3 Easy Ways to Come up with Unlimited Blog Post Ideas

By Mary Jaksch

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.
— Masaru Ibuka

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Do you struggle to come up with post ideas?

Without a flow of ideas for articles,  blogging can turn into a grind, don’t you agree?

That’s why creativity is the life-blood of bloggers and writers.

This post will show you three new ways to get inspired so that you can come up with unlimited blog post ideas.

It’s a practical overview of how to kickstart the creative mind.

Here’s something you may find hard to believe:

*You* have amazing creative capacity! 

It’s true.

But your creative mind may have become suppressed.

The process of becoming more creative is about reconnecting with the part of yourself that’s gone underground.

How to reconnect with your innate creativity

The good news is that you can relearn how to be creative.

For you were creative as a child. We all were.

We knew exactly how to be creative when we were little.

We were all masters of divergent thinking, the ability to come up with many responses to a question.

Just ask children, ‘How many different ways could you use a brick?’ and they would come up with endless answers.

But at school, divergent thinking wasn’t what teachers wanted, was it? They wanted us to use convergent thinking, the ability to come up with the correct answer to problems that have only one answer.

And because our brain are trained to use convergent thinking, we need to retrain – and prime – the brain to be creative.

Let’s take a look at the process of creativity.

What happens in the brain when we are creative?

There is a lot of research on how creativity comes about – much of which doesn’t help us to be more creative.

So let’s focus on a practical aspect of creativity:

When two bits of disparate information intersect, a new idea is formed in the brain.

As Dave Stewart, a member of the Eurythmics, says:

To me, creativity has always been about making a ­connection between two things that normally don’t go ­together, the joining of seemingly unconnected dots. ~ Dave Stewart, Eurythmics

The new idea – which appears when two unrelated bits of information collide – triggers radiant thinking. This means that the brain makes countless associations, radiating in all directions.

You can see in the next section exactly how this works.

 

1. Let ordinary life kickstart your creativity

The most important thing is to carry a small notebook around with you wherever you go (or focus on writing notes on your mobile device). This simple action primes your creative well.

The next thing is to hold the idea of writing a blog post in your mind while you go through your day. When you connect two thoughts that are  unrelated – such as your experience of the moment, and writing for your blog – new ideas emerge.

Let’s imagine you’re back at your desk with no idea of what to write about. You desperately need fresh ideas for the next blog post. What do do?

First thing: get up from your desk and grab a notebook in order to record even the wackiest ideas! Then let your mind go into free-flow and allow your next actions to trigger ideas.

Here’s a list of what you might do next and the post themes this could trigger.

  • Make yourself a cup of coffee.

As you smell the aroma, listen to the drips of the percolator and feel the heat of your cup, think of writing a blog post. Here’s what you might come up with:

Too Hot to Handle?  3 Smart Ways to Keep Your Mother-in-Law at Bay

Warning: Are You at Risk of a Dangerous Social Media Addiction?

Peaceful Communication: How to Drip-Feed Your Truth. 

  • Go to the window, have a stretch and look out.

Here is what you might come up with:

How to Relax in the Middle of a Busy Day

10 Ways to Gain a New Perspective

5 Surprising Ways to Come up with Creative Ideas

  • Have a shower

How to Refresh and Revitalize Your Love Life

Fluid Writing: How to Improve Your Speed by 100% in One Week

Flow Like Water: 10 Ways to Assert Yourself in a Peaceful Way

You can see how each post idea is triggered by the activity in everyday life. Of course, the examples above are focused on writing and self-development. But you can easily use the same process to find creative ideas for your particular niche.

The most important thing is to write down your ideas immediately. Creative ideas are ephemeral and disappear quickly if you don’t record them.

There is one thing you need to do if you want your creativity to flow:

Lock your inner critique into a cupboard when you collect ideas!

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
-Henry David Thoreau

Stay true to your inspiration and faithfully write down whatever comes to you – even if it seems bizarre. This is a fun way to come up with unlimited blog post ideas.

 

2. Keep a journal to loosen the ligaments

British writer Virginia Woolf said:

The habit of writing for my eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments. – Virginia Woolf.

Do you keep a journal? I do. I call it my ‘Everything Book’. It’s amazing how writing privately in a journal can shake loose your inspiration!

As you can read in the article, How to Journal, it can be a repository for all of the things that interest and inspire you. It also provides a safe environment to experiment and grow creatively. Here is what to include in your journal:

  • Reactions to personal situations and world events
  • Thoughts and feelings of the day
  • Pieces of writing
  • Goals you’re working toward
  • Inspiring quotes
  • Poetry that moves you
  • Pictures from magazines or photos  you love
  • Books you want to read
  • Music  you’ve heard that you may want to purchase (or reference in a story)
  • Websites to explore
  • Cooking recipes
  • Grocery lists
  • To do lists

In other words, include whatever is important or interesting to you.

When you write in your journal, let your writing flow freely, without correcting or crossing out what you’ve written.

Even just five minutes of writing in your journal will loosen your creative ligaments.

 

3. Use mindfulness to help your ideas flow

Mindfulness is the state of complete presence.

The truth is that we’re hardly ever present. The scattered mind reaches into the past to rummage around in memories, or projects hopes, dreams, and fears onto the future.

The mind flits around.

One moment you’re thinking about a new blog post, next you think about what you have to buy from the grocery store, or remember the bill you should have paid yesterday.

Being preoccupied kills creativity.

If you want to be creative, you need to let your mind rest in the present moment. The following exercise which will lead you to be present:

    • Close your eyes
    • Feel the soles of your feet on the ground
    • Listen to ambient sounds
    • Take one slow, deep breath and follow each one right through its complete cycle, in and out.

I’ve created a two-minute podcast for you to lead you through this mini-meditation.

 

 

To download this short podcast, right-click here.

Each time you do this short mindfulness meditation, your mind will become calm, free of preoccupation, and ready for inspiration.

Practicing this short meditation daily will make you a more creative blogger; and it may also transform your life in a new and fulfilling way.

If you want to boost your creativity, take action and follow the steps below.

Action Steps

      • Let ordinary life kickstart your creativity for thirty minutes and record at least five different blog post ideas.
      • Keep a daily journal for a week and see how this cranks up your creativity.
      • Do the mindfulness exercise before you start your next piece of writing and see how it settles you.

You may also like to read some more about creativity. Click here for an excellent article.

What is your experience with creativity? Please share in the comments :-)

About the Author: Mary Jaksch has helped thousands of students successfully create outstanding and profitable blogs. Grab her FREE report, How to Write Like an A-List Blogger. Mary is Editor-in-Chief of WritetoDone.com and is the blogger behind Goodlife ZEN. She is also an authorised Zen Master.

33 Comments

  • Marisa Brascoe says:

    I love this post! I always have trouble thinking what to write about next. And thanks for the beautiful mindfulness meditation. I’ve downloaded it onto my iphone so that I can listen to it when I get stressed at work.

  • MaryJaksch says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Marisa! I like your idea of downloading the Three Breath Meditation onto your phone. It’s good to have a tool like that in your pocket. You can listen to it whenever you need a moment of peacefulness.

    I find that I am so much more creative after this short ‘micro meditation’!

  • Chuck Frey says:

    Mary, thanks for this excellent, thought-provoking post. I’ve been studying and writing about idea-generation and recording tools for many years. My current favorite is Evernote, which enables me to capture fascinating bits and pieces of information. Inevitably, when I review what I’ve gathered later, I’m in a different state of mind. That’s when connections occur and great ideas are formed.

    Another key point: The brain works by association. That means your muse can be very responsive to focused stimuli. Roger C. Parker produces a book called the Content Catalyst that contains several hundred blog post and article types. Paging through it routinely gives me dozens of new content ideas!

    • MaryJaksch says:

      Thanks for your interesting suggestions, Chuck! I have Evernote on my laptop but I don’t use it. But you’ve just changed my mind – I’ll try it out :-)

      I went to visit your blog, left a comment, and enjoyed your articles. I also subscribed to your blog: http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com

      I too am a fan of using mind maps (they are fantastic creativity tools).

  • Virginia says:

    Another way to boost your own quotient of creativity is to read other people’s material. It doesn’t matter what it is: fiction or non-fiction, something within your field of interest for writing or not, poem, song lyrics, or inspirational.

    • MaryJaksch says:

      That’s a really good suggestion, Virginia! It’s simple, but effective. I think the key thing is to record the thoughts that are triggered within you immediately. Otherwise they just vanish…

  • Gorden Staverly says:

    I haven’t created a blog yet, but it’s on my list for 2015. I’m pretty nervous about running out of topics to write about.

    I’ve bookmarked this post so that I can come back to it when I start my blog.

    Actually, I think your suggestions work for any kind of creative endeavour.

    Thanks for a sterling post!

    • MaryJaksch says:

      That’s exciting about you starting a blog next year! I wish you all the very best for your project.

      Don’t hesitate to email me through the ‘Contact’ link if you have questions about starting your blog :-)

  • Evolution says:

    Very good post indeed you made it sound so easy but I am now confused as I don’t I write good posts or not. Maybe I don’t give my readers what they want. I have written so hard but no readers, I thought maybe my writing sucks but no one have told me that. I even tried to ask them what do they enjoy reading from my blog and must I change.

    I’m now lost and I keep on reading good posts from your blog and others and fail to understand what is my bad.

    • MaryJaksch says:

      I can appreciate your frustration! Maybe I can help you.

      How about giving the link to your blog in a comment here?

      I’ll visit your blog and have a look.

      I’m sure I can point you in the right direction :-)

  • Mary, your suggestions are all great. The only one I’d add is actually the topic of a recent blog post on Wording Well — act immediately when hit with inspiration!

    I like to begin my day with positive affirmations and a few moments of mediation, too. There is a really good post on Be a Freelance Writer that shares some of the affirmations I use. It’s called “Two Simple Things You Can Do to Kick-start your Writing Success.”

    I love that you added a recording to this post, too. Nice touch! I look forward to more of these. :)

    • MaryJaksch says:

      Ah yes, that’s a good tip, Lorraine. It’s so easy to lose ideas – and to lose the motivation to do something with the idea.

      I’ve found it helpful to immediately record an idea AND quickly write a couple of bullet points about how you see the post. This way, when I get back to the idea, I remember what I wanted to do with the idea.

      I’m glad you liked the recording :-)

  • Chuck Frey says:

    Mary, another great way to generate ideas, especially for those readers who don’t feel creative, is to use creativity catalysts – tools and apps that get you thinking in fresh, new directions. Examples include Roger von Oech’s Whack Pack and Michael Michalko’s ThinkPak (both are card decks). There are also a growing number of apps for iOS and Android that can help you cultivate ideas any time, anywhere. Finally, specific to the needs of bloggers, Roger C. Parker has written a terrific book called the Content Catalyst that you can use to brainstorm hundreds of topics. If you’d like to talk further about these ideation tools and techniques, please let me know!

  • Chuck Frey says:

    It’s not sold on Amazon.xom, only on Parker’s website: http://designtosellonline.com/Contentcatalyst.cfm.

    I’ve had several conversations with him to create an app out of it. He’s intrigued, but first wants to update the content. It’s an excellent resource!

  • Jolleen Ruiz says:

    What great advice! I just recently started my blog and I found this article extremely helpful! I already have a ton of new ideas just by reading this and taking some suggestions. Thanks so much or sharing!

  • Gaurav Kumar says:

    Relaxing without loosing focus on target always help to get mindblowing ides to write new blog posts. Your suggestions definitely add flavor to life of a blogger. Thanks for sharing these ideas. keep sharing more

  • Dear Mary, thank you so much for this advice. I came here during my quest to find more inspiration to write. I feel like I am not communicating and this is slowly me down. I just feel maybe my topics are not good enough or maybe nobody really understands what I am saying.

    Can you please help me look at my blog and if there is any word of advice you can give I will appreciate. And if you can also mentor me through the process I would not mind, though I know your schedule would be very busy.

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  • This post is very useful for how to align your thoughts in a line, and to keep in touch with your lost thoughts. This post reminds me an ancient chines proverb ” A faded ink is always better than vividly recalled memory”. Thank you Mary J.
    One more thing I want to share with you, I am pursuing Diploma in Creative Writing and your blog is mentioned in the book for reference reading, and it is really helping me a lot. “Writetodone”

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