Creating new blog posts regularly can stress even the most creative writers.
One of the best ways to prevent writers block is to write down – on an actual piece of paper – those fleeting inspirational thoughts that occur to you at odd times: post topics, tips, resources, products, lessons you’ve learned, quotes, and other bits of information.
It amazes me when I look at my list and see all of the amazing things that I had previously thought of, but had already forgotten.
Our brains are bombarded with so much new information a day that we are forced to forget a lot of the creative and inspirational things that we think of. And maybe just one of those creative bits will make a difference in someone’s life.
This month of July, 2011, I’ve been participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. The challenge is to write a blog post a day for a month. They do let you cheat a bit in that you don’t actually have to write every day; you just need to get to the end of the month with 31 posts.
Before the 1st of July, I sat down to brainstorm 31 topics that I could write on for July. But before I got started, I grabbed my folder marked “Blog Ideas.” Then, I went through that folder and put all the blog post topics onto one page.
I discovered that I had 33 blog post ideas already in my folder!
I didn’t have to do the brainstorming after all! I already had enough subjects to get me through the month.
As the challenge has progressed, it has been rewarding seeing those previously shelved ideas get flushed out into a real post, a post that is published for the world to see.
When it comes to writing a blog, it often isn’t that you don’t have enough ideas to write about, but more that you don’t have enough time to write about the ideas that you do have.
Sometimes, its good to have some inspiration for blog posts that don’t take that much time to write. So for tomorrow, I’ll share with you some of the types of posts that I write when I don’t have a lot of time. I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration in them.
What do you use to find blog post topics? I’d love to hear about your creative inspirations.