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Jul 30, 2014

Blogging // Ten Go-To Blog Post Ideas



let's face it, bloggers...no matter how hard we try to make it look like our blogging lives are so well thought-out (you know, posts planned months ahead of time and perfect photos taken every day), there are always those days when the inspiration just doesn't strike.  here are some post ideas that will hopefully help you knock down that ugly wall called writer's block!

1.  make a list // every monday, i post a list of things i'm thankful for that day.  these posts are super quick and super easy to read (which makes readers happy!)  can't think of something you can list?  try making a list of what makes you happy, what sorts of things you like to do in a particular season (like a summer bucket list!), your favorite workout songs, tips for making a quick meal, great date ideas, etc.  the possibilities are endless!

2.  how to // what do you know how to do really well?  maybe you're an expert at yo-yoing (ok, or maybe you're not in middle school anymore...), or you just have some great recipes or diy ideas!.  there's something that you know how to do and you can share your expertise with your readers!  these posts can take a little time to put together, but they can be some of your best posts if they have great photos and instructions.

3.  instagram updates // these are quick, easy, and fun!  if you're on instagram, chances are your feed is a great representative of what you've been up to.  create a post of recent instagram photos and either let them stand alone, or embellish with short captions to explain to your readers what you were doing when you took the photo. (this is also a great time to tell your readers where to find and follow you on instagram!)

4.  review a product // you don't have to be asked by a company to review their product in order to share what you love about something!  i recently reviewed my nike fuelband and clarisonic cleansing brush just because they're products that i believe in and want my readers to know about!  is there something you use regularly that you think your readers would benefit from hearing your opinion on?  then share it!  (it's good practice to include a disclaimer saying that you weren't approached by the company to review the product)

5.  have coffee with your readers // you know that feeling of sitting down with an old friend and just spilling a list of random thoughts that you've been wanting to tell someone?  like how you don't really like butter pecan ice cream or how you bought yourself flowers the other day or how you really would like to try out a new foundation but don't know what to choose?  why not write a post like that?  pretend you're sitting down for coffee with your readers and tell them all of the stuff that's going through your head, and ask some questions!  you'll be amazed at what sorts of comments you'll get back, and maybe you'll even make some new friends!

6.  from the archives // maybe you've been blogging for a few years, and if that's the case, chances are you've written some pretty great posts early on in your blogging journey that your newer readers haven't seen.  friend, let me tell you a secret...it's ok to reuse!  pull out that post that you're super proud of but never got any attention, dust it off, update it if necessary and post it again!  there's no shame in that at all, and it's not cheating!

7.  behind the blog // similar to a "from the archives" post, but is more of a round-up of posts from your archives.  answer some questions like:  what post became unexpectedly popular?  what weird google search terms have led people to your blog?  what is your favorite type of post to write?  and link up some past blog posts as answers and examples for each question.  it will give your readers a look into your process and mindset when blogging, and also point them in the direction of some archived posts! (see this post on straight up z for more inspiration!)

8.  become a fashion or beauty blogger for a day // don't tell me you haven't ever put an outfit together that you're proud of, or have a beauty trick that you wouldn't mind sharing!  you don't have to be a fashion or beauty expert to share your style, and you don't need a professional photographer to take your photos!  grab a friend or family member and ask them to snap some photos in the backyard or download a self-timer app and take your own.  show off that great dress you thrifted or your five-minute face makeup routine.  stepping out of your element to take on a fashion or beauty post can be fun!

9.  get personal // ok, you don't have to share too much personal info on your blog, but your readers like to know that you're a real person!  get a little vulnerable once in a while; share something close to your heart; tell a story that will make your readers connect with you!  they can be funny or sentimental, or encouraging or just plain 'ol honest.  tell your readers how you met your boyfriend or spouse, the funny conversation you had with your grandma the other day, or about your most embarrassing moment.

10.  goals // some bloggers share goals on a weekly or monthly basis, some share their yearly goals at the beginning of each year. personally, i like thinking about goals on a seasonal basis, broken down into community, personal, and wellness categories.  whatever your goal-setting schedule, share some of your goals with your readers and maybe even check in later to tell them how you're doing!

what are some of your favorite go-to blog post ideas?  what do you do when you get writer's block?

74 comments:

  1. Love these post ideas! & I love the list of what we are thankful for. I used to actually do a post every thursday called Thankful Thursday & listed what I was thankful for that week! I may start that back up again! :)

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  2. I've seen other lists before but this is for sure a GREAT one - lots of things I actually have never considered. How do you make the collage thing with all of the instagram pics?? Thanks for sharing this! So helpful on "those days" where nothing is coming! :)

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  3. by "collage thing", do you mean an instagram update post? or the thing that's happening over in my sidebar? as far as an update post, i just email my instagram pics to myself and then upload them right into my blog post! the thing in my sidebar is run by snapwidget!

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  4. yeah sorry- I really didn't ask that well haha! I meant what you post in your post... I thought maybe it was some fancy way of uploading it from Instagram or something. Turns out it's just the old fashioned way! :)

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  5. ha, yep...just the old fashioned way! i've never even thought to look into uploading straight from instagram or something! but i also like to keep all of my ig pics in a folder on my computer, so i email them to myself in batches anyway...

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  6. have you ever done a post on how you keep everything organized on your computer, like your pictures and then sponsors stuff? I'd be really interested in hearing your method... that's something I'm having such a difficult time with right now- keeping it organized!

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  7. oooh...i haven't, and frankly, I'm not sure i'm terribly great at it! haha...i basically have a "blog" folder on my computer and everything is organized in there...but i do feel like i have a pretty solid workflow...maybe i'll think more about it and plan something like that for august!

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  8. Oooh! I hope you do!! :) I would love to kind of see what it looks like and how you do it. Okay-I'm leaving you alone now. ha!

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  9. Betsy, this post is GOLD! My best friend and I are in the beginning stages of creating our own lifestyle blog (Coming in January!) -- we just did our first 3 posts yesterday! -- and while we have compiled a nice list of posts we plan to do, I think we will absolutely refer back to this list of tips when we are running out of inspiration! I am a fairly new reader of your blog, and can I just tell you .. I am obsessed! I LOVE how the Lord uses random people we may never meet to inspire and ignite passion in us as His children! Thanks for continually posting things that leave me feeling inspired!

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  10. oh my word...you are too sweet! please please please let me know where i can find your blog when it goes live in january (and props to you guys for planning ahead...that will make for an awesome and exciting launch for you!!) so glad you're along for the ride! i'd love to invite you to join the peony project if you haven't yet! :)

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  11. thanks! those grateful heart monday posts are some of my favorites to write :)

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  12. Love this! So incredibly helpful. I'm usually the type to have a million ideas for blog posts, but lately I've been in a post topic dry spell. Definitely subscribing now. ;)

    Mo | OllivanderMo.com

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  13. Do you still do those posts on Mondays? Have you considered turning them into a weekly link up?! Bc I would gladly join in for that & not my thankful thursday posts!

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  14. I do! I actually link up to Emily's Grateful Heart Monday link-up each week: http://www.embergrey.com/2014/07/grateful-heart-monday-week-long-linkup_28.html (it's open all week so you can totally link up your Thankful Thursday posts!)

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  15. Definitely bookmarking this for the future! I can't tell you how many times I sit and stare at the computer wondering what to write! Thanks so much for this, Betsy!

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  16. Saving this post! I'm always in need of some post ideas, and these are perfect for any day when I'm just not feeling it! I like the whole, coffee date with your readers idea. I'm always thinking about random stuff like that, and it's nice to have someone listen! Thank you for this Betsy! :)

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  17. you're so welcome! i love those coffee talk posts...they're so fun! :)

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  18. amen! haha...it's always great to have a few go-to posts in your pocket for when you're not feeling inspired.

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  19. This is great! and thank you for giving me permission to repost past posts. I've got a few of my favorites on my old blog that i'd love to share but was second guessing it. now i feel confident in posting them. Thank you!

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  20. I love this post! I sometimes have such a hard time with writers block! I love the coffee date post..those are so fun to do and you learn so much reading them. Ok, so I do have question about the achieves one. lol! So when you update it and post it are you keeping the original date or do you re-publish with a new date?? I have always been confused about that. Anyways, loved the ideas! Thanks!

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  21. I always republish with a new date. I'll take the original post, update anything that should be updated, and typically intro it to let readers know that it's a post from my archives, but one i think is relevant and that they might benefit from reading!

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  22. haha...i actually originally wrote "consider this your permission to reuse" in the post! but i cut it because i was like "betsy....no one needs your permission, just stop." hahahaha, oh internal dialogue! but for real, reposting is your friend! there's no shame in it, especially since you're always picking up new readers who may never see that awesome archived post unless you reuse it!

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  23. New to your site from a linky party today (don't remember which one) and love the design of your blog. Great job! Easy to navigate, clean and cute! <3 the ideas on posts too btw! ;)

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  24. Pinning this for the next time writer's block strikes!

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  25. Visiting from Hump day happenings. This is a fabulous post! I'm new to blogging, and these will come in very handy I'm sure! I'm pinning to save for later. :) Thanks for the great tips!

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  26. This is a really useful post - I might need to print it and stick it in my desk area!

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  27. I'm also new to blogging and these ideas are very helpful! Thanks for the great post!
    Kim at 518nymammaof2.blogspot.com

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  28. songbirdsandbuttonsJuly 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Love these ideas! Thank you!! I am in need of scheduling some posts and some of these prompts are just perfect!

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  29. love these ideas betsy! =)

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  30. Wow, I was literally just looking for something like this! thanks

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  31. great post ideas! :) i could def try having coffee with my readers.

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  32. Great ideas! Will you these next time I am stuck. Thanks!

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  33. Beautiful ideas and I never thought about Instagram updates maybe next writer's block I will try that because I practice the other tips already

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  34. Great ideas, thank you so much for this! x

    www.girluninterpreted.co.uk

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  35. Thanks for all the ideas and tips. I think I have actually done all of these surprisingly! I need to get into the habit of posting more regularly. If someone could give me more hours in the day, I'd be eternally grateful!


    Katie <3

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  36. I love the idea of sitting down for coffee with your readers. I'm going to have to try that one

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  37. Thanks for these ideas! Love the "coffee with your readers".


    themdnblog.blogspot.com

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  38. Love this...some great ideas!


    www.hernameiseve.com

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  39. Love these suggestions! Thanks Betsy :)

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  40. yes! Exactly!!!
    Oh the internal dialogue we have as bloggers... or just as women in general LOL. Well thank you so much and I linked this post to today's post on my blog.

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  41. love this. I might try the "have coffee with your readers" post soon!

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  42. Great suggestions, thank you!

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  43. Love this no.6 and no.9 great suggestions :-)

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  44. These suggestions are great, thanks!

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  45. This is a great list of ideas, thank you!

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  46. I love number 5. When I get writer's block, I take a walk or maybe do my laundry, LOL. An idea that's been gestating in my mind finds its way out when I do something with my hands. I'm also a fan of mind maps.

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  47. great list of ideas! saving for later :)

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  48. Great post, girl! I pinned this for a rainy day. Thanks

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  49. I like your coffee chat idea. Really simple and it builds trust and friendship with your readers.

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  50. These are all great blog post ideas! I know I would love to read any posts like these!

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  51. You always have the greatest posts! Seriously need to start writing a post according to Betsy, lol!

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  52. Thank you for sharing. Pinning this for later!

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  53. These are great ideas! I am always overloaded with product reviews and new recipes to share. It would be nice to take a break and just "get coffee!"

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  54. I love these ideas. I get writers block more than I like to and these will come in handy!

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  55. Thanks for this! Book-marking it to come back to it later when I'm having a creative block :)

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  56. I've had a terrible case of writer's block lately, so these are welcome ideas! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

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  57. I'll have to use some of these ideas if this happens to me! Especially from the archives. I hate that some of my favorite posts are so far behind.

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  58. MeganReablog.wordpress.comAugust 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Hi there! Stopping by from the Hump Day Happenings Link Up. Thank you for such an honest and practical post. Pinning this one for later for sure! :)

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  59. These are some of the best writers block prompts I've seen yet! Thank you!
    www.wittyyoungthing.blogspot.com

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  60. Some great advice...i decided to use some of them on my own blog :)

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  61. Hi I like the advices, will be try on my blog as well...

    http://humancatuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  62. so glad i pinned this so i can come back to it when i get stuck! (like today, haha.)

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  63. Really great tips. I got ideas what to post on my blog.

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