Whether you’re a new blogger or a veteran, writer’s block happens. Figuring out what to blog about can take up more of your time than writing it! We’ve been there, so we’ve got you covered with 71 blog post ideas to help you overcome writer’s block and give your subscribers what they want.
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Blog Post Ideas for Coping with “Blank Screen” Paralysis
You’ve finished your morning routine, and you’re ready to start your day, and it’s going to be a productive one. You might even be motivated enough to bang out a couple of posts today.
But you sit there staring at a blinking cursor on a blank white screen and…nothing. You can’t think of any content ideas. Or maybe you think of a few topic ideas, but they don’t stir you.
You have the dreaded blank screen paralysis.
It’s scary and frustrating, and the longer you sit there, the blanker your mind seems to get. I’ve been blogging for eight years, and I’ve been there more than once.
It costs time and money, something all of us could use more of.
After about the third time this happened to me, I decided to compile some blog topics so I’d never have to sit in front of a blank screen again wondering, “What should I blog about?”
And because I know how hard it is, I want to spare you from going through the same thing so you don’t have to DIY it. So, here’s a high-quality list of things to blog about that’s taken me eight years to curate. Enjoy!
Whether you put a lot of your personal life into your blog or just a few bits, your audience has a relationship with you. These are some ideas that can help them get to know you better.
1. What’s on Your Bucket List?
Sharing items on your bucket list are a way to give your audience a little insight into various aspects of your life, and you can wring a lot of things to blog about from this topic.
Here are some examples:
- Travel bucket list
- Food bucket list
- Experiences bucket list
- Personal achievement bucket list
2. A Day in the Life
Blogging is one of those jobs that can seem more glamourous than it is, especially if you run something like a travel blog, beauty blog, food blog, or you’re a fashion influencer.
While you don’t want to do too much to demystify things as that’s part of the appeal, it’s kind of insulting when people think every aspect of your job is easy.
Social media makes it look that way, but it isn’t true.
Have you blogged from an exotic location? Yes, a few times because I was working while I was on vacation. But the vast majority of the time, I blog sitting on my couch wearing jeans and a tank top.
Giving people a behind-the-scenes look at a typical workday shows that, yes, blogging is a job, and like any job, it has both fun and mundane parts.
Let your audience ask you questions. Send out a Tweet or make an Instagram or Facebook post inviting your readers to AMA (Reddit speak for Ask Me Anything).
You can turn the questions people ask into a post. It may give you things to blog about at length that had never occurred to you. It’s also an excellent way to foster engagement with your audience.
4. List Your Favorites
Like the bucket list idea, blogging about your favorite things can give you tons of blog post ideas. Here are a few suggestions:
- TV Shows
5. The Charities You Support
Most of us have important causes that we support with our time or dollars. The charities a person belongs to inform you a lot about them.
Sharing this with your audience helps them get to know you in a more personal way. And it can spotlight your favorite charities and causes, which can mean more money or volunteers for them.
Exposure is one of the best kinds of charitable donations you can make.
6. Your Goals
You can get two new posts out of writing about your goals. You can do one that’s personal and one about your blog’s plans for the year.
7. Your Heroes
Share a list of the people you admire and why you look up to them, and how they inspired you either in your personal life or professional life.
If some of your heroes are people currently in your life, tell your readers about the best piece of advice they gave you and how it helped.
8. Your Biggest Weakness
It’s the interview question everyone hates. If you give an honest answer like, “I hate people, so working in a cube farm is going to impact my performance negatively,” you’re never going to get hired.
If you give a generic answer like, “I tend to work myself too hard, always striving to be the last one to leave the office,” you’ll come across as fake.
But this is a blog post, not a job interview, so you can be honest with your readers. Here’s mine for the record and so you won’t feel alone when revealing yours. I’m a hard worker, but I don’t have much ambition. I’m happy being a solid B student, but I know that I could be an A student. But I don’t care, so it’s okay.
9. What Is One Thing You Would Change About Yourself or Your Life (with a Magic Wand)?
It’s a good one. I had to think about it as nothing immediately sprang to mind. Your answer could be something physical, like a smaller nose.
It could be something you would go back in time and do differently, like tell your best friend in college you were in love with them. Or it could be something you don’t like in yourself, like being better able to control your emotions.
This one is scary. You can decide not to publish it, but it sure will give you some interesting food for thought and exciting content.
The Nuts and Bolts
If you run a successful blog or podcast, people will want to know how you did it. Lots of times, small businesses seem to be an overnight success. And that’s true for newer members of your audience.
Yesterday they had never heard of you; today, they found you and see that you have thousands of fans. But you know the truth. It took years of hard work and perfecting your marketing strategy to be an “overnight success.”
Some of your audience want to do the same thing, so providing them with some of the nuts and bolts of how you did it can be a cheat sheet to help them succeed.
10. How Did You Choose Your Blog Name?
Sometimes a blog name is pretty obvious. Healthline is about health. But where did a blog like Messy Nessy Chic get its name? Sometimes the backstory might not be interesting, but readers are still curious.
11. Your Financials
Not everyone will be comfortable sharing how much their blog, podcast, or content marketing site earns. Still, people want to know (especially if they’re looking to start a similar business).
If you prefer not to disclose hard numbers, you could consider creating an infographic showing how your income grew from the start of your venture to now.
12. Your Favorite Tools
If you run a successful business, you probably went through a lot of trial and error to find the tools that worked best for you. You might have spent a lot of money on all of those trials and errors, too, so it would be nice to help others learn from your mistakes and save money.
Those at the beginning of their journey don’t have much money to put in a business that’s not profitable. You can read about our favorite affiliate marketing tools here.
13. Detail Your Process
What is the process you use to create a new blog post from scratch? What sources do you use to generate blog post ideas? How much keyword research do you do?
How long does it typically take from coming up with a topic to publication? Take your readers step-by-step through the process.
When you look back at your most popular posts, were the topics carefully researched, or were they just something you wanted to write about that ended up doing well?
Some of my best blogs in terms of popularity were just ideas that came to me well before we even knew about all of the fancy SEO tools available to us now.
14. Detail Your Failures
There’s no such thing as an overnight success, even if it looks like that’s what happened. Explain to readers what some of your biggest failures were and what lessons you learned from them (and how you could move on). What bad habits did you need to break?
The takeaways your readers get from this kind of blog post can help many people who are newbies avoid your mistakes if they’re considering starting their own business.
15. How You Increase Blog Traffic
How many hits did your first blog post get, how many did your most recent blog post get? What did you do in between to increase traffic to your blog content? What makes a great blog in your blog niche?
Describe the topic of your most popular blog. Is there any blog content that consistently gets a lot of traffic and any that always gets low traffic?
16. Detail Your Successes
What did you get right? Right from day one or after some trial and error. What strategies did you use to grow your site and drive traffic that worked best?
What are some of your site’s impressive statistics? Remember what Yogi Bera said:
It ain’t bragging if you’ve done it.
Hopefully, your readers like you and will be happy for your success.
17. Your Backstory
How and why did you start blogging? I think I have a pretty interesting backstory which can be summed up by saying that I “fell into it.” I was in my late 30s, making good money but saving nothing. I thought pushing 40 meant I needed to change that, but I didn’t know the first thing about personal finance.
But I liked podcasts, so I looked for personal finance podcast recommendations on Reddit.
Takeaway: That’s how I found Listen Money Matters. Andrew, the host and Lasso’s co-founder, invited people who had questions to email him. So I did.
It started an email exchange. Andrew told me LMM was looking for a writer, and my emails were engaging. Would I be interested? A few days later, we met in a bar in Tribecca, and the rest is history.
18. Interview a Team Member
Who’s working behind the scenes to make your site a success? The person doesn’t have to be a full-time employee. Freelancers deserve recognition too.
So, if you work with writers, graphic artists, or web designers, interview them. Let your readers learn a little about them and the work they contribute to your site.
19. Your Mentors
You don’t need a personal relationship with someone to consider them a mentor. Tim Ferriss has touched the lives of millions of people who have never met him, and I’m sure many of them consider him a mentor.
Write a post about your mentor, how they influenced you, and why.
20. Celebrate a Milestone
What are some significant milestones that your blog is about to hit (or has recently hit)? Describing a landmark and how you reached that point can inspire your readers.
Here are a few ideas:
- Your first # of web hits
- The day your site broke even for the first time
- The year your blog made money for the first time
- The date you hired your first employee (or help if it’s a freelancer)
- The year you quit your day job to run your site full-time
If you run a business, you likely get emails from people telling them how your product or content helped them somehow. They make you feel terrific!
Highlight some of those feel-good emails. Just be sure to either ask the writer for permission to use their email or not to include their name or any identifying information in your post.
Posts To Help Your Readers
Most, if not all of your blog post ideas are supposed to help your readers. But there are some ideas you could turn into articles when you’re sitting around wondering, “What should I blog about?”
22. Weekly or Monthly Roundup
If you churn out lots of content, it can help your audience to produce a weekly or monthly roundup — a cheat sheet with a one or two-sentence takeaway of each post.
It lets people find content relevant to them more easily without wading through a substantial amount of posts.
End-of-year roundups are helpful. A list of some things your audience can expect in the future helps keep you accountable.
23. FAQ Page
An FAQ page is not only helpful to your readers; it can be beneficial to you too. Having an FAQ page cuts down on having to answer the same questions repeatedly.
And you can disclose how you make money on your FAQ page if you use affiliate marketing.
24. A Glossary
If your blog topic has lots of specialty language, it can be beneficial to new readers if you provide them a glossary. When I first started reading about personal finance, it was like trying to understand a new language.
There were so many acronyms! IRA, 401k, HSA. It was all new to me, and having a single place to look up the meaning of all of these new words and acronyms would have been helpful.
25. Open Letter
An open letter can be lots of things; a way to explain the main thrust of your entire site, a Thank You to your audience or a way to clear up a misconception.
26. A Giveaway
There are millions of sites, blogs, and podcasts, but your audience has chosen yours. They’re the people who pay your bills.
And you give back to them via your content, whether it teaches them something, entertains them, or improves their lives.
Takeaway: It’s nice to give back something more tangible. So, come up with a giveaway idea and announce it in a blog post like the above example from The Super Mom Life.
27. Offer a Guest Post Spot
Usually, when bloggers post a guest post, it’s been written by a fellow blogger. But why not give your audience a shot? You can specify the topic or allow each person to choose their own, relevant to your blog’s subject.
Readers can send in their submissions; you choose one, print it, and pay them for it because no one’s time is free. You never know what latent talent is lurking out there, just waiting for a chance to be discovered.
Allowing a reader to have their writing published on a site that already has traffic can change their life. It can be tough to get hired as a freelance writer on sites like Upwork and Guru if you don’t have any published portfolio.
Being published on your site could help them get that all-important first gig. Or maybe you’ll like their work so much that you hire them to write more content for you.
Either way, offering a guest post is a great way to help someone in your audience.
28. Tell A Reader’s Story
Is your blog about ways people can improve their lives somehow? Maybe you help people improve their nutrition, fitness, finances, speaking skills, homes, time management, or gardens.
Try This: Ask readers to submit comments about how you’ve helped them, and then reach out to a few that are impactful and tell the complete story.
It’s one thing to toot your own horn, but it’s so much better when someone else (who is not your mom) is doing it for you. And it’s nice to give your readers a chance to get some kudos for their hard work.
Your blog may have helped them learn how to improve some aspect of their lives, but they had to do the work to make it happen, and that deserves to be praised and celebrated.
29. Create a Playlist
If you have been around for a minute and push out a lot of new content, your old content can get buried. And truth be told, when you start to run out of core ideas to write about that are central to your topic, more obscure stuff might not have such strong appeal to your target audience.
This can hamper audience growth. Those new people want the core stuff, not more niche stuff.
For example, some of the core topics in personal finance are How to Budget, How to Start Investing, How to Pay Off Debt.
People new to personal finance are going to be searching for those topics. But they’re not looking for What’s the Butterfly Portfolio or How To Choose a Rental Property.
A personal finance blog will have written several posts about budgeting, investing, and debt, but they’re interspersed with all of the other, more niche content on the site. Organizing your content into playlists helps new people better navigate your site to find the most relevant content.
Not all sites have content that could turn into a tutorial, but a tutorial could be beneficial to your audience if you do.
Some ideas include:
- Cooking a dish or using an ingredient you wrote about
- A makeup technique or using a makeup product
- Creating a hairstyle you’re pictured wearing on your site
- Using a tool you recommended
- How to use a cleaning technique you wrote about
31. A Beginner’s Guide
A beginner’s guide is a little different than a tutorial. A beginner’s guide is more geared to total novices, so the topic is less complex, and it assumes the reader has absolutely no prior knowledge of how to do what the guide explains.
See how Moz does it with this beginner’s guide to link building:
Infographics are a great tool to illustrate a beginner’s guide.
32. A Troubleshooting Guide
Is there a problem that readers in your blog niche often face? If you can create a troubleshooting guide to help them solve it, you’re providing them with a genuine service.
Your audience sees you as an authority on the topic you write or talk about, so reviewing things relevant to it can help them. Be honest in your reviews.
People are well aware that bloggers get paid to write them, and if you recommend something to your audience that’s inferior, you will lose their trust and readership.
Any short-term monetary gain you receive from giving an insincere review is not worth losing your audience’s trust.
Relevant Reading: Check out our post on how to write a product review (with template) for more details.
34. The Ultimate Guide
I blog for a living, so I am well aware that any post with “An Ultimate Guide” in the title is 100% clickbait. BUT I DONT CARE!
I love these content types, even better if they’re list posts, e.g., The Ultimate Guide to Eating and Nightlife In Paris. I will read a hundred of those articles and Pin every single one to my Paris Pinterest board. 😉
However, these articles aren’t necessarily clickbait; they still deliver. So, don’t feel too bad about the title.
35. Life Hacks
Most people like hacks because most people are lazy. I eat a lot of eggs because I’m Paleo, and boiled eggs are a great, healthy, portable hack. But they can be a pain to peel. I tried every trick I could find to make peeling a hard-boiled egg easier, and none of them work.
Not adding vinegar or baking soda to the water, not plunging the eggs into an ice bath immediately after taking them off the stove. And not putting the egg into a jar of water and shaking it around.
Make sure whatever hacks you serve up ACTUALLY WORK.
36. Productivity Tips
Productivity tips are essential for those who run their own businesses and work from home. If you run a business and you aren’t maximizing your time, you aren’t making money. It’s not like being at a salaried job where you get paid even if you’re looking at cat memes all day.
And when you work from home, there’s always something pulling your attention. If you have a family, it’s them. When you live alone, it’s the dishwasher that needs to be emptied or the dog that needs to be walked, or a million other things you could be doing instead of work.
If you can share your successful productivity tips and tools, it can help your readers.
37. Upcoming Events
I know that most blogs like to produce (mostly) evergreen content. Still, depending on your blog niche, a roundup of upcoming events relevant to your audience can help.
38. Do a Challenge
Doing a challenge on your site can give you lots of new content. Let’s take a look at an example.
Our blogger’s site is about wellness. The challenge is to eat 30 different “things that grow” in a week. Here are some possible blog topics based on that challenge.
Here’s a challenge I do periodically:
- Why eating a wide variety of foods is essential
- What counts in the challenge
- A menu plan
- A shopping list based on the menu plan with sources to buy things that may not be widely available in all areas and prices
- Days 1-7 of the challenge showing each meal
- How you felt at the end of the challenge
That is 12 posts worth of content from a single idea! Some other ideas include spending or saving challenges, cleaning challenges, fitness challenges, and charitable challenges.
A Resources Page can give readers a place to see all of the products and services you use and recommend.
It can include things like:
- Books related to your topic
- Podcasts, YouTube channels, news sources, and blogs related to your topic
- Tools you use
- Technology you use
- A list of sponsors if you have them
Tip: If you’re using a tool like Lasso, you can create a Resource page in under ten minutes.
Fun Blog Post Ideas
Fun blog posts can be unrelated to your niche. But I don’t recommend doing these frequently and explain to readers why you’re posting about a particular topic.
Which sounds better:
I was sitting around asking myself, “what should I blog about?” and came up with nothing, so here’s a post about my dog.
Now and then, I like to take a little break from X (whatever your subject is), but I enjoy engaging with you all, so I thought I’d write a fun post about my dog!
The second option, of course.
40. Your Pets
Most people love animals and like hearing funny stories about them or seeing cute pictures of them.
41. Your Favorite Memes or GIFs
I think many of us are guilty of spending at least a few minutes of every workday looking at funny, useless stuff online. There’s no harm in that; everyone’s brain needs a break. Share with your readers a few of your favorite memes or gifs.
Most of us have at least one go-to that we can count on for a reliable laugh, whether it’s Distracted Boyfriend or Side-Eye Chloe.
42. Your Hobby
Most people have a hobby that has nothing to do with their line of work. That’s kind of the point of a hobby, to give us something to do that is in no way connected to what we spend a big chunk of our time doing. Share a bit about your hobby with your readers.
43. Create a Parody
Your site might be about a serious, grown-up topic, but everything is ripe for parody. The more grown-up and “stuffy” it is, the better suited it is to parody.
Let’s use true crime as an example. Holy cow is that genre saturated, especially when it comes to podcasts. And they all tend to be pretty formulaic.
To counter both the glut of podcasts in the genre and the formulaic nature of most of them, some entertaining true-crime parody podcasts have popped up, including A Very Fatal Murder and Done Disappeared.
Creating a parody of your content shows your readers that you don’t take yourself too seriously.
Tip: Try getting a fellow blogger to do a parody for you.
Early in my career, I would start every post with a relevant quote to the topic I was writing about. You can compile a list of quotes and tell your readers about its author, why you chose it, and what you’ve learned from it.
45. Bust Some Myths
This blog post idea could be fun or serious. What are some of the biggest myths people have about your industry and the people who work in it?
For bloggers, I think the two biggest myths are either we’re all digital nomads traveling from one glamourous location to the next, or we only work 20 minutes a day.
I mean, you can do either of those (except only work 20 minutes a day), but I know several bloggers and none of them are like that.
Making some predictions for your industry for the following year can be a fund end-of-year post.
47. Create a Poll
What are some topics that are trending in your blog niche at the moment? Compile a shortlist and ask your readers which of those popular topics they would like to see covered.
A poll is a fantastic way to boost engagement and save you the hassle of brainstorming ideas because your readers will do it for you.
48. Write a Rant
I wrote an epic takedown of the Baby Boomers many years ago, and I still get a kick out of reading it. It made me feel better when I wrote it, and it still makes me feel better when I re-read it.
A good old-fashioned rant can be cathartic, and if you have a good sense of humor, your readers will get a kick out of it. Just know that you’re almost sure to stir up a few people with your words.
49. Gift Ideas
No matter what niche your blog, surely some gifts would be appropriate for people in that world. Gift lists are fun, helpful, easy to write, and easy to monetize via affiliate marketing.
50. Top 10
People love reading numbered lists because we have short attention spans. We know when we see one, the article will be short and punchy.
Try This: Make a Top 10 list of something relevant to your niche.
51. Start an Ongoing Series
Doing an ongoing series can be a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Go back through your early content. Some of it’s probably not as in-depth as it could be if you were writing that topic now as an experienced blogger.
Mine those posts for an ongoing series by doing “Deep Dives.” The deep dive topics can be unrelated; what connects them is that you’re taking a deep dive into them.
This tactic gives you an ongoing series; it means you don’t have to think of new content ideas, and it can drive more traffic to content that’s been languishing on your site.
52. Stop! You’re Doing [X] Wrong!
I read the Daily Mail, every day, multiple times a day. No, I’m not proud of it. But I’ve learned so much.
Mainly, everything I’ve been doing wrong. Here are a few:
- St Patrick’s Day
- Writing my exes
- Eating Cheese
If you can write a tongue-in-cheek article about what your readers might be doing wrong and how they can improve, it can be fun and helpful content.
There You Go
That’s eight years’ worth of ideas I’ve saved up. No joke, I keep a pad and pen next to my bed so that if an idea comes to be in the night when I can’t sleep or in a dream, I can write it down immediately rather than risk waking up and forgetting all about it.
Another trick that has helped me when I have what feels like intractable writer’s block is stepping away from the computer.
If nothing has come to you in 15 minutes of staring at a blank screen, sitting there longer will not fix it. Do something unrelated to work. Try going for a walk to spark creativity.
Many a great writer has credited walking with lifting writer’s block and improving their writing.
Beyond spontaneous insights and the space for mental clarity, walking — especially outside, can help gather gather inspiration and stimuli that can fuel the creative process.
I know that none of us bloggers are the next Hemingway or pounding out the next Great American novel (maybe some of you are). But probably not via the blog. However, we’re writers, and if you’re making money from blogging, you’re a professional writer.
And even the most brilliant professional writers get writer’s block. Here’s hoping these blog post ideas help you overcome it!
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