Last updated on June 27th, 2021 at 08:55 am
The most important thing is creating content to be a content creator, but people often get stuck on getting ideas, which isn’t unexpected. You churn out new content every week and you’re bound to get stuck eventually. Having good ideas is how it all starts. That’s what draws people into your blog so getting ideas for blog posts is extremely important.
Where do people even get ideas? In an ideal world, all ideas come to our minds naturally and that will be enough. We’ll have never-ending content based on whenever inspiration strikes.
I’m the type to get inspiration out of nowhere. I can be walking down the street and think of an idea of what to write next or I would be in bed and suddenly an idea would pop into my head. As you can probably guess, this is my favourite way to get ideas. All I want to do is write when ideas come to me randomly. Being in that creative space makes me want to write like there’s no tomorrow.
The thing is, we can’t control when inspiration strikes. Since this way isn’t reliable, I turn to a few places when I need to actively search for blog post ideas. That way, I’ll never have to worry about running out of inspiration.
1) Writing Down Your Ideas
When you get hit with inspiration out of nowhere, it is important to write your idea(s) down ASAP. I GUARANTEE that you will not remember 100% of your ideas if you are solely relying on your memory. No matter how good your memory is. I’ve missed out on, I don’t even know how many, ideas because I was so sure that I was going to remember. I always get mad at myself during those times. Don’t be like me and forget all these stellar ideas. Do you really want that to happen? What if it’s a great idea that you can’t remember again? Wouldn’t that be sooo frustrating?
That’s why I have a little notebook dedicated to blogging post ideas. Having everything in a notebook keeps you organized. I write it down immediately when inspiration strikes. When I don’t know what to write, I refer back to this notebook and see what I feel like spending time on that week. I’m very much a ‘what do I feel like writing about today?’ type of gal. I don’t know how people plan months and months of content in advance. I’m not a last-minute person but I’m definitely not overprepared either.
I understand carrying around a notebook isn’t convenient for everyone so you can use your notes section on your phone. Personally, I prefer using a notebook and pen but sometimes, that’s just not a viable option. Not everyone will always carry around a pen and notebook but people will always have their phones on them. You can’t live without your phone nowadays; it’s with you 24/7.
The notes section on iPhones also has a search bar, which makes it convenient to search for ideas. On the other hand, in a notebook, you have to keep flipping through the pages until you find it and that can be annoying.
2) Getting Inspiration from Daily Life
I also get inspiration from conversations with people around me. They would ask me a question and it would give me an idea of what to write about. For example, one of my first blog posts was about my visit to Terre Bleu Lavender Farm. My friends/family asked me what my visit was like after I went. They were interested in possibly going themselves. That seemingly simple question got me thinking about writing a public detailed review.
I always research a place before visiting and I tend to browse the Internet for thorough reviews. These reviews influence my decision on whether or not a place is worth going. It carries quite some weight. Since I have relied on other people’s reviews in the past to make my own decisions, I want to contribute as well. I hope by looking at my reviews, others can have more information about a specific place before deciding whether or not a place is worth going to.
3) Browsing Public Platforms for Blog Post Ideas
As much as I love those two methods, I also need foul-proof methods on hand because those aren’t the most reliable. Hence, I turn to online platforms such as Quora and YouTube because there is a plethora of content there. Just with these two websites alone, I can write probably years’ worth of content.
YouTube is one of my favourite and most visited social media platforms. I watch videos on YouTube daily. The videos I watch vary from music videos to documentaries to celebrity interviews to the news. By watching a variety of videos, the algorithm recommends me quite a few options. I know what’s up to date on the news but also on topics I like. In turn, these videos give me the inspiration to write.
For example, a video I watched a few months ago was about how to clean your groceries after you get home during COVID and it got me thinking about how a menial task such as grocery shopping has changed during the pandemic. I then got inspired to write about the steps on how to grocery shop at this time.
Even YouTube comments can be inspiring. I can see what people’s thoughts are. See what they like, don’t like, or what they want to learn more about. This valuable information is FREE too.
Quora is another platform I like to spend time browsing around. Out of all the ways, I use this the least. It’s not because it’s ineffective but because the others just work so well! I have used this method in the past and thought I should include it in this post in case you need more options.
Sometimes, I’m not in the mood to watch long videos. Quora is text-based so I can quickly scan the content on the website. See what is grabbing people’s attention and what I want to write about. It can be the most interesting topic but if I have no opinion or if it’s not something I want to write about, I will pass on the opportunity. The website is constantly being refreshed so there’s a ton to work with.
Where do you turn to for inspiration?