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Saturday, April 23, 2011

 

Quick Blog Post Ideas

So, you started a blog, and at first, you took a lot of time and care to write each post. But as you soon found out, blogs can take up a huge chunk of your writing time each day or every other day, depending on how often you post. It is important to blog on a regular basis and update your material, but it's also important to work on your creative material or freelance articles.

Here are a few quick blog ideas when you don't have a lot of time, but you need a blog post for the day. (One note: blog posts should usually be between 250 to 500 words, but it's okay every once in a while to have a shorter or longer post.)

  • Start with a quote: If you are running out of inspiration, find a quote that fits the theme of your blog and post it. Then write a paragraph or two about what the quote means to you, and you are done! You can ask your readers to share a favorite quote of theirs or how they interpret the quote.  
  • Post a photo: Photos are always fun. You can use www.flickr.com to find some photos in the Creative Commons section that people allow you to use for free, if you give them the credit they deserve. You can also use your own photos. Post one, and write about it like you did the quote. OR for a fun contest to get reader comments and interaction, have a photo caption contest. Post the photo and invite your readers to leave a caption. If your blog has a theme, try to find a photo that fits the theme or ask the readers to leave theme-related captions. 
  • Ask a question: People love to share their opinions on hot topics. So, ask your readers a question, give them a little background on WHY you are asking this question, tie it to other posts on your blog, and you are done! For example, if you have a blog on elementary education, ask a question such as: "Do you believe children learn to read better if they are taught phonics?" You'll get a wide range of opinions and might even start a debate on your blog. You can't ask for a better quick post than that. 
Don't make your blog something you dread. If you are in a rut, try one of the ideas above and get yourself back on track. For tips like these and other help with your blog, consider taking my online class, Blogging 101 and More which starts Friday, April 29. To find out more information, click here or email margo@wow-womenonwriting (dot) com. Happy blogging!

post by Margo Dill (http://margodill.com/blog)
 
photo by TikTik  www.flickr.com

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10 Comments:

Blogger Kristi Bernard said...

These are some really great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

Kristi:
Glad I could help!

Margo :)

6:37 AM  
Blogger Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

Simple and direct! Like these suggestions, Margo, especially the one about...actually, I like all 3 ideas, equally!!!

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Leigh D'Ansey said...

Some really useful ideas here - thanks!

12:14 PM  
Blogger Kirsten Cliff said...

Great tips, Margo, thanks!
Kirsten
http://kirstencliffwrites.blogspot.com/

2:28 PM  
Blogger Barb Hodges said...

Margo, thanks for these tips. I like the one about using quotes, since I love collecting quotes myself.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

You are welcome, ladies!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Juliann Wetz said...

Awesome! These are great ideas. Thanks!

Another thing I do is ask a few friends to guest post. I save them up for a "rainy" (writer's block) day.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Check out my new blog!!Never done this before,so would be great if you could pass it on! :)
And thanks for the great idea's!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Susan, Sheri Grue-Harp said...

Thanks for great ideas. Appreciate it.

9:37 PM  

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