During this 30-day blogging challenge you might sit in front of your computer attempting to write a new blog post and never get past the blank screen. Trust me, I've been there and done that numerous times. Trying to create a post with no inspiration might not be the best use of time.
Or maybe you’re in a rush and you need something quick you can write and publish to stick to your blogging schedule and keep your readers happy. You don’t want to spend a bunch of time trying to come up with something to write about.
In either scenario, it’s nice to have a list of blog post ideas ready to use. And that’s what we’re working on today. I’ll walk you through a quick and easy brainstorming exercise that will result in dozens of blog posts ideas you can use over the coming weeks and months, or whenever you need a little extra inspiration.
I prefer to do this exercise with pen and paper, but if that’s not your thing, use a word document, notepad, spreadsheet or whatever program you prefer for brainstorming topic ideas.
Step 1 – Log Into Your Blog and Make a List of Your Categories
Start by making a list of all the categories on your blog. You may have a pretty good idea of the main ones or the ones you use the most, but there may be some you are forgetting.
Log into your dashboard and look up the categories you have set up. Copy them down in your notebook, leaving at least 10 lines of space below each category.
Step 2 – Come Up With At Least 10 Blog Post Ideas Per Category
Now that you have your list of categories, come up with 10 blog post ideas for each category. Don’t censor yourself, just jot down the first things that come to mind. Remember this is a brainstorm, the idea is to get a page full of ideas. You cab tweak, edit, and reject them later. For now, get your ideas down on paper and come up with a long list of potential blog posts.
Step 3 – Rinse and Repeat As Needed
One of the best things about this technique is that you can repeat it whenever you need a new batch of blog post ideas. By the time you get back to this brainstorming technique (which means you’ve used up all the previous ideas), it will be easy to come up with fresh blog post topics for each category. The best part of this exercise is that since you are coming up with ideas based on categories you won't neglect an area of your blog and will have well-rounded content.
Give it a try and see if this simple idea doesn’t help you generate a long list of future blog post topics.