How to Dream Up Awesome Blog Posts

By Mary Jaksch

If you read big blogs, like Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits and others, you’ll notice that they have huge subscriber numbers for a simple reason: these bloggers know how to write posts that rock.

Here are 3 questions to ask when planning to write a top-notch blog post:

1. What should I write about?

In order to satisfy your readers, you need to create posts that are insanely useful.

But there is a rub.

Your post needs to be useful for the readers that come to your blog. For example, if I were to write a post about my best Lasagna recipe here on VBN, it would put reader off. After all, you don’t come here to read about cooking, you come here to read about blogging, right?

In order to write top posts for your blog, you need to be clear about your blog niche.  (This may sound obvious, but it actually took me a long time to articulate what Goodlife ZEN is really about – and what distinguishes it from other blogs.)

2. How can I crank up my creativity?

This is an important question. Because as bloggers, we need to be able to sustain our creative journey. How can you keep your well of creativity flowing, week after week and year after year? Luckily, there are some great mind tools that can help boost creativity, like brainstorming, ‘artist’s dates’, mindfulness, and so on.

3. How can I draw inspiration from my life?

They key to drawing inspiration from your life is to do interesting things, and to use present experience and emotions. If you do that, you can reflect and draw lessons that have value not only for you, but for others.

What is really important is to be you, and not to try to be some one else.

Because being YOU makes your blog original!

It takes blogging experience to draw inspiration from your life, and to turn your experiences into useful blog posts, but I think everyone can learn to do it.

If you are interested in going deeper and want to learn hands-on how to dream up awesome blog posts, join the first (FREE) week of the upcoming six-week virtual A-List Blogging Bootcamp, “How to Write Like an A-List Blogger”,  that Leo Babauta and I will run. The first week is free and start date is 8 November (Yikes! Still so much to do …).  Module 1 is called, ‘How to Dream Up Awesome Blog Posts.’

If you’re keen, register here without delay because our participant numbers are limited. I’d love to see VBN readers participate in an A-List Blogging Bootcamp. If you’re keen, click here to secure a place in the FREE module right away!.

What questions do you have about creativity?

Mary Jaksch is the Editor of Virgin Blogger Notes. Read more on her blogs Goodlife ZEN and Write to Done.

12 Responses to How to Dream Up Awesome Blog Posts

  1. Henway November 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I find that when I make love with someone, I experience creativity afterwards. Other things that spark creativity include: long walks with nature, hanging out with other spiritual-minded people, and a long nap ^_^
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  2. Sandra Lee November 5, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    Hi Mary,

    I am so glad to see you writing at VBN and look forward to seeing more of your unique blogging wisdom here.

    Creativity is not an issue for me at all. But blog niche…now there’s an interesting question. I’ve been ruminating on my blog identity. It was interesting to here that it took you awhile to articulate what your blog is about. Like Good Life Zen blends two realms, I blog at the intersection of more than one topic. You’ve really got me thinking! Thanks.
    Sandra Lee recently posted..The Heart of Reality

  3. Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 5, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you fro sharing your blogging wisdom and tips here. Especially what you said about blogging niche. I know i was a little confused int he beginning but after seeing your video about how you changed your tag line and look so many times till it just fit like a glove, i feel relieved. I think for now I am happy with my niche…but in the interest of constant reinvention, You never know..right :)
    I look forward to more of yours and leos amazing videos and articles to keep me going and learning.
    Lots of love,
    Z~

  4. Miyako.Genius November 5, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    If you make a blog about what you like the most then the rest can come from itself.Not that just by posting that will make you famous, you still have to work, but doing what you like is a pleasure and that can make it easier for you.Just like you are doing on your blog:)
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  5. Dia November 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi Mary,

    Nice post! It is crucial that write content that is useful for our audience. We always have to comeup with new, creative ideas. Thanks for sharing
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  6. Richard November 7, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I think probably the best way to get more creative is to practice. As you write and experiment with new styles, you’ll find a creative voice. You can make a point of writing something completely creative once a week or once a month. Just set aside all thoughts about SEO and just write. Over time, your style will improve.
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  7. Andrea DeBell - britetalk November 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Hi Mary! I definitely use my life as source of inspiration for my posts. Therefore, there is never a question of what I’m going to write about because there is an abundance of materials. :)

    I’m looking forward to the A-List Blogging Bootcamp. You always provide valuable and useful information.

    Thanks for this great post. Loving blessings!
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  8. Jered November 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    Thanks, Mary. I’m looking forward to this A-List blogging bootcamp big time!
    Jered recently posted..The Paradox of Choice

  9. Alexa Stone November 10, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    I believe that finding new ideas for blogging is the hardest part for bloggers. Is difficult to write new posts often and keep the quality of the post high.
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  10. Mary Jaksch November 10, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    Sorry friends, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone getting the Bootcamp on the road, that’s why I haven’t been responding to your lovely comments. The first Bootcamp days are usually 15 hour work days…
    As to creativity: today I found a post I’d wrote for WTD a while ago:
    How to Squeeze Inspiration From Every Experience
    Have a look – I think there are some good suggestion in it.

  11. Living the Balanced Life November 24, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I am so grateful for Mary’s guidance! I have lots of ideas for blog posts, but narrowing them down and creating posts that will most likely attract my audience and be of help to my readers is a much trickier game. I have only recently become aquainted with Mary as I joined A-List Bloggers Club 2 weeks ago.
    Looking forward to more great direction!
    Bernice
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  12. Ananga November 30, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    My first blog wasn’t clear about it’s niche at all. I didn’t even know what a niche was. But gradually, it defined itself as I brought what I wanted to focus on to the centre and that definitely involved drawing inspiration from my own life. Great advice here.
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