“What will I blog about?” If you want to start an author blog, you’re scared that you’ll run out of ideas. Everyone experiences this — even bloggers who’ve been blogging for years.
Don’t worry, it’s easy to come up with more great ideas than you could ever use. Here’s how. Set aside half an hour each week, or each month, to brainstorm ideas for your author blog. You’ll find that if you dedicate time to it, you’ll easily come up with some wonderful ideas.
You need resources to kickstart your creativity however.
Resources to come up with ideas for your author blog
You can use Twitter, as I do, or Facebook, or Pinterest, to come up with ideas.
Alternatively, look through your browsing history. Which blogs do you read? Make a list of keywords which are prominent on those blogs, and then enter those keywords into Google.com. You’ll find that this is an easy way to come up with your own ideas.
Want more? Here are more easy ways to come up with ideas.
1. Use a keyword generator, and create keyword lists
Currently my favorite keyword tool is — Keyword Tool. It’s very easy to use. Basically, this tool is Google’s Suggest function on steroids.
Remember to write down the keywords which interest you — you will forget. Use paper, or a spreadsheet.
2. Join Facebook groups to network, and gather content ideas
I hesitate to mention Facebook Groups — I spend much more time on the network than is sensible. It’s got to the stage where ration my time. 🙂
To find groups you’d like to join, just enter your topic into the Facebook search query box. Facebook suggests groups for you too, check your sidebar. You’ll find suggestions in your Feed, too. You can also ask your friends, or other bloggers, to recommend groups for you to join.
3. Try Content Forest for inspiration
Content Forest’s ContentIdeator is simple to use. Type a topic or a keyword into the search query box. Ideator will present you with pages of blog titles, and something is sure to inspire you.
Use Ideator to kickstart your brainstorming for your weekly (or monthly) brainstorming sessions.
4. Investigate Buzzsumo for content ideas
Like Content Forest, Buzzsumo provides ample food for inspiration and creativity. You can enter a topic or a domain into the search query box, and Buzzsumo presents you with article titles, and shows you how many times the content has been shared on social media.
You’ll quickly get inspiration.
Tip: take notes when you’re searching for ideas for your author blog — it’s easy to forget
I keep a paper notebook just to brainstorm content — both for my blogs, and for ideas for books. (I blog for companies as part of my day job duties.) Over the years, it seems that I remember more, and am more creative, when I take notes on paper.
Have fun. 🙂