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5 Places to Get Ideas for Writing Articles and Blog Posts

Writer’s block can happen to anyone.   It could happen to me right now as I write this post.   But there are several things you can do to get out of it and to come up with some captivating topics that your readers will enjoy.  And even if you don’t get writer’s block it can be difficult to know exactly what to write about next.

Once you know your audience you can move on to the next step of finding something to write about.  Here are some helpful tips that I use all the time. Read More

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Why Boring Is the New Exciting

People often come to me asking, “How can I come up with a new and original idea?” The truth is, if you are looking for an idea to write about, there is no need to look for something new and exciting. It may sound crazy to say that boring is the new exciting. But, just as a magnificent lotus flower must first grow from a seed that germinates in mud and water, your most compelling idea is likely to be the one that grows out of the boring, most mundane aspects of life.

For example, consider the growing trend of writing blog posts about lifehacks (a term made popular by the website, Lifehacker). People are fascinated by lifehacks, but the ideas for lifehacks come from attempts to solve problems or to use an ordinary tool in a not-so-ordinary way, often to accomplish an ordinary end. I recently read a lifehack post on the topic, “10 Foods You Can Allegedly Make in a Coffee Maker.” What could be more boring than food? Or a coffeemaker? But put the two together and what owner of a coffeemaker (and what college student) isn’t going to want to read your post? Read More

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Where Are Blog Post Ideas Born?

Have you ever had a blank screen or bare page laugh at you? I have. Bouts of blogger’s block, no matter how brief, can be difficult periods to navigate. In my conversations with bloggers, it appears that one of the biggest contributing factors leading to a writing dry spell is a lack of blog post ideas.

An idea for a blog post can strike anytime, anywhere. It’s your job to be ready to catch the idea, remember the idea, and turn the idea into a blog post. Here are a few places that I like to brainstorm:

THE SHOWER. Visit the children’s aisle at your local toy store and pick up some “bathtime crayons.” These will enable you to scribble temporary notes on bathroom tiles. If you’re looking for something more permanent, try to track down a diver’s pad.

THE COMMUTE. Whether you are behind the wheel stuck in traffic or chugging along on a train, the commute to work is often the only time we get to ourselves all day. This can lead to a clear mind, one conducive to idea generation. Keep a small pad and/or an audio recorder with you at all times — just keep your eyes on the road! Read More

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5 Awesome Websites to Find Blog Post Ideas

As a blogger you already know that hunting down original topic ideas can be the most time-consuming part of your day.  Aside from checking the usual news sources, there are several other places to check for subjects – and with these websites – you might even “scoop” the big boys.  Being first isn’t always best, but when it comes to the blogosphere, I have often found that it never hurts.

ALLTOP: From career advice to sports, Alltop aggregates the best blogs in each niche and displays the five most current headlines.  Mouse over a title and read an excerpt to see if the story interests you.  Feeds are updated once an hour.  A team of “real” people review blogs to see if they are worthy.  Not listed? Contact the team here and tell them Andrew from BloggingPro sent you.

PRNEWSWIRE: In business for over 50 years, organizations both new and old rely on PRNewswire to spread their message on the Web.  The homepage always has three timely topics.  For example, today you’ll find releases related to the Fourth of July, the Gulf oil spill, and the 2010 World cup.  You can search for products and services or browse by industry, popularity or media type (audio, video, etc.). Read More

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A Blog Experiment – Give the People What They Want?

It saddens me to say it, and pains me to type it as part of the public record, but after years of busting my butt to create original blog content, I’ve learned that people want the same ol’, same ol’. No one likes to admit it, but it’s true – “generic” blog posts often perform better than “fresh” ones.

Don’t believe me? Test it out within your niche. Here’s how.

TEST A: Take a look at your blog and its “competitors.” Find a thought-provoking topic that has not been covered, or one that can be expound upon. Do your research, polish your draft, pepper the post with relevant links, and hunt down the perfect corresponding picture. Promote the post through your usual methods.

Allow a week to pass. On the same day of the week and time, do the following… Read More

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