Keeping up a blog requires a lot of writing. Read that: A. LOT. OF. WRITING. If you intend to become a professional blogger, get used to that idea. You’re going to spend a bunch of time over the next few years hunched over a keyboard, pounding out your thoughts and dreams and innermost feelings and deepest, darkest secrets. Accept it. Cherish it. Embrace it. That’s just part of the deal.
In that light, this assignment seems simple enough. It is to think of ten future post ideas. It’s designed to help bloggers who can’t think of anything to write. But honestly, this notion baffles me. I’m not a blogger because I have some romantic notion about making money online in my pajamas. I’m a blogger because there are so many things to share — and blogging is an excellent way to reach a lot of people. If I had trouble thinking of something to write about, I wouldn’t be blogging. I’d be doing whatever it was my mind couldn’t wait to get back to.
In spite of the fact that I’ve got a long list of drafts waiting for completion — and more post ideas floating around in my head — I’m going to keep my commitment to work through the every day of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog program. And I’m going to try to do it from scratch — without looking at the long list of future posts I already have.
As usual, with today’s challenge Rowse doesn’t disappoint. Even on such a simple subject, he packs information and helpful tips into his suggestions. The assignment is to write down the five most recent posts and extend each one in to one or more new posts. Rather than starting over every time you write, this teaches you to go further on a particular topic.
While my lifehacking blog isn’t new, I changed the blog niche from a construction blog to a life-change/self-improvement blog. (You can see I’m still struggling a bit with a succinct blog description.) Because of this recent development — and because I don’t really want to “extend” posts like “patio concrete poured” — I’m going to use Rowse’s alternative assignment. This variation starts with the blog’s categories and explore post titles that will anchor those catgories.
I’ve been reorganizing the blog categories to align with the goal areas I teach at conventions and conferences. I’ll create at least one future post idea in each of those categories and expand at least one of those post ideas into a deeper level of posts.
Family & Relationships
- How to Live Happily Ever After
- Talk to Your Teens
- Family Night Fun
- Teen Parties
- Entertaining Adults the Easy Way
- Birthday Party Ideas
- Olympic Party
- Rock Star Party
- Construction Party
- Pirate Party
- Candyland Party
- Camping Party
- Circle Party
- Doll Party
Spirituality & Character
- Making Family Scripture Reading Fun
- Teaching Children to Tell the Truth
- How to Prevent Bullying
- Self-Reliance: A Disappearing Value
- Morality Without God
- Discriminate is Not a Bad Word
Health & Fitness
- One Year of Healthy Family Menus
- The Busy Mom’s Fitness Plan
- The Busy Mom’s Exercise Plan
- The Busy Mom’s Nutrition Plan
- The Busy Mom’s Sleeping Plan
Education & Training
- Benefits of Informal Education
- Self-Made Scholar
Financial & Career
- Work from Home
- The Easy Debt Free Plan
- Teaching Children Financial Responsibility
- Paying Your Own Way Through College
Home & Organization
- Streamline Your Laundry Room
- 6 Systems of Organization
- Creating Home Maintenance Plan
- 10 Best Homemaking Books
- 1 Year Emergency Food Plan
- Building a Backyard Swimming Pool
- Safety for the Home Swimming Pools
- Great Swimming Pool Accessories
- Keeping Your Home Swimming Pool Clean
Service & Philanthropy
- Online Political Activism
- Setting Up a Non-Profit Organization
- Neighborhood Phanton
- Good Deeds Jar
- Family Humanitarian Projects
- The Constitution: A Guide for Joe the Plumber, Barrack Obama, and Other Regular Guys
Interest & Recreation
- Family Camping Checklist
- Traveling with Children on a Budget
- How to Buy the Perfect Travel Trailer
- Loom Hats
Stop! I could spend all day at this. Planning can sometimes be more interesting than actually doing! But the point is to get the list prepared to expedite the writing.
Now I’ve got way more than ten future post ideas that appeal to me (to add to the dozens already drafted on the blog back end). And I think appeal is a key in blogging success. All of those posts feature topics I’m very interested in researching and writing about. Writing won’t be a chore. Rather, I’ll look forward to it.
Create your blog post ideas list today!