If you’re new to blogging, or you’ve been blogging for awhile but sometimes find yourself struggling for something to write about, here are nine ideas to get you writing quickly:
1. Take a poll. Using a free tool like Survey Monkey, you can poll your readers on a fun, controversial or hot topic. You will, of course, write another blog post sharing results of the poll. For blog polls, the quickest and easiest thing to do is use a widget. You can get one at PollDaddy.com (they have a WordPress plugin) or you can use the WordPress survey plugin to put a poll inside a blog post.
2. Use Google Alerts. Create alerts for your topics at Google.com/alerts. Google will email you as often as you wish with great content that ties into your topic.
3. Create Top 10 lists. Letterman made these famous. Readers love them!
4. Create a video. Video is hot, hot, hot and it will pull traffic like crazy. Here’s one I created on how to get your consumer product into holiday gift sections. If you’re intimidated by video, let Mike Stewart help.
5. Comment on somebody else’s video which you can also post to your blog. You’ll find millions of videos at YouTube. I blogged about this video that shows Peggy Noonan, a conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and Mark Murphy, a strategist during John McCain’s 2000 campaign for president, who were caught criticizing McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for vice president. It happened during a panel discussion on the set of MSNBC, where Murphy is a commenator.
6. Report on interesting conversatons on Twitter. I frequently blog about discussions I have with my Twitter followers, how we help each other, and how Twitter is a fabulous tool for publicity, if you use it correctly. I use screenshots, too, to dress up the blog post. (Caution: Don’t let Twitter and Facebook steal you away from your blog.)
7. Find content at Digg.com. Use the search box at this social bookmarking site to find interesting content on a specific topic. You can guage the popularity of the topic by how many Diggs it has received.
8. Share humorous content. Funny photos, jokes and videos—particularly those that ties into your topic—are a nice break from the serious stuff.
9. Recycle content from other sources. If you’re a speaker, extract content from your handouts. If you’re an author, excerpt from your book. I frequently cut and paste helpful comments I post to other blogs, like the comment you’re reading, and turn it into a post at this blog. I wrote seven of these nine tips this morning for the Blogging Made Easy post I read at the Salon.com blog. (It’s the second comment.)
How do you find interesting content for your blog?