Now that you’ve got a quiet space picked out to blog and your space has all the stuff you’ll need like a good place for your coffee cup and a comfortable chair that’s not too high and not too low, you’ll need ideas to start your fingers typing away.
There’s one of the bigger problems for the blogger—that well of ideas running dry and leaving you staring at a blank monitor screen. Here’s a few good tried and true ideas to keep those ideas flowing for years to come.
- Find out what matters to you and do some research to stay current. Always talking about current affairs to your friends and co-workers? Forever ready to tell anyone who will listen how your favourite team lost the big game and what you could have done better as the coach? Sometimes, the path to great blogging ideas is simple and all about that old writing adage, ‘Write about what you know.’ Setting up some Google alerts is easy and writing on a topic you already know something about and love is easier and makes you a ready-made expert who will draw followers to your blog.
- Following the never ending supply of writing prompts online is another great way to keep the idea jar full. These are websites that help you along with ideas you can write about or even just a solitary word to get those creative juices flowing.
- There are also many good books about the craft of writing that are inspirational. Steven King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is one of those that many bloggers should have on their shelf and, of course, the old standby The Elements of Style will keep you motivated.
- Life itself is a good source. Listen to people and stay alert wherever you go. Remember that as a blogger, you should be watching people, places and things all around you. Writers observe life as well as chronicle it and there’s often no better platform than everyday life for great ideas.
Sometimes the best advice is don’t force ideas. If you learn to relax and watch, read and listen, you’ll find there’s a never-ending supply of ideas you can pick from. For example, ever wondered about the history of the monitor you’re reading this on right now?