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Finding Ideas For Blog Posts

Getting inspiration for blog posts is only a few clicks away. Check out some social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg or Delicious and see what’s ranking high in your niche lately.Read through these articles and see what sparks your idea fire. Maybe even take all the knowledge you just gained from reading a bunch of articles and put together your two cents on the subject.

You can also write posts to answer people’s questions. Check out Yahoo! Answers for questions pertaining to your area of expertise and write posts getting into detail with how someone can solve their problem.

Mind Mapping For Blog Ideas

What is mind mapping?

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.

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Darren Rowse wrote a great article about generating post ideas with mind mapping, so I won’t get too into here. But the gist of it is you come up with one idea for an article, then you stem off several follow up articles on the same topic. Follow up articles could be posts such as roundups pertaining to the topic, a how-to article, an interview with an expert, etc.

You could always use the good ole pen and paper, but if you want to keep your thoughts digitally, here are some free tools for mind mapping:

If you’re on the go, I like to use SimpleMindX or Idea Sketch on my iPhone.

Writing With Quality

Finding Your Voice

At my first job out of college I was working for a major record label designing posters and banner ads for new albums. There was always some kind of text that had to be put on the designs, but being that I was a designer and not a writer, obviously this wasn’t the strongest asset in my toolbox. One thing that my boss repeated to me over and over every day was “FIND YOUR F***ING VOICE.” He was an angry man a lot of the time if you couldn’t tell. But he showed me a great lesson here, a consistent voice is one of the most important things to have when communicating a message and you need to know what your voice is before you can be consistent with it.

What is voice? Voice is your language, style and tone of writing. It can be formal, informal, funny, conservative, etc. Whatever your voice is, let it come naturally. Try and write in your normal conversational manner.

Find your voice with these helpful articles:

Providing Quality Content

Ensure that you are providing quality content by taking a look from your readers perspective. Is this something that will be useful to them? Is it something that they’re asking for? Check out forums on your topic and search for people looking for help or asking questions.

Popular Post Types

There are all different kinds of posts you can write. There are conversational posts where you may just be voicing your opinion about something or review articles where you go over your thoughts on a product or service. Here are some other post ideas that are said to generate a lot of traffic:

  • Lists (top 10/20/30 best something, most popular, newest, etc. something)
  • Roundups
  • Tutorials/How-to’s
  • Mistakes To Avoid
  • “Reasons Why”
  • Personal Experience
  • Reviews

Leave your favorite post types in the comments section below.

Writing Headlines That Get Clicked

The headline of your blog post is what is going to lead readers into the article, so you want something catchy. It’s important to think of your headline as more of a teaser than a description, though. Some people may suggest a headline must be able to inform the reader of what the article is about. That mindset comes from print articles though, where information is to be given as much at the top of an article so the person reading the newspaper will get all the important facts in the first few sentences. You want to draw your readers in with your headlines, so teasing the topic is more aligned with your goal.

Sometimes when I’m brainstorming post headlines, I can’t decide which I like the most, so I just choose one to post it under and then I’ll tweet it with that headline one day and the other headline I liked the next day. If you can come up with more than one, don’t let them go to waste!

In Conclusion

I hope that this article was useful to you, I tried to cover all the aspects of writing blog posts and provide quality resources for further learning. If you have additional resources or other ideas, please share them in the comments below!

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