I love talking about the things I’m the most passionate about. Whether it’s about the act of blogging itself, or about my interests, sometimes coming up with blog post topics is easy as pie.
Unfortunately, there are times where it can feel like pulling teeth to write anything for a blog post. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, it can feel hopeless trying to write about something when it looks like everyone else has written about the subject you want to tackle online, whether it’s based on taking care of your pets, relationship advice, dentistry, and so on.
Luckily, unlike titles, I find it much easier and more fun to come up with blog post topics. I also love to provide those ideas to writers who are struggling to write one post or more. Without further ado, here are my suggestions on resources for coming up with new blog topics on a regular basis.
Focus on What’s Evergreen
I cannot stress it enough: evergreen content is the way to go when it comes to any online content. As a reader as well as a writer in my spare time, I find it better and easier to read and write content considered to be ageless – hence the word “evergreen” – than it is to focus on topics that are considered fleeting, or spur of the moment.
Try looking at your current content (if you have it) and see if you can pull out some aspects from it that are evergreen: the benefits, the disadvantages, new developments, the basics, lists, tips – these all make for great blog post topics no matter what.
Who doesn’t love events? Though they are often accompanied with a date, some events being annual ones are worth celebrating, both in real life and when writing about them. Events can take the form of local showcases, concerts, county fairs, and more – and don’t forget photos if you really want to get the most out of the content you’re creating!
Have a Great Sense of Humour
You can’t go wrong with having a great sense of humour in your blog posts. The best kind of comedy often makes a point about the subject matter being addressed, rather than trying to infuse humour out of pure shock value.
While this won’t work for every subject, it’s worth using if you want to spice up your content and present it in a unique manner rather than blending in with the competition you’re up against.
Be Passionate about Your Topics
Readers are smart enough to tell the difference between someone who doesn’t seem to care about the things they’re writing about versus those who are not only experts, but also who are truly passionate about the service or ideas they want to share with their audience.
Also, try to ask yourself this when you’re stuck: do you want to be like everyone else in your writing, or do you want to stand out and talk about what you really care about, and put it into practice? I think you know what the answer is.
Online Tools that Can Help
If you’re really, truly stuck on coming up with blog post topics, here are a few online tools you can try to use:
Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator – ah Hubspot, is there anything you haven’t thought of yet? These guys seem to think of everything when it comes to blogging! All you have to do is enter a few terms (nouns, ideally) into the form they provide, and voila – topics for days, and then some.
Portent’s Content Idea Generator – one of the simplest tools to use. All you have to do is enter the keyword you’re looking to target, and boom – titles for days that can lead to all kinds of ideas, usually pretty quirky and likely to get your creative juices flowing. I came up with a great idea for a blog post just recently by using this tool for my personal blog – give it a try!
Google Alerts – you never know what you may find! This is a good way to find topics you can draw inspiration from, or you can use the sources you find to back up the argument you’re trying to make in your post. While there is a sign-up option to receive regular alerts, if you only want to use it once or twice, you can do so no problem.
Maybe some of these methods are better for one than for another, maybe only one or none of my ideas will help – the point is, there are lots more topics out there that are likely not being covered than you may realize. What’s also important to note is that the topic may have been written by someone else, but they haven’t been written by you. Your opinion and expertise matters, especially when it comes to blogging, so get out there and show the Internet your unique content!