You stare intently at the computer screen, fingers poised over the keyboard—and nothing comes out.
You can’t think of a single thing to write about, but you have to write something.
What do you do when your creative well runs dry?
Here are three ways to prime the pump and come up with blog topics.
Use a Favorite Quote
Whatever your niche is, whatever your business focus, there’s a quote somewhere–probably dozens of them—that relate to your topics of interest. Sites like Quote Garden, Brainy Quote, ThinkExist.com all have search features for quotes.
Even better, create your own quote database in Excel or Word, where you can paste in quotes that catch your attention or inspire you in some way. Then, when you need a quote for something, or you need an idea to write about, you’ll already have some you like to choose from.
Revisit an Old Post
Go back six months, a year, or even two if you’ve had your blog that long. Pick a post, read it, think about what you’ve learned or what’s changed since you wrote it and write an update. It doesn’t have to link directly back to that original post, just give a quick update on the topic. Remember, you don’t need to write a novel. Blog posts under 500 words often get more notice than something two or three times that length.
Review Your Week
Make a quick review of your week. What went right? What went wrong? Did you learn anything? Did you read something that sparked an idea? Did you meet someone who inspired you in some way? Pick one highlight—or lowlight—of your week and share it with your readers. If it was a lowlight, what went wrong and what could you do differently? What did you learn from it? If it was a highlight, shout it from the rooftops. Tell us why it was a highlight and how it improved things. You don’t have to share in all the gory details; just give us enough to help us learn from your week, too.
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