Friday, December 28, 2012

Choosing Blog Topics

I'm a bit tired of waking up on blogging day going "I have no idea what to write about." Then, I spend all day using up brain space I don't have trying to come up with a post. Or worse, I open a New Post and stare at the whiteness hoping to be struck by some snippet of inspiration. FYI, when you search for that little muse, she's nowhere to be found.

Then, I came across this article on The Book Designer: How to Create an Endless Stream of Blog Post Ideas.

Well, hello there muse.

The article talked about creating a mind map of potential topics so, I made one with Mindjets Maps, a free app.

I created these topics by thinking about my brand. Yes, brand is one of those overused, slightly irritating, words. Doesn't stop it from being important.  

Then, I remembered reading another article about how Quora can save you from blogging day brain meltdown.
"...Quora delivers you answers and content from people who share your interests and people who have first-hand knowledge -- like real doctors, economists, screenwriters, police officers, and military veterans. On Quora, it's easy to create a personalized homepage of everything you want to know about by following topics, questions, people and boards." (Quora)
I searched for "world building", for example, and chose one of the questions as a blog topic.

I did this for all the topics on my mind map. I now have blog posts scheduled until the end of February...or longer. Inspiration does not care about schedules.

How do you come up with blog topics?