I mentioned a couple weeks ago coming up with content for your blog on a consistent basis is hard work and I shared with you some ideas on how to keep the ideas coming. Coming up with valuable content week after week, day after day, can get old after a while and it can become quite challenging. So here are a few more tips to help keep the wheels spinning and your blog growing.
- Get organized. Do you ever notice that great content ideas come to you when you’re driving to the grocery store, taking a shower or at the park with the kids? Keep a notebook or smart phone with you and capitalize on these inspiring moments. Then, as soon as you get home or to a computer, draft a quick blog post on that idea so it doesn’t disappear. I use the Evernote iPhone app to keep track of ideas while I'm on the run.
- Capitalize on creative moments. When you’re having a good writing day, do more than pat yourself on the back for a good post, take advantage of your momentum and write several posts at once. I try to do this once a week. It so nice to know that I have all my posts written for the week in advance an to have one less thing to worry about.
- Keep a file of blog ideas. As mentioned in #1 blog ideas come to us at the most inconvenient times. Keep a log of your ideas in a file on your computer or at least on a notebook you keep on your desk. Now, when you’re stumped for an idea, you can simply open your notebook and pick the one on top. I tend to keep my ideas in Evernote too; that way I can access them from any computer or even my iPhone.
- Borrow Ideas. If you keep up on industry publications, blogs and data then you can borrow from these resources to create a quick post. You can start your post with something like, “Today in the New York Times” or “I read a blog post this week about…here are my thoughts.” The good thing about this method of content creation is that it also keeps you up-to-date with what is going on in the world.
I know a lot of people don't have problems coming up with ideas, but I am not one of them. These are just some tips I use to help in the creation process. Also remember that your content doesn't have to be in the written form. It can be video, audio, or image too.