How To Come Up With Blog Post Ideas | Pro Tips
I have no idea what to write. I woke up today wanting to bang out another blog post, but when I opened up the document I found I had no inspiration, no thoughts, no ideas. That is, I have five or six other drafts waiting for me in the bank, so to speak but I feel too insecure to publish any of those and really I have no idea what to write, sooooo…..
I’m going to tell you how to come up with blog post ideas instead. HA! I’m a genius!
Get ready for me to change your life in five cheesy steps.
1. Write a blog post on how to come up with blog posts ideas
I’m serious. I challenge you, right now, open up a new document and write out how you come up with ideas when you are stuck. How do you create inspiration where there is none? We all have to do it, and writing out your brain storming process might actually help get your creative juices flowing.
This is a great exercise to explore your creative process and you can never know where it might take you. As I’m writing this and listing out my process, it’s actually helping me a lot. I’m really surprised.
Think about your writing. Where do you go to find creative inspiration? Pinterest? Medium? Twitter? YouTube? Opening up a good old fashioned book? What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with the same problem? (I know, this is so meta.)
2. Fake it ’til you make it
I’m good at this. At least… I think I am. I admit, this isn’t the best advice but sometimes you just need to get a blog post out. You have a schedule and sometimes you have to keep to it. Do a Q&A, look up blogging ideas on Pinterest, pick your favorite movie and list thirty reasons why you love it. Even better if it’s a generally despised movie, because then you’ll have to justify yourself.
Nothing’s off the table when you’re out of ideas. No one said that you have to love every single post. You just have to write it. I know. I know. This is horrible advice. But sometimes you just have to write and if you start to research or at least pretend to start working you might actually find yourself ending up… well… writing.
3. No idea is a bad idea
No idea is bad. You may feel insecure about an idea, about a concept, but never write off an idea simply because you think it’s bad or because you think nobody will like it. You’re thinking about it, you’re creating it, you’re interested in it. If you like it, why does it matter what other people may or may not think about it? If you don’t write for yourself you will never be happy or fulfilled in your own work.
You probably have several ideas walking around inside your head, you’re just too afraid to put them into words. Take those bad ideas and explore them! The worst ideas can become the most fun and entertaining. Don’t be too hard on yourself or your ideas. They need an optimistic outlook to flourish.
Take this post for example. Honestly, I thought this idea was bad. Like, really bad. I don’t know, maybe it actually is. But I’m making myself laugh. I’m making myself brainstorm. I’m helping myself write. Maybe I’m helping someone reading this to write. And even if I’m not, I’m bring you all these beautiful GIFs so this wasn’t a complete waste of time.
4. If you really have no ideas at all, take a break and come back later
If your brain is genuinely exhausted of ideas and you really have nothing to give, it might be time to take a break. Distancing yourself from your work can make a world of difference for your mental state, and in turn your writing. Sometimes you’ve spent too much time thinking about your work and you can’t think about it with an objective point of view anymore. Take a break. Step away from the computer. Your sanity is more important than one unfinished post.
Go outside. I’ve heard it’s nice out there. Read a book. Watch a movie. Draw a sketch. Sew a dress. Feed your pet. No seriously, you’ve probably forgotten about them. They need attention.
Breaks are essential in a productive work session. Without them, your brain gets tired and foggy and you lose the ability to focus right. Get up and go do something else. It’s not the end of the world, and your work will still be there waiting for you when you get back.
5. Don’t give up
Some days the words just won’t come, you won’t have any ideas and you’ll feel completely defeated. Know that these days don’t last forever. If you are passionate about writing and the subject you are writing on, you will get through these days and go on to create even more than you thought possible. Bad days don’t define you or your work. They’re just days. No one can make beautiful things every moment they’re awake. It’s just not possible.
If you have one of these days, please don’t give up. You and your ideas are worth fighting for, even if it’s hard. The times when you have no inspiration are the times when you find out what you really want to write about. When in doubt, just write. It’s that difficult and simple and frustrating and easy. And I believe in you.
Thanks for reading.
(It’s Fred and George Friday! WHY? BECAUSE I SAID SO! I hope you liked this post and it helped you. If it did tell me below and also tell me what you do to find inspiration :3 Ok bye)