When most people start writing a blog they feel like they’ve got enough ideas to last forever. Things are often much different a few weeks later when it begins to feel like you’ve used up all the good ideas.
A successful blog is built on a steady stream of content and if you want to prepare yourself for this sort of success you need to come up with enough ideas to sustain your blog for the months and years to come.
The first step of writing a good post is getting inspired. We’ll be looking at some ways to spark your creative side and keep it with the following expert blogging tips to get you going and keep you going!
Hit The Books
When you’re deep into the world of blogging, it can be easy to forget that for hundreds of years readers got by without them. Blogs are great, but if you really want to dig deep into a subject you can’t beat books. Keep an eye out for any new books that come out on your subject. Once you’ve got a decent library built up, you’ll have no excuse for a lack of inspiration.
Give Yourself Some Time to Think
Too many writers use the same blocks of time for coming up with ideas and then writing them. This can lead to a lot of frustration as people first face the difficulty of coming up with topics and putting them into words without giving them much thought. To increase overall productivity and quality take some time to brainstorm as many ideas you can, then walk away and think over them for a while before coming back to actually write the posts later.
This way you’re choosing from a variety of options rather than forcing yourself to go with the first idea that pops into your mind. This also means that you’ll soon develop a pool of ideas you can draw from over a period of time at your leisure rather than constantly stressing out at the last moment.
Turn to Your Peers
You should be following a number of different blogs in your niche and these can be a great source of inspiration. Don’t approach it like you’re trying to copy them, instead you’re going to be having a sort of conversation. If you think you owe them for your inspiration feel free to link to and quote them, which can be a great way to build connections with other bloggers if you go about it respectfully.
Take Time to Listen
Eventually you’ll gain a following, whether they’re commentators on your blog or followers on social media sites. By connecting with these people ,you’ll be able to get a sense of what they like and what they want from you. Blogging may be physically solitary work but if you’re not constantly making a building connections then something is amiss. When reading up what people are saying, you need to constantly be thinking about how you can meet their needs through your blog.
Carry Around a Notepad
Inspiration often strikes when you least expect it. We’ve all experienced the joy of coming up with a great idea and the pain of realizing you forgot what it was by the time you actually tried to articulate it. If you carry a tool for writing down ideas with you as often as you can you’re less likely to lose out on these flashes of inspiration.
Trying out these expert blogging tips for inspiration is a great way to get started, but in the end, inspiration is a very personal thing. Everyone works best under different situations. What’s important is that you keep trying new things and keeping track of what works best for you.
Now it’s time to get out a pen and pad and start writing down every idea that pops into your head. The sooner you start the sooner you’ll find that idea you’re looking for!
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