|Virtual Musings: Today's Cure for Writer's Block|
As I have discovered, sitting at my computer doesn't guarantee that I will find instant inspiration for my blog posts. Sadly, I have wasted countless hours staring at my computer, an emply blog post screen glaring back at me, wondering what the heck to write?!? Other bloggers make it look so easy, with their miles and miles of blog post archives taunting me as I search for some sort of inspiration and insight.
What did I do, you ask? How did I find the answer to my question? I returned to my academia roots, once again, and conducted my own research. I spent hours, mostly pleasurable, some grating, researching blog post ideas. I condensed my extensive findings into my five favorite musings, basing my top choices on their ease of use and far-reaching implications:
- Blog Post Comments: Yes, that's right! I am sure we all read and respond to each comment made on our blog posts! Well, take note of what your readers are saying. Are they asking you questions? Do they provide you with alternative perspectives? Bloggers are some of the most intelligent, well-written people in our ever-shrinking virtual world. Why not tap into this resource and use them to inspire your next blog post?
- Google Adwords and Alerts: Amidst all the tools and toys provided by Google, their Adwords Tool and Alerts provide great ideas for blog posts.
- On the Google Adwords page, under the Tools and Analysis tab, you will find the Keyword Tool. Simply plug in your keyword or phrase and you will get a listing of Keyword Ideas. Once you have some relevant and interesting key words and phrases, such as "writing jobs online", simply rephrase it as a question, "How do I find writing jobs online?" and you have your blog post. The only catch is you have to have an account with Google; luckily, it's both easy and free!
- Google Alerts allows you to sign up for email updates of all the latest news on whatever key words you choose. You can filter your results by Source Type, how often you wish to receive the alerts, the volume, and how you wish to be alerted. It's a great way to generate blog posts based on current events in your targeted market!
- One way to tap into this source of inspiration is to pay attention to which updates your friends and fans are most interested in. Which ones spark the most conversations? The most controversy?
- You can also pose a question or take a poll with the "Ask Question" tool. Leave your question open-ended, inviting a wider range of responses, or, make it multiple-choice with the Add Poll Options function. Either way, you are sure to generate plenty of ideas for future blog posts.
I am always looking to expand my repertoire of resources, so do share your ideas and inspirations for blog posts!