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How To Never Run Out Of Blog Post Ideas

by Adrienne Smith on November 10, 2011

How To Never Run Out Of Blog Post IdeasIt happens to everyone and it’s happened to me.  I won’t lie. I’ve hit the wall a few times myself and for the life of me just couldn’t think of a darn thing to write about.  I’m sure you’ve had your moments too!  Luckily for me, it’s not very often.

Every once in awhile someone will ask me how the heck I’m able to keep coming up with things to write about.  I mean I’ve been blogging now for over two years consistently every single week.  This is my 341st post so how do you keep it fresh?

I know this topic has been written about on numerous occasions throughout the blogosphere.  But what the heck, I’ll just add my two cents worth here and let you know ways I’ve had to get my brain going every once in awhile so I’m able to continue coming up with content people are interested in reading.

So here it goes, I’m just going to go for it start listing ideas:

  • My favorite is blogging about what you’ve learned
  • Trending topics are great
  • How to’s are big…
  • Lists, people love lists
  • Visit forums, see what problems people are having
  • Google alert, search for your keywords
  • Magazine headlines, the trashier the better
  • People want to learn about Facebook
  • People want to learn about Twitter
  • People want to learn about shooting videos
  • Anything about social media
  • Blogging is always a hot topic
  • Podcasts
  • Branding
  • Traffic sources
  • Email marketing
  • Do an interview series
  • Take a poll
  • Current events
  • Do a survey
  • Ask your readers specific questions
  • Product reviews
  • Favorite quotes
  • Pros and cons
  • Goal setting
  • Productivity tools
  • Suggested reading
  • Your favorite blogs
  • Your favorite posts
  • What you’ve learned so far
  • Do a contest
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Your favorite videos
  • Who you’ve learned the most from

Okay, that’s just a few but you can see where I’m going with this.  I know that everywhere we turn people are writing about a lot of the same things.  What makes yours different is that it’s coming from your perspective.

Just write in your own words and use some of your own experiences.  Those types of posts are usually well received because it’s coming more from the heart.  Remember, this is a people business and people relate to people.

I know I just scratched the surface here so how do you come up with ideas for your blog posts?  Do you use any of these methods or do ideas just pop in your head as you are going about your daily activities?  Do you have a certain system or just let things flow naturally?

You know I want to hear from you.  I’m no natural born writer so I’ve never really had a “system”.  If you have one that works best for you, please do share.  Sure looking forward to hearing about that!  :-)

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I can’t wait to announce the winner.  So looking forward to that!

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1 Tory McBroom November 10, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Inspiration for posts for my various blogs always come to me at the weirdest times, like when I’m in the shower or driving down the street, so I always just jot them down as soon as I can so I don’t forget them. I don’t really have a “system” either. Thanks for that list of ideas, though! That should help out.

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2 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Hey Tory,

I’ve found that happening to me a lot more now. I’ll be running an errand or walking my dog and all of a sudden some great idea will pop in my head about a blog post and I’m thinking to myself, where the heck did that come from! Luckily for me, I recently got an iPod and I have an app for recording so I just record myself a message so I won’t forget.

So you don’t have a “system” either. I’m glad I’m not the only one. I read about some of these bloggers who jot down their writing schedule and what they are going write about and have their posts done weeks and even months ahead of time. I wish I was that disciplined.

Thanks for sharing Tory and glad this list may come in handy!

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3 Carolyn
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November 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Lol, Adrienne, this is one thing I never have a problem with! The tech world is simply oozing with topics, I can’t get to all of the topics I want to cover.

But I have wondered how those who don’t write about tech come up with wonderful topics, time and time again. What’s amazing is that there doesn’t seem to be much repetition among blogs.

Thanks for letting us know this fantastic ideas for inspiration. You are always inspirational, Adrienne!

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4 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I’m laughing with you Carolyn. When I was writing this post you definitely came to mind. I was thinking that you probably will never run out of things to write about. There is something coming on the market constantly that we need to know about so you always have something to write about. How cool is that.

That is something I’d like to know as well among bloggers. Where do they get their ideas? I know mine mostly come from things I’ve learned, things I’ve run into or trending topics of things happening. I know some people write about their experiences so I’m sure they just flow from lots of different places.

I guess if someone does need some inspiration, this list might come in handy!

Thanks Carolyn, have an awesome day!

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5 Janet Callaway
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November 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Carolyn, aloha. On more than one occasion I have thought how “easy” it must be for you to blog because i believe that every minute of every day some new tech product, information or service is released. Smart you for selecting that niche.

Off to comment. Until I comment on the Philadelphia Inquirer, aloha. Janet

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6 Dee Ann Rice
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November 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Adrienne,

Sometimes it is easy for me to come up with something to write about and other times I really work at it. I think it really helps to read other peoples posts and go to forums. I never seem to be short of ideas when I am on the internet interacting with other people.

You are a natural writer and write very well and I am amazed at the topics you come up with. I love your list and am going to keep it for when I am up against that wall.

Dee Ann

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7 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Hey Dee Ann,

I’m with you, sometimes it’s just flowing like crazy, post idea after post idea and that’s when it’s really nice. I’ve been known to hit the wall a time or two and that’s not a fun time. I’m glad to hear that very seldom happens to you too. When you interact with a lot of bloggers, you can get a lot of ideas not only from their posts but from their comments. Darn, I didn’t include that on the list. :-)

Ah thank you Dee Ann, that’s very sweet of you to say. I guess I’m feeling more comfortable as time goes by writing my blog posts. Once I get going it just starts to flow.

Appreciate your input as always. It’s always a pleasure to see you! Hope you guys are doing well.

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8 Praveen Rajarao
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November 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Adrienne – I agree this can be a very daunting task for me sometimes. My mind goes blank and I end up with no thoughts what-so-ever to write about. That is the time when I will try to think of this post and come over to check it out. Will surely help. Thanks.

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9 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Hi Praveen,

I know the feeling, it’s happened to me twice that I can recall. I was so mad at myself. I actually knew what I wanted to write about but the words wouldn’t flow for some reason. I can’t sit down to write when I’m tired so I know that is some of my problem. I know a few people that have told me that’s actually their best time for ideas to flow.

Just bookmark this post and revert back to it if you ever find yourself in that predicament again Praveen. But I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that never happens. Hey, for you and me both my friend. :-)

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10 Ruth
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November 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM

You said it! You are a natural born writer! So true…your writing is very authentic, Adrienne.

This is a great list. Even as a professional writer, I often find myself stumped. No matter the topic I ultimately choose, I find that the more it’s personalized with my own experiences and perspective, the easier it is to write. That’s especially true of my post today, which is particularly personal.

I’m copying your list and saving in my swipe file. Great suggestions!

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11 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Ah thanks Ruth, you’re too kind!

I have found that when you do personalize your posts with your own experiences, I’m able to relate to them much more. Even if it’s not something I’m doing or involved in, it’s like I’m there with you. I find them much more enjoyable to read and like you, more enjoyable to write.

Glad this list was helpful. I’m keeping it myself as my own reminder. it’s only happened to me a couple of times but better safe then sorry! :-)

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12 Krysta Radder November 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Adrienne, I sincerely liked your post & ideas that you have mentioned! i am not much of a blogger, but yes i do like to write if i have some new idea.. I am not a professional writer, but when i write, i write from my heart, i don’t try to make them politically & SEO correct. i just jolt down.

I have friends in the business, who write amazing blogs and some times i am really jealous of them, But i am happy that if i don’t hit a great idea i just don’t write, where as they are frustrated and they do weird things for inspirations (wouldnt want to share them :) ) like Carolyn said that tech world is full of topics where one can write. I will surely pass this article to blogger friends of mine!

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13 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Hi Krysta,

I’m not a professional writer either Krysta and when I began this journey, a writer was not how I saw myself. I do believe that when you write from the heart with the best intentions, that’s when your best work flows. In your case I would just write about what you know pertaining to your niche and share your own experiences, even if there aren’t many. People will be able to relate to you more and that’s what you want.

I know what you mean! There are some bloggers I’ve gotten to know and I so admire how they keep coming up with such amazing topics and their words just flow. I get so jealous but then I have to take a step back and realize that I’m not them and I’m not doing so darn bad myself so just accept the talents I do have and move forward.

Carolyn’s very luck… In the tech world, you never run out of things to write about. Ever!

Thanks Krysta for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

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14 Krysta Radder November 13, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Thanks for your reply Adrienne :)!

Actually i was talking to a friend of mine who is a ‘word-nerd’ and she says she billions of ideas to writ down.

It really amazes me also, how one can have so many great ideas.. it really inspires me to write more. I am sure after an year or two even i will be proud of my writing skills.!

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15 Adrienne Smith
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November 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Billions of ideas! Wow, I’d love to be in her brain wouldn’t you? Don’t worry Krysta, with time everything becomes a little easier. I have no doubt writing will be one of them. :-)

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16 Diane Aksten
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November 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Adrienne: Thanks for the contribution of your 2 cents!!

Great list of memory joggers; even if it’s a subject that’s been addressed in a million posts before, I think there’s a way for all of us to put our own unique spin on every topic; this coming from someone who isn’t a “natural born” writer either!!

Diane

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17 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Ah thanks Diane, hope my “2 cents” help! :-)

I totally 100% agree with you about that Diane and let me tell you why. I don’t learn like everyone else so I might read 10 or 15 posts on a certain subject hoping that this next time I’ll actually understand what they’re saying. Although I do get tired of reading them all, I really want to understand it. All of a sudden I’ll read the 16th post and bam, I get it. That person was able to explain it in terms I understood. No one writes the same so we have to keep that in mind when we sit down to write our posts.

Watch out when you say you’re not a natural born writer. I’ve said that about myself on numerous occasions and am getting called out more and more. The more your write, the better it all just seems to flow.

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18 Barry Wells
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November 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Hi Adrienne,

That’s a great list of ideas for blog posts as well as products if anyone is ever stuck.

I have had times where I sit staring the screen trying to think of something worth while to write about. Not for a while now though as i now try and detail what I’m doing and the fears/hurdles I’m overcoming, or the results I’m getting.

I am also taking part in Mandy Allens blog carnival so i have a monthly post there in a series.

One thing I do on a regular basis is add ideas to a piece of paper i have on the side of my desk for blog posts, in case I ever sit staring at the screen again ;) I make loads of notes of ideas and always keep them hanging from a bull dog clip for those arrggg ohhhh moments.

I’m still raking my brains for the 7 link challenge, but will be spending time on it this weekend, so fingers crossed :)

Catch you soon adrienne,

Respect and Regards,
Barry

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19 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Hey Barry,

I just tried to think about all the different resources I have used or know others have used for coming up with blog post ideas. I’m sure you can Google this topic and find way more than I’ve shared but I think this helps with getting the juices flowing so you have more ideas to work with.

I know you are busy with Sally’s class so I’m sure you’re learning a lot of things that you can write about. Those are the topics I enjoy the most personally. I mean if you’re learning this having aha moments, don’t you think others would appreciate it too?

So you are contributing to Mandy’s blog carnival too. Wow, you are busy Barry! And now I’ve gone and thrown that 7 link challenge on you. You can put that off as long as you want. There is no time table so don’t feel pressured.

Like in my swipe file post I shared in the challenge, I use Evernote to tag ideas when I come across something. Instead of just jotting it down, I might have come across a blog post or comment, maybe an image that really stuck with me. You can tag it in Evernote and write notes also to remind you of what your thoughts were. Love that site, it’s really been a life saver.

Thanks for your thoughts Barry. Hope all is going well with you! :-)

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20 David Walker November 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Hi Adrienne,

These days I kill two birds with one stone and post my shorter, “infotainment” style emails to my blog.

One way to keep things really fresh is to weave in marketing lessons to pop culture. For example, yesterday I compared to ranking in Google to breaking out of jail and referenced a few things from the movie “The Next Three Days”.

This way you can cover the same topics over and over again (inevitable as I post daily) but from a different angle each time.

David

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21 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Hi David,

Now that’s a great idea, weave in marketing lessons to pop culture. Boy, you’re so creative. Why can’t I think of things like that. Can you send some of those creative juices my way? :-)

Love that suggestion, thank you for sharing that. Hope you are having a really great week.

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22 David Walker November 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Thanks for the compliment!

I’ve got loads of pop culture type stuff on my blog if you want to take a look (linked to a post inspired by The Walking Dead in CommentLuv at the end…)

I’ve written about movies, TV shows and also taken ideas, quotes etc. from books and given my take on them as well.

Anyone who says they don’t have anything to write about couldn’t be more wrong!

David

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23 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

My pleasure David!

I think that’s a great inventive way to add spice to your posts. Make them fun, entertaining along with adding plenty of personality to them. I’ll be sure to stop by and check a few out.

Thank you so much for stopping back by and elaborating on that more. I hope to learn something from you. I need to learn how to get my imaginative juices flowing now! :-)

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24 Mouh
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November 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Well, I usually keep a list of posts. Whenever I have an idea or come across something useful on forums or blogs, I write it down. I find that so helpful. On Mondays and Thursdays (when I write my posts) I come to my computer with 2 or 3 ideas to write about. The hardest job is choosing which one to choose from. I usually leave important topics for Mondays because I think people are more active than Thursdays.

In today’s post, I used one of your ideas. I wrote about my favorite posts. I wrote about my own posts, the ones I am most proud of. :)

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25 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Great job Mouh, you are definitely ahead of me. Sometimes I come up with topics ahead of time while other times I don’t. My post today was actually going to be about something different but I changed my mind at the last minute. I’ve been known to do that. I’m glad you have several topics to choose from and your biggest problem is which one!

I saw your post title so I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be over soon to check it out. I have no doubt it will be good. I know a few of my favorites of yours. Let’s see if they are included.

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26 Fred Tracy
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November 10, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Lol Adrienne, that list was huge!

There really are a ton of things to write about. Hmm, as for my own personal way of writing, I tend to keep a list of interesting ideas that I want to share. Of course, more often than not, by the time I get to an idea on the list I’m no longer inspired about it. Lately I rely more on my intuition.

I’ll just sit down and think for a moment and come up with something that excites me. There were so many things to write about, and so many perspectives to take, that it’s really hard to not find things to write on.

One of my main sources of inspiration is just what goes on in my head. I really love my niche and couldn’t imagine writing about anything else. This is because, even when I didn’t blog about it, I was constantly thinking about it and pondering. And plus, every time I write a blog post, I get lots of great feedback from people, and because of the nature of what I write about, it could mean big changes in my life for the better.

Overall, I think the main thing is to love what you write about. If you do that you won’t have much of a problem.

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27 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

You think my list is long!!! I remember a friend of mine writing over 100 things to write about. To be honest with you, his mind just works better then mine when it comes to imagination I guess.

I’m kind of like you. I tried writing down things that inspired me at the moment so that when I’m ready to write my posts I’ll always have ideas. But when it came time to write them, I just wasn’t that interested any longer. Maybe that topic had been talked about too much or I just wasn’t as enthusiastic about it then.

What I will do when something truly inspires me and I need to start thinking seriously about writing my next post, I’ll go into my dashboard and save the title and a few paragraphs as a draft. That will help get my juices flowing so I’ve found that to be a lot more beneficial when it comes to me writing posts.

I can see where you wouldn’t really lack for topics to write about. Take your most recent post for instance. You helped me with the visualization exercise. I love learning new things when it comes to improving my life. I appreciate you taking the time to help me with that.

For the most part, I can always come up with something to write about. Like you, I love learning so in turn, I love helping my readers learn. I may run across some things they aren’t familiar with yet so that definitely makes me happy!

Thanks Fred for your input and sharing that with me. It’s always good to know how others deal with this when the time comes.

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28 Jeffrey Morgan
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November 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Well as usual I got hung in the gears of the machine of WordPress and had to seek Father Google for an answer. This did not come cheap, it took a couple of months actually.

I guess I took in about 300 pages of text that were both technically detailed and amusing narratives from sources that were mostly Blogs about WordPress.

I’ll have to admit I was pretty taken by the depth of complexity from this seemingly simple software.

I really wish I could tell you that I solved my problem with my tenaciousness tech skills. Truth be told the 300 above left a breadcrumb trail of paramount interest a mouse could follow.

Writers Block ? One Word ……….. WordPress!

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29 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 1:14 PM

So tell me Jeffrey, is that how you were able to write all your posts ahead of time through the rest of the year? I mean not only is that time consuming but how do you come up with what to write? Father Google? I’m really curious how you were able to pull that off. Oh please, do tell… :-)

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30 Jeffrey Morgan
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November 10, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Ya know, that’s interesting that you mention that. Where I derive my personal power as a Blogger is that I keep moving 18 hours a day. I work 8 to 10 hours starting my day at about 5:00 A.M working straight through without a break. At that time I usually catch a meal and then I work 8 to 10 more. I cover tremendous amounts of ground during this time. Most dealing with Blogging.

Along the way, I usually have questions and ideas that come to mind or problems that downright stop me in my tracks. It is at this point that I decide that I need to write a post if for no other reason than to give me a break from the unbelievable tech grind. I can usually go right through to the end of my post. After writing the post I shelve it in the “draft” area of wordpress. At the end of the week I have about 8 or 10 posts. I go looking for images for about 8 of them and discard the other two usually for poor quality reasons. I then schedule the “Content Hopper” for those 8. I have written as many as 4 or 5 posts in a day. However, this is just my personal style. By doing this I avoid the dreaded “Bloggers Block” that can grab anyone at anytime.

I’m still actively writing as I work toward Jeffrey-Morgan.com’s launch. I now have scheduled posts in the “Content Hopper” for the next 360 months. When I head out to enjoy that “Internet Lifestyle” ………. no one will be the wiser! :lol:

Call it my own version of “Blogging To The Bank” ………

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31 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Wow, that’s some schedule Jeffrey! I can see though what you mean about writing several posts at one time. I’ve only done that a few times. Was just on a roll with a lot of things on my mind so I wrote several posts and then had them all lined up so I didn’t have to write for a couple of weeks. Talk about spoiled. I don’t do that often though. Maybe I should just take a day or two each month and just write posts so I can knock that off my schedule of things to do.

Thanks for sharing that. Am anxiously awaiting your launch. Isn’t one coming tomorrow?

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32 Jeffrey Morgan
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November 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

You missed ……… it’s today. I’ve got my Ducks in a row and I’m ready to go. Please don’t play me like Barry Wells did and surf on over to my Blog and tell me that you can’t find it.

How in heavens can you land on my Blog and see a picture of a herd of Ducks and not be curious enough to click on it. Like you see this type of thing everyday …….. I must be the worst Marketeer on earth. :(

If you happen to find the landing page, you might want to click on the image in the center.

Maybe I should write a post of instructions ………… maybe I should take up housekeeping; at least Carolyn would get some good out of me!

Kiss Kayla and Lindsey for me :roll:

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33 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I was thinking Friday! I saw the “ducks in a row” imagine on your blog so there! I guess I got one leg up over Barry! Yey!!! In all honesty! If I clicked on every image I thought was cute or funny, I’d never get anything done.

Jeffrey, you of all people should be the last person I should say this to. You have to TELL people what you want them to do. Just like asking for a comment or “click here” to receive more information. You have to direct them to where you want to go. They would just click on that image by chance my friend.

I did go the site and clicked on the image. Clever but I suggest you actually do the instructions that you suggested! Seriously, you honestly have to tell people what you want them to do! It’s a sad fact but oh so true.

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34 Jeffrey Morgan
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November 10, 2011 at 5:47 PM

If you really love me, you will never tell a sole about this fact; I … I … well….I actually do click on every image that I think is cute or funny. Oh man ……. now the truth comes out. No wonder I don’t get as much done as I should!

I thought the image was cute as a button. I would think it would be intuitive that you click on an image that you see in a Blogs Sidebar Widget. What do I know ….. maybe I don’t have my Ducks in a row ……. yet!

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35 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I promise to never tell a sole Jeffrey! Your secret is safe with me. As busy as you are, how do you find the time? Oh that’s right, you have 18 hour days. Me, I can’t do that. I would die from exhaustion and my back would be killing me having sat in this chair for that long. But I do think images are adorable, I just don’t spend all that time clicking on them. Does that mean I’m not that curious about what’s behind the door? Dang!!! ;-)

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36 Adam Paudyal
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November 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Adrienne,

You know how much I can relate to what you wrote on hitting the brick wall. I am little relieved that I wasn’t the only one (O:

341st post..simply amazing and truly motivating indeed. And the list is great. I could really use a lot of ideas from this as an inspiration for my future posts.

Thanks.
Talk soon.

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37 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Hey Adam,

Great to see you! :-)

I’m sure you’ll have a lot to write about Adam. Having gone through so much during the last several months. Not that you want to write all about some of the unpleasant things you’ve had to deal with lately but do you realize how many people can relate to what you are going through? You are not alone. That’s what love about the blogging community though. We can relate, give advice, maybe some tips that helped us and plenty of words of encouragement.

You’ll be back to writing and enjoying life in no time at all! That I do know for sure!

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38 Steve Scott
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November 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Adrienne,

I know I have heard of this “writers block” thing people talk about all the time, but I’ve never experienced it. Looking at your list reminds me of why. There are just so many things to talk about.

One way I keep away from this dreaded block is by keeping a notebook with me everywhere I go. Yup! Just an old fashioned pen and paper. Every time I am out and about, or working on something else I just scrawl all my ideas down in my illegible handwriting.

Whenever I think I am low on ideas I just looked through that notebook and apply them to post ideas like the ones you listed. Because of this I’m so far behind on the stuff I want to write that there’s a good chance I’ll never catch up. ;)

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39 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Hey Steve,

You are very fortunate that your brain is always in thinking mode. My problem sometimes is that I know what I want to write about, the words just don’t flow. It’s like my mind is bogged down. I know a lot of that problem is that I’ve waited until the very last minute to write a post and I’m tired. When I’m tired, I don’t think as well. That’s something I need to work on. I don’t do it often though but I’ll get so busy and then next thing you know, time has gotten away with me and I need to get that post written.

I wonder if they have any clear the mind pills that could help? I certainly don’t want an energy boost or then I’d never sleep after that. :-)

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40 Ilka Flood
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November 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Hi Adrienne,

That’s an impressive list! Although I know about some of the ideas to come up with fresh content I found some to add to my own list. So, thank you very much for sharing this!

When I started blogging seriously about 2 years ago I was afraid I would run out of topics quickly. But so far I’ve managed to post every week.

Enjoy your day!

Ilka

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41 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

HI Ilka,

Ah, glad you liked this list and were able to use a few ideas from them.

I’m like you, I’ve very seldom run out of ideas to write about. My problems stems mostly from being too tired so the words don’t flow well when it is time to write. I just need to schedule my writing a lot earlier and a few days ahead of time. That will solve that problem quick!

Thanks for sharing and hope you are enjoying your day! I definitely am!

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42 Ilka Flood
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November 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Haha, Adrienne, we seem to have the same problem with scheduling. I can’t write when I have to, but have no problem with the words flowing when I want to. Guess I need to write a couple of posts ahead of time and then schedule them to be published. I’ll be trying that out and let you know.

I’m having a fabulous day so far. Keep enjoying yours,

Ilka

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43 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Yep, that does sound like a familiar problem Ilka. I need to just write when I have some extra time a day or two ahead of time until leaving it until the last minute and then freaking out because I can’t get my thoughts in order. I’m going to do my best to start writing them ahead of time so I never have this problem again. Let me know how that goes for you. I’ll do the same.

That’s great to hear, me too! :-)

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44 Dia November 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Yep everyone goes through this each once a while my friend. I personally love “how to” and “list” articles, this why most of my posts have lists and how to. One of my favorite ways to find topic is looking through Yahoo answers. After all, these are people asking questions and if I can write an article that helps such people, then I do it. Your list is very helpful as it answers what people need. Thanks for sharing Adrienne

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45 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Hi Dia,

I’m with you, I enjoy the “how to” posts as well. I know some people get tired of the lists but they are still very big. People loves lists and I do love how you list the things in your posts and they are simple and easy ways to do things.

I think that Yahoo answers can be a good place. My concern with them is that a lot of the questions and answers I’ve found for my niches are very very old. So they aren’t current topics to write about but I know it’s not like that in every niche. Good to know they remain current in yours.

Thank you for sharing that tip Dia!

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46 Ed Welch November 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hey Adrienne,

You hit the nail on the head, Being new to this blogging lark I do struggle to find things to write about. I too will be swiping your list to keep me going. And although you don’t think that you are, I can say that you are a natural writer. Writing steadily for two years and not suffering to many blocks is really good going. Keep up the good work.

Ed.

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47 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Hey Ed,

Well swipe away my friend and hope this will help you come up with good ideas to keep writing about. Like me, I prefer writing about things I’ve learned and this particular post came to me after visiting a friends blog the other day and he had hit the wall with coming up with something to write about. That got me to thinking of helping others who may do the same thing. See, you just never know where the inspiration will come from.

You are too kind Ed. I will take that compliment of being a natural writer and run with it. I think that’s actually an honor to have others looks at me that way. I’m just happy that I’ve never given up on this blog and kept moving forward. I’ve come a long way!

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48 Cat Alexandra
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November 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Another fantastic list! :D You’re certainly full of all kinds of inspiration!

One that always seems to work for me is to pick up a book by one of the “great minds” – I try to read just a little bit per day to keep my brain active and to keep me constantly growing as a human being and also to help encourage me along my path of good stewardship in sharing what I learn in life. I find that I can’t even make it but about 10-20 minutes into reading something good and NOT coming up with some good idea of something to write about.

I’ve just picked up “Your First Year In Network Marketing” by Mark Yarnell again…I’m going to be using this for a source of some of my new articles. So much fun to do it this way because it pretty much becomes my own little Reader’s Digest version of what I’m absorbing.

Hope you’re having a fantastic week! From the looks of these excellent comments, I’m relatively sure that’s the case! LOL

Highest regards,
Cat Alexandra :D

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49 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Hi Cat,

Ah, thank you for that! I aim to please! :-)

That’s a good idea Cat, to use some of the books we read. I love to listen to audios mostly so I’ll need to be sure and have something handy with me to jot down some notes when I hear something I can write a post around.

I’m actually fixing to read Mark’s book again myself. Skimmed through it quickly the first time so I’m fixing to go back through it again and really absorb it again. Will look forward to what you’ll be sharing on that subject. Yep, great minds do think alike young lady! :-)

Every day is a great day for me Cat and each week is another testament to having had a great year already. Hope the same goes for you as well. As always, it’s a pleasure to see you. Always enjoy your hearing your thoughts!

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50 Justin
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November 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Hi Adrienne,
What a great topic that every writer has been faced with at one time or another. I write about what comes to me at the moment I think of writing a new post. It sounds simple but it is true. Maybe saying that what I am feeling passionate about at the moment is a better example.

And you are right. Regardless of what topic you are writing about, you make it unique because it is written from your own unique point of view.

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51 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Hi Justin,

I think I’m going to have to go through some clearing techniques and just know that whatever comes my way will be good enough for a post. I am fixing to make a conscious effort to not wait until the last minute to write them any longer. I think that will solve any brain freezes that I have. Topics come easily for me, letting the words flow, not so much!

Being unique with just being yourself is a definitely plus! Makes the posts so much more enjoyable. You are right about that.

Thanks Justin!

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52 Janet Callaway
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November 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Adrienne, just start typing and the words will flow. Don’t be concerned about the direction of the whole post, just start writing about the topic and you will probably find the idea behind the topic will cause it to flow.

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53 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Sometimes that works while other times not so much. But it’s a great way to start period Janet!

Thanks for that tip! :-)

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54 Sonia
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November 10, 2011 at 5:01 PM

So true girl! We all get some sort of writers block and having simple topics like this is always a nice way to nudge our minds with how to format a post to showcase our own personality and style of writing. This just helped me think of my next post and I thank you for that. You ever get a post idea when your actually leaving a comment? Happens to me all the time!

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55 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I think just looking at a list of things kinds of shocks your brain and you immediately remember something you wanted to say. Happens to me all the time.

I did leave that out. I’ve gotten post ideas from reading people’s comments. You know like in a forum when people are asking questions because they want answers. You’ll see a lot of that in the comment section too.

Glad it easily comes to you when you leave a comment. Huh! Hasn’t happened to me yet. There’s always a first time though! That might be a good blog topic… :-)

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56 Jack
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November 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I don’t have writer’s block…ever. It is never hard for me to come up with material but sometimes I hate what I produce. It is stilted, awkward and about as smooth as sandpaper.

Part of the reason that I don’t get stuck is there are so many different things to write about. I suppose that it might be harder if I focused solely on one area but I don’t.

Music, books, quotes, the news, movies, tech- they all offer a million topics. Sometimes I’ll put together a blog round up with a small comment on the posts that I include in it.

One of the reasons that I recommend that people write every day is because it helps you learn how to avoid getting stuck.

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57 Adrienne Smith
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November 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I don’t doubt that at all Jack. Words flow from you like your breath. I wish you could teach that! Now that would be something I’m sure a lot of people would purchase.

If I had the type of blog where I could talk about anything any time that might be easier. Oh heck, I guess I really could do that here anyway but I might lose a lot of readers that way. They don’t want to hear me babble.

I kind of write every day. I leave comments and I write ads and stuff like that. But in all honesty, locating topics aren’t my problem. It’s waiting too late to write and then my brain being too tired to think. That’s my problem. I’m going to have to do something about that for sure now. I’ve written about that enough today so I better learn from my own mistakes. Darn it!

Thanks Jack! I appreciate you sharing that.

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58 Jack
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November 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I can appreciate that. Time is always an issue for me. I just never have enough of it.

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59 Bill Dorman
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November 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I usually have two or three things that will come to me during the week and I will start a draft. Sometimes it works and sometimes it falls flat. I usually don’t actively start thing about it until around Friday since I’m currently only posting on Mondays.

I do like your suggestions however; there is something in there to spur some interest.

Thanks for sharing.

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60 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

It’s so much easier when you only have to post once a week isn’t it? I did that on another blog and it was very successful. You never know, there may come a time when I do that on this one too.

Just coming up with fresh content sometimes is a challenge but something always seems to pop up at the right time.

Thanks for sharing what you do Bill! Starting drafts on what you want to write about is something I do as well. It gets me going in the right direction! :-)

Enjoy your day and have a fun weekend my friend.

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61 Cathy
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November 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for the list. I really like the last one, “who you’ve learned the most from.” It would be nice to dedicate a post to someone that has helped you. I find ideas in books, and the news of course for my topic, among other places. There’s always something going on.

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62 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Hi Cathy,

People like to be appreciated so it’s always nice to let them know how much they’ve helped you grow. Do it out of love, not because you want something in return. Those are the best posts aren’t they?

Getting topics from books is a great source Cathy! I don’t watch the news so I’m usually a little late on that train. :-)

I appreciate you sharing this with me. Always good to know!

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63 Janet Callaway
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November 10, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Great list which should definitely jog a few memories. If an idea strikes me yet I don’t feel compelled to blog about it at the time, I save the idea in my blog folder for when I “need” a topic. Also, if I start a post and it “doesn’t work” rather than scrap it, I file it in my blog file because I might be more inspired the next time I look at it.

Sometimes I plan a series of blogs on related topics so I can build on what was said before and, of course, link back to the previous post in a natural flow.

Another good tip that probably would provide most any of us with an endless source of ideas is so easy you will be amazed that you didn’t think about it. Let’s say your a focus of your blog is “how to blog” or network marketing. If a person is in either of those niches no doubt they have countless books on the topic–at least I hope they do.

All they need to do is open the book to any chapter, see what it’s about and write it in their own words. In blogging, the chapter might be “How to Get More Comments.” The author will have opinions and so too will any blogger. In networking marketing, the chapter might be “How to Overcome Objections.” The author will have opinions and so too will any network marketer.

The point is not to write about what the author said, rather it is to take the idea behind the chapter and write about the topic in your own words. It’s a great way to stimulate the old brain cells.

Something else I do is make comparisons in my posts–like my recent post on Andy Rooney and bloggers. People seem to enjoy that perspective of comparing one thing to another.

Something else you can do is imagine what question you would ask, if you could ask a particular person or an expert in a field, then pose the question and answer it. Or, if you can’t answer it, throw if out to your readers that you would really like to know ______ and tell them why you wonder about that.

Well, there are a few more thoughts from me. Great topic, Adrienne. Wishing you a glorious weekend. Until next week, aloha. Janet

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64 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Hello there Janet,

That’s a good idea to keep your blog ideas even if at the time you start writing you aren’t inspired. Silly me, I scrap them if I can’t get going with a certain topic I have chosen to write about. You are so right, I may be inspired at a later date.

That is a great tip about opening a book to a chapter and just writing about that from your perspective. You know, I don’t know why I don’t do more of that. But see, now I’m glad I wrote this post because you’ve given me some wonderful ideas. Most of what I write about I’ve learned in some type of training so I don’t know why I don’t relate to that in the books I read too! See Janet, I need you for my brain infusions! :-)

I enjoy posts that are comparisons or analogies. My poor brain isn’t as creative in those areas though so I have a harder time with those types of posts.

The question related post is another good idea. I have thought about that before but didn’t think I knew enough to write about it so I just didn’t. Maybe I need to go in search of the answer and then come back and give my opinion as well as ask that from my readers too! That would work.

Thank you so much for your suggestions Janet. You’ve given me a lot to think about and I’m taking notes as I respond as well.

Have a wonderful day and a great weekend too! I’ll be seeing you soon over at your place.

~Adrienne

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65 Harleena Singh
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November 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Perfect post Adrienne!

I think this happens to the best of us- at least I am always wondering about the next topic for the post! But I loved your list and most of the things I do follow, though have yet to try out polls, contests, videos, and joining forums to get ideas from.

I loved your lines -“Just write in your own words and use some of your own experiences. Those types of posts are usually well received because it’s coming more from the heart. Remember, this is a people business and people relate to people.”- This is exactly what I follow mostly.

I do write from my heart about things that move or touch me. At times if the topic does require a little research, that too is needed- otherwise its mainly what I connect well with, as I feel I would be able to share it best with people as well.

Thanks so much for the list, ideas, and sharing it with all of us :)

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66 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hi Harleena,

Why thank you, I appreciate that. Hope this was helpful although I’m sure a lot of people use some of these same sources when finding topics to write about. If not, hope these tips helped.

I think the most important thing is to just put you in the post. We all know that when people can relate to what you are saying because maybe they’ve had the same experiences or have been dealing with the same things they then see you are a real person. That really does help us all connect so much better which is how friendships start here in the blogging communities.

I can tell you are that person who is real and share your own experiences with us as well. I love your writing style. I learn so much from my freelance writing friends here online.

I appreciate you sharing this with me Harleena. I continue to learn from my readers so I thank you for that. You inspire me! :-)

Have a beautiful day!

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67 Barry
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November 11, 2011 at 1:24 AM

What an excellent post! I’m fairly new to the blogging world, and this post will most definitely be bookmarked for future reference. ;-)

The funny thing I’ve found since I’ve been writing my own blog is that I actually enjoy writing for it. I generally don’t like to write, but I really take a sense of pride in producing quality content that other people enjoy enough to share with the people they’re close to. I find that very rewarding.

I find that writing about something I’m passionate about really helps with getting the words to flow. And if I’m stuck on what to write about, I believe finding something in current events and tying it in with something I’m passionate about is a formula for success.

Thanks again for the great information!

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68 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Hi Barry,

Welcome to my home, it’s a pleasure to have you.

I love meeting new bloggers, you are just getting started and it already sounds like you’re having the time of your life. I love hearing that Barry!

You know I found myself kind of like you. Although I was told that I’m good with words, I never really enjoyed writing. Since I got into blogging, I just love it and enjoy sitting down and composing my next post. Even if I do have a brain fart every now and then.

That’s wonderful that you are so passionate about what you share at your place. I’ll have to stop by for a visit and see what you’re up to.

Thanks Barry for your contribution to this post and I hope you have a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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69 Ashvini
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November 11, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I would say, fabulous list. It covers so many points . I had to read it so many times before I could grasp it completely. Thank you.
In my opinion, you really have great observation skills because you can take situations and events then analyze them into meaningful writing.
I use observation a lot where every business I interact with for example staying in a hotel during vacation, meeting people or for e.g. using my television service provider’s helpdesk helps me to learn a lot about how they are conducting their business.
Also my professional experience with customers when I was in the job helps me a lot.
Reading books by great authors or reading great blogs ( Seth Godin, Laura Ries ) or yours, also provide me ways to use their methods and techniques to analyze the situations.
Even the comments that I receive on my site give me excellent ideas because people commenting on the blog bring different perspective which is really helpful.
A good blogger need to have following things in my opinion
1) A keen eye for events and observation
2) Desire to help others and communicate
3) Storytelling skills ( conversation) .
Thank you once again for pointing out these things. Its time for me to use them to further improve my blog :)

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70 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Hi Ashvini,

Wow, you certainly have a lot of different ways you come up with content. I appreciate you sharing that. I don’t travel much right now so my interaction with people outside my family and friends is limited. The occasional conferences but sometimes I’m able to meet some interesting people while others I’m not.

I had mentioned to Janet that I need to start gearing more posts around some of the books I read. Will have to make a more conscious effort from this day forward.

Good list of what you believe a good blogger needs to follow. I would have to agree with you.

Thank you Ashvini for your suggestions . Always a pleasure to hear from you! :-)

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71 Jens P. Berget
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November 11, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is an awesome list, and if we follow your advice, I bet we could write many posts every single day and we would never run out of ideas. The most important part, and you’ve said this very well, is to make everything into your own experience. It’s so much easier to write when we write stuff we’ve experienced, and I have even been looking at posts others have written and just turned them into my own, because my post will be unique because I was the one that experienced it.

Thanks a lot. I’ve bookmarked your post and will be coming back to it again and again :-)

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72 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Hi Jens,

I bet that if people were to go down this list that you are right, they could easily come up with something to write about on each topic. There is always some experience they’ve had or something they’ve learned about each of these things that others would probably find useful.

Reading other posts or watching the news, you can always find something in there that can help you compare it to something you’ve done online or perhaps learned. David recently told me about comparing movies to internet marketing. I thought that was a pretty good idea.

Thanks Jens and hope this helps you someday when you are searching for topics. A great refresher course. :-)

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73 Gabriella
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November 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Great ideas, Adrienne and these spark off others for me, too. Sometimes it can be frustrating to run out of blog posts but if one sits down to think, there is a lot you can write about.

Thanks for the comment on our blog and have a great weekend!

Gabi

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74 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Hi Gabriella,

You always seem to have something to share over at your place my dear. Maybe this list will help if there ever comes a time though. :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

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75 Melissa November 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM

This is a great list! Coming up with new blog post ideas regularly can definitely be a challenge. My personal favorite off your list is frequently asked questions. I look to these for inspiration for my own blog posts and we encourage our clients to do so as well. Chances are either I or someone else at the company has found themselves answering the same question over and over to either clients or potential clients. To me this is not only a good way to write a relevant blog post but also a chance to teach people more about what we do.

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76 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Frequently asked questions are always very helpful when searching for topics to write about. If enough people are searching for answers to something, if you are an expert in that area then by all means, help them out. I have a feeling that if your blog is geared toward helping clients in a certain niche, this would definitely be a great way to go.

Thank you Melissa for sharing that. Much appreciated! :-)

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77 Darren November 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Nice post. After dozens of posts in a blog there comes a time when you start to feel like you’re repeating yourself. That said, pressing on and putting a new spin on an old topic could still work :)

Darren

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78 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Hi Darren,

As we all know, things change and the way you do things change with time so updating posts from time to time with new information is also very beneficial. There is just so much information out there right now but the way you have to look at it is that not everyone will see it. So for those select individuals who find your site and learn from you, that’s an added bonus in my book.

Thanks for your comment and I appreciate your visit! :-)

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79 Bryce Christiansen November 11, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I always learn something new from these posts. I just got done thinking through what my next blogs were going to be on. Should have stopped by here first.

Oh well. Anyways, might as well be useful and give you some of my best ideas.

Stumble Upon always has fresh ideas for me to blog about. I also use Smart Brief to find ideas as well.

Thanks again,

Bryce

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80 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Thank you for sharing that with my Bryce, I’m happy that you enjoy my posts.

I appreciate you sharing what helps you with ideas for posts. You think that by now I would be mentioning StumbleUpon. It’s gets 50% of online traffic and that’s a heck of a lot. Smart Brief, another good idea. Thanks Bryce for sharing this.

Have a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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81 Jimmy
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November 11, 2011 at 5:43 PM

HI Adriennne,

For me it has been so far so good. The list is still expanding and the ideas are still coming. But bare in mind that I have only been in this for 3 months +.

I have two favourite methods to generate ideas which is really a continuous process:

1) I use mind maps. Starting with my niche which is personal development. I find that classifying ideas according to topics will keep leading to more ideas and sub ideas. That’s where the mind map expands. There is always something to write when you thing about things.

2) Marcus Sheridan suggested just answering customers’ potential questions. That is what I have been doing lately. Imagine myself as a customer seeking personal development matters. Then asking, what will I ask? What do want to know? Very effective.

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82 Adrienne Smith
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November 11, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Hey Jimmy,

You just have so many wonderful ideas and things you want to share which is why you started a blog. You’ll also see over time that you’ll still have great ideas for posts. That’s what’s so great! This little list is just in case you are tired and maybe your mind isn’t functioning as well. ;-)

Wow Jimmy, those are two very effective ways you prepare your posts. What a great idea from Marcus! I really appreciate you sharing that with me. You’ve just added to my list about the customer’s questions.

Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend. :-)

Thank you again for sharing that with me.

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83 Todd November 12, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’ve been blogging for almost a year and sort of hit that wall this fall. At first I was concerned because I wasn’t posting regularly but I decided I would write when I had something worthwhile to share. I know that posting a few times a week is great for blogging but I’ve decided not to worry about how many posts I can get out in a week, quality over quantity is my motto. Thanks for the great ideas!

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84 Adrienne Smith
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November 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Hi Todd,

Although I can appreciate you only wanting to provide your readers with quality content, by not blogging consistently each week you will eventually find that your readers aren’t remaining loyal. I actually wrote a post titled 7 Ways To Kill Your Blog Quickly that goes over that exact thing. That’s why these tips will help get your brain to going so you can consistently come up with things to write about. Of course your blog is geared toward an entirely different niche!

Thanks Todd, I appreciate you sharing that.

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85 Radu
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November 12, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Hey Adrienne,
Thanks for the comment on my blog first. Yes, we resonate when writing our posts. Wonderful list here. I already bookmarked the post to come back often and take a look.

Writing about what you just learned is awesome.. Not only that you become 100% authentic and transparent but also it’s easier to connect with people from this level.

Writing depends A LOT on our emotional state. When you come from “Sheesh, I have to do that again and I have tons of things to do ” you will feel stuck.
At least this was my experience. But with a little change of perspective: How can I contribute today and have fun at the same time…Topics popped out for me more quickly with a such approach.

Another thing I use is looking at Facebook Or Better Networker for questions and writing posts as a reply. People really appreciate when you do it.

Thanks for sharing these ideas.
PS:I appreciate that you take the time to reply to each and every comment no matter how many…Must learn this from you :)

Have a splendid day,
Radu

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86 Adrienne Smith
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November 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Hi Radu,

Totally my pleasure and I enjoyed your post. Great minds think alike, don’t they! We were somewhat similar with our topics.

I love writing about what I learn and even though some of it may be my refresher course, I still find it helpful. I think learning from other people’s experiences is helpful as well.

I can see your point when writing posts that if you feel it’s something you have to do instead of enjoying what others will get out of it can halt the juices from flowing properly. You’ll definitely feel stuck, that’s for sure.

Those are great suggestions so thank you for sharing those. I do know that people definitely appreciate responses as well.

I think it’s important to be able to connect with each individual and what better way than me replying to every comment. I want you to feel just as important as anyone else and that’s how relationships are formed. By me showing you that what you shared is important and that it matters to me because it does. You took the time to stop by my blog, read my post and then share your thoughts with me. I appreciate that and want you to know that I heard you. I say, just find the time Radu! It makes a huge difference. :-)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

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87 Rob November 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I know exactly what you mean, everyday I rack my brains trying to think of what I’m going to post next. I don’t know how I do it, but every time I manage to come up with something new.

I guess it’s literally going through that list that you’ve put up, and something always seems to jump out and hit me!

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88 Adrienne Smith
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November 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Hey Rob,

Welcome to my home and thank you for taking the time to contribute to this post.

I feel like that sometimes too and you are right. The next thing you know something has popped in my head and I’m off and running. I think the list helps because you might have had something in the back of your mind and it helped bring it to life just by looking at the list. I’ve found it helpful for me.

Appreciate your comment and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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89 Rob November 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Thanks for welcoming me Adrienne,

Thanks for the comment on my blog too,

You can be sure to see me around here again

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90 Hamish November 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Great list. Lots of useful ideas there.

I haven’t suffered from writer’s block myself – but I don’t push myself too hard if I’m honest. If I don’t feel like writing a blog post, I just do something else productive instead. I think that the key thing is not to put yourself under too much pressure – it can be counterproductive.

With that being said, one of the most productive areas for new posts for me is the comments section of my various blogs. Reader’s comments can often give you a clue as to what you might have failed to address, or what you should develop further and in more detail.

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91 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Hi Hamish,

Thank you, glad you liked the list I put together.

If you want to have a successful blog, you have to have a writing schedule. Your readers want to know that you are consistently posting to your blog. For instance I post every Monday and Thursday and I very very very seldom ever miss posting. My readers look forward to what I’ll be sharing so whether I write my posts a few days ahead of time or wait until the last minute, I will write those posts. I think sometimes we do put a lot of pressure on ourselves and we always want them to be the best they can be. I think it’s just best to not wait until the last minute to sit down and write.

I did mention that same thing in another comment earlier. I totally forgot to mention ideas coming from comments. Silly me but you are so right. I’ve gotten some really good ideas from comments. Not everyone will have the same opinions or thoughts on your subject so it’s always good to start from their perspective and weave that into another post. Thank you for sharing that.

Hope you’re enjoying your day and thanks for stopping by.

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92 Rusty
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November 13, 2011 at 5:52 AM

So far this has not been a problem. I have made myself an posting schedule which helps me to know that I need to post something that day and it has amazed me how thoughts and ideas come to mind. On my non post day (I post every other day) somehow I get inspired about a title, then the next day I spend some time thinking and meditating on the topic and them let inspiration flow. I never thought of myself as a natural writer, but since I had been corresponding with different colleagues as my main job for years, I guess I wort of grew into it. Different friends told me that I should write a book since I have traveled and lived in so many places in different cultures and countries. I laughed that one off for years, but now I am starting to see that this is really what I should do! I am thankful that I have as I have now come to know so many special people, such as yourself which is what my last post was about! Thank you again dear friend! Have a great Sunday!

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93 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Hey Rusty,

Always a pleasure to see and hear from you.

That’s great that you always have ideas flowing and never run into this problem. I think some people just seem to always have some thoughts in their head of what they want to share while from time to time a few of us may get a little stuck. I love that you meditate on what you want to write about and then the thoughts just come flowing. That’s a fabulous suggestion, thank you for sharing that.

I agree with your friends. A book of all the places you’ve been, the different cultures you’ve experienced, the lessons you’ve learned and the people you’ve met would be interesting. For those who will never make it to other parts of the world, I have no doubt it would be a fascinating book. To be able to experience that through your eyes. So, have you started it yet? :-)

Thanks Rusty and thanks again for the mention in your last post. I really appreciate that! You definitely made me smile.

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94 Deeone
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November 13, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Awesome post, Adrienne!

It can really be an incredible feat to come up with something that you think will appeal to your readers and bring new readers your way as well. I’m in no way an expert on exactly how to go about doing this, but what has worked for me is to write about topics that I myself would like to read about. Granted, not everyone will enjoy such topics, but what I’ve become ever so aware of is that someone definitely will.

We only need to make sure whatever the topic we decide to write about; that we are being true to ourselves and not trying to write about something just because the masses happen to be writing about it. I did this in the beginning of my blogging career, and it was obvious to myself as well as my readers that I was really “trying way too hard” in writing about certain topics.

Once I figured out what I enjoy writing about, and what it is that I’m good at writing; it became a lot easier for me to come up with topics.

I really enjoyed your list though, a lot of great ideas on topics to consider. :)

Thanks for sharing them with us.

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95 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Ah thanks Deeone,

I agree with you to an extent but depending on which niche you are in, when something big hits or is released, most people want to learn about it. Maybe you are able to express it better so people will understand so writing about it will be very helpful to some people. Me personally, sometimes I’ll do that while other times I’m just tired of hearing about it myself so I don’t want to contribute to the chatter. I guess it just depends on if I really have an interest in that particular thing and if I can really help my readers.

I love reading your posts because they are coming from your own life experiences and I believe there are so many people who can learn from what you’ve been through in your very short life. Because I’m such a big believer that anyone on this earth can change, it’s up to them. It doesn’t matter their circumstances or surroundings, people can change. They have to want to so reading how you’ve come through a lot of what you’ve had to deal with I think can be inspiring for others.

Whatever you do, keep up the great writing. I for one really enjoy visiting your place.

Thanks Deeone and hope you’re enjoying your weekend. :-)

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96 Richard November 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I just wrote about this recently. Sometimes, I find that it helps me write just to get a change of scenery. I’ll take my ipad out to a coffee shop or someplace different and it jump starts my brain for writing.

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97 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

That’s a good idea but I know it wouldn’t work for me. I have to have it totally quite in order for me to concentrate so being in a public place would have the opposite affect for me.

I wish I had a laptop or iPad because I would love to go sit out in my courtyard and work from time to time. I’ve just never invested in those because to me, I don’t “need” it. I don’t purchase anything that I don’t need. I’m bad that way but I guess it’s a good thing really! :-)

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98 igor griffiths
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November 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Hi adrienne

the problem with thinking of things to write is that the harder you try the harder it becomes which is why just relaxing and putting out your perspective on a current topic or fear is the best method.
igor griffiths

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99 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Hey Igor,

That’s a great idea too. When we think too hard, the ideas don’t flow. When we release them and go do something else, they usually start flooding in. Or so that’s been the case for me.

Appreciate that tip. :-)

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100 Ryan Sprout
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November 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I actually ran a few searches about this within the last week! Reading this has really pushed me to think more outside the box. One of the things I want to implement are interviews with other bloggers. You have created a great list for people to keep them chugging for awhile.
Adieu!

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101 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Hey Ryan,

Glad this could help you even if it’s in some small way. Thinking outside the box is always good. You can bet some of your content won’t be like a lot of the rest, that’s for sure. Interviews is another good addition if that is the direction some people want to go. Thanks for sharing.

:-)

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102 Barry Ranns
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November 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Hi Adrienne,
What a great idea for blog ideas. Being new to blogging as part of Internet Marketing, I find ideas come quite easily, when I am confused, or I get ideas from visiting other blogs. I don’t copy them, I hasten to add, it just helps to get the creative juices flowing.

I also find that some of the marketing emails I still get help me for ideas, but they are another story entirely.

I tend to write as I think, and then edit afterwards, and because I tend to hop about from project to project, my posts can be quite a muddle. Ah, well, it keeps me quiet,

Barry

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103 Adrienne Smith
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November 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Hi Barry,

Usually the people who are pretty new to blogging have got a lot of really great ideas that last a good while. It’s when you’ve been here for a few years that sometimes you get tired of writing about what everyone else is writing about. Oh sure, we can put that subject in our own words and try to make it a lot more enjoyable. Now that’s a great task to continue achieving.

You’ve given us some other good ideas. Of course getting ideas from other blogs is helpful and then email or newsletter are good for inspiration as well. Thanks for adding those.

Good luck with your blogging and have no doubt you’ll have a wonderful time interacting with other bloggers too. I’ve found that more enjoyable then writing! :-)

Hope you’ve had a really great day! Thanks again.

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104 Barry Ranns
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November 13, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Thanks for your comments and encouragement, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy, :)

And thankyou especially for writing about my good ideas. It is getting comments like this that keeps the impetus going, especially for me, anyway.

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105 Sylviane Nuccio
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November 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

That is a great list of ideas to write about. You are right, most of the subjects one can think of writing about has probably been written about ALREADY but, the point is to write from one’s perspective and there you are, a whole different piece!

I like to say that I always write my head off, and I really do :) but, sometimes once in a while I do get stuck too. This is a great list I will bookmark. Thanks Adrienne.

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106 Pj Zafra
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November 14, 2011 at 5:03 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Thanks for a great post! When I was new to blogging, I was seriously scratching my head a lot trying to find “one” idea that I can write about. lol Now, it pretty much just comes naturally because of the routines I normally do within a day. To sum all the tips you’ve shared here, reading definitely plays a huge role here. Since I decided to pick up a book every now and then, I have been getting tons of ideas and my grammar has been improving as well. Same goes with my vocabulary.

Thanks again for an amazing post! Keep it up! :)

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107 Adrienne Smith
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November 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Thanks PJ! Reading is a great source for inspiration of what to write about. I do agree with you there. I’m so happy to hear that this isn’t an issue for you and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it never is.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing. :-)

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108 Phillip Dodd November 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Hi Adrienne! Thanks for sharing this fantastic article :) I have a few questions for you if you don’t mind.

1) “Google alert, search for your keywords” – Could you expound on this a little bit? I don’t think I understand what you mean. Lousy question, I know, but maybe you can do something with it. I have faith! :)

2) “Traffic sources” – Do you mean writing about ways to increase traffic?

3) “Interview series” – How would you recommend doing this? Do you just send someone a list of questions and have them answer them for you? Or exchange emails until the interview is done?

Thanks so much for your time! Also: kudos on developing such a great commenting-community! I’ve never seen so many comments! Haha. I think I’ve told you this on Twitter, but your blog is an inspiration to me! Keep up the great work!

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109 Adrienne Smith
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November 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Hi Phillip,

Happy to see you back. I certainly don’t mind expanding on what I’ve shared.

1) Google Alert – Just go to Google alert and whatever your niche is, put those keywords in. You can view content through just blogs, news sources, videos, etc. and have them sent to your email daily or weekly, your choice. That way whatever content is being shared on Google with those specific keywords, they will be delivered to your inbox. Great way to get more ideas of things to write about as well as seeing what others are sharing.

2) Anything that has to do with how to get traffic to your site is popular.

3) If there is someone you would like to interview for your blog, get in touch with them and you can either send them a list of questions for them to answer or you can interview them over Skype and put a podcast on your blog. It’s a great way for other people to learn from those that are either having success in the area you want or someone you can definitely learn from.

Hope that was helpful and if you have any other questions, don’t be bashful. I’m here to help.

I’m very pleased with my community Phillip. I’m proof that if you visit other blogs and leave valuable and genuine comments, others will want to come over to your place to see what you’re all about. From there it can just continue to increase. It’s been a wonderful experience for me. I’m glad you find my blog inspirational. :-)

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110 Phillip Dodd November 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Thanks for the great reply! I have a few follow-ups :)

1) Do you have any advice on figuring out what one’s keywords even ARE? I have always been awful at tagging and keywords and such. I’m running a small marketing blog, but I am sure there are all kinds of keywords I’m missing out on…

2) Thanks!

3) How do you record over Skype? I remember trying to figure that out once and not being able to do so.

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111 Adrienne Smith
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November 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Hey Phillip,

Well, before beginning any blog you need to have done your research to know which niche you are venturing into. With that will come certain keywords that people will search for in order to locate your content. Those are the ones you should have set up on your blog. Those are also the ones you should put into Google Alerts so that when people are searching for your niche related keywords, your content will come up as well.

I would say go to Google’s free keyword tool and type in the keywords you would type in if you were looking for information you share on your blog. You will then locate related keywords that you can use as well. That in itself is a lesson so this is just a brief explanation. If you want to learn more about keyword research, you can access my free training site where I do have a section I explain how to go about that. You’ll find the tab at the top of my blog.

My friend Steve Roy has a podcast series on his blog and wrote an entire post explaining how he interviews people on Skype and sets it up on his blog. Check out his post, From Zero To Podcast In 2 Weeks, and he’ll explain the entire process.

Best of luck to you.

~Adrienne

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112 Phillip Dodd November 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Thank you so much for the great reply :) A lot of valuable information here! I’ll you posted as I work through it!

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113 Marcus Baker
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November 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Even though this is a subject that is written about often, it can never be written about enough as there are always new bloggers as well as “long time” bloggers who can benefit from the great advice you shared here.

Like you I have had the odd occasion in the past where I have been stumped about what to write about next but not very often as there is so much to write about as your great list illustrates so splendidly.

I have to admit I have for a long time now relied on the Universe to show me what to write about so I never feel stuck these days. I know with 100% assurance that I will be given my next topic to write about so I don’t even think about what’s coming next, it just does. :)

~Marcus

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114 Adrienne Smith
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November 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Hey Marcus,

I think you are right, this is probably a topic that people will never get tired of hearing about. I think most will find it beneficial although they may not have to revert to it often. Like you and I both, it hasn’t been often that I’ve been stumped but I would by lying if I said it’s never happened to me. Thank goodness it’s not often.

I had a few people now tell me that they have just relied on the Universe to share with them what they will be writing about next. Silly me, why haven’t I tried that approach before! Although I already know what my next post will be about, I’ll definitely give that a go for the one after that. Let’s see what they come up with. This will be fun!

Thanks Marcus! :-)

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115 Louis November 16, 2011 at 3:39 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I usually look into what people search on my blogs and then google the keyword, look for related searches, the wonder wheel, search for what people say on their blogs and look for questions in the comments.

I also turn to an article writing service which I know they do research first before producing the article. Often, this method saves me time to research.

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116 Adrienne Smith
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November 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Hi Louis,

That’s a great way to search for blog posts. See what people are searching for at your place and then cater to their needs.

I’m sure that the article writing service is a paid source but if people are willing to go that route, I can see where that would work out great. I mean that is what they do right. Write articles on topics people are searching for.

Thank you for sharing those tips with me. i really appreciate it. You’ve been very helpful.

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117 Chrysta Bairre
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November 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

There are some days I sit down to write my next blog entry and don’t have an idea what I want to write about. When this happens, I refer back to a notebook I carry around with me and jot down ideas as they come to me. Sometimes I write partial blog posts in my notebook, even just a few sentences to illustrate a point as it comes to me.

I also refer back to the mind map I created for my blog for topics.

LinkedIn Answers can also be a great place to find topics. I browse the questions people are asking on LinkedIn and often I am inspired to write a full entry in response to a question.

While I have read the advice to write for my audience, I really write for myself. I write about whatever inspires me! When I have attempted to write for other people my articles are not always as passionate and heartfelt and it’s my passionate and heartfelt articles that tend to be my most popular posts.

Happy Friday, Adrienne!

Chrysta

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118 Adrienne Smith
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November 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM

So even Chrysta has days when she’s not sure ahead of time what she’s going to write.

You have shared some wonderful tips about how to come up with ideas. Writing them down as they come to you throughout the week is great. A lot of people do that because you never know when an idea will hit you. Don’t let it go to waste.

I loved reading about your mind map for different topics. You are so ahead of the game.

LinkedIn Answers or any other site is also good for that as well. You are so right about that. I also agree that although we are suppose to write for our readers, I find it better when I write for myself too. I think just sharing our own experiences with the subject benefits others more. I definitely agree with you there.

Thank you for sharing this Chrysta. I love these ideas you have shared. Adding more to the mix, yey!

Have a terrific Friday yourself! I definitely will!

~Adrienne

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119 Allyson Stewart November 22, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Hi, Adrienne. Great tips. Like many others, I love reading lists too and learn a lot from them. I most certainly run out of ideas on what to write about from time to time. I primarily focus on how to’s and sometimes get ideas from forums, books and FAQ’s when I’m out of ideas. They usually help me overcome writer’s block. I also tend to write more easily when I’ve given myself time to relax rather than when I’m forcing myself to write for whatever reason.

Take care and thank you for sharing!!

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120 Adrienne Smith
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November 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Hi Allyson,

Appreciate you sharing the ways you search for things to write about.

I agree with you, if you are in a more relaxed state instead of rushed to put something out, you’ll find your mind going in way too many directions. That’s been the problem I find at times but I just need to be sure and write my posts ahead of time and stop waiting until the last minute.

Thank you for sharing that with me. Hope you’re enjoying your day!

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121 Jeanna December 2, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Adrienne. You are so right. I find that my best work happens when writing from personal experience. While we all may have the same or similar ideas for topics to write on, it is our on perspectives that make them different and worthy of a read. Thank you for validating that idea for me. Thanks for creating this post.

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122 Adrienne Smith
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December 2, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Hi Jeanna,

Welcome to my place and thanks for your input.

I so agree with you, that’s my best work too. I just sharing what I know because that works best for me. I may explain things a little differently than you and that one person will just get it. Can’t tell you how many times that’s happened to me.

I appreciate your comment so thank you for that.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Glad you enjoyed the post and so happy we agree.

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123 Sue Price
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May 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Hi Adrienne
The title of this post caught my eye when I was looking around your blog. Mainly because I am going through one of those “stuck” phases at the moment.

I had a list of keywords around MLM that I diligently worked through last year but lately I have been reactive to what is going on for me.

You have some great ideas here. Thank you!

Sue

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124 Adrienne Smith
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May 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hey Sue,

Happy to hear that you found this post and decided to check it out. Sorry to hear that you’re stuck.

I know how it is when you’re working around certain keywords and then they’ve run out so it’s time to move on to the next set yet you aren’t sure what that next set is. I hope this post was able to give you some good tips and start moving you in the right direction. I love it when my content helps someone.

Thanks so much Sue and it’s always a pleasure to see you!

Enjoy your week…

~Adrienne

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