So, you’ve started a blog which is great and then you have shared all the posts you have been thinking about. Then one day you open your blog up to write a post and spend some time just staring at the post as you just don’t know what to write about, writer’s block kicks in and the words just don’t come out.
I have lost count of the number of times I have stared at a page and self-doubt has crept in as to whether I should write the post I am about to write, I mean, does anyone want to read that post? Has it already been written better by someone else? Is it a boring topic? The list is endless but I just want to say you are not alone, every blogger feels like this at times.
If you are hitting a bit of a block, here are some blog post suggestions to get you started.
Topic ideas to beat writer’s block:
Dream list – This could work on any blog niche, for a home blog you could pick your dream items for your kitchen or for a travel blog it could be your dream locations. Either way, it gives you a great starting point to write about something that you are passionate about.
Plans and goals – Again, this is a great topic that can work with a number of niches, writing about any plans or goals you may have. For example, it could be about plans to run a marathon and the fitness plans with that on a fitness/health blog or it could be work goals for a month on a business blog. Just like the dreams list above, there is a huge selection to pick from over a number of blogs.
Round up posts – If you are after some easy content, why not do a round-up style post such as 10 great dinner ideas or 5 top destinations to travel as a family? You can use content by other great bloggers to be the inspiration to the post and share links to their content. I often do this on my food blog as other bloggers have great recipes and I want to share these with my followers, it is a great source of traffic too though as people are searching for things such as the best pasta dishes etc.
Invite guest bloggers – Bloggers are a great source of information and also great for your readers to get to know and read. If you have some space on your blog why not do a Q&A with another blogger who may be in your niche or one who has just launched a new book/product. This gives them some free exposure to promote themselves but also is a great bit of content for your blog too.
Reviews – You may be thinking that you don’t have anything to review, but we all buy things along the way in life. If there is a bit of a lull in the content, why not share a review of something you have brought or somewhere you have been. It is a great way to get some extra content up on the blog but also a great way to drive traffic too overtime. This is a great example of a review, it uses plenty of headers which include keywords searched for this sort of review.
The most important thing about blogging is sticking to what you feel comfortable with. Too many times in the last 10 years I have tried to squeeze myself into the latest trend and niches to make myself be a “successful blogger” then I realised that there are no set requirements to be that blogger, it is all about what you do with the site you have and making it unique to you. Trying to write about something you are not passionate about when writer’s block kicks in will not help, you will write a post that will not be the standard you want.
If you hit a writer’s block on the blog and need to take a break, then take that break. You won’t suddenly disappear from people’s search engine results, it just means the traffic over time may die down a little. That being said, you can just pick it back up when you are ready.
Just remember this saying I always tell myself – This is my space on the internet to be me, no one can tell me what that is or how I should do it, I just need to be honest to myself.