A blog about blogging and 75 ideas for your next post
Caroline O'Doherty and I have been thinking a lot about blogging lately. She recently launched a new blog called Northern Ideas about the north east of England. I've been helping her out along the way. There are two issues commonly cited as barriers to blogging.
First, I haven’t got the time, and second, I don’t know what to blog about.
I write every day. It’s a habit formed as a journalist. It helps me think.
You need to make time. But you also shouldn’t think of writing as something formal.
Jot down notes, use an app on your iPhone or sit down in front of a computer. It matters not how you do it.
The first draft of anything will be rubbish. It’s part of the process. The best writers are the ones that edit, sharpen and refine their copy. They strip it back until there is nothing left to remove.
Often my blogs are unfinished. That's also part of the process.
The magic begins when I hit publish and people in my network leap in and share their ideas. My work is always improved.
The second issue of inspiration is much easier to address. Seek out inspiration from around you.
If you’re curious about something, you can be sure that others will find benefit or entertainment in your blogging.
If you're still stuck here are 75 ideas from my own blog to kick you off.
- Share content from a speech
- Write an open letter to a person or community
- Learn openly and publically
- Set yourself goals and report on them regularly
- Take a contrary opinion on a topic or an issue
- Seek out the opinions of someone that you respect in your network
- Interview someone disruptive in your network
- Talk to someone with a big job
- Ask someone for their reflections on an industry event
- Start a new project and share the highs and lows. Here’s another example
- Share your views on an industry issue
- Share best practice in your area of expertise. More here
- Report on a breaking industry issue
- Share highlights from an industry report. Here’s another. And another
- Curate conversation around an issue or topic
- Add context to a mainstream breaking news story
- Ask a journalist for their point of view
- Experiment with a new piece of technology
- Back a Kickstarter project and review the results. Here’s another example
- Interview someone that's written a book
- Share your experience of using a new tool. Worked examples work really well
- Respond to an article in the mainstream media. Here’s another example
- Curate a conversation with your network
- Reflect on an industry report or review an industry event
- Celebrate anniversaries with your network
- Seek out the views of a smart person
- Ask someone that you respect to write about their passion
- Reflect on a survey
- Write an ebook. Better still crowdsource one
- Talk to someone in a usual role
- Share something disruptive
- Review a new book. Here’s another
- Help someone out by sharing their story. Here’s another example
- Invite an author to write a guest post about their new book
- Review a new piece of legislation
- If in doubt write a top 10 list
- Lists of people to follow on Twitter are also good
- Invite your community to reflect on your business
- Summarise your favourite bits of a book that you’ve just read
- Share an observation
- Address a tricky issue
- Tackle a big industry issue
- Share a rant
- Review a film
- Share tips on how to get on and get ahead in your business
- Summarise and reflect on an academic paper
- Go for a walk with a writer
- Share a reading list
- Crowdsource, curate and share comment
- Practical hints and tips are always appreciated. Some more here
- Add context and opinion to a breaking news story
- Help businesses learn by providing considered feedback
- Challenge your community to do something. This was the result
- Not everyone will appreciate your blog posts. Deal with it
- Share examples of learning and development
- Campaign on a topic or issue
- Reflect on a moment from history
- Share experiences and have some fun. More fun here
- We can always learn from history
- Hack your workflow and share the results
- Ask your community for help
- Embrace criticism
- Reflect on learning and development, and passing a qualification
- Experiment with a new form of social media or network
- Write an essay about the future
- Share advice on getting ahead
- Commit to a project, and invite comment along the way. Brand Vandalism became #BrandVandals as a result
- Write for your toughest sceptic
- Share an example of your thinking and working. Here’s another
- Call out bad stuff
- And praise good stuff
- Remember someone special
- Announce a new job
- Share a nugget of information or insight
- Be brave. Incredible things will happen