How to generate good blog post ideas?
As I’m contemplating the wisdom of expanding my blogging activities again to one post a day, the inevitable thought pops up…
How am I going to generate new blog post ideas every single day?
More importantly, how am I going to capture them? I have a terrible memory, not helped at all by the one solitary day of brain training I’ve managed to get under my belt, after downloading the Luminosity App last month.
(Once I found out I was quicker and had a higher score than 75% of people my age, I’ve rather let that slip.)
The other day, I had two great ideas for a post in the shower, but sadly I had forgotten them by the time I got out.
So, how to make sure a great idea for a blog post never slips by?
I could just start a post with the title and save it to drafts. Then, every day, when I arrive seeking inspiration, there’ll be a list of topics I could write up.
I could start a Notes list in my phone perhaps?
But those two solutions seem a bit too disconnected and techie.
I’ve discovered through my creative writing pursuits, that you will enjoy more and better ideas downloading into your brain if you are away from the computer, with a pen and notepad in hand. Hence the coffee shop meme of over-caffeinated writers scribbling their magnum opus in Starbucks.
Then I thought I could simply draw on the list of topics we have covered in our podcast “Own It!” over the last five years.
But then my natural OCD kicked in and I started thinking about whether I should start from Episode 001 and work forwards… or work backwards from the latest episode, or a combination of the two. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it right!
If not, what other methods could I employ to make sure I don’t miss a podcast episode?
Worse, I could feel my motivation drain away at the thought of having to write on a topic each day, even if that topic doesn’t particularly inspire me.
One of the main points of this exercise is to use the writing of a daily blog post as an ‘inspirer’, a taster if you like, to enable me to go on to do some ‘proper writing’.
So I’m going to keep it simple. I’ve started a list of potential blog topics in the back page of my Moleskine notebook, which I always have with me. I’ll jot them down there, then pick one that inspires me most when it comes to writing each day.
But in the meantime, thinking about all this has given me today’s blog post.
The idea came to me as I thought about how I want to record the daily life of an entrepreneur. One who’s seeking the ‘minimum viable’ marketing for one business, while she focuses on another business.
So, if you are currently thinking of starting to blog, or if you are an old blogging hand who is thinking of restarting your blog again, do feel free to comment here, or over at any of my social media homes.
This might make a good topic for LinkedIn perhaps? Do tag me if you get inspired by this post and I promise your article a Like!