There are many aspects of creating and building a successful blog, and if you start from the beginning of the creative writing process, you will likely have a brainstorming session. If you read a few months ago I covered why I used batching when creating content for my site and that I start with the brainstorming process to collect ideas. I truly believe that brainstorming is essential to blogging, especially if you wish to have a successful blog.
I like to take my brainstorming session away from the screen and write them on paper. I also know that I have set categories for my blog that I like to cover, so I use a color coded brainstorming worksheet to fill in my ideas and then quickly transfer them to my editorial calendar which is a simple Google Docs spreadsheet. This keeps things organized and is inspiring at the same time.
If you previously struggled to come up with ideas by only focusing on one blog post at a time. I strongly encourage you start brainstorming and collecting your ideas. It will be much easier to sit down and write when you have many ideas that are just waiting for you to flesh them out. You will also be able to determine what your audience wants to read more of because you have spiraled off of some older posts that generated buzz.
There are many ways to go about collecting great blog post ideas. But I can promise you that if you take 15-20 minutes while enjoying some quite time and a cup of coffee to just think about what your readers want to see more of you will have an idea bank with enough ideas to last you months. It is amazing how great ideas snowball off of each other when you are not worried about writing and publishing the blog posts.
Now I would love to offer you a copy of my brainstorming worksheet as well as access to the coordinating Google Docs spreadsheet. Just follow the link to gain access to the brainstorming worksheet. This is a free worksheet, however if you wish to make a donation to keep more great content like this coming it will be greatly appreciated. To gain access to the coordinating editorial calendar simply click here, and save a copy for your personal use.
Sometimes you may find it difficult to find great blog post topics that your readers want to know about. Over the next two weeks, I am going to show you two creative ways to find content that is already popular on your site so you can build off it. If you currently do not have Google Webmaster Tools or Adsense set up and running your site, take some time now to get those in order before next week.