Come up with 10 post ideas Day 11 #31DBBBDay11 with @problogger

Ever find yourself running out of ideas for blog posts? Yes? Then here’s  a way to find ideas for blog posts that take the pressure off and build momentum in the blog:

“The key with this process is not to put yourself under pressure to come up with completely
new and out-of-the-blue ideas for every post you write. Instead, this process taps into what you’ve recently written on your blog, and helps you to identify ways to extend those ideas.

The beauty of this approach is that you actually end up building a sense of momentum on your blog, where your posts build upon and relate to what you’ve previously written, rather than just writing a collection of posts that fail to grow in any one direction.”

Today’s Task

Mindmapping future topics by looking at your past topics. Look at at least the last 5 blog posts written (more if more comprehensive):

  • Blog-Post Round-Up October 15-31st 2012
    • Overlapping themes to suggest as themes in future
      • Creative approaches to engaging with God
      • Stories – power of range of voices, value in all
      • Power of community communication
      • Do we have to be positive all the time?
      • Authenticity in online communication
    • More interviews
    • More learning how to engage online
  • Why and how I use WOW New Media!
    • Find users of WOW, blog their experience(s)
    • Follow the story of how this develops over time
  • Chance, Fate or Something Else? The Man and the Hidden Treasure @joelmennie #bigbible #digidisciple
    • Bigger theme of ‘serendipity’
    • Ask others to look at the same verse(s) and see what more they might draw out
    • Look at SEO advice for searchers/browsers – can they find ‘our treasure’?
  • #CNMAC12 Award Winning BSL Daily Devotions
    • Find users of BSLDD, blog their experience(s)
    • Identify other award winners, interview
  • #BigBible Saturday Session Psalm 119
    • Encourage others who were at the event to blog their experiences, further questions
    • Use the questions William provided as blog question starting points – e.g. the ‘picnic idea’. Do others use different analogies?
    • Identify the major points that William raised and ID books, other blog posts that ask similar – e.g. Richard Littledale

Take each of these posts and brainstorm -10 further blog post ideas. This should only take a couple of minutes for each one – no idea too stupid! E.g.s

  • picking up a question or idea that a reader asked in the comments on that post
  • exploring the opposite point of view from the post
  • taking a news post and writing an opinion piece about it
  • taking a theoretical post and writing a piece that helps people to implement the theory
  • expanding upon ideas glossed over in passing in the previous post.

Take the process further and see if any of the ideas generated can be turned into a series of posts (they definitely won’t all need to) and “be ruthless in culling ideas that don’t add significantly to your blog.”

If you are a new blogger: pick 5 categories that you want your blog post to focus on, and identify subcategories, and then start to think about possible post ideas.

Keeping This Going

  • Do this process at least monthly, to set you up for a series of ideas throughout the month.
  • Keep a list of questions received fro readers via email or post comments, and see what others are writing about in your niche.
  • Keep a text document in which to write ideas for posts, which can be drawn upon at short notice.

The pots

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