I want to write a Blog…but I just have no idea what I could possibly write about.
Does that sound like you? Are you vigorously nodding your head yes? Fear not, my friend, you are not alone. Since I began coaching Virtual Assistants and working with online entrepreneurs, this is something I hear time and time again. No doubt, blogging is good (dare I say, necessary?) for your online business. But there are so many people paralyzed with fear about WHAT to write about. So I’ll give you my number one blog-idea-generating tip: Keep a notebook.
Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But I promise you that is my most important tool in coming up with blog ideas! A simple notebook. A blog log.
The problem is, fantastic ideas rarely pop into our heads while we’re sitting at the computer with a blank screen ready to type out a post. In fact, that’s usually when your mind goes just as blank as that screen and panic-mode voice shows up. “I’m so stumped…I can’t think of anything…I suck at writing…I hate blogging…I’m going to eat a bag of cookies now.”
The most fabulously- fabulous blog ideas always fly into our heads while we’re zipping through our days running errands or just about to fall asleep late at night. They pop up while we’re mindlessly watching Big Brother or unloading the dishwasher. Sometimes ideas come from reading other people’s blogs. It’s totally OK to take a topic idea from someone else and put your own unique spin on it! But here is the important part: You have to teach yourself to CAPTURE those ideas on paper as they come up. You probably have already noticed that if you don’t write them down immediately, those fabulously- fabulous ideas will fly out of your head just as fast as they flew in. Gone forever. And when you sit down to write your blog next week…you are sitting staring at that blank white screen once again.
Keeping a notebook is my secret weapon. When an idea for a blog post wisps through my mind I immediately hit the brakes on whatever I’m doing and jot that idea down in my blog-book. It doesn’t mean I ever have to use that idea – but when I DO sit down at my computer to write at least I am armed with a boatload of ideas (that could turn into something fabulously fabulous).
Where do your blog ideas come from? Please share your advice in the comments and have a wonderful week.