Published on February 25, 2014
Blogging Made Simple: 50 Ideas for Your Next Blog Post In Pursuit of Simple Simple Resources
Hello! Many people have approached me and said, “I want to start a blog, but I have nothing to talk about.” Guys! is isn’t true! You have plenty to talk about – you just might not know if other people would be interested in reading it. An important aspect of starting a blog is choosing a topic you are passionate about. at passion will come out in your writing and make it a great read! Plus, you’ll be more motivated to write about it regularly. Even when you’ve picked the theme for your blog, it can still be diﬃcult to write on days when you are feeling uninspired. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore, it should be simple… and fun! So I’ve created a list of 100 blogging ideas to hopefully inspire you to get writing, even on the most boring of days. Happy writing, Jess @ In Pursuit of Simple www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Conduct an Interview ink of the most interesting people in your life or your city. Wouldn’t your readers find their life interesting, also? If you write a health blog, interview an owner of a local yoga studio. If you’re studying to be an orthodontist, interview someone who is already doing your dream job. is is also a great opportunity to feature friends who are bloggers or small business owners! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Feature a Photograph A few months ago, I went through a ton of black and white photos that I found at my parents’ house. Memories make for a great blog post – from old prom photos to baby pictures. Give a back story on the photo so that your readers can really jump into the scene. You can even consider doing a throwback ursday on your blog and feature a new photo once a week. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Try Out Video Blogging Using your smartphone or web cam, you can record a simple video and post it with minor edits. Video blogs are great when you’re in a rush and would rather say it than write it. Plus, this gives followers a glimpse at what you look like and sound like, allowing them to connect to you more. Switching up the kind of media you feature on your blog is a great way to keep people engaged! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Talk About a Childhood Memory Example Titles: • My First Day of School • John Smith: My ird Grade Crush • How I was Forever Scarred by 6th Grade • Learning to Tie My Shoes • Memories of My Grandmother • ere’s (Usually) No Crying in T-Ball www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Talk About an Important Lesson You Learned Example Titles: • Why Good Friends are Better an More Friends • Some Break Ups Are For the Best • Cancer Changes Everything • You Can’t Do it All at Once • Always Wear Clean Underwear www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write a Review What are you into? Reading? Music? Restaurants? Cleaning products? Whatever your “thing” is, share your opinions of the groups, places, and products you come in contact with. is is a great excuse to go out and try that new restaurant or read that book that’s always been on your list. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Insights From an Article or Documentary Documentaries and articles are great food for thought, and the opinions and feelings that come out after you read or watch them are great content for your blog. I’ve recently started watching more and more documentaries on Netflix about happiness and stress, and I love sharing what I’ve learned from them with others! Asking readers for their opinion on the topic will help increase engagement, also. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Make a List Example Titles: • 10 Reasons to Order Chinese Tonight • 32 ings I Learned on My Trip to Egypt • e 5 Best Cereals of My Childhood • 7 Times to Turn Your Cell Phone Oﬀ • My Vacation Essentials • e 15 Best ings to Do in Pittsburgh www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write About Your Mentor e people who inspire you – whether in life or your career – deserve some recognition. And by sharing who you look up to with your readers, they can tap into who you are… and who you want to be… on a deeper level. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Provide a How-To Example Topics: • e Basics of Photoshop • How to Knit • How to Bake a King Cake • How to Make a DIY Candle • How to Meditate • How to Save on Flights www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Give a Recommendation When people shop online, they usually do their research first. If there is a product or service you support, write a blog post about it! Anything from beauty products to restaurants and cleaning services. If you want to regularly do reviews, look into getting sponsored! Companies are often willing to give products to bloggers to try for free as long as they get exposure from it. Note: Don’t endorse a product you don’t like! You want to build trust with your audience. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share a Quote You can do a lot with other peoples’ words – as long as you give them proper credit! You may choose to simply post an inspiring quote once a week, or write a more extensive blog post about one of your favorites and what it means to you. One of my personal favorites: “at it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” - Emily Dickinson www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share a Recipe Food blogs are extremely popular. Whether you want to focus on food, or want to share a food that fits in with the theme of your blog, share your experience by taking photos during each step of the process. Note: When adding photos to your blog posts, don’t forget to put your logo/URL. at way, when it goes viral, you’ll still get credit! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Feature a Business Example Businesses: • A salon with great customer service • A local brewery • A museum • A local bakery • A freelance graphic designer • A unique jewelry company www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Get a Guest Blogger! Have a blog you’re obsessed with? Have the author write a post on your site! ey will get exposure to your audience and hopefully ask you to write a guest post for their blog in the future, also. is is great for cross-promotion and those weeks where you’re feeling under-inspired! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Outline a Process I once wrote a lighthearted blog post about trying to assemble an Ikea couch on my own after moving into my first solo apartment. It was one of the most popular posts on the site! Whether a project turns out the way you wanted it to or not, it’s a learning experience for you and your readers. is is great for home improvement projects and posts about planning events, including weddings. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Answer a Question Do you get asked the same question over and over again by your readers? Instead of addressing it multiple times in comments, write a blog post to answer it once and for all! But first, you need to make sure that you are encouraging feedback from your readers. Possible ways to do this are by posting a survey, asking for comments on your blog or social media accounts, or encouraging feedback on your contact page. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Review a Concert/Event If you get the opportunity to go to a once-in-alifetime (or maybe even once-a-year) event, don’t waste your chance to tell everyone all about it! Be sure to include photos of the event and any important details as to who threw it, including the venue and sponsors. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Challenge Yourself to Try Something New Example Challenges: • Write for 30 minutes every day for a month • Go without chocolate for a year • Do 10 good deeds a day for a week • Learn a new language in a year • Eat a food you’ve never tried before • Run your first marathon www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Your Shopping Experience If you’re looking for the right car, wedding dress, house, or gift, you can help other shoppers by sharing your experience. If this is a big purchase, remember to give some tips based on what you learned from your experience. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Your Motivation Why did you start this blog in the first place? You may share some of this on your “About” page, but if there is a bigger story behind why you chose your topic, or why you chose to blog at all, make sure you don’t let that story go untold! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Explain Why You Love Your City If you feel like this topic has been done before… you’re wrong. Each person has a unique experience when it comes to choosing the they they want to live in, and YOUR story is an important one. You can make this topic your own by telling why you chose to move to your city or naming some of your favorite local spots. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Give Background on Your Life Chances are, your readers only know recent details of your life, like your job, where you live now, and what your current loves are. But your past is a big part of who you are, too! Are you the oldest of seven children? Did you grow up all over the world because your parents were in the military? Did you skip college to travel the world? Spill it. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Struggles Life is not always rainbows and butterflies, and you don’t have to pretend that is is! Money, health, and relationship troubles pop up every once in a while, and if you are comfortable discussing these things with your readers, you may be able to help someone else get through their rough life moments. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write to Other Bloggers You can build some great relationships with other bloggers. So why not write a blog post to them? Whether it’s sharing a story about what has worked for your blog or highlighting some of your favorite blogs, think about what other people obsessed with blogging would want to read. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Do a Series Sometimes you get so excited about a topic that your post might get a little bit too long. Instead of cutting out information you think is important or posting a blog post that is too lengthy to keep anyone’s attention, try splitting the article up into several posts. Make sure that each part of the story links to the others! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Get Fired Up Standing up for what you believe in is an admirable thing. If there is something that has you feeling upset or angry, consider writing a post about it. Many controversial – but impressive – blog posts have been written about parenting tactics, human rights, and education. Note: You may end up getting some fired up comments any time you write a blog post like this. Always write at your comfort level. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Ask Questions If you don’t have much time to write a blog post but are looking for a really engaging post, consider sharing a short personal story and asking readers if they have ever been in the same situation and how they would have handled it. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Make an Infographic If you’re talented in the graphic design department, infographics can serve you very well! ey are the perfect invention for visual learners and can help make complicated ideas and processes much easier for your readers. Plus, you can really show oﬀ your creative side in the design. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Your Travels Unique Twists on Topics: • Traveling with a 2-Year-Old • Our Coﬀee Tour ough Europe • Collecting Beer Coozies from Every US State • Canada in a Day • Eating Gluten-Free on the Go • No Hotels: e Sleep-In-Our-Car Road Trip www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Analyze Art I’m a big Gustav Klimt fan, and I could dedicate an entire blog to analyzing his pieces. Who is your favorite artist? Tell everyone! And art doesn’t just mean paintings. It can mean slam poetry, music, sculpture. If you think it’s beautiful, write about it! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Expand on a Stat Have you heard a statistic lately that shocked you? Share your feelings and thoughts on it in a blog post! You can talk about what it means for you, your generation, your world, or your readers. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Shamelessly Self-Promote It’s totally ok to talk about the big accomplishments in your life! In fact, many people who are dedicated enough to read your blog regularly will want to celebrate with you. So if you win a blogging award or you get a fantastic new job, don’t be humble! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Talk About a Cause You blog can make a big diﬀerence if you choose to write about a charity that is close to your heart. Explain why you are passionate about the cause, and make is clear to your readers how you would like them to help. You can even volunteer to do a fundraiser of your own in order to raise money for a charity and share photos/ask for donations from readers. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Become a Foodie Trying out new recipes, ingredients, and restaurants can be exciting for you, but for your readers, too. Do a little bit of experimenting and share your experiences on your blog. You may just give someone an idea for what to serve at their next dinner party or where to take their parents to dinner the next time they are in town. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Talk About Your Health Journey Getting over a disease, deciding to become a trainer, or switching to a healthier diet are all things to celebrate. And they are all things that many readers can connect to. Share your journey to get or stay healthy, no matter your current level of health or fitness. It will be great motivation to keep going if you keep track of how far you’ve already come! www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Your #OOTD is stands for “Outfit of the Day” for anyone not following the hashtag on Instagram or Twitter. Many bloggers devote entire blogs to this, but if you’re only an occasional fashionista, you can choose to share an #OOTD weekly or bi-weekly. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write About What You’re Doing RIGHT NOW Example Topics: • Planning for your future • Cooking a delicious dinner • Applying for grad school • Making an online dating profile • Browsing Netflix • Shopping online www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write About Your Writing Process Do you write all of your blog posts down on paper before you type them up? Do you create charts to organize your thought process? Do you edit each post three times? Readers will be interested on how you write your blog posts, from the first idea to promoting them on social media. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write About Your “Perfect”… Example Topics: • Vacation • House • Saturday • Birthday Party • Lifestyle • Date (But not like she talked about in Miss Congeniality) www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Comment on Another Blog You can dedicate an entire blog post to another blog that you absolutely love! A great thing about the blogging world is that many bloggers are looking to build lasting relationships with others. Just like everyone else, bloggers love to feel appreciated. Feature someone and hopefully they will return the favor. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Go Photo-Only Pictures really can be worth a thousand words, so if you have a post that is very visual, don’t try to write too much about it. Add a slideshow or place each photo one by one and let them tell the story on their own. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Write an Essay Writing prompts seemed irritating in college, but they can sometimes give you a way to show oﬀ a more formal writing style in your blog. ink about a topic that you care about deeply and write about it as if you’re writing for your college creative writing class again. e best part is, you can give yourself an “A” no matter what. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Run a Contest Like: • A giveaway • A photo contest • A craft competition • An essay contest • A design contest • A “Biggest Fan” contest www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Blog Feedback Let your readers do the work for you! Share some positive feedback or some of the most thoughtprovoking conversations in your comment section. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share a “Before” and “After” Great For: • Weight loss • Home remodeling • Revamping furniture • Organization projects • Muscle toning • Makeovers www.inpursuitofsimple.com
“e Most Important ings in my…” Example Topics: • Purse • Apartment • Life • Desk Drawer • Car • Laptop Case • Overnight Bag www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share a Note, Email, or Letter I created an entire blog all about letters. I think that they are amazing blog content, from letters you wrote yourself to letters others have written, famous letters, and letters you just happened to find somewhere. www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Show Some Gratitude ank Your: • Readers • Parents • Blog sponsors • Teachers • Peers • Friends www.inpursuitofsimple.com
Share Extra Content Like this idea book! Or worksheets! Or templates! e possibilities are only limited by your creativity. anks for looking through this idea book! Be sure to share with blogging friends and send them to inpursuitofsimple.com.
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