20 Creative post ideas

Two of the most important parts of a blog are compelling content and frequent updates. Take a look at the following blog post ideas to spark your creative juices when you can’t think of what to write about. Just remember to try to apply each of these ideas appropriately to your blog topic.
1. Lists

People love lists, and just about any kind of list is bound to attract traffic. Top 10 lists, 5 things not to do, 3 reasons I love something, etc. Start with a number then take it from there.
2. How-to

People love to find easy-to-follow instructions to help them accomplish a task. Whether you want to teach your readers how to throw the perfect curve ball or how to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito, the choice is yours.
3. Reviews

You can write a review of just about anything on your blog. Take a look at the following suggestions:

The possibilities are nearly endless. Just think of something you’ve tried and write about your experience and thoughts.
4. Photos

Post a photo (or photos) related to your blog topic.
5. Link Roundup

Write a post that includes a list of links to other blog posts that published great posts or to websites you like.
6. Current Events

What’s going on in the world? Write a post about an interesting bit of news.
7. Tips

Write a post to share tips to help your readers accomplish something in an easier, faster or cheaper way.
8. Recommendations

Share recommendations for your favorite books, websites, movies or other “favorites” related to your blog topic.
9. Interviews

Interview a prominent figure or expert in your blog topic then publish a blog post about it.
10. Polls

Register for an account with a site like PollDaddy.com then publish a poll related to your blog topic in one of your blog posts.
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11. Contests

People love to win prizes, and blog contests are a great way to drive traffic to your blog as well as encourage visitors to leave comments. Blog contests can be used to write several posts such as an announcement post, a reminder post and a winner post.
12. Blog Carnivals

Join a blog carnival (or host one yourself) then write a post about the carnival topic.
13. Podcasts

Sometimes it’s easier to talk about something than it is to write about it. If that’s the case, try audio blogging and post a podcast.
14. Videos

Share a video from YouTube or one of your own, or host a video blog.

Share a quote from a celebrity or prominent person in a field related to your blog topic. Be sure to cite your source !
16. Links to Interesting Content from Digg or StumbleUpon

Sometimes you can find some really interesting submissions on Digg , StumbleUpon and other social bookmarking sites . It’s fun to share links to some of the best submissions related to your blog topic or of interest to your readers in one of your own blog posts.
17. Your Turn

Turn the tables and post a question or comment then ask your readers what they think about that question or comment. Your turn posts are a great way to spark a conversation.
18. Guest Posts

Ask other bloggers or experts in a field related to your blog topic to write a guest post for your blog.
19. Point/Counterpoint

A point/counterpoint post is where you present two opposing sides to an argument or issue. This type of post can even be separated into two different posts where the first presents one side of the argument and the second presents the other side.
20. Answer Reader Questions or Comments

Look back through the comments left by your readers and find any questions or statements that can be used to spark a new post.



6 good ways to get post idea

The best bloggers read a lot. To keep a fresh list of blog post ideas coming, you should have a go-to list of blogs and sources you check periodically for new ideas to resolve an occasional bout of “blogger’s block.”
Following are several ideas to get your source list started:

  • Blog searches: Use Google Blog Search or IceRocket.com  to find other blogs related to your own blog topic. Visit these blogs to see what bloggers are writing about. However, never copy and republish another person’s content. Always write your own blog post, adding your own thoughts on a topic, and attribute the original story source with a link. (Learn more about attributing sources in Chapter 4.)
  • Blog feeds: Subscribe to the feeds of blogs you like and blogs related to your own blog topic. Check your feed reader to get post ideas.
  • News sites: Keep on top of daily news by visiting popular news sites to see what journalists are talking about.
  • Twitter streams: Follow people on Twitter who tweet about topics related to your blog,and check your Twitter stream to learn what people find interesting enough to tweet about each day.
  • Social bookmarking sites: Check out the latest content shared on sites like Digg (digg.com), StumbleUpon (www.stumbleupon.com), and Yahoo! Buzz (buzz.yahoo.com) to see what people are sharing related to your blog topic.For example, if you blog about baseball, you can select the Baseball category on Digg to view popular shared content, as shown in Figure 3-1. Just follow the links to view the content listed to help you get ideas for blog posts of your own.
  • Social networking sites: Poke around on Facebook (www.facebook.       com)  and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) to see what your friends and connections are posting about.Chapter.

Never stop looking for new sources, and always take the time to reach out to the people behind your favorite online sources in an effort to develop relationships with them. Leave comments on their blog posts, retweet their Twitter updates, send them an e-mail to introduce yourself, and so on. These are the types of relationships that
can help you over your lifetime as a blogger.