I always tell aspiring bloggers who ask me questions about starting their own blog a particular question. In fact it is the first question I ask them and many of them are always like “why?” The first question I normally ask them is this: What are your interests and hobby? This is very important because if you want to be successful as a blogger, you have to blog about something you are passionate about. That way, you can always get something to blog about. Are you also thinking about starting your own blog? This is the first question to ask yourself.
This is really important because you have to maintain a regular posting pattern as a blogger and stick to it. If you are posting once in a day or once in a week, stick to it. Don’t be a blogger that will make 10 posts this week and no post next week. Successful bloggers don’t operate like that.
That duly pointed out, I must also tell you that no matter how passionate you are about your niche, there would still be times when you will find nothing to blog about. I can bet it has happened to every blogger at one point or the other. If you ever run into this situation there are few things you can do to get an idea of something to write about or just do to make your blog active for that day.
What to post when there is nothing to blog about:
Check Other Sites In Your Niche: this is the first thing I think you should do whenever you run out of post ideas. In fact you should do this everytime and not just when you run out of post. This way you can keep yourself abreast of latest developments in your niche.
When you get to these sites in your niche, take your time to read their posts and you can get ideas of what to post or just write on a post they have already written on. Don’t just copy their posts, it will make you a copycat. Of course you can extract from their posts and add your opinions. This is what is going to make your post different and don’t forget to show some love to the owner of that post by adding a link back to them even if their PR is PR0. Apart from making you a copycat, Google will also punish you seriously for that. Take note.
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Check Your Blog Comments: if that fails or you are just too lazy to go to other people’s blog to find post, check your blog comments. You can find comments or questions that will bring up a post idea. Someone might have even requested a post already.
This is an example: I posted about how to unlock ZTE modems sometimes ago and mentioned that after unlocking, new profiles should be created for different networks and they can start surfing the internet with different SIM cards. In the comments, someone asked me how to create a profile for Etisalat and I quickly addressed as a new post called Internet profile configuration for all Nigerian network service providers. I didn’t include it in the first post because I thought everyone knew about it. I was wrong.
Check Your Archives For Posts You Can Update: yes there are some posts that situations on them has changed over time. You can simply look for these updates to add to the your old posts. Just go through your archives and read through the posts there.
After updating the post probably at the end of the original post, you might want to add date to the update. Something like: Updated: 01/07/2012.
I can always a post like this any day: Collection Of Websites To Download Free Full Version PC Games.
I would just find one or two websites to add to the collection.
Bring Old Topics Back: this is desperate but what can a man do? Sometimes we all feel like Bruno Mars on some days that we don’t feel like doing anything. Still, you have to make a post today, don’t fret and go desperate. Change the published dates of some posts that changes haven’t affected and those posts will come to the front page. You have to change the date to the current date to effect that action and many people would not even notice. A post like “Firefox add-ons every blogger should have” may not be affected by change over a course of 10 years.
Check Your Emails: many users would always send you emails from time to time. When you run out of posts to make on your blog, scan through your emails and you might just get one post idea from there.
I did not include this in the points because I don’t really like it myself but if that’s what you need to do, do it. You can get free content from some websites on the internet. Free articles are badly written and are found on many other websites on the internet. This is not good for your blog you will agree.
Follow these few tips and you will never go a day without a blog post as a result of lack of post ideas.
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