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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Post Ideas

ANNOUNCEMENT: I am giving away 5 PDF copies of 30 Seconds to the first 5 people who comment saying they want to review it. You have to like romantic-suspense novellas and be willing to write a review on Amazon before Feb. 28th. It's only 100 pages long. Any takers? Pretty, please? Comment with your email address.

Blurb: 

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?


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After you’ve blogged for a while, or even before you begin blogging, you may struggle with what you should blog about. If you have to create a few posts every week, your well of ideas may end up dry.

Here is a list of blog ideas you can do:

Write about a topic you know.

Join a weekly meme or two. Check out:
Celebrate the Small Things created by Vik Lit (Friday).  
What’s Up Wednesday created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk
Six Word Saturday hosted by ShowMyFace.com.
Monday Mishmash created by Kelly Hashway
 Create your own memes to fit your personality, such as Weird Word Wednesday, Friday Funnies, etc. If you have a theme for certain days, you'll be able to come up with ideas. And it doesn't even have to match the day.


 If you’re a writer, join the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We post the first Wednesday of every month.

Sign up for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Every April a massive amount of bloggers join this challenge. We blog every day in April, except on Sundays. Each day is assigned a letter of the alphabet. You can have a theme or post random things.

• You can try my 30 Day Writing Challenge and blog a prompt once or twice a week.

Sign up for blog hops. When you get to know more bloggers you will come across blog hops in a variety of topics. These are quite fun to do.

Host guests for guest posts.
Host authors for blog tours.

Again, when your blogging network grows, you’ll see requests from authors for help with their blog tours. You’ll also be able to ask bloggers if they’d be interested in writing a guest post for your blog.

Image from Pixabay


More Ideas:

Share your poetry/short stories.
Write about your childhood/school memories.
Review movies, books, music.
Interview people.
Create profiles on famous individuals.
Host giveaways/contests.
Answer commonly asked questions about your niche.
Share 20 random facts about yourself.
Update readers on your progress toward a goal.
Talk about your hobby (gardening, painting, writing, etc.)     
Top Lists (Top Ten Favorite Books, Movies, etc.)
Talk about your pets.
“What if...”
7 reasons why...
Tell your readers about your vacations/travels.
Discuss world news.
Write opinion pieces.
Share recipes
Quotes
Art projects for kids
DIY projects
Parenting stories 
Homeschooling tips
Share your photography/art.
Give a history/mythology lesson.
Tell a personal story about a recent holiday.
Write health pieces.
Share inspirational stories
Share a joke.
Ask your readers what they’d like to see you blog about.


Check out these bloggers:

Alex J. Cavanaugh does movie reviews. 
Pat Hatt shares funny rhymes every day!
Sherry Ellis shares cute stories about her kids. 
Madeline Mora-Summonte shares quotes for her Motivational Mondays.
Claudine Gueh Yanting discusses children's books.


SHARE more blog ideas so I can add them to this list!


QUESTIONS:

Bloggers: What do you enjoy blogging about?

Readers: What do you wish more bloggers blogged about?

**Anyone interested in reviewing 30 Seconds before Feb 28th?


72 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention!
    Those are all great ideas. Getting involved in the community will really spur ideas.

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    1. You're welcome, Alex.

      Getting involved is the best thing to do.

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  2. It can definitely sometimes be hard to know what to blog about. My ideas for blog posts usually come about quite randomly. I will see something that inspires a thought which leads to a post. I sometimes have to write the idea down though or I will forget :)

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    1. I think that's cool though. I blog about specific topics, so I don't get to have that freedom. Except I'm trying to change that with my Wednesday posts.

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  3. I'm never short of blog post ideas. Problem is to find the time to write them all. By the way, 30 Seconds looks cool.

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    1. That's good! I'm the same way. I have lists of ideas for next year already. lol If you'd like to read 30 Seconds, let me know. :)

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  4. Thanks so much for the mention, Chrys! I'm getting back to blogging twice a week now - I sort of forgot how much I enjoyed it. :)

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  5. Great tips! I'm often struggling to come up with blog post ideas, but I do try to keep a list of topic ideas when they pop into my head. Even if I don't want to work on it right away, it's important to not let those ideas slip away.

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    1. You're right. I have lists of ideas so I won't forget. I actually have a few tabs in a binder reserved for ideas. ;)

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  6. I occasionally come up with great ideas to blog about...then forget to write them down. :( My problem is the shock that after all this time people still read my occasional ramblings.

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    1. Oh no! It's seem that not writing them down is the problem for most bloggers. Always keep a pen and notebook around! I tell that to writers. I guess I need to tell that to bloggers, too. ;)

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  7. I just blog about whatever pops in, one word can set the cat off and away he will go. Heigh ho, heigh ho lol

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    1. LOL! You're one of a kind, Pat! You make it look easy.

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  8. Ideas (or lack thereof) are not really my problem. It's the self-imposed set of rules behind the posts (five days a week, uniquely illustrated, maintain a moderate stance, don't get pulled in to politics, respond to all comments, yada yada yada...). Factor that in and it becomes more time consuming and I have as many ideas crumpled on the floor - if not more - than I post!

    Cherdo...can't live with her, can't...oh, wait a minute. I have to live with her everyday. Rats.

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    1. Blogging can become time-consuming, but all of those things are important in maintaining a blog. I certainly don't post five days a week. You could post once a week. It;s just that consistency is good for your followers. And you don't have to respond to all comments if it's too much for you.

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  9. I tried to do featured photo Fridays for a while. But then I didn't have enough pictures. That's a fail on my part. >_<

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    1. And I liked your Feature Photo Fridays!

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  10. Wow, Chrys! What a great list. I'm definitely bookmarking this. No matter how clever I fancy myself, there are always those days when I struggle to figure out what to blog about. Thanks!

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    1. Great, Karen! I hope this list inspires you.

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  11. I'd like to repost more of the old album reviews I managed to save from my Angelfire site, though my musical taste is pretty dinosaur. I also still have some book reviews I saved from my Angelfire site. For current content, I'm making my formerly intermittent "A primer on ___________ names" series more regular, and have scheduled Friday posts on Dutch, Czech, and Latvian names, with planned future installments on Armenian, German, Italian, French, Hebrew, Norwegian, and Bulgarian names. They all have to relate in some way to my writing.

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    1. You're blog is so unique, Carrie-Anne. Keep it up!

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  12. Awesome very comprehensive list. I'd like to add personalized memes--such as Mid-week reviews or Friday funnies or whatever it is that fits a person's personality/life. I had the occasional dry spell for inspiration until coming up with my own memes. Now there is never enough room in a single post to say it all.

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    1. That's a great idea! I'll add it. :)

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  13. great list, Chrys! I love blogging about writing and my journey. And though I don't participate in many, I love the memes!

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    1. I don't participate in memes either, but I like reading the posts my blogging friends do for them.

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  14. You have interesting blogs. I like following you and what you do. Thanks for the post.

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  15. Those are great ideas and I've used lots of them. Though my posts are mostly connected to writing, I like including other stuff some of the time.

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    1. That's great, Susan! I've done a few myself, but would like to experiment with some.

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  16. Thanks for including me in your list. :) I find having set days for set topics helps me so I'm not scrambling for post ideas.

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    1. Of course, Kelly. I love your Monday Mishmash posts! :)

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  17. I would, but I'm booked for the next little while. Great ideas. Can't believe April is nearly upon us! :)

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    1. That's okay, David. I appreciate that you told me you would if you could. :)

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  18. I've found it helps to have recurring themes ( regular free to enter competitions and Wednesday word of the week) to keep the blog focussed.

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    1. Recurring themes really do help to stay focused.

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  19. Awesome post ideas, Chrys. Thanks for these. I have done some of them but there many I haven't tried. I get bored of my own writing so that means it's time to spice it up!

    I will join the IWG. I already wrote a review on Amazon for 30 Seconds :) I really enjoyed the read!

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    1. Yes, I know, Lisa. And thank you so much for that review. :) I'm just trying to get a few more as the reviews have stalled.

      You should join IWSG. It's a great place to meet many writers.

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  20. What a handy list to keep around! Now I'm sure I won't run dry on ideas - though there are a just a couple I'll stay clear of, you've given license (so to speak!) to some I hesitated to use - until now! It seems like all of your blogs are right on target, Chrys and I'm truly grateful for every informative post - thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Diedre! I try my best to supply informative posts. :)

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  21. For me, blogging is about sharing--with all the eccentric bits that I share! Thanks for the list which should serve to kickstart those like me who are often brain dead at the end of a workday

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    1. I hope you get many ideas for blog posts from this list, Sage!

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  22. This is a great list! I used to read over 100 blogs each day. I loved being part of the blogging community. I've slacked off, and I'm just coming back. Sometimes I do struggle with what to blog about. I blogged so much back in the day, I feel like I've said everything already!

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  23. I have TOTALLY been searching for post topics recently. Thank you so much for this help!! I am so using this! :)

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    1. Awesome! I can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

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  24. Excellent list! I'll have to come back and steal some ideas. I'd be happy to do a review. I do love a good love story! eseckman(at)ymail(dot)com.

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    1. Thank you so much for offering, Elizabeth! I'll be emailing you soon. :)

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  25. That's a very well timed list. My blog has been a bit meh recently, and I'm certainly not posting as much as I was a couple of years ago!

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    1. I hope this list helps you come up with many posts. :)

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  26. These are great ideas. I do Monday Mishmash since it's a mixed bag and convenient for me. I've been doing IWSG for a while.

    I used to do ROW80, a motivational writing challenge, and What's Up Wednesday. I like all the options out there.

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    1. There are a lot of options out there when it comes to memes. Everyone can find something to suit their schedule and personality.

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  27. I promise I'm going to do more blogging this year, but for now, I'd really like to read 30 seconds. Sign me up if it isn't too late. I loved Hurricane Crimes and left a great review for it.
    sandy4lee@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much for offering, Sandra. :) I remember your review for Hurricane Crimes. Thanks for that!

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  28. Wow, lots of great ideas, Chrys. Thanks for sharing them.

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  29. That's what I love about memes. They serve as writing prompts! These are all great tips. Hopefully they'll inspire some of our favorite bloggers to post more often.

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  30. These are all great ideas! I've bookmarked this page for future reference. My trick was starting a crazy project and updating people each week on it, but that might be the same as your tip to update people on a goal you're working towards.

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    1. I like how you post about the crazy things you do every week. It;s entertaining. :)

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  31. Great ideas! I keep meaning to add some homeschool moments to my bog, but then I write about writing instead. :)

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    1. I think you'd be able to attract a whole new audience if you blogged about homeschooling, Tyrean.

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  32. Fantastic ideas! I enjoy blogging about writing. I'm a writer that loves talking about writing and reading about it on other blogs too. :)

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    1. I'm a writer who loves to talk about writing and reading, too. There's nothing wrong that! :D

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  33. Wow! That is is huge, helpful list! Some days I wish I blogged about ordinary things. The only blogging ideas I'd add would be bizarre like, spy on your neighbors and make up inventive, crazy stories about their lives. Or, if feral cats stormed your house what type of defense would you use against them? See? No help whatsoever. (Unlike you!) :D

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    1. HAHA! I don't know, Ava, those ideas sound like they'd be fun and entertaining. ;)

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  34. Oh wow, thanks for the mention, Chrys! What a list of blog ideas. I sometimes hear writers bemoan the lack of blog topics. I should direct them to this post. I love blogging about books that have touched me recently and beautiful quotes and pictures (about reading, creating Art, and Kindness ~ I really wish I could share more artwork I found on Pinterest on my blog but then there's the copyright issue or else I'd have to wait for the artists to grant their permission and that could take weeks ... or never ever.)

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    1. You're welcome, Claudine! :)

      I hear many writers complain about the same thing. That's why I created this post and published it after my Blogging 101 post. As a matter of fact, many people commented on that one saying they didn't know what to blog about anymore.

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  35. Great list, Chrys! I love blogging about all things writerly. When I visit blogs I love reading about other writers and their WIPs or different issues they are struggling with along their journey. I also love it when bloggers give good tips on writing, publishing, marketing, etc.

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    1. I am the same way, Quanie. Writing is my passion, so I love to blog and read about it. :)

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