Three Ways to Find Blog Topics

writing a blog postIt’s nine o’clock on Sunday night and you need a blog post for Monday morning.

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, 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.

What do you do when you’re out of ideas? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.

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13 responses to “Three Ways to Find Blog Topics”

  1. Derrick says:

    I only revisit an old post when I ran out of ideas.

    On the other hand, we also have to take note that there are some posts that have timeless topics or themes.

    • marie leslie says:

      There definitely are, Derrick. Revisiting old posts is not something I do often, but from time to time there can be some updating or something new to say on the subject.

  2. elizabeth says:

    I always look for topics and read news about things that I’m wondering about or a problem that I’ve had and solved. Those are my ways with coming up with something ! I think humm If I was looking for this then I bet other people are too!

  3. JanB says:

    I know… There are maybe so many ways to make the ‘blogging blues’ go away and the three ways to get rid of that feeling works.
    What works for me is to NOT think about what I have to blog about.
    That means less pressure and an easier way to get the creativity going. Another way could be to listen to some music to set your mindset right. I am sure there are billions of ways to get better @ blogging, but it’s a start!
    // Jan

  4. Jamie says:

    Another thing that truly helps me is by having theme days so I tend to focus more. It really helps in finding ideas.

    Great tips!

    • marie leslie says:

      I try to come up with different themes or series for my blog, too. Helps me when I get writing and post ends up too long–that way, I can segment it into two or more shorter posts.

  5. When I can’t think of anything (and it’s rare!), I always fall back on a “list” post. People love reading lists and they are easy to do. Hope this helps!

    • marie leslie says:

      It’s funny how lists can get us going, isn’t it, Martha? I started a list post once and it ended up being three by the time I was done. Guess I was just on a roll.

  6. Great tips for overcoming blogger’s block! I keep a document full of not just quotes, but any idea for things I might want to blog about at some point.

    • marie leslie says:

      I have a little notebook I carry around for ideas, Daniel. I also have a folder on my computer. Any time I think of a great blog post subject, I create a word doc with that as the title and then I have a whole list of ideas to look at.

  7. Terry Arnold says:

    Awesome ideas!!

  8. GREAT ideas for finding things to blog about Marie!

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