Five Things To Do When You Have No Blog Post Ideas

what to do when you have no blog post ideas

It’s hard to believe sometimes, but it’s really not the end of the world if your blog is devoid of new posts for a little while. Honestly, don’t worry about it. You won’t create the best content when you’re forcing yourself to.

So what do you do when you have no new blog post ideas?

Promote older posts

Keep traffic coming to your blog by promoting older blog posts. Pick ones that you know are popular as well as those that might be particularly relevant at the time. You have a good chance of attracting readers who haven’t read that particular post before.

There may even be posts that you didn’t get the chance to promote as much as you wanted to at the time – shine a spotlight on them, too.

I find that I can sometimes maintain the same level of traffic (or more!) on a non-posting day as a posting one by simply sharing older posts.

Read other blogs

We’re all inspired by each other, right? Read posts by your favourite bloggers as it may prompt an idea of something to write about!

There have been numerous times that I’ve been sat at my laptop completely stumped for blog post ideas, so I open a new tab and head to my favourite blogs with a cup of tea and get inspired.

Read your own old posts

I will login to my Google Analytics account, set the date range to 6 months and look at the most popular posts. I’ll give them a read and see whether I can come up with a follow up idea, or a similar post.

Or there might be a more recent post that I really enjoyed writing and had a good response, so I’ll start thinking about any similar topics I can brainstorm.

It’s amazing how inspired you can be by your own content sometimes.

Take a walk

Staring at the screen getting you down? Go and take a walk. As soon as you can walk away from the pressure of trying to think of blog post ideas, the easier it can be to get those ideas. Take your camera out with you to get some shots to go with your future blog post idea and then work backwards to get that topic pinned down.

I literally once did a blog post about going for a walk and taking photos I liked. It’s an old post (2014!), but I still like it a lot.

Read a magazine

I’ll add the disclaimer here that this doesn’t always work for me and I end up getting frustrated, but from time to time a magazine will have a really great article (or a really bad one!) that ignites a creative fire in you.

Use that fire to come up with your own post on the same or similar topic – or even use it as an opportunity to critique what you’ve read. After all, traditional journalism can be quite critical of bloggers!

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8 Comments

  1. May 29, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Your blog is very insightful. I love these tips especially the one about reading your old post. I never thought that old posts could inspire you to make new ones. Odd right?

    The Girl on the Tamarind Hill

    • Cat
      May 30, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Yeah it’s surprising how your older content can be an inspiration!

  2. @pathwelltravld
    June 2, 2017 / 9:52 am

    What a great post. I’m working on relaunching my blog so at the moment am trying to pin down the blog culture, voice, style. I’m excited to be six months down the line but need to start first. This post has been earmarked for later use!

    • Cat
      June 3, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Thank you! Best of luck with your relaunch, how exciting! Try not to put pressure on yourself to get everything sorted from the start, as it took me a long time to settle in to my blogs voice and style in particular!

  3. June 7, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Great tips! I always find reading, be it other blogs or a magazine, helps get the creative juices flowing!

    • Cat
      June 7, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Definitely! It’s always the way that gets me new ideas in the end (after trying and failing at other methods!)

    • Cat
      July 7, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks – glad you found it helpful!

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