Sometimes we can fall into a black hole when it comes to finding content writing ideas. Yes, we all have writer’s block once in a while and that’s ok! No one can have that brainpower to have millions of ideas coming in.
To tell you the truth, pretty much all writers end up being unmotivated to write. This doesn’t mean we’re not passionate, we’re just burnt out of it. The ideas we had? Well, we still have em but we’re just not thinking right.
So let me ask you some questions:
- Are you stuck in a writing block?
- Are you burnt out from writing content that will lead you to the lack of motivation?
- Do you feel like you need more exploration ideas for new blog posts?
If you’re 1 or more of those things, then I want to share with you a pretty decent plan on how you can find the motivation to write again.
Oh! Did I mention that these resources are free too? No need to spend money out of your pocket to find motivation when there are plenty of ways to get inspiration for no money at all.
Let me share with you 8 places where you can find content writing ideas for your next post.
Note: Please don’t try to copy other content writers. Use these ideas as YOUR inspiration only!
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
Pinterest is a wonderful site where you can find ideas for writing content. This site is my number one thing to go to when looking for a new post!
If you know me, I’m pretty much a ‘Pinterest obsessed‘ (ok not really). But, this is my number one thing when it comes to finding motivation.
I get nearly all my ideas from here. Yes, it’s actually true. Since I manually pin (sometimes) every night, my feed is filled with many different posts that are in the same niche as me.
Of course, like Google & YouTube, Pinterest recommends the posts that you might be interested in from the things you pin. And even the people you follow as well can give you great ideas for future posts (just make sure you don’t copy their actual post)!
- The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Beginners
- Use These Amazing 10 Pinterest Marketing Strategies to Increase Traffic
- How to Post your Blog Post on Pinterest (for Beginner Bloggers)
Without Facebook Groups, I wouldn’t be able to gain new readers who are in the same niche as me but also communicate and collaborate with other content writers.
Here’s how to do it
- Apply for an FB group (and make sure to read the rules).
- Wait until you’ve been accepted and join a daily thread, for example, Click Through Threads.
- Wait a few hours or the next day if you want more ideas.
- Then read the thread rules, and do what is expected of you.
But here’s the click (haha no pun intended). While you’re clicking through other threads, you can gain inspiration and ideas from different types of post. You don’t have to click-through it, for example, you can read the post, comment and share it as well.
Here are some FB Groups I recommend you join:
- Bloggers Supporting Each Other
- Connect & Cultivate with Ivory Mix
- Grow Your Blog
- Bloggers Supporting Bloggers
- Online Biz Superheroes
I’m not really a big fan of forums but they are useful for finding ideas and new topics to discuss. Sites like Reddit, for example, can be a big help when it comes to looking for content writing questions and other related topics.
- The Definitive Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging
- The Ultimate Question: Should You Start A Blog?
- Promote your Blog through Blogging Communities
I use to use sites like Reddit for sharing my blog post until I released that you can’t just spam your blogs. So if you’re using Reddit, make sure you share other blog posts as well etc and like FB groups, follow the rules. They’re also a great way to create discussions and communicate with other bloggers.
Here are forum sites that I recommend:
And because I’m not a pro at forums, here’s a site where you can find more forums:
Quora or Q&A sites
I use to answer so many questions on Yahoo answers.
No shame to say, Yahoo answers was my thing back then… like 7 years ago. I should probably make a future post on my cringest Yahoo answers Q&A but that’s not the point here on this post.
People have questions and if you have the answers, you can take advantages of those questions and make it into a blog post. This is the quickest way of finding ideas.
Once you use LinkedIn a lot, you’ll get used to using it (not like me though).
Ah, the historical way of finding motivation and still is today. Reading helps you gain knowledge of information but also gain ideas and learn from what you’re reading.
Simply, when ideas pop into your head on a new post, just highlight the passage and get back to it when you run out of ideas to write. You could also use the information like your backup sources for your post.
Personal Life (Friends & Family)
Not just friends and family can spike inspiration, but also the people around you and the things you do in reality. That’s how I ended up writing content about my neighbours, ex-friends & bullies back in primary school.
Things that happen to you in real life can spike up a reason to write. That’s probably why lifestyle and travel bloggers exist.
But when you’re writing something that happens in real life, just make sure to NOT include sensitive information that you don’t want to share on the internet.
Every time I listen to music, my motivation always spike up. With what someone else has created could be a reason for you to create and relate.
Try lying down on a bed, listen to music, podcast or an audiobook and let your ideas come flowing in (just make sure you don’t fall asleep).
Try these out in any order and see what helps you create a fresh batch of evergreen content.
And, if you want to find out more about motivation, check out these other sites:
- Shoutmeloud – How To Motivate Yourself For Blogging When You Are Feeling Demotivate
- Heidi Cohen – 30 Blogging Tactics to Stay Motivated
- Hippie in Heels – How do you stay motivated to blog?
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