Webster Wednesdays: Post Ideas
How are your blogs coming so far?? I hope they are going well. I had a lot of my blog planned out before I even purchased the site and the blog went live. I had almost a month of post ideas ahead of time. Does everyone need to do this? No but I personally recommend it. This avoids things like getting overwhelmed, your posts not being cohesive, and long periods with no posts. I have two sections in my blog binder. One is the full calendar section, so I can get an overview of what i’m posting. The second is the post ideas tab, which is where I can hash out all the details for the post. All subscribers will get a free printable calendar in their email, so subscribe if you need the calendar! I also made a printable template for the post ideas, which you can find in my shop in the Blogger Toolkit!
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Now, a little bird told me you need some fun ideas? Here are some great post types and topics:
- A LIST POST
Suggestion: Write a bucket list, a must-see or must-do list, a list of 10 reasons to (or not to…), a list of your top 15 fave places/movies/travel destinations, a list of lessons you could learn from Celebrity X.
- A PROS AND CONS POST
Suggestion: Pick a topic/subject/object and research it the best you can. Write down its qualities and present this information to your readers under two headings: its pros and its cons. Ask your readers which is the stronger argument.
- AN A-Z POST
Suggestion: Write an A-Z on your blog’s niche. For example: An A to Z of cleaning tips, make-up tips, travel tips, cooking tips, photography tips (or in this blog’s case: the A-Z of the best blog tools & resources!)
- A PROFILE
Suggestion: Write a profile post on someone you know, a blogger you admire, a public figure who’s caught your interest or even the type of reader your blog is aimed at. Make it detailed and discuss why you chose that person or people.
- A TUTORIAL OR HOW-TO POST
Suggestion: Are you skilled in carrying out a particular task? Or, is there a task you want to learn (that others would likely want to know how to do too?). Turn it into a step-by-step tutorial using video, photos or screen casts. Example: How to set up WordPress.
- A COMPARISON
Suggestion: Compare two topics, subjects or objects (workout videos, writing courses, fashion books etc) and write the key features of each side-by-side. The exercise will not only prove interesting for your readers, but may help you finally choose between two things you’ve been debating over!
- A REVIEW OR CRITIQUE POST
Suggestion: Document your experience and thoughts on a particular hotel, restaurant, plane ride, car you’ve test-driven, new website, cosmetic or cleaning product, new film or TV show, e-book, adventure or game.
- A MAKEOVER OR BEFORE-AND-AFTER POST
- A GUIDE-TO… POST
- A DIARY ENTRY
Suggestion: For the blogger who’s open to revealing their more honest side, a diary-style post will do just that! Talk freely about an experience, what’s on your mind, your hopes or plans for the future or a funny story from your past.
- A QUIZ
Suggestion: Use a quiz to entertain your readers or to help them understand a topic (How much do you know about colour?). Try Free Online Surveys for a quiz tool or the WordPress Quiz Me plugin.
- A NEWS STORY
Suggestion: Scour the news headlines or press releases you’ve received to write a post on a current topic that your readers will be interested in. Bloggers who are quick to jump on news stories may be well-rewarded traffic-wise.
- A GLOSSARY
Suggestion: Write a post defining the popular words used by bloggers in your niche (such as this site’s glossary!). Promote it as a go-to, must-book mark resources for those new to the topic, emphasising how hand it is for them to refer to often. Use The Alphabetizer to quickly put the words in order.
- A LIVE-BLOGGING POST
Suggestion: Live blogging a conference event can be a very quick and easy way to grow your audience and gain new Twitter followers fast! Not going to an event? Try doing the same with a popular TV show – choose one that “everyone’s talking about” and make use of its hashtag to attract traffic.
- A CASE STUDY
Suggestion: Case studies are great ways to convey information (statistics, results, data and so on) in an interesting way. For example, if you blog about ways to save money, you could experiment with switching off certain appliances for a month and comparing the electricity usage and costs with the previous month.
- A VLOG
- A BEST-OF POST
- A SURVEY
Suggestion: A survey can be used for numerous reasons. Create one to find out what sort of content your readers enjoy or to get feedback on an issue that you can then turn into another post. Tools such as Wufoo can be used to create surveys you can embed into posts.
- AN INTERVIEW
- A GIVEAWAY OR COMPETITION
Suggestion: Giveaways or competitions are popular with bloggers as they can really drive traffic. Make use of some of the many blog competition and giveaway tools to make running and drawing a winner easier!
- AN OPEN LETTER
Suggestion: Open letters are another way you can produce content in an interesting way. Whether you’re a parenting blogger writing to your child (Dear Johnny…) or a fashion blogger writing to Anna Wintour, open letters are suited to all blog niches.
- A WEBINAR OR LIVE BROADCAST
- A TIMELINE POST
Suggestion: A timeline can be used to in many situations. You could try “A day in the life of…” listing how your subject’s day starts and ends, and what happens at different points during the day. This format can also be used to cover, for example, the opening of a business, or the launch of a product.
- A CARNIVAL
Suggestion: A blog carnival is a great way to connect with other bloggers, but also to drive traffic. Either start your own or participate in one that’s running. Check out the blog carnival tools and resources.
- A LINK ROUND-UP
Suggestion: A link round-up is useful to create when you’re short on time (or suffering blog-writer’s block!). Simply write a list of links you think your audience would find interesting. Give it a theme to create interest such as 10 tutorials you discovered, 15 posts from other bloggers in your niche, or the five most-interesting news stories you’ve read.
- A GUEST POST
- A FAQ
- AN AUDIO POST (PODCAST)
Suggestion: Tired of typing? Want to speak freely about a topic? Have recorded content (such as an interview) you could make use of? Offer your readers a podcast! Try AudioJungle for music.
- FIRST PERSON STORY
Suggestion: No special tools or resources required for this one! Simply recount a story to your readers. Think of something that’s interesting that might educate, motivate, inspire or make your readers laugh. Easy!
- A VISUAL (PICTORIAL) POST
- A CHEAT SHEET
Suggestion: Think carefully about your blog’s topic. What would your readers love to read in the form of a cheat sheet or quick-reference guide? Think of creating something they can book mark for quick reference. For example: the HTML Cheat Sheet.
- A COMMENTARY POST
Suggestion: Is there a piece of writing that has you incredibly fired up? Use snippits of it to provide the frame work for your post, and add your own thoughts to each paragraph. Explain why you do (or don’t) agree with the author.
Hopefully something there can spark your interest! If not, travel the pinterest boards to find something that suits your needs. Good luck!