Simple Blogging Inspiration Techniques
Blogging on a regular basis requires constant research for new topics to cover.
In order to search for new material you need to know what to search for in the first place.
You need blogging inspiration as a prerequisite for creating blog content.
I want to introduce to you simple blogging inspiration techniques I use regularly.
Does it work? Yes, I always have a surplus of blogging ideas! Just take a look at this ideas list here.
How to Get More Blogging Ideas than You Can Actually Use
You see I have many more ideas than I can possible use myself for my own blog or clients. I can always choose.
1. Analyze your referrers and landing pages with analytics tools. In the past I used tools like
and most importantly Matomo. This way I was able to find out how people are reaching my site.
All of the above services have free versions for starters.
I mostly use the free Koko Analytics for WordPress these days.
By now – as most keywords are hidden – you also have to use Google Search Console to find out what people search and find on your site.
2. Check Twitter trends. You can do it quickly using an advanced search interface like the one TweetDeck has or simply by checking out Twitter’s own trends they display on Twitter.com by default.
Take note though that Twitter can be quite depressing ever since the Trump era. Bad news and anger are everywhere so make sure to find a more positive angle to current stories
Do not let the overall Twitter malaise cloud your vision. When Twitter is too dark just use Pinterest for inspiration instead!
3. Just browse your favorite blogs. I start my day with browsing all kinds of blogs which are often just slightly relevant to what I blog about. Nonetheless I often get inspired or can spot a new trend.
Whenever I look specifically I use Feedly where I have a special tab for blogs about a single topic, architecture, self improvement or space exploration blogs.
In case Feedly is not your favorite there are other so called free feed readers you can use. Feedly is perfectly enough for me though.
4. Venture outside the Web. Go for a walk, take a shower or read a magazine. The Web bombards you with information and makes you think very quickly.
You can not focus long enough on any one single thought to get inspired. Paradoxically you need to go offline to blog better. Often on the way you’ll find the necessary ideas too.
Staring in a light source all day while sitting makes your body stagnate. Make sure to also meditate and exercise to clean your mind and stay energized. Without energy there is no creativity.
5. Interact with someone, even virtually. You need some idle chatter like you need something to eat and drink.
Even the least important news can be inspiring, so the occasional tweet about eating habits is not just a waste of time.
So called “idle chat” is often the exact opposite. Water cooler chats can inspire you directly or let you relax so that ideas can flow freely again.
6. Check your existing posts. Look up what you have written a week, a month or a year ago. Then follow up, update or change your mind. That’s often enough inspiration for a week.
Again you can just check your analytics. I look up which posts have been visited day, week or month ago and make sure they are up to date and still relevant.
Often existing posts can inspire you to write follow ups that build upon the knowledge you shared already. This is also an excellent way to get regular readers.
7. Do something random. Do something completely out of place each day. Type with your left hand instead of your right, eat a Pizza instead of a sandwich.
Do some work out on the roof (but not if you work out there daily).
Your brain has to adapt to the new situation and will create new synaptic connections. These connections will also allow a new flow of information inside your head.
Do You Have Other Ideation Techniques?
What kind of simple inspirational technique do you use each day for blogging inspiration or just for fun?
Tell me. I sometimes also ask questions to get inspired too! ;-)
In case these techniques are truly inspiring I might add them to the original post and credit you with a link as a source!
Ideally you have already written a post on it and I can simply quote it and deep link your existing resource.
Do you have other blogging ideation techniques you’d like to share? Please do!