Jim Yaghi

How to Get Inspiration for Blog Posts and Emails

If you write often, you're going to need a steady source of ideas for topics to blog about. Use these 7 tips to get your creative juices flowing so you can write any time, anywhere!

As my friend Ben Settle would say, the secret word for all marketing, is the F-Word.

Not that F-Word. What I’m talking about is FREQUENCY.

Your blog traffic will go up a thousand-fold. Your email sales will go to 30, and 40%…just by writing frequently.

The trouble is, however, coming up with daily writing ideas is not easy. Writer’s block is our worst enemy.

Here are some methods I use to get inspiration to write daily:

 

1. Blogs and RSS Feeds

It’s a shame that RSS feeds are so under-used in the Marketing industry. To be a true blogger, you need to become an avid Blog-Reader. Popular Bloggers are usually subscribed to other blogs on topics they are interested in. They scan and read them daily.

An RSS Reader allows you to subscribe to any number of blogs and keep up with every new post as it becomes live.

You can subscribe to any blog’s feed by adding /rss or /rss2 to the end of their homepage URL. Plug it into an RSS Reader like the Google Reader and you’re ready to roll.

Posts are saved for you just like your own personal magazine subscription. The Google Reader will even make intelligent recommendations about other blogs you might like! I’ve been stuck reading recommended blogs for hours.

Other bloggers have insight into a variety of topics. Keep up with what they blog about, and you’ll soon find an interesting opinion to agree or disagree with. Participate in the discussion by writing about topics others are already reading!

 

2. Read Books

I know most of us are too busy to read; there’s so much information out there and we have to sometimes filter it.

Reading is important for inspiration. I solved the problem for myself by making it part of my daily routine to read only 5-pages at a time. Any time I take a small break from work, have a few moments to spare, or have dead time waiting for something, I’ll whip out my book and read 5 pages.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to read.

Read everything and anything!

Soon you will find that the ideas of others inspire you with ideas of your own. Write about them.

 

3. Watch More TV

Television is one of the fastest ways to consume a lot of information very quickly.

Allocate some time daily to watch something on TV. It will fuel your creative juices.

If nothing else, you’ll find that most dramas will teach you plenty about how to engage and entertain others. Television Series in particular have great examples of story-telling, weaving, time-distortion, revelations, and cliff-hangers.

Watch more tv to inspire your writing!

 

4. Keep Up With the Latest News

While the news can be depressing, it doesn’t change the fact that everyone is interested in current events.

Watch the news, read it online, read a newspaper, subscribe to magazines…anything that keeps you up-to-date with the latest will give you great ideas to make your blogging current and interesting.

One of the best methods I use is to check the Daily Trends at trends.google.com. You’ll find out what the collective world is interested in right now–and you’ll be shown top news articles about it.

Read current events and write!

 

5. Check Your Analytics Reports

Google Analytics will tell you which keywords people are searching and discovering at your website.

This is a clue. Your website visitors may land at your website but not find what they were looking for–give them the content they want.

Use the keywords in your analytics reports to inspire ideas for your latest posts.

 

6. Join Forum Discussions

There are discussion forums for ANY topic of interest. They are rich in discussion topics At forums, people share opinions, advice, and ask questions.

Go ahead and become a forum subscriber and user. Whenever there is a heated debate on something, this is a perfect opportunity to write a post with your opinion.

Share your opinions in the forum, then turn them into blog posts at your website.

I’ve even found un-answered questions in the forum, created posts responding to them, and then posted at the forum the link to my response.

Be careful some blogs have policies that restrict you from promoting your own content in your forum post body. You’ll find, however, most forum participants will be grateful for the time you took to write a response at your website!

 

7. Talk to Others Often

This is a favourite source of inspiration for me. I engage in hours of intellectual and philosophical conversation with industry friends, partners, and mentors.

Why not take whatever debate you have with your friends and turn it into a blog post?

That’s where many of my best posts started…in a conversation with someone else.

You might even wish to record the conversation and post it as a podcast to your blog.

 

Hopefully these 7 ideas will help you become a more creative writer. Try them out and remember to write FREQUENTLY.

~jim

 

     

     

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    About Jim Yaghi

    Jim Yaghi is an advertising consultant and traffic expert, with a background in Artificial Intelligence.
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