…aka what to write when you’re out of ideas

It’s always hard to come up with new article ideas. I’ve caught myself countless times sitting in front of the computer, my fingers resting on the keyboard but… there was no flow in my head. I had absolutely no idea what to write about.
Sometime ago, I told myself to do my best in order to fight this blankness of mind. So there I was facing the screen of my computer, ready to write the 10 commandments of inspiration. Well, I still had no idea what to write but at least I know what I was going to write about. Let’s get on to it without further ado.

1. Plan ahead

The key is to not sit back till ‘the night before’ to start writing your post. Planning ahead is very important if you want to be stress-free, always have a title ready to post when it’s time. Whenever there is an idea hovering in your head, write it down. Seriously. Don’t tell yourself that you’ll remember it for your next article because you won’t. Trust me I’ve been there! I’ve had so many great article ideas that I never wrote about just because I always said ‘I will remember it!’ I had to learn the hard way. You don’t have to be there too.

2. Read everything you get your hands on

Reading what others write about a great way to get influenced and inspired. Read books, tutorials, blog posts, even forum threads. You’ll be surprised to find out that ideas to come when you’re reading anything that interests you. Maybe you’ll want to add something to what you’ve read, to expand it. Or maybe you’ll want to answer a question that’s been asked in a forum by writing it in a how to. Whichever the case, let no opportunity go to waste.

3. Write a how to

Since I just mentioned it; Write a how to! Everyone wants to learn how to do this and that, to learn something new or even to solve a problem they are facing. A great way to attract those people is by giving them the solution. Write everything you know, be concise yet fully explanatory. The reason behind this is that when someone is reading a how to, they are expecting to read the steps, no hundred page curriculum explaining everything in depth (maybe you could write follow up articles on that).

4. Write a follow up on a previous hot post

Did I just say follow up articles? Those are excellent to write when you have posts that have become viral. I’ve you’ve got your readers attention with the previous article, you can be sure that they will expect a follow up article, demand it, to be precise! People love follow ups, that’s why this kind of articles become even bigger hits than their predecessors. Use this as a bait next time.

5. Write about a mistake you made

We all do mistakes, sometimes small ones and sometimes big. No matter the size of the mistake, the only thing sure is that we will learn from it and get more experienced through recovery. Share what you’ve learned with your readers. Give them details, how it happened, what the consequences were, how you managed to solve the problem. It’s a great thing to share with your audience and something they will respect.

6. Share a sneak peek with your readers

If there’s something interesting you’ve been cooking behind the scenes, make sure to share it with your readers. We humans love sneak previews, it is something that intrigues us. So, intrigue your readers. Show them enough to make them want more.

7. Take a walk outside

There are times that nothing you try works, no idea comes to mind and total blankness surrounds you. Don’t worry. Grab a cup of coffee and get out, go for a walk in the park, see the world around you, hear the birds singing, relax. Your mind has had enough and wants to take it slower. Don’t push it and give it some time to rest. It will certainly be clearer after that and there is a chance that you get inspired while walking!

8. Use google keyword planner

When we write about something, we write it for others to actually read it, not just for our own pleasure. What better to write about than what people want to know of. Use a keyword planner like Google’s and see what people are searching for in your area of expertise. Maybe there’s something you can share with them, point them to the right direction and clear things up.

9. Engage with other writers

I’m pretty sure you’re already a member on a handful of social media. Search for groups of bloggers, writers others like you to join. It’s hard walking on this path alone. They are also people like you. Who knows, maybe you’ll have a chance talking with influencers in your field.

10. Answer the questions of your readers

If you’ve been building your blog for some time, you should have a good amount of posts by now. Take the time to read them again, skim through the comments, writing down possible questions your readers may have had. Gather a good dozen of them, if not more, and write a post with your answers; why not a whole post for each question if you have the chance. That was it, ten things to write about when you don’t know what to write about. Did you find this list helpful? Are there more bullets you want to add to the list? Let us talk about it in the comments down bellow!
Lefteris

Lefteris

Lefteris is a frontend developer. He spends most of his day writing code in react native for our mobile applications while drinking coffee and telling bad jokes that only he laughs to. He also feels weird writing about himself in third person.

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