We all have those days when the desire to blog is just not there. Personally, after a long day at work, I want nothing more than to relax and put my feet up with a large goblet of wine. Sound familiar?
Anne is here today to share her tips & tricks on never running out of post ideas!
I have a notebook in my purse, in my office, in my bedroom, and scraps of paper all over. If I get an idea I quickly jot it down. If for some reason paper isn't handy, I add a note on my phone. I have also used the Blogger app to quickly outline a post idea. The key is this (if you're anything like me): do not trust that you will remember the idea later. Record it somehow and somewhere. You'll avoid frustration in the long run. You never know when you will get an idea for a great post. Be ready.
Pinterest gets major points for secret boards. One of my secret boards is "Post Ideas". I have the "Pin It" button on my computer toolbar and when I see something I may want to write about later I pin it to that board. I can't tell you how often I go to this board for some inspiration.
Pinterest is also useful for the sheer fact that you can search "blog topics" and within seconds hundreds of suggestions are at your fingertips.
Joining link ups is a great idea for generating post ideas. Each link up has its own set of rules and generally a topic to follow. Using linkups as a springboard for a post is a great way to get rid of writer's block.
These are wonderful. They are released at the beginning of each month. You are given a different prompt to write about each day. It doesn't get simpler than that. Here's one for August from The SITS Girls. I have yet to do one of these for a whole month but I have been known to pin them to my Post Ideas board and use a prompt when needed.
Some of my favorite posts to write and read are tutorials. Take a moment and think about something that you like to do. Is it cooking? Share a recipe. Are you a DIY person? Teach us how to make that wreath. Do you know how to create a button for your sidebar? Show us how. Think about your hobbies or your area of expertise. Now share that with us! Did you just learn something? Post about it...chances are you will end up teaching someone something new.
Step Away from the ComputerThis is key. You can not force it. Take a walk, clear your head, focus on something else or better yet, nothing at all. I have found that if I do this, my mind opens and ideas start to flow.
What tips do you have for keeping the ideas flowing when inspiration is lacking?