Sometimes I run out of blog post ideas. In the spirit of my own weakness, I decided to do something proactive about it for me and for those of you who have the same struggle. Here are 30 compelling, creative post ideas.
- Make up a holiday (National scented candle day?) and justify it. (Did you know there is a National Something Day? Yep.)
- How to ______. Use a skill you have to teach everyone else. For instance, I know how to cut hair. Be sure to include pictures and step by step instructions.
- Promote another blog you find irresistible. (Don’t tell the person you’re doing it; just make it a surprise). I’m particularly in awe of Melissa at The Inspired Room.
- Analyze a painting. I happen to adore this one by Eugene Burnand.
- If you market a product/service: Share your cautionary tales of what didn’t work. Here’s one of my cautionary tales about marketing.
- Describe the online friends you’ve never met in person. I love Alece so much, but we haven’t had the opportunity to hug yet.
- Write ten things folks don’t know about you. Hmm, maybe you don’t know that I’m bow legged?
- Ask your spouse to write a post for you. Give him/her free reign. (This could be scary!) Not sure if I’m brave enough for that yet! But you can check out my hubby’s words here if you’re interested.
- Write a letter to someone famous. Um, Dear Bono, could you please endorse my next book?
- Do an opposite post. (Instead of 10 ways to slim down, write 10 ways to gain excess weight.) (I could write that: Eat more chocolate…)
- Do something risky, something outrageous you’ve never attempted before. Then recount your tale. Exhibit A: What the Triathlon Taught me.
- Contrast your best and worst day in elementary school (or junior high or high school or college or grad school).
- List your 5 favorite smells. (Too bad we can’t have scratch and sniff on the Internet). One of mine? Evergreen trees.
- Embarrass yourself. Post a fashion faux pas from the days of yore. Then explain why you wore it, why you thought it was cool. Here’s a picture of my senior prom dress. Yikes.
- Create your own video using Animoto. They make it easy.Here’s one of mine about Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (made before Animoto).
- Count your blessings and invite others to do the same.
- Review several books that changed your life. Here’s my review of Scared by Tom Davis.
- Have a contest for the worst first line of a story, poem, or whatnot.
- Become a travel writer. Describe one of your vacations in a way that helps your readers want to go there. Give details about side trips, hotel possibilities, etc. Here’s a travel piece I wrote about Antibes, France. (I can’t believe how young my kids are in the picture!)
- Be crafty (in a non-evil way). Show one of your projects with step by step instructions. Here’s my adventure in creating a book page wreath.
- Create a playlist (running, dancing, working, relaxing, rejoicing) and explain why you chose those songs. (Hint: It’s fun to add a few YouTube videos to prove how cool your songs are.)
- Share a recent time you failed at something. (Oddly, these are usually my most popular posts. Like this confessional one.)
- Disagree with a popular finding. Do you think a different picture should have won the Oscar? Why?
- Share something you learned that you hadn’t known before. We didn’t know firsthand about wolves in sheep’s clothing until we were in ministry full time and got bit.
- Write about an issue that niggles you. One of my posts deals with the question, “Why do Christian movies tend to be cheesy?”
- Answer a question an emailer asks. Andrea asked me how to get started in writing. I realized my answer to her question was a blog post, so I asked her permission to use her question. This became a blog post about 12 ways to get started.
- Tell your journey. I’ve written about my path to publication. Part one is here.
- Lament how technology has messed with face-to-face relationships. Or take the opposite tack: How has technology deepened your friendships?
- Take a free poll (up to 100 respondents) with survey monkey, then report on the results.
- Mine your blog comments for post ideas. On my Family Secrets blog, one comment prompted a post about grace extending to victims and perpetrators.
So there you have it. Thirty compelling and creative blog post ideas. I hope I helped spur your imagination. I’d love to hear from you, too.
What’s your most creative blog post? What blog have you written that generated the most comments? Links? Interest?