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9 Tips To Inspire Great Blog Post Ideas

It’s the new year and you may be feeling one of two things:

1- You’re invigorated and full of energy… overflowing with ambition and ideas.

2- You’re exhausted and ready to settle down for your long winter’s nap.

If you’re feeling sluggish, then chances are you’re running low on blogging inspiration. I’m here today to provide some inspiration to help you curate some awesome ideas for your blog! Are you ready?! Let’s go!

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What do you write about?

Consider what you write about. Do you have a niche? What are your categories? What do you like to write about the most?

What’s hot right now?

Check out the headlines, posts on Facebook, and the popular pins on Pinterest. What are people excited about? If it’s something you’re familiar with, tap into the excitement and write about it.

What’s the season’s inspiration?

Is there a big holiday coming up or a perhaps the chill of winter could inspire some post ideas? Tap into the seasons and write about them.

Idea lists

My Mama Miss All Inclusive Blogging Planner comes with two pages of ideas broken up by month (Mama Miss also sells this two sheet package for $2). There’s loads of inspiration in this document!

Seasonal theme ideas and writing prompts. #printable

Look to YOUR blog for inspiration

Look at your analytics. What search engine topics bring people to your blog? What are your most popular posts? Can you write about these topics/themes again and put a refreshing spin on it?

Look to OTHER blogs for inspiration

Did a blogger write something that really made you think? Karren, over at Oh My Heartsie Girl wrote a post about how she was going through blogger burnout. After writing a lengthy comment, I realized I could write a whole post about blogger burnout… so I did. Your fellow blogging buddies can be a HUGE source of inspiration.

Blogging challenges

Many blogging groups provide periodic theme-of-the-day challenges. Try looking up old archived challenges and see if any ideas inspire you. You don’t necessarily have to commit to a 30 day challenge… just check them out for inspiration.

Do something else

Go for a walk. Try a new craft. Do something with friends. The real world provides loads of material to write about.

Always have a blog post ideas list

Ideas can come at any time. I type the ideas I have into my phone. Later on, I transfer them onto my blogging ideas sheet. I also document their theme/topic/season so that the process of filling out my monthly editorial calendar is simplified. Screenshot 2015-01-02 at 3.54.46 PM Today I’m sharing my two-page ideas sheet with you (it’s two pages because I couldn’t decide between one of two quotes to put at the top of it).  Subscribers can access the download from the exclusive Deliberate Mom Printable Library. Not a subscriber yet? I invite you to become one using the form below!

How do you come up with your blog post ideas?



Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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58 thoughts on “9 Tips To Inspire Great Blog Post Ideas

  • Janine Huldie

    Great tips and I will say for some reason at the beginning of the year, I am also brimming with new ideas and usually can come up with so many new articles to write and this year is no exception, but still always so appreciative of any added advice, so thank you for sharing here :)

  • Amanda

    Thanks for the inspiration ideas. I like the “look to your own blog” tip. That will probably be useful for me in a year when I have lots more to draw from. And, MamaMiss’ two page idea sheets are so cool. I think I’d love to download them…for now I’ll pin them and this post!

  • Bev

    Great tips! I have such an overabundance of ideas right now after taking a much-needed break at the end of December. I’m definitely feeling energized, but I do have moments where I feel completely uninspired. I have pinned this for future reference during those moments! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Sharefest.

  • Serena @ Simple Holistic Girl

    I find inspiration in reading other people’s blogs too. Sometimes a title or a blog post in list format gets my thoughts going. Also, just listening and watching people everyday. You’re bound to think of something just doing everyday things like shopping. I, too, use my phone to take note of a topic before I forget it….because I have forgotten one or two along the way.

  • Monica Geglio


    Those are all great ideas for acquiring inspiration. I can personally testify that going back into the real world does indeed do wonders for inspiration! When I was working over the past summer, I had billions of post it notes with ideas all over my work desk. All the conversations with co-workers and time spent in my mind being bored triggered topic ideas. I couldn’t wait to get home and write!


  • Tamara

    I do feel sluggish lately!
    I keep an ideas list. Sometimes I feel really.. impossible, like I can’t bring life to anything. In those cases, I walk away for a bit! It helps a lot. Or I look to other bloggers for inspiration.
    Great list here!

  • Charlee

    I definitely have a lot of ideas to blog about. Sometimes they just don’t fit the theme of my blog and the categories, so I usually throw them out. However, I think if it’s something that I truly am excited about, I wouldn’t hold back. I would just mention that it’s not part of my normal blogging topics. I’m also still trying to get a handle on writing for the season and/or holiday coming up. I need to have a better calendar layout so I can SEE which days my posts land rather than just the date. Thanks for a lot of wonderful ideas!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I just buckled down to do the editorial calendar thing because often my seasonal inspiration hits AFTER the holiday has passed… then it’s pretty much useless.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this and thanks for sharing your perspective on curating blog post ideas.

  • Carol

    Great tips! I am overwhelmed and exhausted, but have some ideas. I like the idea of the running list as the little space I have in my blog planner isn’t working!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I love keeping a long list of ideas (and having the space to document their theme/category because I have a few niches in which I write).

      I’m glad you enjoyed this Carol. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on curating ideas/inspiration.

  • Ceil

    Hi Jennifer! Always serving us such treats! There are times when we are all dry as bones, digging for a spark to write about. I have been often inspired by other people’s writings. Great universal themes are like seeds that get tossed into our gardens. There’s always the hope of a new shoot!

    You always seem to have plenty of ideas. What a blessing that is. I hope you will keep writing and inspiring us all in this wonderful new year.
    Blessings always,

  • Rebecca

    You are always writing such great pep-posts for bloggers. I definitely feel excited and pumped up for 2015 and I feel like by the time January is over, I’ll be back to my routine and the idea machine will be back up and running. With the help of posts like these, of course. :]

  • Jessica Dimas

    Love this Jennifer! Honestly, I did not keep a list of ongoing post ideas until just a month or two ago. Probably why my posts were all over the place and at times without any quality. That is seriously the best thing I’ve done for my blog! Love all these tips!

  • Matthew

    Hi Jennifer,

    Some excellent ideas in your post and in the comments as well.

    Further to your “What’s Hot Right Now” idea and Monica Geglios comment of “going out into the real world for inspiration”, I find that going into the newsagent or supermarket or magazine store and looking at the magazine covers is a great source of potential blog topics.

    Magazines tend to have a main headline article, plus numerous sub headlines – all of which are easy to read on the front cover without the need to pick it up and find the article itself.

    Magazines are usually grouped in topics or genres – so it’s easy to find a topic that interests or is relevant to you and your blog.

    Magazines usually have bigger budgets and research staff behind them, so it’s a safe bet to suggest that they aren’t going to waste time or cover real estate on a topic or idea that no-one will be interested in.

    And if physically going out to the mall or shopping center and browsing the physical magazine racks isn’t your thing, then the magazine section of Amazon is just as good.

    Thanks for sharing !


    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      Wow! That is a fantastic idea Matthew! I’ll have to remember that when inspiration is low.

      I also stumbled across another source of inspiration… looking at photography. I find I look at a photo and a story comes to mind which would works with it.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how to inspire great blog post ideas.

  • Lysa

    Hi Jennifer,

    You always have the best blogging tips! I am full of creativity right now myself and I have more ideas than I know what to do with, which is a first for me! Hahaha Usually I am scrambling for ideas to write about. As soon as I am done with this comment I am going to start and ideas list so that I don’t forget any of them! Thank you for sharing these ideas/tips with us.

    Hope you are enjoying your evening.

    Much love,
    Lysa xx

  • Debbie

    Hi Jennifer, I started the year feeling like number 1, but am already feeling like number 2…Hopefully I will revert back to feeling like number 1 again just as quickly!

    Some great tips as usual!

    I often get ideas for blog posts and do add them to my drafts and calender, but I find my problem is that I have to be focused on the topic to be able to write the post, so if I can’t get in that moment again then I have to wait until I can until I can write the post….If that makes any sense?…

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling like number two. Wait a minute… that didn’t come out right. You know what I mean.

      We all have our methods. I jot down the title and a few words. Usually I can come back to it… but that’s me.

      What you’re saying does make sense though. It sounds like you write what you’re feeling and if you’re not feeling it at the time, it’s hard to write.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Debbie!

      • Debbie

        Hi Jennifer, I know what you mean…I make it a rule never to be down for too long…And that’s exactly it. If I’m not feeling it at the time I find it hard to write or if I do write it, it doesn’t feel quite right…But I’m sure that with practice that will change…Baby steps!

  • MB

    Great advice! I think that even using writing prompts and just free writing for a few minutes can also open up the dam of blog post ideas. It’s almost like you need to straighten out the myriad of thoughts in your brain and bring clarity to the forefront. I always enjoy your blog!

  • Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    There are some great tips here, Jennifer. While I am naturally a planner, writing for my blog is definitely something I don’t push. I allow myself to be inspired by my environment, prayer, taking a walk, etc. I don’t ever force a subject. I know that we all need to do what works best for us, and this is the thing that works for me. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us. I have been in a bit of a slump and I need to get back to it as I do have several posts on the back burner that I need to publish. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I recently came to the realization that I needed to be more prayerful about what I’m posting. If God’s going to bless my work, I should be running it past him first… you know? The trials and errors of a new Christian.

      Thanks so much for sharing your insights on this Heather.