57 Smokin’ Tips to Thaw Blogging Brain Freeze

Has a lack of inspiration left you feeling cold about creating new blog posts? Heat up your blog content by tweaking these ideas for your niche and audience:

  1. Visit your favorite forums to see what questions are routinely asked. Answer these in an FAQ-style post.
  2. Review your old posts and add a Part II to one of them to share something you’ve learned or to explain why you’ve changed your mind since you wrote the post.
  3. Create a comprehensive list of your favorite tools and resources and provide links.
  4. Check out your Google Reader to see what other bloggers are writing about and then write your own take on one of the subjects.
  5. Share a list of quick and easy tips. Sort of like “57 Smokin’ Tips to Thaw Blogging Brain Freeze.” :)
  6. Give readers a peek into your personal life. Shoot a quick video of your home office or share some insight into your typical day.
  7. Issue a 24-hour, 7-day, or one-month challenge for your readers to participate in with you.
  8. Share your goals for the next month, year, etc., and discuss your plans for achieving them.
  9. Share links to your favorite blogs.
  10. Discuss how you failed to achieve a recent goal and explain the reasons why.
  11. Talk about the steps you took to achieve a recent goal.
  12. Give your readers a pep talk to inspire them to keep growing and improving.
  13. Think of something you’d like to learn more about. Research it and share your findings.
  14. Do a question post asking readers what subjects they’d like you to write about in the future.
  15. Do a link post sharing links to several other bloggers’ posts about a particular topic.
  16. Invite an expert in your field to answer a few questions by email and get their permission to share the exchange with your readers in a Q&A post.
  17. Write about what you’d do differently if you were starting over now.
  18. Tell readers what you would do if money were no object.
  19. Make a list of your most popular or most commented on post(s) and include links.
  20. Check out magazine titles at the supermarket. Consider how to change one of these for your own topic and subject matter.
  21. Compare two similar products or resources and explain the pros and cons of each.
  22. Make a prediction for the future of your niche based on recent trends.
  23. Link to a list post from another blogger and add more items to it.
  24. Do you see a lot of beginners in your field making the same mistakes? Write a post discussing a better way of doing things.
  25. Find a post where a blogger states a strong opinion you disagree with and write a post explaining your views.
  26. Talk about what you like and dislike about different social networking sites.
  27. Check out books on Amazon about your topic. Click on the “See Inside” feature to see the chapter headings, and grab some post ideas from these.
  28. Think of an issue on which two prominent bloggers have disagreed. Link to posts with each of their viewpoints and ask readers who they agree with.
  29. Share a list with links to your favorite forums.
  30. Do a little rant about overused buzzwords (can anyone say “ninja?”) or about products you’re sick of hearing people talk about (hello, iPad).
  31. What sorts of articles are appearing about your topic in print and online magazines? Use these as inspiration for a post.
  32. Check out twitter and facebook to see what people are talking about in your niche, and write a post about one of the popular topics.
  33. Write a gratitude post about the people who have helped you get where you are, the things that make your work easier, etc.
  34. Write an analogy post comparing or drawing on similarities between two things that are not alike.
  35. Write a recommendation post for a product or resource you love.
  36. Ask readers to share links to their favorite blogs.
  37. Create a post related to a special event, holiday, or season, such as how to survive your kids’ summer vacation, etc.
  38. Think of different types of jobs in your niche-area. Share brief descriptions of these with your readers.
  39. Discuss the pros and cons of different membership groups you’re in or of classes you’ve taken.
  40. Do a personal audit of your blog’s stats or appearance and share your findings.
  41. Have you done any guest posting? Link up to all the places your posts have been featured.
  42. Look at today’s top news stories and write about how one of these events may impact your readers.
  43. What is a common excuse you hear people in your audience make for not achieving their goals? Provide a solution or a new way of thinking.
  44. Review a helpful book.
  45. Create a link post with links to the best free tutorials, ebooks, etc.
  46. Warn your readers about something like an online scam, a computer virus, the effects of listening to bad news, etc.)
  47. Share your worst habit such as procrastination, overspending, etc., and talk about how you plan to overcome this.
  48. Give readers a rundown of upcoming workshops and conferences.
  49. Write or rewrite a page for your blog, such as a resources page, your “about” page, a definitions page, etc. and debut the content in a post.
  50. Is there a popular new product or resource you’re curious about? Share what you know so far with your readers and ask for feedback from those who have tried it.
  51. Link up to an informative or inspiring YouTube video or make one of your own.
  52. Give readers a quick tour of your blog by pointing out various features such as products, special pages (contact, etc.), subscription options, etc.
  53. Make a link post with links to current contests on other blogs.
  54. Introduce a contest on your own blog.
  55. Write a post telling people how to submit guest posts for your blog.
  56. Follow another blogger’s advice, directions, etc., and then share the results with your readers.
  57. Inspire readers by sharing a story of how someone well known in the niche overcame difficult circumstances and found success.

Got more post ideas or a comment? Add to the list or share your thoughts in the “Comments” section.

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14 Responses to 57 Smokin’ Tips to Thaw Blogging Brain Freeze

  1. Kaizenvision April 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    I love your blog!
    Fun, inspiring, informative & helpful! (yes, I'm a beginning blogger) :)
    Thanks for sharing these great suggestions!!

  2. TheInfoPreneur April 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    Analogy posts work really well for me being ex-military I can always relate things that seem complicated to me and turn it into something I can understand then write about it

  3. virginbloggernotes April 21, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    I really appreciate that about your posts, analogy and otherwise. You have a gift for talking “with” people and not “at” them, so even challenging concepts can be absorbed.

  4. virginbloggernotes April 21, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Welcome, and good luck to you in your blogging endeavors. Let me know if you have questions along the way or if there are particular topics you'd like to see covered here. I definitely don't have all the answers, but I'm learning more every day thanks to other helpful bloggers and my own trial and error.

  5. Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Jean,

    Wow, this is great list, how did I miss that one? I guess it was before I got to know about your blog. I should one day just go through all archives one of these days!

    Thanks for showcasing this Gem on your 7 links! I am glad I have read it.

    • Jean Sarauer July 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

      The kids must have been acting up the day I published this one, Preeti. Or maybe it was Zenguy who was taking your attention away?? I did read that article about keeping romance alive on your blog :)

  6. J.D. Meier August 1, 2010 at 2:16 am #

    A very helpful collection of tips.
    J.D. Meier recently posted..30 Days of Getting Results

    • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks, JD!

  7. Jeffrey Morgan August 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    I’m kinda surprised that more people didn’t read and comment on this post!
    Maybe Number 2 is in order, here. I’d have never found it, if I had not read about your chain.

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Jeffrey. Things were still pretty quiet around here back in April when this was published. Good thing I liked talking to myself because I did quite a bit of it in those days :) I haven’t even been blogging all that long but I can see that things are going to get dusty in the archives if I’m not proactive about bringing them to the forefront. Yep, it sounds like #2 is called for!

  8. Amanda August 4, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    This list is genius. Bookmarked for when the brain freeze happens!
    Amanda recently posted..The Most Important Health Tip

    • Jean Sarauer August 4, 2010 at 11:46 am #

      My problem is that when my brain freezes I even freeze out the solutions sometimes!

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