Don’t Know What to Write About?

Within my niche, I found a hack — no surveys, no trending searches, and it’s simple

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We’ve all had moments where we wanted to post content, but were out of ideas, even within our niche — writer’s block.

Mornings are when fresh ideas, revelations, and ‘ah-ha moments’ occur for me.

One morning, I received a notification that a new post had been added to a blog I follow, which is within the niche I’ve adopted for my personal blog.

On the blog, there’s always a question that sparks debate — at least one per week, and this post was no different.

Periodically, I’ll respond with a comment to the question. But, oftentimes, I’ll just read the post and move on.

But, this particular morning, I wanted to post a comment.

But, it dawned on me to ponder the question — why waste my comment by posting it to a blog I follow?

I thought, why not post the reply to my blog?

Since my moment of enlightenment, I’ve not looked back. I no longer have to generate ideas to post to my personal blog (Medium is not my personal blog).

It’s simple, no surveys, no trending searches. I wait to receive notifications from the blog I follow.

So, how does it work?

Again, instead of responding with my opinion to the blog I follow:

  • I’ll turn my response into a topic
  • Create a blog title
  • Then add my response to my personal blog as a blog post

I’ll do the same for followers who reply and express their opinions:

  • I’ll generate an idea from another follower’s response
  • Create a blog-post title
  • Then add my comment to in response to another follower’s opinion, to my personal blog as a blog post

For instance, if the blog I follow is about shoes, and the blogger posts that four-inch heels for women are best for walking, and they are the most comfortable for her — hands down.

Then the blogger asks her followers, “What do you think about four-inch heels for walking?”

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I’ll respond by:

Generating topics from my opinion about wearing four-inch heels to create blog topics:

  • “Why I Will Never Wear Four-Inch Heels”
  • “Wearing Heels Can Be Dangerous”
  • “High-Heeled Shoes Can Be Unhealthy For Your Feet”
  • “High-Heeled Shoes Can Throw You Off Balance”
  • “Heels Can Hurt Your Back,
  • “Have You Ever Twisted Your Ankle While Wearing High-Heel Shoes?”
  • “You Risk Breaking a Leg (or two) When Wearing High-Heel Shoes.”

I’ll do the same with other followers’ responses on the blog:

I NEVER copy what respondents say, I only create a topic or an idea, based on their response (see example below):

Replies might be: “They are too painful.” “I can’t imagine walking in four-inch heels; I get bunions and corns.” “I had to have surgery from walking in high-heeled shoes, let alone, four-inch heels.”

Then, based on the responses I read:

I’ll create a topic for my blog post titled (here are several topic ideas):

  • “The Consequences of Walking in Four-Inch Heels.”
  • “How, Can Anyone Walk in Four-Inch Heels, Without Aching Feet?”
  • “You Can Break a Leg, or Twist an Ankle While Walking in Four-Inch Heels.”
  • “Surgery Could be the Cost of Walking in Four-Inch Heels.”
  • “Corns and Bunions — The Price One Pays for Wearing Four-Inch Heels”

Between my opinion and the replies of the blog followers, I have effortlessly generated several topics for multiple posts, in this example on shoes, four-inch heels, or high-heels.

Then, I research answers to each topic from credible sources, with attribution.

There’s no plagiarism.



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