Out of Ideas? // Brainstorming Blogging Topics 101

You’ve picked out your blog name. You spent hours designing blog logos and editing pictures and setting up your blog design. Then you sit down and hit that button: Add New post.
What in the world are you going to talk about? How do you decide what to write and say? Now, even if you’re an absolute pro at blogging, knowing what you’re going to talk about is always hard. Every blogger goes through seasons of not having a clue WHAT to say. That’s totally okay!

I cannot tell you how many times I have been brain stumped coming up for blog posts. That’s partly why following other blogs is a GOOD thing – blogging friends can help you come up with topics. Also, following lots of blogs means I experience tons of different styles and ideas for blog topics. After a year or so of blogging, I have a reservoir of ideas I fall back on when I’m feeling very lackluster about blog post ideas.

Today, I’m going to talk about picking blogging topics as a brand new blogger AND as a seasoned blogger struggling to keep up with the demand of new topics and posts.

Blog tags and memes – easy, fun, and communal

When you first start out blogging, the easiest way to come up with blogging topics and always have something to post, is to join in on blog tags and memes.

Now, my biggest pet peeve and advice for blog memes – make them your own. Don’t just write them as a list. Lists are boring, if they’re only just lists. Talk about how you came up with your favorites, why some books or tropes aren’t included, or how you couldn’t keep your list to under 5 or 10.

Give your blog memes personality. Tons of bloggers post memes. I stopped following blog memes a while ago, because in general, if I had seen one, I had seen them all.

Now, that’s NOT completely true, because there are a couple bloggers who I still read their meme posts because I KNOW their posts are FUN and INDIVIDUAL and ENTERTAINING.

It’s also true that when I was participating in blog memes, I pretty much read all the blog meme posts I could read. After all, I posted a meme, if I expect other people to read mine, I should read their posts.

That’s part of what makes participating in blog tags and memes so great – it’s very community oriented. You can compare your favorites with your blogging friends and get lots of book recs. It’s pretty fun.

I highly suggest checking out some blogging memes when you first start blogging. Posting blog memes allows you to develop your blogging voice, create content, and get to know other bloggers. And if you’re ever lost for something to blog about, there’s always a blog meme.

Discussion posts

Discussion posts are some of my favorite posts in the blogging community. I really get to know my fellow bloggers and be challenged when I read discussion posts. I don’t write them THAT often, but I do write discussion posts when I’m feeling feisty about a subject.

Me, right before writing a discussion post. 

If you’re willing to shout on a mountain about something, you can write a discussion post on it. Today, I saw someone dissing literary agents on twitter. Literally, trolling lit agents and saying terrible things about the publishing industry. It made me mad, because even though I’m NOT an agent, I’ve researched agents and I know they work hard and try to be fair with their job. I was mad. perfect mood to write a discussion post.

Word of advice (which is a funny phrase, because this whole post is literally advice) DON’T publish posts when you’re mad. If you write a response post, wait till your emotions are a tad calm, reread what you’ve written and check that everything makes sense. Then hit publish.

Sometimes, I write rants when I’m mad that make complete sense to me. Then I go back and read them, and it’s just muddled?

Always reread what you’ve written before hitting publish. Most of the time, I write my blog posts, go to bed, and read them over again in the morning before publishing. This helps me clear any grammar mistakes up, reward confusing sections and just DOUBLE check everything before it goes online.

Found something interesting lately?

Book reviews are obviously a staple of the book blogging community. But you don’t need to limit your blogging to just book reviews. You can write posts about anything YOU find interesting.

If you visited a cool museum, or watched a new favorite movie, or have a new soundtrack – literally anything that you find interesting can make a blog post. Because if it’s interesting, you can write an engaging post about it.

Crowdsource – twitter and instagram ARE YOUR FRIEND

If you’re really, super stuck, and you’ve just run out of ideas, Don’t panic! This happens to literally everyone. If a blogger says they’ve never run out of ideas, A) They’re lying. (100% chance) or B) They will run out of ideas, so just wait.

In lieu of panic, talk to other people in the blogging community. Mentioned that you’re brainstorming for ideas one twitter and ask for other people’s ideas. Start a DMing group on Instagram and share ideas.

Insta and Twitter don’t exist just for the drama. (I mean, maybe that’s hard to believe) You probably don’t want to write a blog post about the drama. (that sounds exhausting. Anyone else exhausted by online drama?) Ignore Drama and Use social platforms to crowdsource blog topic ideas.

Roast an old post

I’ve never done this BUT wouldn’t it be FUN? In fact, I’m kind of inspired to do this now that I’m talking about it. Pull out an old post, a discussion post, a list of your favorite books, a book review, pretty much any old post – and UPDATE it.

Why does this work? Because we are humans! (I mean, if you’re an alien, let me know, please) Humans do this fun thing where we change our minds! We grow older and wiser and more sarcastic (hopefully).
With all your new-found wisdom and updated opinions and heightened sarcasm, roast an old post. Did I write a post saying I was enjoying a Court of Thorns and Roses? Let me pull that thing out and ROAST tiny old me and my innocent opinions.

This is such a fun idea. I must save this for future use! *starts digging through blog posts for one to roast*

Now, go forth and blog! That’s basically all I’ve got. I’m brainstormed out. Seriously though, being creative is hard work. It can be mentally exhausting to come up with “new” content every week, or day, or howeeer much you CHOOSE to blog.

Remember Don’t let the public perception drive your passion. Blog about what you love and if you’re not loving it, take a break to refresh and unwind.

lets chat

Do you enjoy brainstorming about blogging topics? How do you come up with things to blog about? Can you rate brainstorming on a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being HORRIBLE and 10 being FANATASTIC AND AWESOME

Are you a fan of blog memes and tags? How do you use Twitter and Instagram and other social media to help your blog? What’s your favorite kind of discussion post? Have you ever roasted an older post? Should I roast one of my older posts? 

8 Comments

  1. October 11, 2018 / 8:50 am

    I agree that brainstorming helps and if you find anything interesting to write about IMMEDIATELY jot it down somewhere. You’re going to 100% forget it if you don’t.

    And I love tag and discussion posts. Those kind of posts are much easier to engage with and Twitter blogging community is AMAZING 😍 I wish I started Twitter sooner because everyone is so supportive and from the threads you can always find inspiration on what to write about.

  2. October 11, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    I’m already brainstorming for next year! 😅 I’ve been playing around a lot with my blogging schedule lately so my posts feel all over the place, but I’m finding a new routine that fits with me and the content I want to post.

  3. emmareadstoomuch
    October 11, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    literally all i do is post tags and reviews so this post is coming to save my life

  4. October 12, 2018 / 11:48 am

    YES!!! This post came at the perfect time because ya girl is stuck 😅I love seeing what others love to write and figure out ideas, so I’ll definitely try to branch into more of these posts <3

  5. October 14, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    This is such a great blog post, thank you so, so much for sharing this Elizabeth! <3
    I agree with you about blogging memes and tags – I enjoy reading them, but it frustrates me when people just answer the prompt with one word, one book and do not expand on the topic. I want to know more, why you picked out that book, etc, for me that's what these posts are for, too 🙂
    And roasting an old post… I'd be too scared to do that for some reason hahaha but that could be fun! 😀

  6. October 14, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I am about to STAR this post on my browser and refer back HARDCORE

  7. October 14, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Ha, a roast on an old post sounds hilarious- so yes, I would love to see you do it. Tags are a lifesaver when you don’t have any ideas for the week. Hm, I don’t have any solid numbers on where I get my ideas from, but I’m guessing they’re influenced quite a bunch by podcasts and blogs. And then random life happenings lead to posts too.

  8. October 19, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Roasting an old post is such a good idea, lol! Posting the Michael Scott gif after every roast would be hilarious, too. These were great suggestions for how to brainstorm. I want to write more discussion posts, but I feel like I don’t have a very strong opinion about anything. *shrugs* Although, I’m sure I do have a few unpopular bookish opinions that I think would be fun to discuss.

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