Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Blog Post Ideas Generator or BPIG, with an ‘I’m Feeling Lucky‘ button that produces that perfect idea in your moment of need. You know the one that’s going to go viral, gives you a 99% open rate on your emails and ranks you ‘Number 1’ in Google Search.
Wow, where do I sign up!
Yes, I too dream about it every night before I go to bed, and perhaps I should make one. But, back in reality land, sometimes we just need a list of ideas to spark our imagination. I’m confident all your ideas are up there, stacked up, like blocks in a game of Jenga, but perhaps you just need a way to dislodge a few, without knocking over the whole tower.
In lieu of this fanciful ideas generator, here is my list of Blog Post Ideas that will at least cover you for creative ideas over the next few months.
1. Try an Inspirational post – We all love to be inspired, and finding some great quotes is a great way to inspire other. Here is a great site for finding some memorable quotes. But, maybe you know some that already inspire you.
2. Review Products – This one is a ‘no brainer’, Just rate and review a product that you really love. If your readers love you, then they probably even like what you like. You can even throw in an affiliate link to make a little extra cash for your blog. But be up front with the links if your readers don’t expect these from you.
3. Be an Opinion Blogger – Grabbing a daily news story and blogging about it while it’s current news is a great blog post idea. There is always an unlimited supply of news.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom – Robert Frost
4. Write a poem – You are a writer, so I’m sure you have no problems with your creative side. Try writing a poem about your niche for something a little different. Try Rhymezone.com to get some inspiration.
5. Open up Guest Posting – Guesting posting is a win-win for both you and your readers. Your readers will appreciate the regular content and it’s great for generating fresh topics. All you have to do is approve it.
6. Write a Tutorial – People love information and you probably have a wealth of knowledge, so put together a tutorial or guide to help your readers out. It adds great value to your blog and you could even re-purpose it as a premium product down the track. I use guides to teach others how to start a blog.
7. Start a Contest – A contest is a great leads generator if you target the right audience. It can be also great idea to build your email list
8. Review someone else’s Blog – It’s likely that you don’t always agree with the opinions of others in your niche, so create content using other blog posts as your fodder. There is no need to be aggressive, as being persuasive will go down a lot better with your readers.
9. Interview a Peer – I’m almost certain your niche has a number of people that are open to an interview if even only to promote their brand. Regardless of their reasons a transcript of an Interview is a great source of content for your blog. If you run it as a skype interview through Google Hangouts you can also publish in it youtube for some extra traffic opportunities.
10. Create a Slideshare – It’s easy to create a Slideshare with some of your words and photos and publish this as the blog post.
11. Have Fun with Animated Gifs – Do you have a funny side? Of course you do, so get creative with animated GIF’s and base your whole idea around that. Check out this funny blog post where Chris has done exactly that. Did I also mention animated gifs are great for viral content?
12. Create an Infographic – Infographics are hot property and appeal to those amongst us who are visual learners. By grouping some statistics together in your niche, it’s quite easy to build one yourself using the templates available or to outsource that creation to someone of Fiverr.
13. Just post your photos – If you have something little a fashion blog then, it’s all about the images isn’t it. Group some of your fashion pieces and post as a photo gallery
14. Create a List – People love lists and it’s a great way to get shareable content. Just make sure your spend time on your title because that’ll determine if people will even look at it. You can list anything from your niche and try starting the header with ‘Top 9′ or ’37 Top’ rather than groups of ’10’ as it’ll show you have an exhaustive list.
15. Start a New Rumour – If you are a full-time blogger then you probably miss those water cooler conversations, where ‘so and so’ is mucking about with ‘him or her’ or XYZ company is in financial trouble. Things don’t need to be any different on your blog, start a rumour and see how far it goes.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page – Saint Augustine
16. Share your Travel Experiences – Do you travel? Then I bet you’ve had a lot of awkward moments or situations where things just didn’t go as planned. We’ve all been there, and love to hear that we aren’t the only ones. Travel Blogs are popular amongst readers so, I’m sure you’ll readers can resonate with travel posts.
17. Announce you are using CommentLuv – If you need more comments then using a plugin called CommentLuv, is a great way to get more comments as there is more link love going back to your commenters. Make a big deal of it in a blog post and explain that you want more interaction from your readers.
18. Giveaway Products – People love free products and will likely keep coming back to share your site if you are giving away things for free. Put aside a day of the week for these promotions like a ‘Give Back Monday’ and source products from websites like Tomoson.
19. Begin a Series – Create a short blog series on something you are passionate about. Create an Introduction post, then the series posts and finish with a summary post. It’s a great way to generate some regular reader habits.
20. Write a Short Story – Use you imagination and start a short story. It doesn’t need to have an end because you can ask your readers for ideas on how they think the story might turn out.
21. Share your Dreams – Writing down your short term and long term goals is a great way to communicate you are serious about your blog and the readers. 1 and 5 year plans gives the readers assurances that you are in it for the long haul.
22. Just write down your thoughts – We usually have way too many things going on in our heads, so just write them down and reveal your human side. You may even come up with some extra ideas, that were caught up in your mental clutter.
23. Explain why Sharing your Work is Important – No matter how many times you ask you readers to share and comment, sometimes you just need to ‘S P E L L’ it out to them in a Deep and Meaningful post. It doesn’t hurt to ask does it? That reminds me please ‘like’ if you have enjoyed these blog post ideas so far.
24. Build a Case Study – Take notes the next time you try and implement a new feature on your blog, and then create a case study from it. Explain the process from go to whoa, including your expectations from implementing the feature. An example might be implementing a plugin like CommentLuv as previously mentioned.
25. Share your Blog Traffic Numbers – You can do some traffic analysis on your blog and publish the results including the graphs from Google Analytics. If you don’t want to include numbers then publish the types of traffic you get, such as demographic, country of origin and traffic sources such as pc, mobile, or tablet users.
26. Publish your Art – If you do more than write, then publish some of your other creative work, such as drawings, poems, paintings or even sculptures. You never know, you might even get discovered.
27. Share you Favourite Blog Links – We often get distracted from writing when we are busy reading other blogs from around the Internet. Curate a list of links that your readers ‘must’ checkout. Theme it into a day of the week, like a ‘Wednesday Wrap-up’
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list – Michelle Obama
28. Share your To-Do list – Sharing your to-do list suddenly makes you accountable for those tasks. You could do this at the start of a each month and update the post as you go.
29. Post about your EPIC failures – We all love a good tragedy, don’t we? Well your readers certainly do. When you look back on an EPIC failure and have the humility to laugh, sharing it with others is bound to get a reaction.
30. Do a Comment Wrap-up – After you have a massed a number of comments you can you a wrap-up of your best comments and link them to those pages so your readers can easily continue the conversation.
31. Do a Weird Facts Post – Do you know peculiar facts about your niche? Even if you don’t it’s easy to research them on the Internet and curate a list to share.
32. Collate important dates in history – Put together a list of important dates in history and share with your tribe.
33. Share some jokes – There are plenty of jokes going around, so put a few together and share in a blog post. Make them Tweetable for some extra sharing opportunities.
34. Do you have any regret? – It’s time to open up again and reveal your human side by revealing and regrets that you have or haven’t done.
35. Become a MythBuster – Ok, you don’t need your own TV show, but bust some classic misconceptions or myths about your niche.
36. Ask a Rhetorical Question – Sometimes you don’t need an answer to make a point. So go and make it anyway.
37. Recognise a Deceased Celebrity – We may not personally know a celebrity, but somehow we learn more about them than our own families. If you have a close connection with a recently deceased celebrity, who is familiar to your audience, then you could write a nice piece on how they impacted your life.
38. Analyse your Past Work History – We often forget how much work we complete in our lifetimes. Going over your CV or resume and reminiscing in your blog is great idea.
39. Post a picture and write about it – Sometimes a new blog post idea can come from a picture you took of a memorable event. Have a look through your photo album and just start writing.
40. Share a social experience – Maybe you’ve been to a concert, visited a trade show or just goofed about at a fair, it’s all good fodder for your blog.
41. Write about an event in history – History is always a great source of material for a writers block. Just grab your favourite historical event and write how it could relate to the present day. Remembering the lessons of the past are important.
42. Write about your Next Holiday – It’s likely you are planning some travel in the near future, so talk about where you are going and list some great places you’d like to visit. This should encourage some shared expeirence comments from your readers.
43. Share any writing tips you have – We are all experts to someone. Share some of your best writing tips because you never know, it might just help someone to start their writing career
44. Don’t Miss the April Fools Day Opportunity – Commenting about events on Aprils Fools Day is always a good source of content. Leave your blog post until later in the day and you can scourer the Internet for April Fools Day website wrap-ups and then publish your own.
45. Gloat a little about your favourite thing – We all have a favourite ‘thing’. Take a photo and blog about why it’s so special to you.
46. Share your Family Budget – If your blog has anything to do with saving money, frugality, or general finance then consider publishing your family budget as this could also be the subject for future blog posts.
47. What’s your Life’s most Important Lesson – You might have only had a short life, but I bet there has been a few great lessons learned already. You could also make this funny by sharing all the life’s lessons your parents have given you. Fail!
48. Do a Video Post Instead – If you are struggling with a blog post idea then mix it up with a video blog instead. Talk about something you’d usually write about then upload to youtube and link to the video in your post. Then you could get the video transcribed and post than under your video.
49. Write a more detailed ‘About Me’ page – You never want your ‘About Me’ section to be too long, but if you’ve had an interesting life then fill out the whole story in a special blog post.
50. Write about Tips for Success – Everyone wants to be a successful at something in their lives. Try writing about your best tips that got you to where you are.
51. Research a Topic you are Interested in – If you need to do your own research for a specific topic, then blog about what you learned. You never know, someone might find that post via a Google Search at a later date.
If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
52. Dream a little – Create an interesting blog post by proposing a ‘what if’ scenario, like if you moved overseas, won the lottery or even appeared on national TV. What would you do if this happened?
53. Share some blogging tips – We were all born knowing nothing, and blogging is just as new to some people. Reveal some of the mistakes you made when you first started out, and how you overcome them.
54. Shock your readers with some Bad Habits – What you don’t have any? I don’t believe you. I’m sure there is something juicy in that closet of yours.
55. Throw out a bit of Link Bait – Link Bait is the type of bait you use when you are fishing for links. It commonly know as one of the first steps to getting your content to go viral. It’s best explained here.
56. Offer Free Help – Content is King and your advice is worthy content. Start something like an AMA – Ask Me Anything type of regular series.
57. Share a Favourite Recipe – Do you have a family recipe that has been handed down through generations? Is it a secret? Could you share it with your loyal readers. Also, take a few photos and make a real feature of it.
58.Write a Guest Post – If you need a fresh topic to write about, then try guest blogging for another blog. As they say ‘a change is as good as a holiday’. So take a well deserved break.
59.Create a Portfolio Page – If you’ve been blogging for a while then create a portfolio page of your best work, on this or any other blog you have contributed to.
60. Publish your positive social media feedback – To strengthen the connection between your social media and your blog, publish some of the positive feedback you have gained from social media. It’ll also reminds your readers to connect with you on social.
61. Showcase a Reader – It’s well know fact the bloggers follow other bloggers. Try showcases one of your readers, in an interview style. Maybe make this a regular feature ever month.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it – George Santayana
62. Turn Back the Clock – You can write about your history and include pictures of your site from years ago. Search for your blog in the Way Back Machine to get some old screenshots of the way it use to look.
63. Turn your Bucket List items into a Blog Post – Do you still have items on your bucket list? Talk about how you intend completing these.
64. Celebrate Milestones – Everyone has a birthday, and even your blog does, so don’t forget to celebrate when that special time comes around. Share your journey over the previous year.
65. Create a Glossary Page – Before you start using big industry specific words and TLA’s, make sure you create a glossary page that you can link back to. It’ll keep your readers on your website, instead of looking the word up in Google. BTW: TLA stands for Three Letter Acronym
66. Create an Audio Post – Write a blog post, then read and record your writing and publish this audio file, for a completely different spin on your blog post.
67. Make a Handwritten Post – If you need another blog post idea then, handwrite your blog post and then scan and publish the image onto your blog. You can dress up the image with a few ageing photo filters to make it look really old.
68. Write an Open Letter to a Billionaire – The chances of connecting with a billionaire, are remote, so don’t waste your time with a personal letter and just publish an open letter. You just never know who will share it.
69. Make a Future Prediction – When you make a future prediction and publish it. This will makes you look knowledgeable when it comes true, so be sure to link back to the post and get some mileage. However, if it never comes true, then you just never mention it again.
70. Play Truth or Dare – Another great blog post idea is to engage with your readers and play a game of truth or dare. Explain how the rules go in your blog post and then ask and answer truth or dare questions in the comments. I dare you to!
71. Just have a Rant – If something is getting up your nose, then just let it all out. Rant away, it’ll probably be funny anyway and plus you’ll feel much better when you’ve finished.
72. Write a note to yourself – Write a personal note to yourself, for you to read in 3 years time. Then in 3 years, you can write another blog post on how this turned out for you.
73. Do a Book Review – If you like to read books then review the book you have just finished reading on your blog.
74. Create a Checklist – Are you educating your readers, do they need to follow a path. Then create a printable checklist that they can use to help them along the way.
75. Do you have any Cheats? – People love shortcuts, so list any cheats or tips you have collected over time.
76. Create a Live Blog Post – Start your blog post in the morning and update it as the day progresses. Be sure to advertise this on your social networks to ensure you get readers to comment in real-time.
77. Start a FAQ – Start a Frequently Asked Questions page for your blog, and you can continually refer to this over time.
78. Start a Poll – If you want to get to know your readers a little more then start a poll or survey asking them some questions you need answers for.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime – Maimonides
79. List common mistakes found in your niche – Teach others where the common mistakes or pitfalls are in your niche. You might save them from taking the wrong path.
80. Reveal a Secret – Sharing your personal information is a great way to connect with your readers at a deep level. Reveal a secret that you haven’t shared before and blog about why this is a little known fact.
81. Ask your Readers for Ideas – When all else fails you can just ask your readers for some new blog post ideas. It never hurts to ask.
Wow! I’m exhausted just writing that list and yet it’s just the tip of the ice-berg as I intend to writing a few more blog ideas that are niche specific.
Remember your goal as a writer is to connect with your readers and sometimes showing your human side is the best way to achieve this. As you reveal a little more of yourself, your readers may just become comfortable enough to reveal a little of themselves.
If you know someone who needs a few Blog Post Ideas to get moving again, then please share this post with them, as the world is waiting for what they have to say.