Sometimes you sit down to write your daily or weekly blog and nothing immediately springs to mind. Hard as you try, no inspiration strikes. Drawing a blank like this is a common issue, especially if you’re new to blogging and have yet to get into your rhythm. It’s happened to me on countless occasions and truth be told, it happened just five minutes ago. As important and enjoyable as the blogging process is you don’t really want to spend half a morning agonizing over what to say. So I have an inspirational list of 100 blogging ‘ways in’ that I turn to when the dreaded white page and blinking cursor moment strikes.
Here are my Top 5:
1. Make a Top 5 List. See what I did there? It’s easy to make a list of things you know and want to share. And it’s easy to read too, breaking information down into bite-size chunks.
2. Interview someone. Pick up the phone to a colleague or friend and ask their opinion about a subject you know is close to their heart. I almost did this one this morning too. But Jaime’s mobile was engaged.
3. Visit a quote site. Take a canter round one of the many inspirational online sites until you stumble upon a famous sentence or paragraph that unlocks a thought in your head. Then simply share your thoughts and tell your readers why you find it so uplifting. Hopefully they will too and the halo effect from the famous person you’re quoting will have a positive impact on your own personal brand.
4. Do some twitter searching and look at what’s trending. This will give you an idea of what people are talking about at the moment and should spark a few ideas. You can use these to write an article, as long as it’s adding value e.g. opinion and not reproducing someone else’s work.
5. Write about your week. I thought about doing this one too but as it’s only Wednesday morning I thought it’d be a bit of a cheek. And a bit short. Many people use their blog as a diary. I love that sort as it’s a quick and insightful way to discover what people I’m interested in have been up to. It’s also very easy to write as you are simply reporting on the week’s events and not proposing a new philosophical theory.
I hope you found those 5 tips helpful. I know I did.