Sometimes blogging is hard. Sometimes I want to write a new post and I just can’t think of what to write about! I’m getting close to 100 posts now, which to me is incredible. I haven’t been blogging for a full year yet!
This post is my 15th post this January (and this year so far!) and I’ve been blogging consistently Monday through Friday like I planned. Hey, I’m actually sticking to my goals!
I have the rest of January and all of February already planned out and it blows my mind that I’ve been able to create a blogging schedule for myself (and stick to it!) So I’m going to share my tips with you on how to find blog post inspiration!
Finding Blog Post Inspiration
At the beginning of this year I decided that I wanted to post at least three times a week. I thought it was very doable, but then I wanted to challenge myself so I instead decided I would do Monday through Friday and post five times a week just to see how long I would be able to accomplish this goal.
I created a “schedule” for myself and dubbed Tuesday and Thursday as my food and recipes days and the rest of the week could be filled with anything else I wanted to write about. Coming up with food posts is super easy because I’m always cooking and baking.
The rest of the topics don’t always come so easy…
Write About Things You Would Read
When I’m coming up with ideas for my other posts, I think about the kinds of posts that I would be interested in reading. I love reading about beauty and skincare, so I think about posts I’ve read in the past that have really helped me, or I think about things that I wish I had known that might be useful to other people.
I also make a huge list of things I wish I had known when I first started blogging and I plan posts around those different things. When you start coming up to 100 posts it can be a little terrifying trying to think of new things to talk about.
Theme Your Content
This month I’ve talked about quite a few winter-related topics and I think it really helps spark ideas when you blog with a theme. Right now it’s winter, so I’m blogging about topics relevant to winter and relevant to this month. Check out this post on How to Stay on Track in January. As it gets closer to spring I’m going to transition into spring-related posts.
This not only gives you unique ideas that other people might not be blogging about yet, but it makes your content relevant because people are going to be interested in your posts. Consider it blogging about seasonal content.
You don’t have to only blog about seasonal and theme specific content, you can throw other topics in there as well. It just makes it easier to come up with more ideas and create content in general for your blog.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
One of the biggest things a blogger has to face is comfort zones. We put ourselves out there every single day and it can be really scary and a lot of people tend to stick to the things they know and are comfortable with, but if you do this you could be limiting yourself.
My blog is a lifestyle blog, but there are other topics that I’m interested in that I really love, but I’m not confident enough to share yet. Sometimes I’m afraid that I might appear clueless or that people might not respond well, but I do it anyway and push aside my fears of blogging about things I’m a little uncomfortable about sharing.
One very good example of this was sharing a weight loss victory I had (I lost 30 pounds!). I was SO scared to share that post and let people into a very personal part of my life. But after I shared it, I realized that my fears were for nothing. I got a lot of positive responses and I eventually realized that struggling with my weight and losing 30 pounds wasn’t something to be ashamed of, it was something to be proud of!
There are a lot of different ways to find inspiration and come up with new topics. I think a really big part of it is looking into yourself and just being confident in yourself and in your blog.
What are some ways you find blog post inspiration?