Topic ideas for Bloggers or Freelance Writers
I’m often asked, “How do you continuously find content as a blogger?” The answer is easy. Besides the massive amounts of random scenarios that pop up in my life, there are a few solid methods I use to create topics for my articles. Mini brainstorming sessions, and creative editorial planning make writing easy and carefree. If you’re a blogger or freelance writer in search of the next big headline, then continue reading to learn more.
We’ve all been around the block
Yes, we have all been there. Writer’s block. It’s horrible and makes a seemingly simple task so dreadful. Every time it happens you wonder how you will ever find content as a blogger. You really want to keep your blog alive but everything you type is either mechanical or uninspired. It really can wear a person down.
The trick to overcoming writer’s block is to diversify. You have to revive the ideas in your head and create higher streams of input. There is no way someone can continuously deliver if they are not independently and continuously evolving.
Start with what you know
The most genuine place to start is to go with what you know. Have you heard the expression that art imitates life? That is exactly the scenario for myself, as well as many others. The difference is that some know how to tap into this resource better than others.
Here’s tip #1 to find content as a blogger: Write down a weekly headline.
Once a week, pretend an article about your life will be published. What is your weekly headline? What lesson did you learn? Curate a list of ideas based off of your real true life. You’ll see that writing down a weekly headline will provide you an entire slew of topic ideas.
Then, when it comes time to write your post, just tweak your article to focus on a primary key word suitable for your audience. Boom! A story is born. 500 or more words jump out quickly and the act of hitting publish is just around the corner. Trust me. I do it EVERY SINGLE WEEK. It takes me approximately 1 hour to write a 700-1000 word article. At the end of all of my typing sessions, I don’t feel frazzled but rather very relaxed that I was able to cultivate a well crafted piece of literature.
Actively seek better input
It’s no secret. Content curation is my jam. It comes naturally to me because I’m actively seeking better input. I focus my leisure activities towards learning experiences and stay open to read various types of material.
Tip #2 to find content as a blogger: Diversify the things you see, read, feel, experience, or do.
Open up your palate to read new material every single week. It does not have to be long. It just has to be something. There are always trends and they go further than just your Facebook news feed. Stop scrolling and hop onto Google instead. Pick a random topic and start reading. Or, better yet, check out the free freelance writing materials I created here.
When it comes to curating your articles, it’s best to challenge yourself. Try to focus on the subject in its entirety and provide your readers with good topic coverage. Many times as writers, it can be hard to think of things from your audience’s point of view. We easily leave out details because we assume they will think like us.
Tip #3 to find content as a blogger: Push yourself to tell the complete story.
Needless to say, this does not mean drag out a topic idea until it’s literally lame and on life support. It just means taking your time with the words and not being afraid to make lengthy copy. Longer posts also help with SEO, so remember that.
Get the hell uncomfortable
From experience, I can tell you that being a freelance writing, particularly a ghost writer, can get very uncomfortable. First, you have to write as if you were the client. This includes using their catchphrases, their style, and even sometimes their mission statements to create the article. Other times, it means writing a topic that is not popular like financial planning and roth IRAs. Been there. Done that.
Tip #4 to find content as a blogger: Stop selling yourself short, and practice doing the hard stuff.
To make things happen, you must believe, wholeheartedly, in yourself as an article curator. Tell yourself there is no logical topic idea that you cannot make into a blog post. Once a month, give yourself a new topic to write about. This has to be a topic that you have not written about before. Then do some research and write away. Your plan will not be to publish this mock article, but rather to learn from it. You will train your brain to be flexible and well rounded to create content for multiple subjects without plagiarizing. Trust me, this works.
Competitors do not get strong by avoiding the gym or lifting only 2 pound weights. They flex those muscles everyday. The same goes for your writing.
Strike while the iron is hot
There will be times when your inspiration explodes. Take advantage of that and write all of those topic ideas down. Even if it’s a quick few words into your phone’s notepad, don’t let those ideas disappear.
Tip #5 to find content as a blogger: Batch write whenever possible.
If you get a few solid hours to write your blog articles, you should batch write as often as possible. Keeping the momentum when you’re in a writing mood will increase your productivity. It also helps with article flow and cohesiveness.
How do you find your topics?
Lastly, are there any other suggestions you would add to this list? Have you ever had difficulty as a blogger or freelance writer? Let me know below in the comments. Writing and blogging is an art, in and about itself. Remember to have fun with it and show your uniqueness. Hence, is why no two people’s copy should be exactly the same. (Pun intended.)
Until next time, when your hands are full, live your life to the fullest.