One of the big challenges for new bloggers is finding new content to write about. But as experienced bloggers, journalists and authors will tell you, once you figure out what I’m about to tell you, you won’t have problems coming up with ideas for content. You’ll have problems typing fast enough to keep up with the ideas.
I’ll give you a couple tips today and a wake up call.
Here’s the Wake-up Call
It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, once you have a blog or a blog on your website, you can talk about something every single day and make it relevant to your audience. And in fact, you should blog every day, if you can do it more often than once a day without sacrificing quality then do it too.
New content drives traffic!
So what about the Topics?
So let me give you a way to come up with over 125 blogposts that will help you blog every single day. This is a great way to prepare for 2015. This works no matter what type of blog you have.
We have 365 Days in the year, here’s how you take care of about 125 of those days. You could easily add a few more blogposts to the list by making slight modifications.But by the time you go through the first month or so of doing all of the things I list here, you should have so many ideas to write about that you’ll laugh at the thought of running out of content.
33 Blogposts in the Holidays
Let’s start with a simple one, the holidays. Look at all the holidays that you celebrate. Most of you reading this are in the US and that’s where I am too. According to the list of Federal Holidasy, we have 11 official holidays.
Take 11 holidays and write three blogposts per holiday. One prior to the holiday to announce it, inform your audience about it and try to do something unique with your normal topics and tie them into the holiday.
The second post is on the day of the holiday and you could make that a commemorative type of post. Finally the third post could be a recap of anything you learned, additional thoughts or even audience participation.
That gives you 33 posts.
That doesn’t count other special days like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo (just run with it). All those give you a reason to write. You could easily make this count for over 60 days.
52 Blogposts on your New Weekly Series
Come up with a weekly post series that you commit yourself to. For example, you could come up with something simple like “This Week in the News” and summarize the top five stories in your niche. You don’t have to come up with the ideas, you just have to find the topics and give an analysis of the situation. This is curation through blogging. This is real content curation.
That’s 85 blogposts.
12 Blogposts to Summarize Last Month’s
An easily overlooked blogging opportunity is to create a monthly summary of your blogging activity. Yes, it sounds funny but you should do this, at the end of the month, write a short 2 – 3 sentence summary about each blogpost and create a link to each post after the summary. This is a great way to give new readers an overview of what just happened on your blog and a way for casual readers to get an overview of what they missed.
If you are diligent, you could do this almost instantly the moment the new month rolls around. Just write the summary immediately after you write the blogpost and add it to a draft. At the end of the month you just title it, and hit publish.
Keeping track? We’re at 97 blogposts.
24 Blogposts to Highlight the Leadership in your Niche
A terrific way to find great content for your blog is to identify the top leaders in your industry. Think top level but go wide. Think about vendors, distributors, producers, advertisers, middlemen, salesmen and make a list. Then create a profile feature for each person on your blog. Do it on a flattering or positive way and you might even catch their attention. More importantly is that you’ll give a great perspective of your industry to your readers and even start establishing yourself as an authority.
We’re at 121 posts now
4 Blogposts to Track your Big Picture Plans
Write a beginning of the year blogpost in january, and one for every quarter. Treat it like a business quartely report. These are easy and can be used to outline your plans and goals for the year. each post could be used to announce your past quarter’s progress and determine any adjustments you have made or plan on making.
We just reached 125 and will stop for now.
That is a great start to fill in gaps in your editorial calendar. Next time you think you’ve run out of content, revisit this post to refresh your memory.
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