Sometimes I go through little writing slumps. Sometimes I am challenged to write 7 posts in 7 days. Instead of giving you guys a break from my incessant chatter, I dig down to the depths of insignificant and come up with more!more!more! for you. How kind. But, from where do the ideas floweth? Mostly from my awesome noggin (Or browsing Facebook or Pinterest. Or they come to me while I shower, but since I rarely get a shower, let alone a quiet one, these days…), but when I am hurting for content, here are my dirty little secrets. Kelly knows what I’m talkin’ about.
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NaBloPoMo Prompts from BlogHer
I think BlogHer does a great job of curating important and interesting content from its members. They also provide some pretty good prompts to keep the content coming. You can participate in their NaBloPoMo challenge each month (inspired by NaNoWriMo), but they usually stick to a theme each month. So, you can write about coffee every day for an entire month, or you can just pop by and nab a few ideas here and there when you need them. The choice is yours.
Blog Clarity Magazine Technique
I love Melissa’s entire brand. She is so dedicated to helping other bloggers succeed, and she has helped me on numerous occasions. This idea she came up with is a great one. And, you can come up with dozens upon dozens of more ideas with her Content Brew course. I purchased it a while back, and it was fab. Fab-o-rama. Sorry.
Content Idea Generator
I think this one was created for bloggers who are selling a product of some sort, but you can get creative with it and make it work for your blog. Simply answer 18 or so questions they give you, and then the tool generates hundreds of title ideas for you. They sound a bit wonky, but you speak words goodly. I’m pretty sure you can fix it. A sampling of one I just did:
Content Strategy Generator Tool
This tool is a little convoluted and advanced, but if yer that kind of achiever, give this a go. I think it works best for blogs that have a very specific niche, so it doesn’t bode well for my -ahem- mommy blog. But, you know, get creative with it. If you’re a graphs person, this might be for you. Here’s a video on it as well:
So, do share. What are your dirty little content secrets?
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Can’t wait to hear about the sexy hoops! ;-)
I am in awe. I just…don’t even think this far ahead. For anything. Kinda amazing, you are.
Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly says
Lol! You’re awesome. I want to be like Jenna when I grow up. Well, the Mormon version. Ha! I’m excited to hear about the sexy embroidery hoops as well. ;)
It’s like “A Whole New World” from Aladdin is playing right now…wow!
Those sexy hoops are also heart-breakers, apparently…
Thanks for sharing this list, Jenna! Look forward to exploring some of these.
Amazed. You mean bloggers don’t come up with their own ideas? Why that’s like singers not writing their own songs!! ( which really blows the minds of my kids btw). All great resources there. Could not. Stop. Laughing! About those embroidery hoops!
Cynthia Schrage says
I think your name should be changed to Call Her Genius because today, darling, this is what you are. And you can call ME happy because I took time to read this post after coming home from choir.
I for one, am waiting to find out about those sexy hoops and what most of them don’t want me to know.
Thanks for sharing this!
Love this! Thanks so much for sharing!
I did that One Minute Writer one and hoo eee! My goodness. I was laughing and laughing. Some titles included “How to Find God in Knitting” and “The 7 Best Tips from the Liturgy of the Hours.” I would probably read those articles (for fun), but I’m not sure I could write them.
My bad. It was the “Content Idea Generator,” not the One Minute Writer.