Monday, January 31, 2011

What To Do If You Have No Idea

Well, I really do not have any idea right now of what to write or  even of what to think. So, while looking for something to think of on the net, I found this. Very useful one, ehehe. 
What Should I Blog About? Tips for Bloggers Who Have No Ideas

Both new and “old” bloggers often ask, “What should I blog about?” These tips for bloggers who have no ideas may help catapult you from “casual blogger” to “professional blogger” (a blogger who makes money blogging…it’s a sweet ride, fellow scribes!). These tips focus on writing blog posts — not creating new blogs.

1. Solve problems in your own life. I created six “Quips and Tips” blogs, and I almost never write about my personal life, opinions, or daily habits. I’d much rather share quips and tips — and I love writing about how to solve problems! For example, my husband and I recently adopted a dog (black lab/German Shepherd cross) from the SPCA. I didn’t blog about the adoption or training, but I did write How to Train Your Dog Without Getting Angry. When I’m wondering what to blog about, I try to solve a problem in my own life — and I share my tips with my readers.

2. Use a phrase, idea, or person from a previous blog post. My most popular articles on “Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals” are my Halloween tips and tricks. So, to ride that horse in the direction it’s going, I wrote  a “sister” blog post called Book Character Costumes – Literary Halloween Costume Ideas. It’s not a rehash of my previous Halloween blog posts — it contains all new ideas and it was a blast to write! This tip for bloggers can be effective even if you have no ideas and only a few old blog posts to draw on. All you need is a kernel of an idea…

3. Revive your old blog posts. Since I’m a professional blogger — “Quips and Tips” is my full-time job – my goal is to write at least two blog posts a day. I’ve written over a thousand articles, and regularly sift through them for new ideas, tips, and quips. I don’t just republish my old articles; I rewrite blog posts so they’re new and fresh. Sometimes I change my mind about ideas or tips I’ve shared in the past; other times, I’ll take a single tip and explain it further. If you don’t know what you should blog about, jump into your previous posts with an open mind!

4. Visit science or news websites. When I was a full-time freelance writer, I read ScienceDaily and Eurekalerts every day for new article ideas. I don’t do that much these days, because I have lots of ideas for blog posts! But, when I don’t feel like delving into my stockpile of ideas or I just need a change, I’ll look at what’s happening on the research front. If you’re wondering what you should blog about, you might also read current press releases — they can be a solid source of ideas for blog posts.

5. Make WIIFM your standard. WIIFM stands for “what’s in it for me”? This is a solid freelance writing tip: writers need to give readers information that relates directly to them or solves their problems. WIIFM is also a great way to help you figure out what you should blog about. Ideas for blog posts are everywhere – but interesting, relevant ideas are harder to find. If you’re a blogger who wonders if a particular topic is worth posting, look at through your WIIFM lens. You gotta help, inform, or entertain your blog readers somehow, or they won’t return to your blog.


This is just mentioning how  the writer get her idea, not supposedly can help us on our blog., as every blog is different. But, still, it is good to see how others get their idea, right? I always do the tips number four, but  not limited to news websites. I search everywhere and anywhere that I could, haha. How about you? ever facing the "no idea stage"? What did you do to get rid of it? Care to share, anyone? 


Chayo-chayo....

21 comments:

makdara TERdiva said...

hi belle..
memang info yg berguna dan tips ini memang sesuai sangat utk MDT yg selalu kepupusan idea..

sekarang baru nak banyakkan membaca.. :D

thx belle

Zezebel said...

hikhik, MDT, saya ada try buat blog in Malay, pun susah juga nak cari idea kadang2 kan? tambah2 lagi kalau kerja tengah menimbun. Nak cari idea dengan tengok blog kawan2 pun, payah juga kalau blog punya theme tak sama...

EJA said...

if i have no idea..i read a book!..hiih..

Just said...

moral of the story, kena bnyk membaca coz it generates idea jg kan.. :D

beanizer_05 said...

i got another tip! zeee can blog in my behalf :)

☆ lieya latif ☆ said...

biase la tu belle, kadang2 pening nak blog pasal ape.....

pic sape tu belle...rupe belle laaa...cute!~

secangkir madu merah said...

very informative info... thanks z..

story: sehari suntuk ujan....tidor je

Sumandak Kinabalu said...

I am tips no. 2 kalau betul-betul sudah tiada idea. Sometimes it is not easy to write but I just write what crossed my mind and do the 'checking' later...

Or I just look into my pictures collection. It always works for me :)

julicavero said...

if i dont have any idea...i just sleep..sleep..and sleep..hehehe..

Zezebel said...

EJA, kalau nak cepat update blog tapi tiada idea, camana tu? hehe

Zezebel said...

Just, betul tu, hehe

Zezebel said...

Bean, wah....very clever of you..haha

Zezebel said...

Lieya, tu anak buah saya, hehe

Zezebel said...

SMM, hehe sama-sama, :)

Zezebel said...

Mandak..saya tu yang nombor empat selalu di buat hehe..

Zezebel said...

Julicavero, wow, I envy you for being able to sleep..haha. I really cannot do like that because I have to work first...blog 2nd and sleep is the last one...but sometimes, I just sleep...

She is f.A.z.A said...

i just sleeping sleeping n sleeping :p

Zezebel said...

She is f.A.z.A, hehe...syoknya tu..

akubiomed said...

I always read newspaper and more alert what happen to my surrounding to get input for blog

Didz said...

if possible i go out venturing & find things to blog about...tapi slalunya impossible lah during working days. hehe

chegu carol said...

Hi hi Zezebel,

Usually, when I cant squeeze out anymore juices from my brain on what to blog..I'll just phase it out. I dont try to force myself to blog cos it makes my brain cluttered more on what topics to blog. Especially if time is what constraint my blogging activity. But then again, I seldom have that problem cos I do daily reflection of what's been happening in my life. If it matters to be shared, then thats gonna be my next topic in my blog.

Sometimes, I have too many topics in mind that I find too much to express at one time. If that's the case, I will just draft the entry half way or worst, just the topic. This way, if I didnt manage to finish the entry on time, I can still remember what the topic is and get back to it later when I have enough 'materials' to talk about it.

p/s panjang pula komen sa :)

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