image of tausif akram By: Amby
22 Jun 2014

Overcoming Writers Block to Come Up with Blog Topics

Writers block is all part of the “game” and by now you’re probably already aware that certain things work– like, say, getting off the computer or putting down the pen and getting outside, or creating something else to distract yourself and clear your mind.

Those exercises work for when you’re 2 sentences in and feel stuck. An even worse kind of writers block happens to writers who try to keep up with the demands of blog management. At some point, you run out of topic ideas.

Here are a few things you can do to generate fresh ideas:

What do you want to learn about?

You will never know it all, but you will always learn new things from research prior to publishing a blog about something that you started out knowing nothing about. It’s simple really… but if there is something that you’ve felt curious about and would like to learn more about, the double benefit in choosing that topic is that your audience probably has the same interest.

What are some questions that you get asked a lot?

In your industry, you may find that you are asked the same questions excessively. Your blog would be a great place to address each of those questions (individually) with a detailed answer.

What makes you (mad / happy / sad / motivated / frustrated / etc.)?

Expressing your own emotion shows a vulnerability that others can relate to, and puts a human side to your brand that consumers need.

Generic Headlines

When all else fails, you can always resort to the generic headline templates used by everyone, everywhere.

  • How to _____
  • __ {Adjective} Ways to ______
  • The {Secret} of ______
  • __ Hacks That Will Make You Look at ______ Differently
  • What Everyone Should Know About _____

Have your own list of attention-grabbing headline formulas which you can also use to trigger new topic ideas as a last resort.

If all else fails…

Get outside. Get a hobby. Exercise. Take a hike. Do whatever it takes to free up your mind, because the best ideas come along on their own when you aren’t trying so hard to find them.

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