5 Easy Ways to Get Blogging Topic Ideas

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Some weeks content ideas and blog posts flow from your mind to your fingertips like water through a Brita. Cherish those weeks. They feel like a million bucks. And then there’s the days, weeks or even months where you feel like you have nothing interesting to say, nothing new to give and no desire to write. Don’t panic and don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens to the best of us. In fact the syndrome is so popular there’s a name for it: writer’s block.

 

Yes, what you’re experiencing is good old-fashioned writer’s block and it’s no excuse to stop writing. If you’re having trouble writing your next blog post, don’t simply leave your readers hanging until the blogging spirit moves you. Suck it up and start writing! It’s the only cure. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

 

1. Use a content idea generator

There are quite a few out there, but the HubSpot blog topic generator tool is our favorite (and it’s free). Simply fill in a few relevant words and the tool will spit out 5 unique blog headlines that are totally awesome.

 

2. Get lost in a Twitter rabbit hole

This tip is one of our favorites because we call it work but it feels like fun. Log in to Twitter and scroll through posts looking for a topic that interests you, click on the relevant hashtag. Then scroll through those posts until you find a post that interests you, click on a new relevant hashtag. And then keep going. Keep clicking hashtags until you stumble upon the golden topic you’ve been looking for.

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Twitter parties: What are they and why should you care

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Let’s start by saying what a Twitter party isn’t. In short? a party. There’s no music, dress code, food or cocktails. That said, they’re still fun and more importantly, beneficial to brands, bloggers and consumers alike.

 

Twitter party: A Definition

A Twitter party is simply a designated time to share thoughts and expertise on a topic via Twitter. Usually, the party is hosted by an expert in a field representing a company or website. There’s also often a blogger, thought-leader or small business accompanying that brand so you get a few points of view and a personal experience.

Each Twitter party typically has an assigned hashtag. All you have to do is Tweet with the hashtag. Ask questions, get answers, share experiences and even give advice.

 

Branding, Reach and Consumer Connections

But what’s the benefit? Good question. A lot of Twitter parties will have trending hashtags, which is basically free advertising for your blog or brand. And if a Twitter influencer retweets your insights, your social media reach suddenly reaching a new set of loyal consumers. At the very least, loads of followers will be retweeting, liking and replying to your posts—resulting in greater reach for your message. Best of all, it takes only an hour and it’s free.

In short, a Twitter party is beneficial to everyone involved:

Brands/Advertisers: Connect with your consumers, expand reach, center yourself as an industry expert
Bloggers: Promote your blog and expertise to a brand’s fanbase
Consumers: Get direct answers to your questions from industry experts

It’s a win-win-win.

 

Join us for the #CreditHealth Twitter Party

If you’d like to see for yourself what Twitter parties are all about, you’re in luck. We’ve organized a stellar event with Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog  and LifeLock to discuss Self Improvement Month and how to manage and improve your credit health.

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3-4pm EST/ 1-2 MST / 12-1pm PST
Where: Join us using your Twitter handle; just be sure to follow the hashtag: #CreditHealth
Topic: Self-Improvement
Prizes: Three (3) $50 Gift Cards

Come by and check out the event, and let us know if you’d like to be involved with the next one here at Find Your Influence.

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