How to find blog content ideas effortlessly?
I have been writing blog articles for a while now and found that running out of blog content ideas is quite normal. But the good news is, there are some straightforward ways to fix that problem.
This article will discuss a few tips to make sure you do not ever get into a situation to think,
What's Next to find an idea for your blog. I hope you find it useful.
Before we talk about the
how part, let us discuss a few
prerequisites. These are going to make sure we are doing our part right without worrying about any external influences.
Ideas can occur anytime, anywhere
True, an idea can come anytime. We need to recognize, collect, and think about it. The more you think of it, the more you find ways to bake it for an article.
Let's take the example of last evening's debugging session. Two variables declared with almost the same names(
fixCalc) caused all the problems. Well, an idea may occur to write about the variable declarations, naming, scope, etc.
Log all your ideas
It is essential to collect ideas as a log, file, list, task, etc. My recommendation is to log all the ideas that come to you. It doesn't matter if something is small, large, trivial, difficult, etc. This list of ideas may help you to get a topic for your future article.
Here is my log of blog content ideas(as of today). I may not even write about some of these, or I may do, but I keep track of them.
Feel free to use any tool that suits you. Here are a few that I have tried so far,
Notion being the favorite.
Fix your frequency
It is better to have a frequency set for publishing your blog articles. Knowing the frequency will help you to understand how soon you need to grow the list of ideas.
Finding an idea for publishing an article is like the supply-chain. The more you want to publish, the more you need to supply your ideas.
The How Part
As we have the
prerequisites known, let us understand a few
Your old blog posts are gold mines
When you lack an idea, go back to your old articles that are published already.
You may find ideas in a couple of ways,
- A comment on an article may give you an idea for a new article/series. I was encouraged to write about serverless from the comments I had received on the JAMstack series.
You can take a logical portion of your old article and write a drill-down(detailed) on it. You can even enhance it further to use it in a different context altogether.
For example, if you have published an article about 'Top 5 ES20 features', you can write new articles by explaining them in more detail with examples and comparisons.
💡 If you have written a step-by-step tutorial or a series before, there are higher chances to get new content ideas.
Seek, steal, and borrow from social media platforms
We all are aware, how powerful social media platforms are. We have lots to gain from it.
- Follow hashtags, people of your interest on Twitter to get many ideas. If you do not have an account with Twitter, I would strongly encourage you to use it.
- Quora is another great platform to get ideas from. You can search for topics of interest and read the discussion threads. Read the answers provided by others and find what may be missing. You may get an article idea from that to explain things better.
- Stack Overflow is the final destination for many of us seeking the solution to a problem. Many of us also contribute to it with answers. You may want to see if a question ignites something or, reading through the answers may help identify a blog post idea.
- Reddit is another platform to watch out for. Follow the community of interest to share ideas, answer questions, and get inspired.
- Be part of a technology community like Hashnode, dev.to, Hackernoon etc. You may get plenty of ideas from the discussion threads.
💡 Getting inspired by a topic is perfectly fine as long as we deliver the content in our way with our unique flavor.
You may be ignoring something
At times, one content idea may give you multiple other ideas. Do not ignore the possibility of getting hidden ideas, knowingly and unknowingly.
For example, when you write about
Looping through arrays in JSX, do not miss to write an article about
Why to use the key attribute while looping in React. Breaking a big idea into multiple logical ideas helps to grow the list.
💡 Be practical about it. Do not downsize your articles too much for the sake of multiple articles.
Write about the problem solving
Do you take notes of the problems you solve at work? They are a great source for your future blog content.
Please take a good note of the solution and approaches to solve it. Think about how to represent that in an article. It can be a step-by-step tutorial, a description of a general solution, an explanation of why certain things to be done in this way, etc.
💡 Involving yourself in pet(side) projects is a great way to create technical blog content ideas. The more you do the side projects, the more you have the technology exposure to write about it.
Write about yourself
Why not? Write about yourself, your experiences. We all learn from each other's experiences. There is plenty to share and lots to learn.
You may want to write about,
- The experience of getting your first job.
- Interview challenges you have faced.
- A certification that you are proud of.
- Done a book review? Let others know about it.
- Handled a challenging situation in the past? Worth sharing.
- Overcoming the fear of something.
- Many, many more...
These all can make great blog content.
Still curious? Let's ask
That's all I do to find blog content ideas. I am sure the 'how' list is probably missing some points. Let's ask. I admire them(sorry if I've missed any names unintentionally) and a huge fan of their blog content.
Hello, Victoria Lo, Catalin Pit, Chris Bongers, Skay, @ayushi7rawat, James Tucker, Sai Laasya Vabilisetty, Jatin Rao, Edidiong Asikpo, Bolaji Ayodeji, NELSON MICHAEL, Rutik Wankhade, Marko Denic, Omotola Shogunle, Apoorv Tyagi
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Really great article Tapas Adhikary, thanks for sharing!
I have a Notion list also and get content ideas from the following:
- Ideas from what I know already (I formulate some random headlines from my existing knowledge).
- Ideas from books and other content I read.
- Ideas from a new concept I learned, course I took or conference I attended.
- I ask my audience what they want me to write about and I formulate some headlines.
In summary, ideas come from whatever kind of knowledge I have/ just gained. The action point is for me to keep learning and getting more knowledge thereby giving me more content ideas.
Hope this helps! 💙
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Finding ideas can be very hard, but I resonate with your writing. It's about writing about everyday issues, and yes sometimes it wakes me up at night!
I also wrote about my vision on this in one of my articles.
Wow great tips I have found that my ideas usually come from
difficulties I have faced myself or experiences I have had and would like to talk about
Also like you mentioned social media is a great resource for multiple inspiration for ideas
Lastly good old conversations are also a great resource for ideas
Thank you I admire you content as well 😌
Wow great article! Thanks for the mention. I think for me... it's getting inspiration from everywhere and everyone around me :)
I'll write an article in detail about that. Hey see? That's a new blog idea! Thanks Tapas! :D
Amazing article Tapas Adhikary. Really loved the tips you share & thanks for mentioning me. 😊
I totally agree with the point where you said to Seek, and borrow from social media platforms.👍
Adding my 2 cents
For me interacting with people on twitter gives me idea about what people might be interested in
If you are in college/School you can write about what you are learning there.
Lastly, i often visit the RFAs(request for ideas) section on hashnode itself. There are tons of ideas which other people want to read about & put out there. This can help a lot as well
Hope this will help ;)
Thanks for the mention Tapas Adhikary and I think you've summed up pretty much all points very well...
I have most of my ideas for articles while doing dishes or while in the shower... :-)
I believe Chris Bongers had written an article recently and it was almost identical to the process I follow...
But, I will be slowing down a bit, since I have my hands full with other things... However, I'll still be reading up all the awesome content creators :-)
Awesome post Tapas Adhikary Thanks for sharing. I have list too but trying hard to write and keep writing.
Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. I usually get ideas when I create something or get stuck at something and then solve it. Documenting the process and maintaining a list of ideas helps too.