Good Blog Content Isn’t About What You Ate For Lunch Today
Blogging has become so common place that it can be difficult to come up with fresh ideas. You can always join the hordes of people who somehow still think that it is witty to talk about mundane stuff like what they ate for lunch, but let’s face it no one wants to read about the boring details of your daily life. I know that I do not want to, and I can guarantee you that you will never attract a big audience without offering content that is more unique and engaging.
People prefer blogs that post regular content that is kept brief. Although you can get away with the occasional impassioned long post, you should try to use small paragraphs and keep the entire length relatively short. This will allow you to keep someone’s attention long enough to dazzle them with your knowledge and insight into whatever topic you happen to either know a lot about or are pretending to know a lot about.
The theme of your blog should be the main driving force behind what topics you choose to discuss. In other words, if your blog is all about pop-culture, you should not randomly decide to post your top ten tips for taking great wildlife photographs inside of the Serengeti National Park. It is okay to stretch out the confines of your blog theme, but if you do not keep your topics at least somewhat relevant, then you will have a hard time keeping a regular audience.
Coming up with fresh blog content does not have to be a difficult experience. There is inspiration everywhere you go, but you have to be looking for it. Pay attention to the conversations of strangers at the grocery store. Go to a bookstore and spend a few minutes reading random paragraphs from several different books.
Watch a documentary that was filmed at least two decades ago. Use StumbleUpon or Google’s “I’m feeling lucky” option to land on some random websites. The list can go on and on, but the important thing is to look for something new that sparks your creativity.
Avoid Blog Content That thousands of others are blogging about
If you want to write a blog that keeps people coming back for more, then you need to avoid becoming blogger number 50,001 to write about the same topic. In the aforementioned pop culture blog example, you might have recently been tempted to write about the split-up of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Unless you happen to have had their house bugged, however, there is no way that you can provide a new or interesting perspective on the situation.
Instead of writing about them, you could take their situation and use it as an excuse to write about the ten craziest celebrity divorces or celebrities who have denounced Scientology. These topics may not be completely new ideas, but they would allow you to write a topical post without getting buried in a sea of similar information.
Another great source for blogging inspiration is other bloggers. You do not want to take their ideas, but you can write response posts. If one blogger tries to claim that “House of the Dead” is the best horror movie of all time, for example, then you can write a rebuttal in which you question the sanity of those who see any merit in director Uwe Boll’s work.
What are some of the tricks and tips you have on creating unique blog content?