Create 10 Post Ideas for your Blog [Day 11 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from Problogger]

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 11 Create 10 Post Ideas for your Blog . The complete list can read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction.

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In order for us all to get the full benefit of this series, I’m going to go at a slower pace posting going forward in September on Tuesdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites. 

So lets do this together! Day 11 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB

Day 11: The challenge today is to create 10 post ideas for your blog!

Today is all about generating ideas for your blog. This when some of the previous days all come together. Here’s the question a lot of bloggers face:

“What in the world am I going to write about today?”

This is something we all struggle with in some fashion. Some of us bloggers struggle with this question on a daily basis. The issue is we often think about this question when we’re sitting down and need to write a blog post.

Time to alleviate some of that pressure!

Brainstorming ahead of time what you will write removes one big obstacle when creating good content. By generating ideas on posts you can take readers on journey. If you plan ahead you can even build on posts that are all linked together. For example, take my series on The No Spend Challenge or The Millionaire Next Door. Building content in this way is great. This creates momentum and creates anticipation for your blog.

The idea is to come up with ideas for future blog posts. This is really simple but will give you and your readers clarity about what your blog is about. So grab a piece of paper and a pen. You will be tempted to get your laptop, hand-held device, or phone. But do try to use a paper and a pen this first time around. That way you are less likely to be distracted by social media, alerts, surfing the internet, or email.

10 Steps to Come Up With 10 Blog Posts

10 Steps to Coming Up with 10 Blog Posts ESH

1. Draw a line from one side of the page to the other horizontally.

2. On the left hand side label a point “A” and on the right hand side label a point “B”. Imagine this is the timeline of when a reader will arrive at your blog for the first time and where your reader will be as a result of reading your blog.

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3. Describe on point A who your reader is when they click on your blog. For Darren at Digital Photography School it’s the person who is a camera owner that is stuck on automatic mode when taking photos. He says this describes the vast majority of camera owners.

4. At point B, write who you want your reader to be as a result for reader to become after reading your blog. This could be in say 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years. For Darren, it’s a camera owner who has full control of his or her camera. They know how to use the dials and settings to assist them in their creativity.

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5. The point is to identify the change we’re trying to bring about with our particular blog. This will mean different things for different people.

6. Once you identify the change you want to bring about you can create quite a few ideas to help them get there. What does a reader need to learn to participate in this change? What phases does the reader need to go through to change?

7. This is typically cornerstone content. Break it down and you have a whole heap of ideas.

8. A good idea would be to tap into your current content. Is there something you can answer in a blog post? Is there something you can answer in one of the social media mediums you have? Or perhaps a question or comment to address from someone you’ve emailed? Answer these question too. What questions or challenges did I have when I first started out? Or what questions did I have a year ago? Lastly brainstorm with another blogger to generate ideas.

9. Write the ideas down and capture them in some way. Perhaps a notebook is a good idea. Or perhaps a text document on your computer or an app on your mobile device. Darren uses an app called “Evernote”. If you don’t capture your ideas you won’t ever write those posts.

10. Remember to stay in brainstorming mode and don’t get into writing mode. The challenge today is to come up with 10 ideas for blog posts. However, if you want to come up with 50 that’s fine too.

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How many blog post ideas did you come up with? What post idea are you most excited about writing? What tool or system did you use to capture your ideas?

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

61 Comments

  1. I have been blogging for six years and haven’t run out of ideas yet. As a parent blogger, the ideas are basically endless. Thanks for the tips though!

    • Wow six years that’s great Robin. Yes, for some people ideas for blog posts are not an issue. I imagine this is probably more helpful for those who are newer to blogging or find themselves stuck. Thanks for reading and stopping by!

    • That’s great Tara! Darren is building on various days. The next post will be about creating an editorial calendar for example so having blog ideas ready is the step prior to that. Do you see? Thanks for stopping by

    • Yeah I understand Cassandra. The various days build on each other. As mentioned the next challenge is to build an editorial calendar so having blog ideas and direction for your blog is helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Shann sounds like a good plan! I carry around a little notebook I call my idea book. The cell phone is nice but not quite theme for me. Guess I’m a bit old school. Lol. Thanks for reading and commenting

    • Sorry about that Rika. Although I will say that family is very important. As far as your blog… Maybe coming up with 10-50 ideas is a good start? Perhaps go see if you can expand on one of your old posts. Or maybe answer a question someone asked on a comment of one of your posts? Or perhaps go read other blog posts in your niche to see what others are writing about? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This makes perfect sense, we go through writer’s block from time to time. Identifying our target audience would definitely help us come up with ideas.

  3. I like the idea of identifying the change you want to make in the reader. I have a list of about 30 blog post topics to write about, but I want to take a step back and look at points A and B, to make sure my posts will be effective. Thanks for the post!

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