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50 Blog Post Ideas To Renew Your Creative Juices

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At some point during your blogging career, there will come a time when you will simply run out of ideas to blog about. It happens to everyone at some point, and it has definitely happened to me in the past.

There are many things you can do to try to find inspiration again, and I’ve talked about many of these methods before. Normally, I would recommend going through your archives and seeing there are any old posts you can update or redo. You can also see what important events are currently going on, or write about your opinion on a topic.

However, sometimes the brainstorming techniques that usually rock your socks just don’t work. You may be in a blogging rut. I’ve compiled a list of ideas specifically for this occasion. Feel free to use any of these ideas for your own blog, and give suggestions for topics that could be added.

  1. How has blogging changed your life?
  2. Do a blog tag
  3. Why did you start your blog?
  4. Share your thoughts on a recent event.
  5. Share your favorite quotes
  6. Highlight some of your favorite blogs
  7. What are your blogging goals?
  8. Talk about what is on your bucket list
  9. Run a giveaway
  10. Do Mythbusters: Blogging Edition
  11. Host a link-up.
  12. Talk about your blogging process
  13. Create a moodboard for your blog
  14. Talk about what you learned from a blogging milestone.
  15. Do a 30 day challenge
  16. Make a playlist
  17. Create a checklist
  18. Share a personal story
  19. Share some tips for new bloggers
  20. How to create graphics for your posts?
  21. Revamp an old blog post
  22. Talk about the books on your TBR
  23. Create an infographic
  24. Talk about your failures/ successes
  25. Share some unknown facts about yourself
  26. Create a cheat-sheet
  27. Highlight posts by other bloggers
  28. Run a survey
  29. Do a case study
  30. What made you a reader?
  31. Join a meme
  32. Ask a question
  33. Talk about the pros and cons of doing something
  34. Do a blogging glossary
  35. Where do you host your blog?
  36. Do an open letter to someone, or something.
  37. Do a collab post with another blogger
  38. Create a comic
  39. List your favorite blog posts
  40. What is the future of blogging?
  41. Blogging mistakes to avoid
  42. Give advice
  43. Do an FAQ post
  44. What blogging resources could you not live without?
  45. Write a news story
  46. Recap an event
  47. Announce something
  48. Compare products.
  49. Make a vlog
  50. Invite someone to guest post

If you’re struggling to come up with blog post ideas, I hope that this list helps you out!

What do you do when you’re struggling to come up with blog ideas?

What I’ve Learned From Blogging Five Times A Week

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If you are a blogger, it is important to have a solid blogging schedule that works for you. If you’ve been around Bookish Serendipity for a while, you may have noticed a posting pattern: I put up a new post every single weekday. That’s my blogging schedule. It can be difficult to maintain this schedule and I’m definitely hit a few roadblocks, but I have learned a lot about my capabilities and more along the way.

Scheduling is key

If you want to blog often, the best advice I can offer is to schedule your posts. This can be the difference between being a consistent blogger, and almost never posting at all. Chances are small that you will be able to sit in front of the computer every. single. day. and feel motivated to write a post. Personally, I tend to write posts in bursts. There may be a day when I write 5 posts, and then there may be a week where I write almost nothing. If I hadn’t already written and scheduled those 5 posts, I never would have been able to put up anything on the blog for the rest of the week!

I only started scheduling my posts recently, but it has had a huge impact on my productivity and how often I am able to blog.

Readers are unpredictable

It can be difficult to predict what your readers will love, and what they will skip over. You may spend hours on a post and only get a few hits, and then another time you might just throw together some pictures and it could end up being the most popular post of the week. This has definitely happened to me in the past, and it will probably happen again.

This can be frustrating at times, especially when you’ve put a lot of effort into a post that few people are reading, but I like to think of it as a learning experience. By glancing at your most popular posts for the month, you can tell a lot about who your audience is and what they like to read. This lets you make more informed decisions when you want to tweak something about your blog.

Don’t be afraid to take a break.

If you are starting to feel tired of posting all the time, then you should consider posting less often, or taking a break entirely. This is especially true if you are going on vacation and don’t have enough posts to cover the entire time period. Do what you can, but don’t get overwhelmed or pressure yourself to churn out mediocre content.

Last year, I went on vacation during the summer. I only schedule a few posts so that I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with replying to comments when I returned. This worked out in my favor, since I was able to jump right back into blogging as soon as I came back.

Inspiration isn’t as hard to find as you might think.

One of my biggest concerns when I started blogging 5 times a week was simply that I would run out of ideas! What would I do then?

Thankfully, this hasn’t been a problem for me so far. Inspiration is everywhere (no, really!). I’ve tried a lot of different things in my posts, from blogging tips to discussion posts to review to book tags and more! If you are running out of ideas, then you can always look on other blogs to see if anyone is hosting a link-up or running a book tag. These are always great ideas and since I read a lot of books each month, I can always do another book review if I really haven’t posted lately and want to put something up.

Whenever my posts are lacking, it usually isn’t because I don’t have any ideas for blogging. In fact, that isn’t it at all! My main problem is that I’m busy doing something else, or that I don’t feel motivated to blog at that time.

It is worth it.

Seriously. Posting 5 times a week has really helped my blog grow, and allowed me to discover new people I never would have known about otherwise, and I’m sure that this would be even more true if I started posting even more often. Posting frequently means that I can also talk about a wider range of topics that interest me, and Bookish Serendipity has a wider audience that it can appeal to. Blogging more often can take a time investment, but it pays off in the end.

 

Why + How You Should Create A Mood Board For Your Blog

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It’s no secret that Pinterest is one of my favorite social media outlets. Not only is Pinterest a fantastic way to promote your blog posts, but you can also use Pinterest to create a mood board for your blog to help you stick with your intended style and color scheme. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

What is a mood board?

A mood board is a way of expressing your design ideas in a visual format. They are a compilation of photographs, textures, and more that will help you manage your design plans and intended style. A mood board can be especially helpful if you are a designer and want to share your design vision with a client.

You can create one by hand using art and printed photographs, or you can create one online using a site like Pinterest. They are often use by designer in fashion or interior decorating, but can be incredibly useful for your own blog.

What’s the point?

When I redesigned Bookish Serendipity a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was write down a list of descriptive words that I wanted to bring to life in my final design. That was helpful, but there is only so much that words can do when it comes to a design project.

I set up a mood board on Pinterest and, using my desired color scheme and style words, and it made the job of designing the blog so much easier. When I needed an idea for a feature image, I could always pull inspiration from this board. For example, I choose to use gold glitter in the background of one of my feature images because I loved the photograph of foot with gold glitter on my mood board.

Whether you are currently happy with your design and just want some more inspiration, or if you are planning on redesigning your blog soon, a mood board is a fantastic idea. You can use it to create your color scheme, set a style for your blog, or as a place to draw inspiration for future post photos (even by using the “Related Pins” feature.)

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This is part of my mood board on Pinterest

 

How can I do it?

Want to create your own mood board for your blog? Here is a step-by-step process to set up a board on Pinterest:

1. Create an account on Pinterest – All you will need is an email address, and you can create your own account.

2. Go to your profile- You can view it by clicking on your name in the top right corner.

3. Create A Board- Click the “Create a board” button. You can write a name and description, and then press “Create board.”

4, Add pins-You can do this in a variety of ways, either by uploading your own pins or searching through Pinterest using key words (ex. vintage glamour). You can also pin from other blogs or places online if there is something you’d like to use.

What should I pin?

You can pin anything that you think will you would use as design inspiration. Here are a few ideas:

  • textures
  • color schemes
  • photographs
  • typography
  • patterns

There are so many things that you can try out with your mood board, and so many different possible ways that your mood board can help you. It can inspire you, motivate you, and also be a way to connect with others using your blog, as people can “send” you a photograph on Pinterest that they think you may be able to use. They don’t take that long to put together, and I highly recommend creating one.

Do you have a mood board for your blog?

How To Create & Run A Helpful Blog Survey

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Everyone wants to know what their blog readers are thinking. We all want to run a blog that people like, and that readers find helpful. You can guess and make assumptions about your readers based on comments and followers most of the time, but there’s nothing quite as helpful as hearing feedback directly from your readers. There is definitely no easier way to do this than through  blog survey.

A blog survey is pretty much exactly what the title suggests: a survey of your readers. It helps you gather information about your readers and learn more about their preferences. You can do a large-scale survey of your entire blog, or you can do a quick poll to see what your readers think of a certain change or two you are planning to implement.

Blog surveys can help you learn a lot about your viewership that you didn’t already know. You may have known that a lot of your readers were bloggers, but how much more than that did you know? How old are most of your readers? What gender are they? What are their favorite/ least favorite posts? These are all really important questions that can help you figure out what your readers want. Since surveys are often anonymous, it can also allow readers to express their opinions and real feelings without feeling worried about judgement.

My Survey

I learned a lot of invaluable information earlier this year when I ran my blog survey, and it has had a big impact on the type of content I put up on Bookish Serendipity. I found out a lot about my blog audience and what they wanted from Bookish Serendipity. I was able to write more posts about the topics and in the style that my readers enjoyed, and this has had a very positive impact.

When I participate in surveys myself, I like when the blogger shares the results soon after the survey is finished. That’s one of the reasons I love the quick polls om Goodreads. I like seeing how my opinion compared to everyone else’s, so after my survey concluded, I decided to do something extra. I shared the results on my blog. This ended up being a great decision, and I received several wonderful comments because of it.

Create your own

1. Decide on your topic

Is this a survey about a specific change you want to implement on your blog? Is it about your plans for the future? Or is it just a general survey about the state of your blog? It’s important to decide what purpose your survey will serve, and what you are hoping to get out of it. You can also add a note in your survey so that the people who fill it out will know what kind of feedback you are looking for.

2. Write your questions

When you are writing your questions, keep the goal of your survey in mind and tailor your questions to serve this purpose. You should try using a variety of formats when setting up your questions (ex. multiple choice for age ranges, paragraph text for long personal reflections) to add some variety.

I suggest a few general questions to get to know who your readers are (what age are you? What gender do you identify as?) and then delve into more detailed questions. Make sure that your survey isn’t too long either. If it has a lot of questions, your readers may ditch it halfway through, or be too intimidated to even start the survey. You don’t want that!

Bonus: Want a list of blog survey questions you can use? If you subscribe to Bookish Serendipity via email, you will receive access to a secret library of blogging worksheets, tips and cheat sheets–including a list of blog survey question ideas! Feel free to use any of these for your blog.

3. Set Up Your Survey

Next, you need to finalize your list of questions and add them to your online survey! For my survey, I used Kiwk Surveys, and found that it worked very well for my purposes. There are a variety of sites you can use to run your survey. Here are some free (up until a point)) examples:

4. Send it out

The title pretty much says it all! You can send your survey to your email subscribers or, even better, post it on your blog for all your readers to see and interact with. If you put it on your blog, don’t forget to share it on social media so that more people can discover and fill it out.

Overall, surveys rock

Surveys are an incredibly useful tool. My experience with surveys has been undeniably positive, and I’m learned a lot from the experience. If you run a blog, I suggest trying to run a blog survey at least once, even just to see how it works. Everyone likes feeling as if their opinion matters, and your survey can be a fantastic way to let your readers know that their opinions matter to do. They will know that they are making a difference, and that’s what matters.

Good luck!

Have you ever run a blog survey before?

 

How I Used Freebies To Boost My Email Subscribers (And You Can Too!)

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One of my personal blogging goals this year was to increase my blog subscribers via email, and I recently launched an series of freebies as an incentive. I love finding freebies on other websites, and I’ve found that they are one of the most effective ways to get readers (including myself) to opt in to a blog newsletter or email subscription. Some of my favourite examples are free e-books, worksheets and extra blogging tips because they do something to help the reader.

For me at least, I consider email to be one of the most important methods of following a blog, because it guarantees that your subscribers will always at least see what you posting as they scroll through their inboxes. Up until recently, I had never offered anything extra for my email subscribers. And I wanted to change that. 

I’ve created and launched a program for my email subscribers that allows them access to a library of fantastic free blogging worksheets, resources, cheat sheets, and graphics. The best part? It is always being updated and new freebies will often be added. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

The minute that you subscribe via email (see the sidebar), you should receive an email to confirm your subscription and provide the link to the freebie library. I’ve also switched to a different email provider so if you are already following Bookish Serendipity, you can resubscribe OR shoot me an email so I can send you the link.

Want to create your own incentive for readers to opt in to your mailing list? Here is how:

Step 1- Choose what your freebie will be.

How it can work for you: First of all, who is your intended audience? It’s important to know who is reading your blog when you are making decisions like these. If you are unsure, try glancing at your comments section or see who is engaging most with your posts in social media. Once you know your audience, you can make a freebie that is suited to them. Will it be free worksheets? A list of book recommendations? A sample chapter of your new e-book? It is up to you to decide.

How it worked for me: I knew that my audience is mainly comprised of bloggers themselves, so I knew that my freebies would have something to do with helping bloggers. I started off with a list of 100+ of my favourite blogging resources, but I knew that I wanted to give something more to my reader. I considered my favourite types of freebies (worksheets, cheat sheets, etc) and decided to create an exclusive library full of bonus content, and to continually update it. It was my way of continually rewarding my subscribers.

Step 2- Create that freebie!

How it can work for you:  Depending on the type of freebie, this can take varying amounts of time. If you are writing a short e-book, this can take weeks or months, but if you are just creating a quick checklist, this can be done in less than a day.

How it worked for me: I worked on my free content over the course of a week. Some of these took longer than others (ex. Gathering a fantastic list of resources for bloggers) while others didn’t take more than an hour or two. I used Microsoft Word for the worksheets and Easel.ly for the infographic. subscribe

Step 3- How will you deliver this freebie to your subscribers?

How it can work for you: Depending on your email subscription provider, there are many different ways to do this. If you are using a provider that allows you to attach documents to your confirmation email, that would be great! Otherwise, you can upload your file to a service like Dropbox or Google Drive and send the link to that folder.

How it worked for me: I used Google Drive and created a folder to store all of my fantastic freebies in, and generated a public link to it. Now when you receive your confirmation email, you will be able to go directly to the folder and use whatever you like.

Step 4- Set it up, and send it out!

How it can work for you: Now you can actually write up your email confirmation email, and add a subscription widget to your sidebar so that people can see it easily. Prominently display that you are giving away blog freebies to email subscribers on/ around the widget as well, and don’t forget to test that it works!

How it worked for me: After uploading all of the files to Google Drive, I copied the link and included that in my confirmation email. I uploaded the widget to my sidebar and created a feature banner directly above it. You can see this in my sidebar right now. Then I activated the service!

Step 5- Promote it!

How it can work for you: This stage is incredibly important. If you don’t tell anyone about it, how will more people know about it and want to subscribe? You can share the news on social media, and let existing subscribers now about it, if possible. If you’d like, you can even do a post about the benefits of subscribing!

How it worked for me: Like I suggested above, I did share it on social media. I also created an image dedicated to it (see it on the right) and displayed it in my sidebar as well. It has definitely helped!

 

There you have it: my simply 5-step process to creating and setting up freebies for your blog! There are many benefits to creating a special freebie for your subscribers. Not only is it a way to interest readers in subscribing to your blog, but it is also a way of giving back to the community.

If you are offer email subscription as a way to follow your blog, I highly recommend creating some sort of freebie as an incentive. It doesn’t necessarily have to be very complicated, and it definitely pays off in the end.

 

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