Blog Topics: 5 Ways to Uncover Ideas

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You haven’t posted in weeks and the self induced pressure is on to create a blog post.  You had an idea the other day, but How to find blog post ideasyou didn’t log it anywhere, and now that idea is foggy.  What are you going to do? Where are you going to find blog topics of interest to both your readers and yourself?  Sound familiar?

Hopefully you’re overflowing with topics and ideas to investigate that lead to colorful and informative posts.  Answering questions of your readers through posts should be your vision.  For those times when your idea tank is on empty, below are 5 ways to generate ideas and fill up the brain.

 

Quora

It seems like Quora came out 20 years ago.  The Q & A platform debuted in the summer of 2010 as the brainchild of two former Facebook employees Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever.  Last week Quora launched a blogging platform that allows you to post within Quora.  Until last week I hadn’t spent much time in Quora since it started.  However, over the last few weeks seemed to be getting e-mail alerts daily with new followers, coupled with the new blogging platform and Quora has some buzz.

There are over 300K topics to choose from in Quora.  There is something for all tastes.  Go in there for 30 minutes and you will find some ideas for blog posts.  Some of the Topics with the largest amount of followers include:

Technology Trends

Healthy Eating

Social Media

Dating and Relationships

Business Models

 

 

RSS Feeds / E-Mail Newsletters

If you haven’t registered to a least 10 Feeds or E-Mail lists in your vertical you’re making a big mistake.  I’m a bigger fan of e-mail lists because many times that will come with free e-books just for signing up.  Many of these e-books contain content that is better than on that blogger’s site.  It’s a great to learn about what others are blogging about in your field and some of the methods they employ.

Yes, you will run into people that will just push product and services constantly through e-mail.  Just unsubscribe at the bottom of the e-mail if you’re not getting any value.  I’m currently subscribed to many more than 10 and a high percentage of time I take away something of value with each piece.

Tip: Use an e-mail address that is solely for this purpose.  I created mailinglist at geeklesstech.com and all incoming e-mail comes into my iPad separately.  I don’t it have mixed in with my other high volume addresses.   This makes it more manageable and not so overwhelming

 

LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn discontinued their Q & A section today January 31, 2013.  No problem.  Go into your relative LinkedIn Groups and you’ll witness a lot of conversations taking place.  Make sure the LI Group is active.  You’re allowed to be active in 50 groups at once.   Find 2-3 that work for you and participate.  The ideas will be cascading down your face.

 

Inbox Q

This is a handy tool that allows you to find people asking questions on Twitter.  You set up your campaigns (keywords) of what you want Inbox Q to find for you.  You can answer directly from the application if so inspired.  It gives you an idea of what people are asking on Twitter for your topic which should stimulate some ideas for a post.

Inbox Q

 

Your own Posts

Take a look at your own posts.  They’re right there on your site.  In my case, I have a lot of experience on LinkedIn but have only published one post on LinkedIn.  That’s three demerits.  You probably lacking in content for a topic that you are well versed.  Please share that knowledge with us.  In the next two weeks I’ll publish a LinkedIn post derived from Quora, E-Mail Newsletter, LinkedIn groups, and Inbox Q.  I hope you will as well.

What methods do you use to generate post ideas?  Please share with us.

 

14 comments
SteveBorgman
SteveBorgman

 @GeeklessTech , thanks for this great idea.  One idea that comes to me from within my own blog has been questions people have asked regarding an aspect of a blog post, or even in a personal email or Facebook mail message to me.  I've then posted that question, with their permission, to one of my LinkedIn groups.  Once I get the answers, I've compiled a blog post for my reader, and also posted it back to the LinkedIn group.  Those posts have always been greatly appreciated by both my readers and by my LinkedIn group members.

GaryHyman
GaryHyman

Thanks for sharing your blog ideas sources with us @GeeklessTech Steve. Always looking for great content inspiration & sources. It's so important to have a blog pipeline so you can pull from it at anytime. Typically, when I come across an inspirational post I will create a pipeline item directly in my blog, with a link to the original article, and save it as a draft. This gives me the ability to pull easily from my blog pipeline.

StuartPaterson
StuartPaterson

Great suggestions for not getting stuck in the idea-generation stage - is often the greatest stumbling block on the path to creating content.

I tried LinkedIn Q&A for a while, but didn't get on with it - so not surprised it's bitten the dust (specialist forums seem to be better for that kind of thing)

 I tend to rely on content Curation a lot - using Google reader, Zite and Pocket To sort the wheat from the chaff ( which is how I found your article!)

Yourinda
Yourinda

Hi Steven,

thank you so much for sharing these great suggestions and tools.

I appreciate having your explanation of these tools and the links.

There are so many resources on line, I feel so blessed, also for having people like you who introduce them.

In regards to having ideas for blog posts this is not a problem for me

Cheers,

Yorinda

profkrg
profkrg

I can honestly say that I never run out of ideas. In fact, I have way more ideas than I have time. I attribute this to the fact that I am an avid reader. I read almost constantly. I use Instapaper to save items I want to read later and Evernote to save ideas and posts I want to pull from in my writing. It works out really well. 

 

I know a lot of people have idea issues. Thanks for helping!

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SarahArrow
SarahArrow

I'm not sure about blogging on Quora, I went and had a look and started a blog but it's another case of "what's in it for me" why should I blog on another site where I am not in charge? Maybe time will tell, but for now I'm sitting back and waiting to see what happens.

PS I love inbox q

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Lydia Brown
Lydia Brown

This post helps a lot sometimes confusing SEO content what counts I don't think everyone is in sync yet about if SEO should be the primary focus so I do my best regarding both and your post has helped clarify somethings. Thank you Steven

Jay Oza
Jay Oza

 

Good post, Steven.

 

Here is a method that work for me.

 

Just talk about your experience where you are learned a lesson.  You could blog at least five topics from watching the movie "Jerry MgGuire."   It is work, though.  

 

Ideas will not be a problem once you get going and start coming up with your own ideas. You are going to be saying, more often than not, when you read a blog post,  "that dude posted exactly what I was thinking about."  That's a  a good sign and you are in the flow.

 

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danielalex_book
danielalex_book

I haven't yet heard of Quora, so thanks for that.

And thanks for the post.

Every now and again we need a kick in the bum to tell us the basics again :)

AusMatt
AusMatt

Linkedin Groups is a really good resource. You can get heaps of ideas, as you say. It's also a good place to get traffic to your blogs. If you participate regularly, thereby lifting your profile, then add one of your own posts, you can often get quite a few clicks on it.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Jay Oza  @5toolgroup Thanks Jay.  Yes, I see those often, "What would so so do?" Not my cup of tea, but I know they work.  People generally gravitate to those type of titles.  Great point on "that dude" posting what I was going to post.  I think it's probably to every experienced at on time or another.   When it happens, just tweak it a bit to give it your own angle.  I would not abandoned your idea there, I think that is a mistake.  I think people get frustrated as there is a room of 50.  The room is in the billions.  Stay with it...

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