head knowledge, but in this case it would be to see what other people are asking about your chosen topic. Bam, you’ll find your audience right there giving you your ideas at no expense to you other than your time and energy.
Search for questions to which you have the answers and keep track of them.
You have at your disposal Yahoo! Answers, forums, social media, your colleagues, your friends (I did say ‘other blogs’ didn’t I?), all sources of questions being asked around the cyber clock that never stops. Truly, take a moment and think about this: your life span is about several thousand days, maybe 6 figures if you’re healthy like Moses, and there are billions of people on this earth. That’s a ratio of, let’s say, 25,000 days to 7,000,000,000 people and counting. Unless mother nature or fate says otherwise, people will continue to be here on mother earth. Guess what else? They’ll still be asking questions about things you know and things you’re good at. So keep track of what they want, write down the answers in the form of possible titles, and blog your heart out when the time comes.That will do much less of a disservice than blogging “My First Post,” or god forbid random pictures of a family cookout with no rhyme or reason.
Do those ideas give you a good segue into developing your own ideas? Have you employed any techniques to help you conjure up and keep track of good blogging topics? If you think of anything, pitch your thoughts to me on Twitter. I’ll kindly retweet you if you share your blog link too!