Certain things are just hard to squeeze into your day. For some of us, it's exercise or doing laundry. For others, it's blogging. You want to do it almost every day, but you can't seem to find the time. If you're one of the bloggers or would-be bloggers trying (and sometimes failing) to squeeze blogging into your day, try one of these tips to knock out a post today:
- Re-use presentation content. Did you speak at a conference recently? Or present to customers? Or colleagues? How can you take one or two slides from that presentation and quickly turn them into a blog post. If you look closely at your slide deck, I bet you'll find a few quick ideas.
- Talk about what you don't know. This idea seems crazy to a lot of us who are blogging primarily to share what we know. But we are all still learning. If you can admit this and discuss what you're researching or what you want learn more about, you'll probably hear from readers who can help you learn more or from others who are researching the same topics.
- Promote your archived content. What did you blog about on this day last year? What were you most popular posts last month? What did you write a few years ago that still resonates today? Link back to that content and add a few excerpts to encourage new readers to check out your archives.
- Leave your headphones at home. Dedicate your run/walk/bike ride to thinking about a blog post. Normally, I listen to podcasts when I run, but if I really want to put my thoughts together for a writing project, I'll run without my headphones on and outline the idea in my head. Running clears your mind to come up with ideas, draft titles and even write lead paragraphs in your mind. Then, when you sit down to write, the post practically types itself.
- Do an email interview. Write three to five questions. Send them to an expert you know or would like to know better. Edit and publish their responses. Voila! You have a post and a new blog friend.
- Get ideas from a friend. If you're out of ideas, call or email a friend or fellow blogger and ask them what you should blog about. Ask specifically for ideas that you could write up pretty quickly. The idea for this post came from fellow SAS blogger Rick Wicklin, and I just wrote it in about 30 minutes. Thanks, Rick!