Fun Blog Post Ideas
- Talk about rare or unknown disorders and their symptoms.
- Counter popular myths with facts.
- Share myths or mistakes from your favorite movie.
- Look into the top most mysterious places in the world, like the Bermuda triangle.
- Talk about your personality type or astrological sign.
- Share famous predictions and prophecies about the world from Nostradamus or others.
- List the top haunted places in the world, or in your neighborhood.
- Talk about unsolved mysteries. They could be famous, local, or even personal mysteries in your own life.
- Write a case study on a mysterious place near you.
- Share facts or traditions from a culture that’s very different from your own.
- Create a list of reasons why you should do something.
- What sets your blog apart from others in your niche?
- What tools and software do you use for your content and images?
- What’s your process for writing and editing a blog post?
- Ever faced a technical problem with your website? How did you resolve it?
- Create an infographic with stats from your blog.
- Ever had writer’s block before? How did you handle it?
- Have you ever switched your blog hosting, or changed blogging platforms? Why, and how did it go?
- Ever tried drafting a post while traveling? How did it work out for you?
- What tips would you give someone who’s just starting a blog?
- What strategy has worked the best for you to grow your blog traffic? What strategy failed?
- How do you increase your followers on social media?
- How do you build relationships with other bloggers on your niche?
- Talk about the blogging mistakes you have made.
- Why did you decide to start a blog?
- Share your blog’s traffic and earning numbers.
Productivity and Personal Development Ideas
- Write list post for your birthday the corresponds to your age. You could share a list of goals, lessons, favorite memories, or facts about yourself.
- Any special occasion coming up in your life that you could write about?
- Tell your visitors about a launch that you just attended.
- Do you have a favorite festival? Any fond memory that you have about it?
- Talk about an inspirational movie that you’ve just seen.
- What’s in trend in your industry that’s happening right now?
- Talk about a blogging milestone, like the day when you got your 100th subscriber or reached a certain number of website visitors.
- Share your plans or traditions for an upcoming holiday or vacation.
- Share your thoughts on turning 20, 30, 40, 50…
- Talk about a recent event in the news and the broader implications of it.
These ideas are great for personal blogs, but work in just about any niche. Even a business blog can show a personal side now and then to build a closer relationship with their customers.
Content Marketing Ideas For Brand Blogs
1. How’d you get started in your career? How’d you get to where you are today?
Answering this question is a great way for your followers to catch up on your journey. Share everything with them. You might just touch someone’s life and nudge them in a direction toward achieving their goals.
2. List and embed videos that deal with your niche.
For example, if you were a blogger, you could put together a list of 20 actionable videos on how to be a more amazing blogger. Think of useful and helpful videos that will make your readers better at what they do.
3. Compile a good list of posts and links that are focused on one topic.
4. What marketing tips didn’t work for you?
5. Write out a list of FAQs.
Are you asked tons of questions? If so, write them down and answer them. If you haven’t been asked any questions, think up the things that people would probably ask about your product or service. What things could be an issue that people might need more clarity on?
6. Take an unrelated topic and tie it to your field.
Take something that has nothing to do with your career and turn it into something that has something to do with your career. I once wrote a guest post where I wrote about being in a complicated relationship with my characters (I write fiction in addition to blogging). I basically compared writing characters to complicated relationships/friendships. It was super fun to write. Think about how you can apply this to your own writing.
7. Pitch an influencer to guest post on their blog.
8. What sets your blog/business apart from your competitors?
Sometimes, it can be scary when your competitors’ websites look way more amazing than your own. Maybe they are better at social media than you. Maybe they have a bigger team than you, which makes it easier to create more or do more.
9. What is the most creative way someone has used your product?
Working at CoSchedule, I’ve actually met some people online who have told me they’ve used our Headline Analyzer Studio to write titles and chapter names for their books. I’d say that’s a pretty creative way to use the tool, so it’s a blog idea that could help others. Do you have a product? If so, what is a creative way people have used it?
10. Profile a few readers and/or customers.
11. How do you use social media for growing traffic and sales?
Share how you’ve used social media to grow traffic and sales. This is a topic that many people are interested in as a way to grow their own blogs and businesses, so if you have great tips, share them all.
12. Create an ultimate guide.
13. What is the best part of what you do?
14. Do a Q&A interview with your team.
15. Recently hire new employees? How’d you come to the decision to hire them?
16. Write a manifesto.
A manifesto is a great way to condense your message into a short, all-encompassing format. If you’ve written it well, they will get a fuller understanding of your core message, which you may have been trying to communicate for years.
How to Write a Blog Post, Step 5: The Editing Part
Actually writing a blog post is hard. Editing a blog post is harder. Many people mistakenly assume that editing is simply striking through sentences that don’t work or fixing grammatical errors. Although sentence structure and grammar are both very important, editing is about seeing the piece as a whole and, sometimes, being willing to sacrifice words (and the hours it took to write them) for the sake of cohesion.
I won’t explicitly tell you to check your spelling and grammar – you should be doing that anyway. I will, however, offer some self-editing tips and suggestions on how to tighten up your writing so that it packs a punch and keeps your readers scrolling.
Few things are more jarring to read than repetition of certain words or phrases. Once you’re done with the first draft of your blog post, read through it and check for words that can be replaced to avoid repeating yourself.
BONUS: Every writer has a “crutch” word or phrase. This is a word that, no matter how carefully they might try, the writer simply cannot help themselves from including in their work. Identify what your crutch word is, be vigilant, and make sure it doesn’t appear more often than it needs to.
Read Your Post Aloud to Check Flow
This is a trick that many writers learn in workshops. If a piece reads awkwardly out loud, it will probably read awkwardly in your reader’s mind. It might seem a bit weird, but force yourself to read your post aloud to check for wordy bottlenecks or contrived sentences. Find yourself struggling with the flow of a sentence? Rework it until it rolls off your tongue.
Have Someone Else Read Your Work
This is crucial for inexperienced or casual bloggers. Asking a friend or colleague to check your work isn’t an admission of weakness or a sign of failure – it’s a commitment to making your work as strong as it possibly can be.
Ideally, ask someone with editing experience to proof your work. Also, be sure that they understand you’re not looking for help spotting typos or grammatical errors (but if they do, great), but that you want to hear their thoughts on the flow of the piece and whether it makes sense structurally. Do your points come across well? Is your position on a contentious topic clear? Does the piece prompt the reader to think or challenge an existing belief? Is the advice you’re offering worth following? These are all questions that having another set of eyes read your work can help answer.
Keep Sentences Short and Paragraphs Shorter
Nothing will intimidate or outright anger a reader faster than huge walls of text. It’s a common mistake for inexperienced bloggers to make, and one I see far too often in a lot of online articles.
Sentences should be as short as possible. They’re easier to read, making your audience’s job easier. Shorter sentences also reduce the likelihood of going off on tangents. For example, I recently came across a sentence in an opinion piece in Wired that had no fewer than seven subordinate clauses, an editorial sin of almost unimaginable magnitude.
Paragraphs should also be short and sweet. The shorter the paragraph, the more likely your readers are to keep going. The “rules” of paragraph structure have been bent a little since web-based publishing became the norm, but try to keep individual ideas isolated to their own neat, short little paragraph.
Accept That Your Blog Post Will Never Be Perfect
I’m not advocating for publishing sloppy work, nor am I saying you shouldn’t be obsessive about the details. I am saying, however, that even the best blog posts could always be better, but time is always against us. Again, unless you’re Seth Godin, you probably need to publish more than one post a month, so agonizing over every post will sap you of the desire to write and waste precious time – not to mention likely to incur the wrath of your editor or content manager.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Cuts or Adapt on the Fly
You may have forgotten, but I originally included a section in the example outline for this post that dealt with optimizing blog posts for SEO. I fully intended to write this section, but when I looked at how my first draft was shaping up, I realized this was too substantial a topic to tackle in an already lengthy post. As a result, I made the decision to cut this section from the post altogether. I purposefully left the outline intact to demonstrate that you shouldn’t be afraid to make editorial decisions like this.
That’s All She Wrote…
If there’s an aspect of writing a blog post that I didn’t cover, or you have specific questions about my process or anything generally blog-related, let me know in the comments – I’ll answer them as best I can.
Meet The Author
Originally from the U.K., Dan Shewan is a journalist and web content specialist who now lives and writes in New England. Dan’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications in print and online, including The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Pacific Standard magazine, The Independent, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many other outlets.