One of the most common questions I get asked is “How do you come up with so many blog topics for your clients and your blog?” (For those of you who are new here, I am a six figure freelance writer and create seemingly endless amounts of content for my clients!)
Well it’s not easy but after 9 years of doing this, here are some ways I find inspiration to write:
Read Other Blogs
Other bloggers continuously inspire me, and one of their posts might lead me to write my own take on a topic or write something personal. For example, do you remember when a couple of bloggers all inspired each other and we all wrote posts about why we were so weird? Yeah, that was awesome.
I think a lot of writers get caught up in trying to be original all the time, but we forget that because we are writing our own take on a topic or story, it is by default going to be original. There’s only so much you can say about money or debt or saving or budgeting, but there is an unlimited amount of content you can write about your life and the lessons you’ve learned.
Look Around You
On days when my creativity is shot, I have been known to look around the room and grab topics. So, right now I am writing this post in my bed with headphones on. My sweet hubby sleeping beside me, laundry is piled sky high on my desk to force me to fold it tomorrow, and I can hear one of the twins moving in their bed. So, with all of that going on, a couple of topics come to mind:
How to Grow Your Business and Keep Your Marriage Intact
5 Ways My Kids Inspire Me to Be a Better Mom
How I Keep My Business and Household To Do List Under Control
See? Three blog posts ideas came from just looking around at my environment.
Always Be On the Lookout for Personal Stories
Even if you’ve written a lot about your own life, you can write about other people’s lives too. I constantly write about my friends and family. I rarely use their names, but I use their stories both good and bad.
Once, an acquaintance on Facebook bragged about how her husband gave her a really, really expensive car and kept saying what a surprise it was. Since people rarely pay for cars in cash these days, the gift he really gave her was the gift of a car payment. Anyway, it rubbed me the wrong way so I wrote a post about it for one of my clients.
If a friend of mine paid off a ton of credit card debt, I’d probably write about that too. Once I asked for quotes from people who used PayDay loans, and I realized one of my friends had used them and then climbed out of debt in a huge success story. It was awesome.
So, sometimes if I am out of ideas, I just have to hop on Facebook to find some. 🙂
Hire a VA
You can always hire a virtual assistant to help you create topics for your site. This can be a huge help to bloggers, and I highly recommend this approach if you feel overwhelmed with your writing work load.
Ask Your Family and Friends Questions
I have been known to not allow the Hubs to leave a room until he gives me a blog post idea. Back during his first few years of medical school, I used to go and say hi during one of his study sessions with his friends and not leave until each one of his friends gave me a financial question or a blog post idea. It kind of became a joke, but it was immensely helpful.
Sometimes, people don’t want to talk about money because it’s taboo, but if you just ask if anyone has any questions, you’ll be surprised at the wealth of topics you can gather up!
What are some ways you find inspiration for your blog or your other projects?
P.S. If you liked this post, you’ll probably like my post on 17 ways to motivate yourself when you’re feeling lazy!
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