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Never Run Out of Blog Topic Ideas: Here are 36

By smallbiztrends, Guest Blogger
Published: June 7, 2012

One of the most popular articles in the SBA Community is “8 Tips for Keeping Your Business Blog Current, Relevant and Fresh.”   It has excellent advice, but after you read it you may wonder, “So how do I come up with ideas for WHAT to write about?”  

Writer’s block is something that affects even the most prolific at one point or another.  Maybe it’s only a temporary block -- a few hours or days -- but sometimes it can go on for weeks, months, even years.  Just look at all the abandoned blogs out there.  It’s as if one day you wake up and can’t think of anything inspiring to write about.

Well, I’m here to show you it’s easier than you may think to develop ideas for your blog, even when you’re feeling totally uninspired.  Just use the following handy list of 36 blog topics to trigger an idea for your next business blog post:

Your Industry

  • Create a list of the best industry resources
  • Talk about something that has changed in your industry in the last decade (or last 5 years, 3 years, etc.)
  • Attend an industry event and blog about it afterward
  • “What I Learned About Business From [Your Favorite TV Show]” 
  • Interview someone well-known in your industry
  • Write a post respectfully taking a different position about a post written by someone else in your industry.
  • Comment on recent news about your industry, giving your take on it. (Search Google News if necessary to find recent press releases and news stories.)
  • Create a poll. Blog the result.
  • Create a chart that breaks down a complicated industry problem or issue
  • Publish a PowerPoint presentation you gave at an industry event
  • Create a list of the Must Follow Twitter people (or Google+ or Facebook Pages) in your industry
  • Find an industry-related  question on Yahoo Answers or OnStartups and respond on your blog

Your Business and Your Customers

  • Why your business is different (and better) than your competition
  • A video tutorial showing how to use your most popular product
  • The answers to the most common emails or customer support questions you get (make sure you do not reveal anything confidential or customer-sensitive – even inadvertently).
  • How you delegate tasks (or what you mucked up by not delegating)
  • Answer questions left in your comment section
  • Give 5 reasons to sign up to your email newsletter
  • How you learned to do what you do, or how you got into your current business
  • Highlight your customers, such as a Customer of the Week (or Month) feature.  Or, publish a customer testimonial, along with a heart-felt thank you.
  • Give something away to one of your blog readers/ customers
  • Feature a video detailing a customer’s success with your product
  • Share your biggest screw up with a customer and how you made it right
  • Explain how customers can connect with you on social media

Get A Bit More Personal

  • What have you read lately that inspired/angered you?
  • Introduce your staff and what they bring to the table
  • Share the best [or worst] decision you made as a business owner
  • Your biggest challenge as a business owner
  • What you love best about being a business owner. What you don’t like.
  • The danger of doing everything by yourself
  • Write about the achievement you’re most proud of
  • Create a video introducing your company to your community
  • Share the local vendors you trust
  • Give people a video tour of your building
  • Your new baby (whether that’s a real baby, a pet, a new project, the car you’ve been restoring for the past two years, etc.)
  • Share 10 things you’re thankful for

Hat tip to Lisa Barone, who has written so many articles on Small Business Trends about blogging, including 100+ SMB Blogging Ideas from which I drew inspiration.

Bottom line:  I will be very surprised if this list doesn’t knock out your writer’s block and trigger an interesting blog post.  Go for it!

About the Author:

Anita Campbell

Guest Blogger

My name is Anita Campbell. I run online communities and information websites reaching over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, including Small Business Trends, a daily publication about small business issues, and BizSugar.com, a small business social media site.

Comments:

Thank you so much for the tips - definitely will be following these in our future blog posts!
The ideas to blogging are great. I have used some of the ideas on my website. What I want to add is that taking action to turn these ideas to real results like more visitors and more money. Thanks!
Thanks for great ideas from Anita Campbell.
As a columnist with +1800 published articles to my credit, I'm impressed with your tip list. Also...I find restating the problem I solve for clients with a specific context in mind also inspires. Quotes and tips from clients who use your services and love you can kick off a great blog entry too. Thanks. Now you've got me thinking...
Thanks for the post Ms. Anita. I also read Lisa's 100+ tips SMB ideas and notice the similarities. However, you have a shorter one and is direct to the point. Likewise I have written some ideas for business as well and will continue on writing getting more ideas from people like you never tiring of voicing out their view with this matter. Thanks once again.
"the danger of doing everything by myself." It's a fine line to work with this edge. I do my best creative work by myself in a quiet space for hours. But without the support of people in my personal and business life, I would get nowhere fast in owning my video editing business. I'm discovering that "taking up the right space" in my market requires me to open up to lots of views and to talk with people in person and on the phone. Social media helps that a lot, but personal contact cannot be replaced without peril.
This happens to me more times then I can count. Sometimes while I'm running errands, I come up with great ideas and have the inspiration to write but I'm too busy at the time. Then when I come home, it all seems to disappear. I get too distracted and lose focus easily then get angry when it happens. But this article has lots of great ideas, enough for me to overcome my problem. Thanks!
You could argue if you're having to think about things to blog about, you're probably in the wrong line of business...
True, but helps just jostle the mind a bit!
Thanks for the fresh tips. I have written many blogs but some of these gave me renewed Inspiration. I definitely agree with Ryan one of the commenters below. Sometimes you need some inspiration and have to clear the cob webs.

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