How to find blog content ideas effortlessly?

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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.

In this article, we 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. Hope you find it useful.

Thanks to HashNode RFA and Anjal Binayak, for giving me the idea for this article!

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Prerequisites

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 just 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.

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Let's take the example of last evening's debugging session. Two variables declared with almost the same names(fixedCalc and 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 very important to collect ideas as a log, file, list, task, etc. My recommendation is to log all the ideas that come to you. 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 a track of all of them.

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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.

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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 how part now.

Your old blog posts are gold mines

When you are lacking an idea, go back to your old articles that are published already.

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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.

πŸ’‘ If you have written a step-by-step tutorial or a series before, there are higher chances to get new content ideas from those.

Seek, steal and borrow from social media platforms

We all are aware, how powerful the social media platforms are. We have lots to gain from it.

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  • 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 have one and 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 to 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.

πŸ’‘ 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.

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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.

πŸ’‘ 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.

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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.

πŸ’‘ 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.

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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 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

How do you get your blog content ideas? Do you want to share some tips here?


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Bolaji Ayodeji's photo

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! πŸ’™

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Bolaji Ayodeji, Great tips. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Chris Bongers's photo

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.

Sweet write-up!

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thanks Chris Bongers for sharing your perspective. Awesome!

Omotola Shogunle's photo

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 😌

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Lastly good old conversations are also a great resource for ideas

Great point. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lo's photo

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

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Sure thing Victoria Lo! I'll be looking forward to it.

Apoorv Tyagi's photo

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.πŸ‘

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 ;)

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Super tips Apoorv Tyagi, keep it up.

Naveen's photo

Great write up. I use a task list and journal logger to capture events/data. Data aggregated over time and experience of aggregation itself sounds like a good source of content to share. Thanks.

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Very true Naveen! Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts.

Skay's photo

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 :-)

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thanks Skay, It's kinda proven now, an idea can come anywhere anytime πŸ˜„.

Your contents are awesome man, all the best with your 'things'.

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Tapas Adhikary - haha one of the 'things' involves moving to North America just when winter is starting... It's gonna be fun for sure πŸ™‚

Girish Patil's photo

Awesome post Tapas Adhikary Thanks for sharing. I have list too but trying hard to write and keep writing.

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thank you Girish! Yeah, having a list makes it a bit easy. Writing from that list is of course another story! πŸ™‚

Ayushi Rawat's photo

Great article. I am a big fan of your writing Tapas.

You have pretty much got everything covered up! πŸ’―

Thank you for mentioning me!πŸ˜„

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thanks, Ayushi. It means a lot to me.

Marko Denic's photo

Great article Tapas Adhikary. Thank you.

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thank you Marko!

Jome Favourite's photo

Good tips, Sir

Jatin Rao's photo

Awesome Article Tapas Adhikary.

It's full of awesome tips to never run out of content ideas 🀩

Rahul's photo

Amazing technique and tips. Now i'm in using these amazing tips Great article.

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Good to know @Rahul! Glad you liked it. Rahul

Sai Laasya Vabilisetty's photo

Thanks a lot for mention😍. Personally, I am a big fan of yours.

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thank you, Thank You!

Anjal Binayak's photo

Wow, I loved the technique of logging ideas.

I was not in hope that anyone would reply to that my Article Idea I posted in Hashnode. Thanks to Tapas Adhikary this article is really helpful.

Rutik Wankhade's photo

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.

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thanks Rutik Wankhade, glad that you liked it. I am a fan of your problem-solving articles..like the way you explain the approach to solving a problem. Keep it up.