As new bloggers you want to build up your archive of knowledge — expertise, perspective, information — for your readers. Granted, sometimes people are just clueless about what to post. There are a few easy tricks to keep the ideas flowing:
1. Visit Social Websites for Bloggers
The prime example for this is Blog Catalog. There you can socialize with other bloggers and ask around for ideas, if needed. As for me, there’s no need to ask, I just roam around and look into as many topics as I can. In the past, this has always been my biggest source for writing posts. On Blog Catalog Discussion pages you can see many topics, and from them you can get one that suits you and start writing from your ideas and positions on the issue.
This isn’t just for Blog Catalog, you can also do the same thing from using other websites that have forums.
2. Listen to the news.
Maybe your blog just needs fresh content? You can start getting ideas by reading/hearing latest news from media, be it newspaper or TV. You can also subscribe to news feeds, from other blogs or news websites. These often good sources for your blog. Find sources that are relevant for you blog though.
3. Through random Google search
Worth a try. Just search every keywords you have in mind and see if it brings up good results, or not. It won’t hurt to try, yes? I once tried a keyword ‘warcraft 3 custom map’ and ended up blogging about it. It finally became my most popular post until now. Very impressive but unexpected result, eh?
4. Write about yourself
Sometimes, it is better to write about yourself. Just tell a bit about yourself, your life, pets etc. People like personalized blogs and sometimes, they want to know the blog author.
5. Ask other bloggers to give you ideas
Don’t be shy, ask if you want to. We all need help from others, even the most experienced ones.
6. Use Yahoo Answers
Yahoo Answers is the great place for people to ask and get their questions answered. You can search through all recent or even old topics and start blogging from what you’ve found there.
7. Use StumbleUpon
There are still many other ways to get ideas for blog topics so, post your thoughts and tell us what you do in such situations. How did you come up with the idea for that great post?