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What to write about: How to get ideas when you run out of E-steam

By J.T Dabbagian of JTDabbagian.com

As your blogging journey continues, you’ll find yourself stuck on that path of writing. You’ll realize one day that you have absolutely nothing to blog about. Now, before you jump up in your underwear and run around your block screaming bloody murder, just know that harvesting new content really isn’t that difficult. Here’s a few ways you can be look for some blogging ammunition

Look online for new things to play with

There is no better source for fun then the very things you see online. Here’s just some of the ways you can grab content:

  • RSS Feeds: Way #1 is to check out all the feeds from bloggers in your niche. If there’s a common theme, see if you can write an entry on it as well, linking to some other blogs as well for good measure.
  • Your comments: When you get a lot of commenters on your blog, you can scope out what they have to say. Use those comments to write an entry. It also has the benefit of having readers note that you do indeed look at the comments.
  • Emails and other communications: Myspace bulletins, Facebook apps, Twitters aplenty. If it sounds interesting, blog about it.

Of course, there’s two sides to every coin. While there’s a pleathora of online information, you can also go offline (and probably should, anyway.)

Ways to look for content offline

  • The Newspaper: It’s that thing people used to read before RSS feeds and the internet. It’s good because it has info concerning just about anything, not what RSS feeds dictate. In addition, you don’t have to hunt through said feeds to find different info either.
  • Social Interaction: There’s other people out there in the real world, many of whom are willing to discuss what’s on their minds. Find a few friends and make with the chitchat!
  • Your neighborhood: Aside from interacting with people, a stroll around the town could also garner some information for you to write about, not to mention keep you aware of local issues. Pick up a copy of your town’s newspaper (If it has one) and read the latest happenings.
  • Community Bulletin Boards: They’re like Myspace bulletins, only offline. They can get you all of the neighborhood’s content without the walk. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to advertise your blog using it, right?

If all else fails, just post something like a video or a roundup of good posts you made. And if that doesn’t work, just take a break from the blog for the day. A 1-2 day break doesn’t hurt most of the time. Just remember to come back strong, and don’t apologize for your absence. We all have our reasons for taking a break, and we sympathize.


J.T Dabbagian is an professor in training and Content Consultant working on his Master’s Degree in Communication Studies. He runs his own blog on how to better one’s content and writing ability, as well as offering his views of the Blogosphere Condition. He is Available for consulting for all of your content, blogging and niche determination needs.

6 Comments

  1. Posted August 19, 2007 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    When I run out of blogging materials, I blog-hop. I leave comments on blogs I’ve never visited and that sometimes gave me new ideas :) And of course, the ever reliable newspapers (hard copy or electronic) but I try not to blog about stuff I read from the papers because I don’t always have good things to say about them, LOL. And there are just too many accidents and child abuse going on it annoys the sh*t out of me, LOL.

  2. Posted August 19, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Obviously, this shouldn’t mean that you completely copy what you’re finding from these sources–use them as an inspiration for your next topic to blog about.

  3. Posted August 19, 2007 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I let ideas come to me just by going about my normal day and keeping my eyes open. I also keep a pen and notepad with me for jotting down ideas, lines to use, etc. Lately I’ve been taking my digital camera along too.

  4. Posted August 19, 2007 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Inspiration can come from any where, especially, as letters said, if you keep your eyes open but also your brain open.

    I just saw the movie, “Hairspray”, and I thought of six blogging topics I could write about inspired by that movie! It was amazing to realize that inspiration could come from anywhere, as long as you are open to the experience and the idea.

  5. Posted September 19, 2007 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Find inspiration in your public library! As an employee I have the advantage of seeing and sorting books all day – and trust me, at any library you can find a never-ending ocean of untapped ideas and inspiration!

  6. Posted December 13, 2007 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    when i run out of stuff to say on myspace i read other peoples bullitens they have sent and then see if that brings up any ideas and if not i watch vidios on u-tube and then i always have some sort of idea


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