Many people start blogging without no idea as to what blogging topics they want to write about. That’s perfectly alright. As the saying goes, spontaneity is the spice of life? Or was that variety? Something like that.
Inevitably when that first rush of creativity ebbs away, bloggers find their muses abandoning them on a dry but surprisingly crowded island called Writer’s Blocktopia. Here are a few ways to flag down the rescue ship of inspiration and come up with some great blogging topics:
* Look over the blogging topics you have already covered and approach them from a different angle. This is what professional writers do. They take a topic that has been flogged within an inch of its life and look for a new whip to beat it with. So if you have been writing about how politicians are driving their constituents crazy with their antics on Capitol Hill, you could flip it around and talk about how the people are driving the politicians crazy.
* Sign up for social media sites like Twitter, Digg, and Facebook. People post links to all types of content they find on the web which provide an almost bottomless well of hot blogging topics. Another option is to visit meme and quiz sites like BlogThings and Know Your Meme that provide databases of quizzes and memes you can participate in.
* Although forums are not as popular as they used to be, they are still a great place to find great blogging topics, particularly if you are writing on a niche subject. The trick is to find an active forum in your niche with lots of diversity. With all of the opinions flying around, you will certainly find something to blog about.
* Expand to other topics. Even if you are blogging on a niche topic, there are sister subjects you can write on. For instance, if you’ve been writing about mommy topics, you could probably expand into pet care. Many people regard their pets as furry babies so this wouldn’t be that far of a reach for a mommy blog.
* Visit other blogs on the internet. See what other bloggers are writing about and think of different ways you can approach the same subjects. For a marketing boost, post a comment on the article that inspired you and discretely link to the blog post as a way of extending the conversation and earning new readers.
* Do you feel like you don’t know much or have a limited set of interests? Pick a subject you would like to learn about and do some research. Share what you find with your readership. This internet is one big library with no due dates or overdue fines. There are numerous places like Wikipedia where you can learn new things for free.
* Ask your readership for inspiration. Let them suggest blogging topics or pose questions that you answer. This is an excellent way to generate reader interaction on your website.
If you try everything on this list and still can’t get your muse to come to your rescue then take a break. I find that a few days away from the computer goes a lot way towards helping me come up with some great blogging topics.