Finding inspiration for your blog post topics is a constant challenge and you need all the help you can get. We got started with 7 Blog Post Types to Give You Inspiration, followed by 7 More Blog Post Types for Your Inspiration, and this is the final (I think) piece in the series:
Yet 7 More Blog Post Types for Inspiration
1. The Case Study
When you choose someone to profile in your case study, keep in mind that you want to leave your reader thinking: “Well, if she can do it than so can I.” You can best accomplish this by using someone who the rest of the audience can feel superior to from the beginning. This is the reason that many case studies you see online feature unemployed people making it big or stay at home moms with 6 kids underfoot; it is easy for the audience to feel inspired by their story. Your case study post is a great way to showcase your success stories and provide social proof that you know what you are doing.
2. The Contrary Opnion
I call this type of post the Contrary Opinion post because you voice an opinion that is contrary to the established – and accepted – way of doing things. This is another type of post that can garner you a lot of comments, but it can also inspire a lot of thoughtful discussion and learning in your readers as well, so don’t be afraid to take the contrary view point.
3. The Rant
Like the Contrary Opinion post, The Rant post gives you a soapbox to share your innermost feelings about a particular subject. Feel free to “tell it like it is” but remember that your ultimate goal is to educate and inspire your audience, so refrain from unnecessary derogatory or demeaning comments.
4. Industry News
To write an Industry News post, you simply act as a reporter and share news pertitent to your niche and/or industry: general industry changes, new products, upcoming events, and governmental regulations. Make sure you describe the likely effect such news will have on your audience.
Once you’ve started watching your industry for news to report, you may find that you spot upcoming trends. When you write a trends post, be sure to include lots of data to back up your position (with links) as trend posts can be quite controversial. You may find that many of your readers will disagree with you (and each other), so be prepared.
6. Live Event
Not everyone has the resources in time or money to attend every live event, so when you attend live events in your niche, be the inside source for them. Use the event to create multiple blog posts: announce that you will be there prior to the event, post from the event, and then post your review of the event afterwards. You can even use the event as an opportunity to meet some of your readers in person.
Contests are a great way to increase the traffic to your blog, but on the surface, it looks like holding a contest is complicated and/or expensive. In reality, they are neither. Start by determining what you want to get out of the contest. Next, determine what your niche will get out of participating: cash or merchandise prizes, learning, or a “winner’s” badge to display. Then, draw up the rules for you contest and post a sign-up page. If you want to offer cash prizes, it isn’t necessary to pony up your own money: collect a registration fee from your participants or find sponsors who pay for advertizing during the contest.
I hope that these lists of post types have given you some inspiration to write new posts for your blog. If I have left out a post type that you use, please share it with everyone by posting in the comments.