As an online content creator, blog topics are always floating around in my head which is why I have to carry Post It Notes and lined pads with me wherever I go. In my purse, tote bag, car, nightstand, bathroom countertop, everywhere.
I’ll actually wake up mad because I wasn’t able to write a blog post in my sleep, as a matter of fact, some mornings after giving thanks for seeing another day, I’ll grab a pen and a pad of paper to write down the thoughts that I dreamt about.
Driving up and down Routes 95 and 202 every day also gives me plenty of time to think and oftentimes I will be writing while driving, which I don’t recommend, but usually, it’s after the rush hours when the traffic is light.
However, even though there are many thoughts floating around in my head, I must admit that there are times that nothing exciting pops into it nor can I think of anything to write about.
I will literally be staring at a blank screen with empty thoughts, thinking, “what am I going to write about next week?” So when this happens, I remember these 5 places where I can always find a topic to write about and will keep the subjects in a notebook for when I need them.
5 Places to find Blog Topics in 5 Minutes:
- Magazine Rack at the checkout lines: as you stand there waiting for the customer in front of you with a fistful of coupons to pay for their groceries, grab a magazine or one of those “rag mags” and thumb through it. Find an interesting article – snap a pic of the title or use an App on your phone to record it. Think of how you can put your own spin on the article or what CTA you can ask your readers about it.
- Turn on Talk Radio: Because of my daily 3-hour commute, I am always switching between music radio stations and talk or local news stations. Every day DJ’s and talk show anchors are reporting hot topics, so use one of them for a blog topic and write about it.
- Newspaper: We only subscribe to the newspaper for the Sunday edition, however, there are several sections that are great for blog posts topics; Comics, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Business/Finance or even the Sports section. Find something that works for you and your audience then write about it. Include a backlink to the newspaper article and/or to the author for more exposure to your own blog.
- Family Life: There is always something happening in your family that can be used as an interesting post. Perhaps you have a DIY a Hack or a recipe to share. If you think about it, there are many things that you take for granted that may actually be something new and useful to your readers. Interview a member of your family, after all, you are leaving a legacy with your blog, so why not include the memories of an elder which can actually be turned into a series.
- Interview locals: Everyone is famous in their own right, so if you are attending a local event, why not interview the organizer, get some behind the scenes info. Heading to a new restaurant, Art Show or museum, take pics and write a post about your outing.
Let’s Chat: Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
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