Do you ever sit at your computer and struggle to come up with any ideas of what to write? Well, you are not alone, this is a very common thing among writers and bloggers alike. Whether you are a part-time blogger like me or writing is your full time profession you will at some stage or even regular stages hit writers block.
Corbett Barr is quoted in saying “When you don’t know what to write about, it’s a huge red flag”
Whilst I agree with this to a certain degree it also can depend on your lifestyle somewhat. If you are running several projects at the same time and run a hectic work-pattern it can be very easy to lose focus.
So – let’s try and outline a few tips for when you are struggling to find what to write about.
1. Ask your Audience
Simple, ask. If you have a list why don’t you ask them? After all this is your main asset right? So, these are the people you should be writing for. You could run a poll on your site or you could send them an email simply asking them what they would like to hear about next from you. If you have a responsive list of subscribers you will be pleasantly surprised. There is no shame in this what so ever, I have done this with my subscribers in the early days and I have definitely not ruled out doing it again some time. This can also help you with what your readers want – maybe you are being too broad, they may want a more narrow niche topic than what you providing. It’s a win-win situation.
2. Spend Some Time in Forums
Virtually every niche online has forums, if like me you write in the blogging/marketing niche then there are no end of forums. If you want a list of tons then here is a link to a short PDF report I drafted up containing many that allow signatures. The trick with forums is to use the search features and try to answer people’s problems. This could be a post! If people are asking in forums this is usually a clue that there are some people out there that need help. I use forums whenever I can. In fact I turned it around the other way and used a forum to my advantage to collect some data. Regular readers may remember the post I wrote called “What is Your Best Traffic Source?”
Well, all the data for this post was collect from a forum. The thread was started in December 2012 and even now this post still gets traffic for me. But more importantly it gave me some great material to write about.
As you can see, 173 replies (a lot of data) and 5432 views ( nice free traffic to my site).
3. Sign Up to Google Alerts
This is a great free service from Google. This allows you to enter a topic of your chosen preference, and then you will be emailed every time a new blog, site or news article is found by the search engine. You can then head over and get some inspiration. The great thing about this is it keeps you on the pulse with latest developments or hot topics in your niche.
4. Make Notes
This is a god send for me – I have a “little red book” (I still like traditional methods sometimes!) that I carry around with me. I also have Evernote installed on my phone – these two things are for when you get those great Eureka! moments in your head. I often look back and think what was I thinking but it’s good to write stuff down, mental notes are not really good enough I find, something always gets in the way and the thought has gone. So, write stuff down. Always.
So there we go, a short and sweet post helping you if you are stuck what to write. Please feel free to add some tips in the comments box about what you do to draw inspiration.