Guest post by Deanna Proach. (If you’d like to guest post here, please check out our guidelines.)
Literally millions of people own and operate a blog. So, how can you come up with ideas that stand out amongst the large crowd of bloggers? Well, it is not the idea that is unique; it is up to you to take on a well talked about topic with a new slant and a distinct voice.
Every idea is already taken by business owners, writers and internet junkies. However, that does not mean you should shy away from topics that are already talked about on a blog. If you are really passionate about a topic, you should blog about it anyway.
Here are four ways you can cultivate ideas for a blog.
1. Chronicle important life experiences. Reflect on experiences you have had that has had a significant impact on your life–good or bad. Chronicle these events in your journal with as much detail as you can include. Don’t just write about your experiences. Explain how they have changed your life and provide readers with a little inspiration, tips on how they can improve their lives. People want to read about true to life events that include important life lessons. It makes it more human and down-to-earth.
2. Read lots. It is as simple as that. Read lots. Read fiction books, non-fiction books, history books, magazines, poetry, anything that you can get your hands on and anything that inspires and interests you. Reading creates intelligence and intelligence creates imagination and innovation. Reading will help cultivate ideas for a blog. If you have a good idea for a story, you can even base your blog on your story.
3. Take photos. Believe it or not, there are some excellent blogs that contain far more photos than content. You don’t have to be a photographer to post photos on your blog. You can choose the best photos you have, upload them onto your blog and then include a short story underneath each photo. Images are a powerful way to attract readers.
4. Get involved. Always think of yourself as a journalist. In order to get the good stories, you have to go out there and you have to get involved. If you don’t have the money to travel abroad, participate in local community events or join a club. The only way you will be able to obtain valuable life experience is if you step out of the box, meet new people and learn new skills.
Deanna Proach is a blogger. She writes for SEO Doctor, an SEO Consultant based in the UK.