One very frequent challenge that many bloggers face is lack of consistency. And amidst other reasons, a lack of ideas or what to write about often leads to a lack of consistency.
I'll have to say that running out of blog post content is not a challenge I often encounter. The thought may have only crossed my mind when I newly started blogging and I was afraid that I'll run out of things to write.
On the contrary, I typically wonder if I'll be able and diligent enough to address and write about all of the topics in my head. I sometimes wish technology has got to the point where my thoughts and ideas can simply be extracted into a blog post without me having to put pen to paper or to raise my fingers in typing.
But then, I recently found myself somewhat in that spot. I wasn't out of ideas or inspiration but I only wanted to talk about motherhood and my new found status of being a mother. I had so many things to share, but there was often an element of motherhood to it. Motherhood can definitely be overwhelming. If I thought of writing a piece about going to the moon, it would most likely be phrased as "how to go to the moon as a new mum" or "the best way to keep your kids occupied when you're off to the moon". Oh dear.
But this isn't a mummy blog and not all of my followers are interested in mummy posts. So I needed to snap out of it.
And I think I did, thus creating new content ideas. As a blogger or creative to consistently have fresh relevant ideas, here are some tips:
1. Have a pen & paper always
There's a saying that the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. And in relation to blogging, perhaps wiser words have never been said. We're often tempted to rely so much on our brains and memory for the retention of ideas. It happens such that at the time the ideas come up, you're unlikely to believe you'd ever forget them. But alas you do, sadly. Sometimes it's just not the general ideas in themselves - it's the killer introduction or punchline that should have taken your writing from a zero to hero. But when you need it, your memory fails you.
Your notepad won't fail you. Well except it gets lost or stolen. But even at that I find that words written down are easier to remember. So get a small size note book that you can easily carry everywhere. Inspiration strikes at any time. In this age, more technology inclined people will argue that your notes app on your phone serves the same function. Considering I'm currently typing this from my notes app and I have no less than 20 notes relating to blog ideas on this app, I agree to an extent.
So when my head was filled with mummy posts I had to dig out my old note books (and half written notes) including some from almost 2 years to ago when I had just started this blog.
2. Switch up your Routine / Environment
We can only share what we come across or encounter for our stories or blog posts to be true and passionate. So if I'm spending all of my 24 hours in a day nappy changing, bottle feeding and burping a baby - no prizes for guessing that's all in my head. My friend said to not worry that once I change my routine a bit - step out of the house more, have dinner with friends -fresh ideas are bound to come. I agree. Remember that you can really share or write about anything arising from your new routine provided that there's something your readers can take away. Or just enjoy.
If for some reason we're not able to drastically change our physical daily routine or commute or the people we're surrounded by, we could easily switch up other seemingly mundane parts of our lives. So consider little things such watching TV channels other than your regular ones, or reading blogs, books and magazines that you may ordinarily not consider. I personally find that magazines are often a gem for inspiration!
3. Utilise Social Media / Google Search
Social Media is such a gold mine for blog posts ideas, for the simple reason that we spend so much time on there, and air our voices and concerns on different things.
So look through the comment section and explore tab on Instagram or trending tweets and conversations on Twitter. Scan through online forums like Quora, Reddit or Facebook. You're likely find something to light up for brain, air your opinion on or teach & inform others. Alternatively you could think up a general topic or keyword and then do a web google search to see what others search relating to that keyword or what others have written on that - and then put your your own spin/ experience on it.
4. Ask your readers / others for ideas
If you're not the only one reading your blog, then it's always a good idea to ask for suggestions from your readers. You'd be surprised at how much inspiration and ideas they'd send your way. More importantly you'd be fulfilling a need and actually sharing what they want.
I simply tweeted and shared on Instagram that I was kind of stuck in mummy world and I got quite a number of suggestions as to what to write. Now the fact that people have suggested these ideas do not mean that the inspiration and ability to write them would come very easily. But back to number 1 - write these ideas down, revisit it often and finally flesh out a full post when you can!
Finally, don't beat yourself up too much for being out of ideas. It's advisable to be alert and try to brainstorm as much as possible, but sometimes a break is all you need for new ideas to spring forth. But don't let it go for too long, your brain may just get lazy!
It's also a good time to do other blog related activities that would still be beneficial to the blog. Such as promoting old posts, fixing bugs or missing links, finding and reaching out to other bloggers or using these ways to improve your blog look, and layout.
And well, if nothing else works, the fact that you're at a loss of blog ideas could be the inspiration for a brand new post - as I have very clearly done!
As a blogger are you often at a loss for content? How do you get around that, create and plan content? Love to hear! And taking my own advice. let me know what you'd like to see more of on the blog!
ppS: I could have titled this post "how to find blog inspiration as a new mum" and it'd still be relevant! Ha. I still wove this motherhood into it didn't I?