Writing blogs is one of the best marketing tools small business owners can use to attract customers. Posting on a consistent basis is essential to getting the best results. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is not being able to remember any of your good ideas when you finally sit down to do the writing. The secret is to have a steady supply of story starters at your fingertips so your time can be spent on the writing instead of generating ideas. Here are four tips to get you started.
Make idea generation and blog writing two different activities. When you sit down to write your blog posts for the week, your time should be spent on just writing not looking for ideas. If you try to do both activities at the same time it will take too long and there is a risk you won’t get it done.
Have a way to capture ideas. Finding ideas is an ongoing process and you don’t always know when inspiration will strike. Find a reliable way to save these ideas to be used at a later date. Some people write down ideas while other people like to store ideas in their phone or leave themselves a voice message. It doesn’t matter what you come up with for a solution. The important thing is that it works for you and is easy to do, otherwise it won’t be successful.
Constantly be on the look-out for possible ideas. Great blog ideas can come from a variety of different sources. For example, clients have questions, concerns, and issues that make excellent blog posts. When you are reading articles, ask yourself, “Is there something here that would valuable to share with my customers?” Just add your own point of view and link back to the original source. Other sources of inspiration could be movies, books, or your life experiences.
Fill in the blank. Simple phrases or fill-in the blank sentences can help jolt the creative juices. Here are some universal themes to get you started:
- Avoid this mistake at all costs.
- Do this to be successful.
- What your _____doesn’t want you to know.
- How to _______.
- Thinking about______? Why that is the worst idea ever.
Writing blogs is one of the most valuable activities you can do to establish credibility and trust. Don’t let the pressures of time or an occasional case of writer’s block keep you from making the most of this marketing tool. With a little bit of planning and attention to a couple of simple strategies you can have a large pool of ideas to choose from.