I’ve written a variety of blog posts with blogging topic ideas with things to blog about when you’re out of ideas. When I see someone on Twitter expressing frustration with a writers’ block on their blog, I enjoy reaching out and sharing links with blogging topic ideas to get their creativity going again. Rather than continuing to cram multiple links in a single tweet about writers’ block, it seemed time to compile a big list of blogging topic ideas, especially for business bloggers.
If you’re stuck thinking about what blogging topics you can write about when you’re out of ideas, take a look through these ideas. I attempted to make these blogging topic ideas general enough they would have wide applicability, irrespective of your industry or business blogging focus.
This list is a start. Expect it to grow over time, hopefully with your ideas! – Mike Brown
Use the Crowd
1. Announce a meet-up for local social media friends where people can trade topic ideas.
2. Answer questions your customers or readers have asked you.
3. Ask a question of your readers to see what they think.
4. Ask readers what they’d like to read about (without any prompting on topics).
5. Ask the next 5 people you meet to answer the same question and write their responses in a blog post.
6. Ask your spouse or significant other what you could write about.
7. Contact a couple of readers, ask them a question, and report their perspectives.
8. Interview a customer about what their concerns and challenges are.
9. Look for blog titles on Twitter and then write your own version of a post to go with the title.
10. Solicit guest blog posts from readers.
11. Solicit guest blog posts from business partners.
12. Run an online survey for readers and report the results.
13. Throw out a question on Facebook or Google+ and let the responses shape a blog post.
14. Publish a list of potential topics for the next month and let readers decide what they’d like to read.
Share What You Know
15. Interview yourself on a topic.
16. Recap a past event.
17. Recap the results of a research report someone else published.
18. Report on a conference you attended.
19. Reveal background information on something you do to make your organization successful.
20. Share really cool work you or someone in your organization has done.
21. Share the results of some research your organization has done.
22. Summarize what you know about a topic.
23. Write about things that you know that others might not realize.
24. Write about what you do in your business to serve customers.
25. Expand your thinking on a previously published blog post to make it more teaching-oriented.
26. Take a new angle on a topic you’ve written about already.
27. Teach a new technique or tip you’ve been using.
28. Write about something you learned in the last week that you can share with readers.
29. Demonstrate a process your company uses that could be valuable to your audience.
30. Answer frequently asked questions that require demonstrations.
31. Feature experts in your business sharing their knowledge.
32. List what is more thrilling (or easy or exciting) for you right now than writing a blog.
33. Make a long list of ideas your readers could use.
34. Make a short list of steps readers can take to accomplish something.
35. Write anything that allows you to put a number in the title.
36. Add some additional items to a list you’ve already published.
37. List the types of customer problems you routinely solve.
38. List questions you’re getting in customer service.
39. Ask readers a question and report the answers in a list.
40. List the steps in a process readers could handle for themselves.
41. Write what you think about a topic or a news story.
42. Disagree with a well-known blogger or social media celebrity.
43. Grab a relevant book off your bookshelf, open to a page, and write a response to one of the ideas.
44. Predict what you think will happen in the future.
45. React to opinions your business competitor or an industry figure is talking about.
46. Review a book or magazine article you’ve read recently.
47. Review a fantastic product or service you use in your organization.
48. Review something people are thinking about in your marketplace.
49. Share a half-baked idea to see if your readers can finish baking it for you.
50. Write a blog post that’s only 80% of the way done and allow readers to take a shot at finishing it.
51. Write about something completely obvious as if you’re the first person to ever think of it.
52. Write about something completely obvious in a way you haven’t written before.
53. Write about something you think will interest readers more than what you’ve been writing about recently.
Make It More Personal
54. Complain about a recent customer experience you’ve had.
55. Have your kid write or draw something.
56. Recount the story of a family pet who died.
57. Share an anecdote that happened in your organization.
58. Share random thoughts you’ve been trying to turn into complete blog posts.
59. Share your experiences with struggling to come up with ideas for blogging.
60. Talk about something you’re not good at doing.
61. Thank one of your customers who has been loyal to your business.
62. Use the first idea that comes into your mind and tie it to what your blog is about.
63. Write about the most interesting thing that happened to you today, yesterday, or this week.
64. Write about the story behind writing the most popular post you’ve ever written.
65. Write about what inspires you.
66. Write about what you do in your spare time that’s relevant and interesting.
67. Write about what you would have written about in an earlier period of your life – when you were in school, early career, etc.
68. Write something dramatically more or less outrageous than what you typically write.
69. Write something that allows you to name drop social media people who will share the post within their networks.
70. Write whatever is on your mind now and don’t self-censor it.
71. Combine smaller posts you’ve already written into a longer one.
72. Expand a comment you wrote on another blog into a full blog post.
73. Group a bunch of tweets you’ve made into a list or other blog post.
74. Organize (in new ways) relevant information that’s already been published.
75. Publish a list of links from your blog that make it easier to find everything on a particular topic.
76. Publish a presentation you’ve made on Slideshare and embed it in a blog post.
77. Re-edit and freshen something you’ve already written with new content.
78. Re-run the most popular post you’ve ever done.
79. Share an intriguing video that’s already done (by you or others) with a few comments to give your thoughts about it.
80. Start tweeting small thoughts and turn whatever comes out into a blog post.
81. Write up the points you cover in a slide from one of your Powerpoint presentations.
82. Embed a funny or on-target cartoon.
Use Video or Images
83. Have someone video you doing a brief commentary.
84. Video a demonstration relevant to your audience.
85. Video an interview with a work colleague or business partner.
86. Ask the next 5 people you meet to answer the same question on video and edit the responses into a video post.
87. Use all photos and very few words.
88. Feature photos of your organization members doing interesting things (btw, people standing in line posing for a picture isn’t interesting.)
89. Video a customer talking about their business.
90. Have two customers interview each other.
91. Video a day in the life of your customer service organization.
92. Shoot a short video sharing some real reasons why someone should Like your page you on Facebook.
93. Throw out every idea you have and start all over with new topics.
What topics would you add to the list?
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