No Inspiration? How to Get the Ideas Flowing

This is a guest post by Erin Steiner.

We all get it. We sit down, open up our blogging platform, stare at the empty post screen and the blinking cursor just waiting for something to do, and...nothing. Nada. No way. There are zero ideas happening.

It's easy to get discouraged. It's easy to stare at the cursor and think hateful things about it, its family, and its family's family (if cursors even have families). It's easy to get down on yourself and become convinced that you aren't ever going to have a great post idea again ever.

What's hard is getting past it and writing anyway. Unfortunately, as someone who is making a go of blogging and hoping to turn it into something big (and potentially profitable), this is what you have to do. So how do you figure out what to write about? Where do you find the inspiration you need to come up with great content?

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The News

No joke. Pull up Google News and navigate to the section in which your niche sits. Are there any major news stories happening in your niche today? Are there any major news stories happening in the niches that relate to yours? Read that story and then write a blog post about what you think about it.

Make sure you link to the article that you read. It's good for your SEO, and you never know when the original site will see your trackback and link to you as well!


Social Media

Spend some time searching for your keywords on Twitter. This is sort of similar to Google News, but you won't just find links to news stories. You'll find links to news stories, blog posts, books, etc. You'll find opinions on your niche. You might even find opinions about you that you can use as inspiration for a blog post.


Pinterest

Make sure you do the same thing on Pinterest! Pinterest is a great inspiration portal. One of the best things about Pinterest is that it hasn't yet been overrun by marketers. This means that when you search for your keywords or through boards that look like they relate to your niche, you're going to find really great ideas that real people have found inspirational. You don't have to worry that every pin you see is going to lead to a sales page or product portal.


Reviews

Have you read something great recently? Have you watched a video that you really loved? Have you used a product you've really enjoyed? Now is the perfect time to tell your readers about it. Even if the thing you read, watched, or used doesn’t exactly relate to your niche or topic, that's okay. Variation from the norm keeps your blog interesting!

This can be flipped the other way. Have you read, seen, or used something that you just hated? Did something fail you on every level? Tell your readers about that, too! Even better, tell your readers why you didn't like the whatever it was and then tell your readers how you would have changed those things to improve your own experience.


Link Building

When you're grabbing for inspiration, why not talk about a colleague or other person in your professional network? Link to that person's website and talk about what a great person he or she is and why you think visiting that site is worth their time.

Write a review of the website or product. Or, even better, do an interview with that person and post that on your blog!

This helps you do a few things:

  • It builds your outgoing links, which is great for your SEO.
  • It has the potential to earn an inbound link (if you link to that person, chances are he will link to you), which is also great for your SEO.
  • It builds goodwill in all directions. Your readers will love that you respect them and care about them enough to send them to someone you think is worth their time. The person you're talking about will be flattered about the publicity and will be likely to do the same for you in the future.


Answer Questions

solve problemsPut out the call for questions and then answer those questions on your blog. You can sweeten the deal by offering a link to the people whose questions you answer.

This helps get your readers involved in your blog, helps you learn more about what your readers care about (and are curious about), and gives you great blog content at the same time.


If All Else Fails

Stop. Get up. Step away from the computer and go do something else for a while. If the weather is cooperating, go outside and go for a walk. It will get the blood pumping, and you'll be amazed at how many ideas you will get once you tell yourself that you aren’t going to do any more work for a while. It’s Murphy’s Law: As soon as you’re away from the creative space, you come up with lots of creative ideas!

There are lots of ways to come up with great blog content. What are some of your favorite ways to get the ideas flowing?

About the author
Erin Steiner is a freelance writer and blogger who has maintained her own blog for nine years and is an expert on online reputation monitoring and maintenance.

23 comments to "No Inspiration? How to Get the Ideas Flowing"

Topijerami Topjer June 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM    

yeah,, google webmaster tool is another good place to find keyword for next post, see popular keyword from your blog and write about it

Nicko The Tubeblogger June 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM    

I use the last tip a lot. Getting up and walking around a bit. Take a trip to a park or library. It helps get the thinking juices flowing.

Arham Sukardi June 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM    

In social media we can find any ideo for post, thanks

Echelles June 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM    

"Step away from your computer." I think it's the best advice for stimulating inspiration :)

Akuneme Christopher June 30, 2013 at 5:40 AM    

I do must of the tips you mentioned, i love the Google news aspect most

Nicks June 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM    

Cool Ideas to generate few more posts on my own blog.
Thanks to help me get up and write some great content.

iOS 7 Beta Download June 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM    

No doubts, these all are amazing ideas to get rid of writers block, and give another shot to productivity. Personally, whenever I feel like I am not going to do this work. I force my self to get over it, and then get luxurious thing. Seems like playing with own mood.

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Baturay Kaya July 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM    

Thank you for sharing these tips. I wasn't aware of the importance of outgoing links and you opened my eyes. Thank you very much

samupdate July 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM    

Wao.
What a nice post loaded with info.
Notwithstanding i will like to still add up a point to the authors point which is participating in online community forum.

Online community forums allows you to put your website address on your profile.
Not only that they also consist of needy people in.
Many people participating in community forums are needy but they dont get their reply from anyone but if you can participate in these forums you will be able to see what they want most and then you can blog about it and then add the post link to answer that question.

NCDEX TIPS July 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM    

I have not checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess Iall add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend

Stock Tips July 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM    

I have recently been thinking the similar idea myself lately. Grateful to see someone on the same wavelength! Nice article.

Cazare July 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM    

I don't know if now is good to make linkexchange...

Raymond Au July 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM    

It is always hard to get started and have fresh ideas. I find that simply not being on the computer is the best solution. Go out and get some fresh air, and your brain will clear up.

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Rana Irfan July 9, 2013 at 1:30 AM    

yes agree with your point. I am using webmaster keyword tool . it is best thing to write new post.

http://www.kooldesignmaker.com/ July 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM    

News and social media both are very important and easy sources for inspirations. Sometime every blogger, webmaster, marketer needs some ideas and in that particular time he/she try to get unique and fast idea, in this scenario social media and news always help.

Blog Master July 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM    

I had experienced the same ! staring at the blank post screen and blinking cursors,but soon i recovered.After some days i found this article,This is a great article and from that day on wards i am pretty sure that i won't face that day of emptiness :)

prince July 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM    

nice post thanks for sharing with us, finding new ideals to blog about is one of the most difficult things for newbies

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