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Inspiration For Blogging Content

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‘I’ is for Inspiration For Blogging Content

There is no dearth of inspiration for blogging, but there are times when we do get stuck wondering what to blog about. I thought I’d put together a few sources where a blogger can find interesting subjects to blog about both online and offline.

1. Search and Social Trends

  • Topsy  (since closed)- this site enables you to add a keyword and get the top tweets and topics trending on this subject.
  • Alltop – this aggregates leading posts on various topics. So you can search for top posts within your niche or any ideas that appeal to you.
  • Google Trends – tells you what people have been searching for. Find a search that interests you and write your own thoughts on it. One top search in India at the moment is on Jashodabhen – the wife (or not) of the BJP Leader who has in the past claimed to be single.

2. Magazines, newspapers, TV, movies and songs – These are all great sources of content ideas. Magazines and newspapers reflect what’s making news and current trends. Television serials, movies and songs are great because you can blog about what’s current, or bring something out from long ago and do a sentimental post about it.

4. Books and quotes – I love reading and any blogger worth her salt, should too. There are loads of ideas out there in the books we read. Quote from them, write about them, put a new spin on them.

Most of us love quotes. Although, I know of at least one man who doesn’t – my husband. But I know a good quote can set you off on a whole blog post. I collect quotes of famous people like they’re going out of fashion. And if I really admire the person, they get a whole post dedicated to them and what they’re saying. Like, Wisdom From Iyanla Vanzant.

5. Forums – There are a lot of blogging forums out there where you could also find like-minded people who can give your ideas when you are stuck. There are some good blogging groups on Facebook, and I do love BlogCatalog where you can start a discussion and gather opinions – all fodder for your posts.

6. Writing prompts and challenges  – There are plenty of places where you can find regular writing prompts and blogging challenges that can set off your creativity. I’m happy to say that Write Tribe is one such place. Shelley Mona sweetly wrote a post about it today – Incredibly Inspiring, she called it. Thank you, you made my day! 🙂

7. Your blog – ‘Huh?’ you say?  Yes, indeed. Set up an analytics software that lets you know which of your posts are popular and lets you know what searches brought people to your blog.  So you know what you’ve done right and do more of it. Also, think of your ‘best readers’ – people who are regulars on your blog. Think of what they like to read and write for them.

8. Your own life – While all the of the above sources are online – the greatest source for blogging content is your own life. Our own experiences – because they’re personal,  help us connect with your readers. I do that very often and I find that even the struggles I write about resonate with others. Then there’s always food, travel, holidays and experiences with Nature that we can blog about.

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Things you can do to make it easier for you to find quick ideas:

a. Maintain a file – online or offline – of all the ideas that occur to you, as and when they do. If have plenty of little notes in a folder marked ‘fodder’.

b.Note down resources – names of books, articles, songs etc. If they’re online bookmark the pages.

c. Discuss your ideas with someone else, preferably someone who knows you well and is a regular reader of your blog.

d. Always, always write from your heart. 🙂

Share ways you find ideas for your blog posts.

 

PS:   There are plenty of resources out there, if only we are prepared to ‘listen’. Read this guest post by Tony Teegarden on Kikolani: Finding Your Blogging Inspiration In 3 Easy Steps.

On a slightly different note, read this from Darren Rowse of ProBlogger:  How to Keep Inspired When Blogging Gets Tough.

 

This post is written for the letter ‘ I’ for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014.

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56 Comments

  1. Richa Singh Richa Singh April 18, 2014

    Making notes quickly need them to schedule last few posts 😀

  2. Irene Irene April 17, 2014

    Inspirational post about inspiration… the hardest part for me is to keep track of all the ideas that came in my mind… I always skip the write-it-down step, then I sddenly forget the idea itself… sgrunt 🙁
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

  3. Carolyn Paul Branch Carolyn Paul Branch April 13, 2014

    Thanks for listing all the blog inspiration sites! I will check them out – I need all the help I can get.

  4. shiva shiva April 13, 2014

    All inspiring ideas… have bookmarked it for the day when my hand wants to write but my mind struggles for an idea …

  5. Arpita Mudit ( Arpita Mudit ( April 13, 2014

    Thanks Corrine, this was exhaustive and very useful. 🙂

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  7. Suzy Suzy April 12, 2014

    Write from your heart – the best advice. And I love personal posts a whole lot more than fiction. Thanks for sharing so many resources.

  8. Sunila Sunila April 12, 2014

    Corinne what a post 🙂 A treasure trove,tks.

  9. Ida Chiavaro Ida Chiavaro April 12, 2014

    Hi Corrine, I hope you are feeling better as this week comes to a close. I have bookmarked your page under blogging hints and tips. The search and social trends are news to me.

  10. Kathy Combs ( Kathy Combs ( April 12, 2014

    I will be bookmarking this for future reference when my brain goes dry! This is awesome…thank you Corinne! ♥

  11. Paulette Paulette April 12, 2014

    #8 is spot on. When I was participating in the January 2014 Ultimate Blog Challenge I wrote down any problems that I had with relation to my business or social media or website issues, then I would google how to solve the problem and write a blog post about the problem and how other people can resolve it should they also have the same problem in the future.

  12. Ananya Kiran Ananya Kiran April 12, 2014

    Thats another informative and useful post !
    For me POint 8 works the best, so much to write about LIFE !

  13. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend April 12, 2014

    Great information as usual! Thanks for the links. Bookmarking.

  14. Penny McDaniel Penny McDaniel April 12, 2014

    One of my favorite lines from the movie Finding Forrester is “Write with your heart. Then rewrite with your head.” I think it is so important to write from the heart. Get it out in all of its mess, take a breather, and then clean it up for publication.

    This is a very helpful list for us writers. Thank you.
    Penny

  15. Aditi Aditi April 12, 2014

    Books, quotes, WRITE TRIBE and of course writing from the heart….great post Corinne!

  16. Cristina Cristina April 12, 2014

    Loved this – and precisely why I featured you on my blog today! I would like to add, listening to conversations. Not just eavesdropping, but really listening to people and what they say to you, how they react – all great fodder for the bloggy blog!

  17. Jayanta Tewari Jayanta Tewari April 12, 2014

    Thanks Corinne for sharing your treasure trove. Saved this page for future to draw inspiration…

  18. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick April 11, 2014

    Superb resources, Corinne. Thank You!

    As for me, I ADORE quotes. This is usually how I begin my blogs!

    xx

  19. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom April 11, 2014

    That’s one of the most useful posts Corinne. So many times we’re just stuck for lack of inspiration, though of late there’s always been WT to fall back upon but these are super tips. Thank you.

  20. Sushree Dash Sushree Dash April 11, 2014

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas with us . Your mantras about blogging are really helping me out 🙂 Though I started in a lighter note but after joining events and challenges I am turning out to be a regular one .
    And how can I ever forget Write Tribe Festival…my first blogging event and would always remain special to me 🙂

    For my blog posts I mostly write poetry or short fiction and ideas either I find them looking around me or within myself . Sometimes articles in newspapers , or someone’s random talks or may be my own feeling about life and people 🙂 And if I don’t find any …then Write Tribe comes to my rescue 🙂

    Thank you Ma’m for dropping by my blog…it means a lot 🙂

  21. Pratik Kirve Pratik Kirve April 11, 2014

    Thanks for this article at the right time. I was searching for new ideas for UBC..

  22. Sheela Sheela April 11, 2014

    A very useful and handy compilation of important ideas and links. Will book mark them for future use.
    Thanks a lot for mentioning my name in the post…it’s complete pleasure
    Thanks for sharing

  23. Fab Fab April 11, 2014

    Thank you, thank you!! This is so useful!! Pinning 🙂

  24. Kajal Kajal April 11, 2014

    Of course, a great list for inspiration..and these days I feel I have a lot of inspiration and too less time to get down to write 🙁

    Nevertheless, I am never at a loss o words, so will bounce back soon 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

  25. Sulekha Sulekha April 11, 2014

    Some wonderful ideas here, Corinne. I have bookmarked the sites for checking the trends and top tweets, thanks for sharing. The best advice you gave is ‘It is best to write from the heart’, I always do although at times I might not share all that is in my heart 🙂

  26. Ana Ana April 11, 2014

    Great resource Corinne. I sometimes run out of ideas and I’ll come back to this when I do.

  27. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo April 11, 2014

    Thanks a ton, Corinne for the inspiration and ideas. Must say a very novel take on the prompt:)

  28. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA April 11, 2014

    I am never at a shortage of what to write- just the time to do so. With my wonderful cadre of friends and colleagues, my research, my CXO activities, the job is to find the time to tell an anecdote or two (making sure those that want things private are honored)…
    But, this list is a great idea, Corrine. You will help many a soul.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      I know a gregarious person like you won’t have any shortage of ideas and anecdotes, Roy!
      Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  29. Sophie Bowns Sophie Bowns April 11, 2014

    I rarely use I on my blog posts. 🙂

  30. Shailaja V Shailaja V April 11, 2014

    All great points Corinne 🙂 And, thanks to Write Tribe and yeah write, I am rarely at a loss for prompts. Long live such sites!

    Useful set of resources you’ve listed there.

  31. Nick Nick April 11, 2014

    There are some good points raised here!

  32. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 11, 2014

    I am bookmarking this post. These are some fantastic helpful tips to follow when we suffer from that famous ‘Writer’s Block ‘!! 😀

  33. Sedruola Sedruola April 11, 2014

    Oh my goodness, how timely is this! As I work through the Ultimate Blog Challenge, and I tell myself I want to keep the momentum flowing even after April, this blog post comes just in time! Thank you so much for the great list of ‘inspiration’ I’m excited to come back often and pick at it!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      I’m glad you find it useful, Sedruola. Good luck with the UBC. And challenges like these are a good way to get you started on regular blogging! 🙂

  34. Peggy Peggy April 11, 2014

    Great ideas for inspiration. I’ve been blogging since 2007 and for me, books, quotes, my own life, and writing prompts seem to be a never ending source of inspiration! Rock on!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      Thanks, Peggy.
      There’s never a shortage of inspiration, is there. 🙂

  35. Psych Babbler Psych Babbler April 11, 2014

    Those are some great ideas…for me most of the fodder I guess comes from life and things around me. But I do keep notes on my phone whenever an idea strikes so that I can blog about it! 🙂 And of course, Write Tribe has been a brilliant inspiration for me particularly this year! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      I don’t see you running out of ideas, PB, with the full life you lead.

  36. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 11, 2014

    Very helpful post. Bookmarking it for ongoing reference. I like the last tip the most – write from the heart 🙂 Everything else falls into place when we remember this, I think! Thanks Corinne.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      Spot on, Beloo. Start from the heart – everything else falls into place.

  37. nabanita nabanita April 11, 2014

    Wonderful set of ideas …I’m going to implement some for sure…Write Tribe is my favorite ofcourse 🙂

  38. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian April 11, 2014

    Thanks to preparation for the A-Z Challenge, I have no dearth of subjects right now. However, your suggestions, particularly 1 and 5, will be useful later. Thank you!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      The A to Z is a great way to get the creative juices going! Glad you found some points useful.

  39. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 11, 2014

    Solid list of sources, Corinne!

    May I add “camera” to this? I find that just going through my photo albums brings back memories that are great fodder for posts!

    Catch you ever being at a loss for inspiration for a blog post!

    You know I am looking forward to your J post!

    Love, Vidya

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 11, 2014

      Thanks, Vidya. I meant to add that – now I will. 🙂

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