Have you ever sat down to do some writing about blog posts, and came up with absolutely nothing. In my short time of blogging, this has happened to me many times. If the experts say that you need to be blogging every day or at least every other day, how can you consistently come up with that many blog posts? Will you run out eventually? I want to give you a few ways of how not to run out of blog post ideas:
- Keep Reading– One of the top ways that generate my blog posts are books! Recently, I have been trying to read a book every 2 weeks, and it has generated a lot of ideas and interest in me writing my own thoughts down. As long as books are being written, blog posts can come as a result.
- Subscribe to similar blogs– I mostly write about social media, student ministry, and church life. These are my passions. I subscribe to tons of different blogs in these specific categories that I read from each week. When I do this, it generates ideas for my own blog posts.
- Stay passionate in what you write about– This is extremely important. If I lose my passion for student ministry, it will be much more likely that I stop writing about student ministry, but if you stay passionate about it, you will have something to write about it, because it is your passion and drive!
- Make note when potential blog posts come to your mind– I have a working note in my phone entitled, “Blog Post Ideas.” Anytime at home or at work when I think of a possible blog post, I put the title in my phone so that I can remember it for later. If you are like me, you will get to doing other things, and totally forget about that great post that you thought of. So, do not do that, write it down or record it in your phone.
- Do not be afraid to share other people’s ideas/resources– If you look at arguably the top student ministry blog (morethandodgeball.com), you will find Josh Griffin’s posts, but he regularly shares other guest posts and resources. If we are not careful, we feel that we ourselves have to personally write a blog post for every day when sometimes part of having your personal blog is sharing some other posts from some great voices out there outside of your blog!
I am still new to do this blogging thing, but I am learning more and more that blogging takes time, effort, and discipline. If you do not have these three things, or are just not willing to give these three things, blogging might not be for you!