10 Blog Post Ideas to Beat Writer’s Block and Start a Conversation

Last night, after days of procrastinating the process of writing a blog post, I took to Twitter (and had a pretty fun conversation with Mary about abandoning our blogs to write about ponies and kittens instead), Pinterest, and Bloglovin‘ in search of some inspiration.  After reading through several “20 foolproof blog post ideas” posts, I started to experience deja vu in the extreme. Most of the “ideas” I was coming across were “what’s your favorite food,” “name an embarrassing memory from middle school,” and “what’s your favorite color?”

It took me a minute before I found the connection: they all were questions I’d been asked on the first day back from summer vacation in elementary school.  I’m sure that better writers than I could come up with a thoughtful, worth-500-comments type of post to one of those questions but me?  Nope.  Not at all.

So while none of the suggestions made their way into today’s post, reading all those articles did give me an idea: write a list of  10 non-fluff, non-middle-school-essay post suggestions for writer-blocked bloggers to check out.10 blog post ideas

1.  What made you start blogging?  We all started somewhere – something triggered that desire to open up a blank web page and call it our own.  So what’s your reason, and what makes you keep writing today?

2.  Write about something you feel strongly about.  Around here, you’ll find plenty of posts on feminism and other controversial subjects because that’s my thing: I love debate, argument, controversy.  I love figuring out my opinion on something and teaching others about it.  So what about you – what is your passion subject?

3.  Share some of your favorite bloggers/blogs.  But don’t stop there – share why they’re your favorites.  What makes you go back to those spaces day and and day out?  (and if you’re looking for some inspiration in this department, I cannot get enough of The Lady Errant, The Style Dunce, and Hello Neverland.

4.  If you went to college – what’s one thing you learned there that had absolutely nothing to do with your syllabi or text books? For me, college was an incredibly eye-opening experience – it was complete culture shock and I’m a different (I think better) person because of it.  If you didn’t attend college, what did you learn in your first years out of school that no classroom ever could have taught you?

5.  As a blogger, you’re also a writer.  What does this art form do for you – why do you continue to write, and what do you think you gain from it?

6.  What is something you struggle with?  Why do you struggle with it, and how do you handle that?  My biggest struggle is my personality, hands down.  Most days, I hate being an introvert – and writing about it has been both cathartic and eye-opening (and beyond that, one of my more successful posts).

7.  If you had to narrow your entire life down to one core focus, what would it be?  Not just where do you see yourself in 10 years, but why?  How are you going to get there, and why is that space so important to you?

8.  If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you’ve probably learned a thing or two.  Share some lessons you’ve learned from blogging, or tips you have for fellow bloggers.

9.  I know I can’t be the only Netflix binger out there.  I’ve wasted a lot of time watching shows on Netflix, but I’ve learned things from some of them, like Doctor Who, Law & Order, and Gilmore Girls.  Those shows mean something to me.  What shows have been important to you, or have taught you something?

10.  Inspire me.  Build a mood board on Pinterest and share it.  Curate your favorite/most inspiring Ted Talks or slam poems on Youtube.  Share your tips for getting inspired/creating ideas.  Anything.  Blogging is, more than anything, a source of inspiration for both the writer and the reader so – inspire.

  • http://www.erikafromamerica.com/ Erika

    Love this list and appreciated that you got creative and did something we all haven’t seen a million times. I think I click on those posts too hoping that I will be surprised and then think, oh, sad face.

    Anyway, the thing that made me really take pause was the whole personality thing. I think that.. Well, we all have either a secret introvert or extrovert in us and sometimes the grass is greener. Or maybe I’m that weird extrovert that wishes that sometimes I didn’t need to be recharged by people because I love being a hermit and working from home, but at the end of the day, nothing recharges me like people.

    Also sometimes I think the shyness snd stuff is not just introvert or extrovert stuff. Sometimes we are just socially anxious regardless of how we prefer to spend the majority of our time. I, again, can be a social butterfly but it TERRIFIES me a lot of the time too.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Erika!

      I think you’re definitely right – we just live in a society that really appreciates extroverts and is constantly telling introverts they “just need to get out more.” It makes it hard to appreciate being who you are. It’s definitely nice to see though, that sometimes being an extrovert isn’t so great.

      Shyness definitely has nothing to do with that – people equate it to introversion, but they’re completely different things. Like, I’m not scared of talking to people I haven’t met before. Maybe I used to be, but waitressing definitely dealt with that. I just would rather be at home with a good book than out at a party. And like you said – there are plenty of extroverted people out there who are shy.

  • http://www.socalledhomemaker.com/ socalledhomemaker

    These are some great ideas! Thanks!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Christine!

  • Jessica Marie

    These are some great ideas and questions! ” If you went to college – what’s one thing you learned there that had absolutely nothing to do with your syllabi or text books? For me, college was an incredibly eye-opening experience – it was complete culture shock and I’m a different (I think better) person because of it. If you didn’t attend college, what did you learn in your first years out of school that no classroom ever could have taught you?” I wouldn’t use that question for a blog (too personal), but it would make a great essay! Thanks for that. :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I’m glad you found something useful, even if it’s not for your blog!

      • Jessica Marie

        Something life changing happened to me last year. I’m not really comfortable posting it to my blog yet… but someday I would like to share that story. Until then, I’ll write it and put it on my Writing.com portfolio where only certain people can see it.

  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

    This is the best blog post idea list ever. I looked at some similarly themed posts last week, and they’re almost all ridiculous – you’re spot on with the elementary school type questions.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      haha, thanks Kelly! They really are, and somehow they always disappoint me. I go in thinking – there will be something great in here – and then it’s the same round of “why do you love your hometown?” and “what’s your favorite home cooked meal” Like unless I can give you the recipe for my favorite home cooked meal, why would I write about that?

  • http://gina-alyse.com/ Gina Alyse

    These are amazing tips, Kiersten! These are all topics that I would want to read, and I think that is the perfect way to come up with blog topics for yourself–ask yourself what you would want to read! Thank you for these creative ideas! Definitely coming back for writing inspiration! :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Gina! I’m glad to hear that you found the topics interesting :)

  • Beks

    I’ve been seeing a lot of these posts popping up on blogs lately. Maybe I should actually use a couple for my own posts (since that’s what they’re there for), because I’ve been not in a blogging mood since about Thanksgiving. Great tips! :-)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      haha I definitely know that feeling – it’s the holidays, so we’ve got a ton to do outside of the blogging world!

  • http://livinghe.re/ Lola

    You’re so spot-on about what these lists usually are. I love #4 – and #10 is just a great reminder about the WHY of blogging altogether. I took an accidental blogging hiatus over finals, and I’m definitely coming back to this list if I need help getting started again!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Maybe the lists we generally see would be better for a personal blog, that’s made up mostly of posts about the writer’s weekend, etc.? That’s just not what this space is, so those types of posts are boring and wouldn’t quite fit.

      I hope these tips come in helpful in getting you started again!

  • http://www.kaseyatthebat.com Kasey Decker

    I love that these are deeper than the “fifteen things you enjoy about your state” ideas! definitely pinning for later :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      hahah Thanks, Kasey!

  • http://allthingseblog.com/ Erika

    These are awesome ideas. I like your spin on this idea a lot, great stuff! Definitely going to keep this in my backpocket for when ideas run dry.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Erika! I hope these ideas help :)

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I really love your list. The key for me when I get stuck is to scale back and reevaluate to find the core of what I love- and write based from those passions; be they travel, food, friends, etc. x

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I think that’s a great point! It’s important to figure out why you’re here, and what motivates you to write.

  • http://blog.lixhewett.com/ Lix Hewett

    This is fantastic! I agree with you about some of the prompts from blog post idea lists — it’s like ‘write every day’ challenges, they tend to give you prompts that are just not that interesting or not that substantial. They’re things I’d write about on like, my livejournal, but that would look out of place on my actual blog unless I made an effort to find a cool angle – and let’s be real, if I’m lacking inspiration enough to go looking for blog post ideas, I will not have inspiration to put an original spin on them.

    I actually have a similar idea to 9 on my blog post idea list! *checks* Or… well, it’s on a list somewhere, even if it’s not in the official Evernote note, ha. I also have a few ideas along the lines of 1 and 5 — why I moved country, why I moved to England specifically, why I blog, how I got into photography, etc. etc. Just need to sit down and focus. Hardest bit by far!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! Like no I don’t want to spend 30 straight days writing about my first pet and an embarrassing memory from the 3rd grade. Like you said, they’re topics I can see talking about in my personal journal, but I want this space to be productive and helpful!

      I hope you’ll write those posts soon! I’d love to read them :)

  • http://www.verilymerrilymary.com/ Mary | Verily Merrily Mary

    Nice post, Kierstan! So glad you took your writer’s block to make a fantastic post of substanial blog topics. I totally agree that the ideas tend to be quite elementary but now the internet has awesome blog post ideas to write on thanks to you! :D

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Mary! It seemed like the perfect idea, once I thought of it. The ideas I was finding out in Pinterest didn’t really interest me, so I made a list that did

  • http://theponytaildiaries.wordpress.com Allison Keltner

    Great ideas! I agree that a lot of those “ideas for blog posts/writer block” tend to be repetitive and just not that interesting, but ideas started running through my mind as soon as I read these – and I love that you focused them on starting conversations!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Allison :) I’m glad you found some of the topics interesting and that they’re inspiring you!

  • http://www.foreverashley.com/ Ashley LaMar

    These are really great and bravo to you for thinking outside of the “fluff” posts! When I’m stuck in writer’s hell I usually browse quotes on Pinterest. When I find a quote that really speaks to me I’ll use it for inspiration and write about the feelings it brought up.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Ashley! I also love that idea of using a quote for inspiration – I’ll definitely be keeping that in mind!