I tell you what, this post today is an accident. I wasn’t going to post anything today but guess this post got out today by accident. And so might as well. I have been keeping this draft in my folder. Thinking that I will write more about this later. But now it’s out of the box, I might as well do it.
You know where I got some of my post before?
The Linkedin community is a pretty good place to get ideas what to post next. I don’t have too many communities on Linkedin but all of them get into my inbox and I get to read the headline and if the headline catch my attention, I’ll read it. And then when I read it, some of the discussions are really very interesting. Some are controversial. Some are dramatic. Some of the discussions just never end. I think these can make very good topic to post in your blog because you know it’s the talk of the town.
Some of the blog post ideas I have came from reading a book. I am an avid reader. I’m not a huge fan of fictions but most of the books I read are nonfictions. I think this is a great habit to develop. The more you read the more you write. Ideas comes like honey when you do this!
I’ve never really ran out things to say. There’s always things to talk about.
Just by reading other people’s blogs gives you ideas what to write about. Sometimes just by leaving a comment I can leave 300-500 words. When you have so much in your mind, it’s easier to write. You don’t even have to think of the words, it just comes out naturally.
When ideas strikes what do you do?
Sometimes I’ll be taking a shower and ideas come! Or I would be driving the car and ideas come around. So I guess that’s the beauty of “text voice” messaging, you can always talk to your phone while driving instead of texting. Never ever text message when you’re driving, it’s dangerous!
But majority of the mobile devices nowadays are voice activated. So when ideas comes into your head just write down the keywords and elaborate your thoughts more later. It’s just like me sometimes. I’d be having a dream in the middle of the night.
Sometimes I have pen and paper on the side of my bed and I’d be writing down the things I have dreamed. And when I do that I always remember what I dream and I can say, “Oh yeah…that’s right…” So always have your pen & paper handy. Or your smartphone notepad handy.
When ideas strikes in your head, just write it down and elaborate your thoughts more later. This is a great habit to develop. I always do this either on my mobile device or my desktop computer. When ideas strike, a great title in my head, I create a draft right away even if I didn’t have the body yet.
I just want to share with you what I got from Darren & Chris Newsletter. Here it is…
Once your blog starts rolling you need to keep up the momentum
you have created – where should you look for article ideas?
Where to Find Post Ideas
1. Conversations – it’s amazing how many ideas come from the
chats I have with other bloggers, co-workers, readers, friends and
family both in real life and via IM or email.
2. Reader Questions – related to this is responding to questions
asked by readers
3. Reader Comments – similarly, the comments left on your blog
can be a treasure trove of ideas for future posts
4. Other Blogs – I find the writing of others often stimulates
ideas. Don’t forget to dig around in other people’s archives also
as it isn’t only current posts that are places where you’ll get
ideas. Of course always give credit to the source of your ideas.
5. Books, Newspapers, Magazines – I’m increasingly finding
inspiration in offline sources of information
6. Mad Ideas – ever been laying in bed at night and get a crazy
idea! I don’t just chuckle to myself when they come – I get up and
write them down. It’s amazing how many of them end up being key
posts for me later.
7. Experience – a fairly large proportion of my post ideas come
directly out of an experience that I’m having on the topic.
Problems, achievements, challenges and mistakes are often the best
source of useful posts as you’ll find readers relate well to them.
8. Brainstorming – I take time out each week to specifically
come up with ideas to post about. While most of my posts ‘just come
to me’ through my day to day rhythm – I’m a big believer in working
hard on story ideas also and have a folder permanently on my
desktop filled with text documents that have little else in them
except for a topic idea and perhaps a few jotted down notes – all
to work on later.
9. Archives – dig around in your own blog’s archives and you’ll
be amazed at the opportunities that you’ll find. Look for half
finished ideas, opportunities to update your ideas or even topics
that your newer readers wouldn’t have seen before.
Hope we have given you some inspiration there!
Until next time, happy blogging!
Darren & Chris