Are you feeling stuck when trying to come up with ideas for your blog?
Have you ever felt like you’ve written the same thing over and over again?
Imagine a gray, cold snowy winter day and being stuck inside. A day like that can definitely zap your motivation to get anything done. It can be easy to get stuck in life as well as when writing. I personally (and normally) draw a lot of inspiration from the weather. During the gray winter months, I have had to draw inspiration from other places because the weather just didn’t cut it.
When our motivation is zapped and we are feeling the blues, it helps to use other inspirational techniques.
10 Types of Content to Help Inspire New Articles
Here are 10 different types of content to help as a springboard for inspiration. This list is great for when you are stuck or when you are trying to brainstorm new article ideas.
- Evergreen or Cornerstone Content
This has recently become my go-to type of content. These are the articles that contain information that never really changes too much and is always relevant. For tips on how to write this type of article check out our recent post called, How to Write Evergreen or Cornerstone Content.
- How To Articles
Here is your super classic type of article. It’s classic because it works.
- List Posts
5 Ways to, 7 Secrets to, 3 Easy and Simples Steps to…. List posts are loved by many blog readers and they have some great benefits for the writer as well. I love how a list post article already has your format set up for me.
For example with this article, I started with the format. I brainstormed the ideas of the different type of content I wanted on the list. Then, I went back and wrote about each type of content. It made writing today’s article easy and time effective. I’m a big fan of easy and time effectiveness.
- Problem Solving
The problem solving article is another favorite of mine. It is a favorite because it makes me think about what type of problems my readers and/or potential customers are having and then I get to be the one who answers their questions. It also goes really great with what we know about Google’s new search algorithm, Hummingbird.
For more information about Google’s Hummingbird and why it impacts you as a writer, please check out our article, How Does Google Hummingbird Impact Me As a Writer?
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)
I love putting these types of articles together. Again, like above, these types of articles get you into the mind of your readers. It is also good practice to make sure that someone is actually asking the questions frequently or else the article is misleading.
- Answering Specific Readers’ Questions
Our readers are a great source of inspiration. A great idea for an article is to simply answer a question that has been asked. An example of this is one of the first video blogs I did called, 4 Reasons to Use YouTube to Embed Videos and How to Do It.
- Curate Content
Don’t let the blogging buzz word, content curation, throw you off. This is a great way to produce content. The biggest rule of thumb here is to make sure that you are still producing original work. For some tips on how to do this, please check out the article, Content Curation – Tips on How to Get It Right.
- Ask a Question
One of my favorite articles that I have written in the past 6 months was Are You Frustrated with Facebook? This topic was a hot button topic for many of our readers. That question generated so much response that it lead to a follow up article.
- Case Studies
The follow up article to, Are You Frustrated with Facebook?, was a great chance to dabble in a case study type article. I compiled all the responses to that question and categorized them, detailing not only if you were frustrated, but also why and if anyone would be quitting Facebook anytime soon.
This article was a small scale case study, but it was really fun to see what the readers in our circle were saying. Read the case study here, A Follow-Up: Are You Frustrated With Facebook.
- Should Ask Questions Post (SAQs)
This type of article is one that I am looking forward to dabbling in more. What should people in your niche be asking? Ask the question and provide the answers. Use this type of content to display your expertise.
It is always very impressive when people tell me how they never get stuck and always have ideas. I’ll admit that I am a little jealous of those of you who can do that. For those of us who cannot though a list like this can come in handy.
What About You?
What is your go-to type of article? Do you find it easy to write and well received by your audience?