I might be crazy but how does 30 days of blogging tips and mom hacks sound? I have a ton of awesome content about how to become a blogger while also being a stay at home mom or working mother. It’s not easy but it’s totally possible. And it’s time for Day 11, where I discuss the importance of creating a blog post idea list and how a title generator can help.
Your Day 11 Assignment
We are going to start off Day 11 with an assignment. I want you to block off some time over the next couple of days to sit down and create a list of 26 blog post ideas. It could take you some time and you might not be able to get it all done at once. So, reserve some time over at least two days to make sure that it happens.
Why 26 blog post ideas?
You may be asking yourself where the number 26 came from. I promise this isn't a random number and there is a method to my madness.
There are 52 weeks in a year. Over the next year, you are going to need to build out your content as you work on building your blogging business. So, we are going to assume that you are publishing a new blog post every other week for a grand total of 26 posts.
That probably feels like a big goal if you are just starting out so if you feel a little overwhelmed, don't worry. I understand life gets busy, the holidays come along, and there are unexpected circumstances that can pop up.
If you aren't able to always stick with this schedule that's ok. But this will give you a general list of the content that you want to create over the coming year. It will help you create a layout for your future readers and blog.
Today's tip coordinates with our blogging tip from Day 6. If you missed that tip you can check it out at the Allison Lindstrom YouTube channel here. If you subscribe to the channel you will get updates with plenty of blogging tips.
On day six I shared 6 different blog post themes that you can use to come up with topics. Today we are going to put that to use to come up with 26 ideas. This will give you a loose guideline to use for the year as you build out your content.
How this is going to help you
Writing out a list of blog post ideas helps you for two reasons. First, your time is limited. The time that you have for “blog post writing” needs to be spent writing blog posts, not coming up with blog post ideas. When you sit down to write, you need to already know what you are going to write about! When you have a list, it takes the effort out of choosing a topic.
Secondly, as a mom and a blogger, you are on double-duty. You have a family to raise and a blogging business to grow. If you have a list of the upcoming blog topics you are going to be writing about, then you can think about them while you do the mundane tasks of the day, like folding laundry.
Just look at the list before you start a chore or task and then as you complete the task you can work on building out the outline for your blog post in your head.
When you are able to think through your blog posts while doing the dishes, vacuuming, and folding laundry, you are able to boost your brainstorming power. You can be working on your business even when you aren't working on your business. Then, your actual "work time" becomes more productive.
A resource to help with your blog writing ideas
Coming up with 26 ideas might not be the easiest thing to do when you are just starting out. You aren't in the habit of picking apart your topic to find a specific thing to write about. And, you might not even know what your readers want to read just yet, right? If you are struggling to come up with ideas, I have a resource tool that can help.
Tweak Your Biz is a website that has a title generator. You simply enter your topic or niche, choose if it's a noun or verb and then it spits out all kinds of ideas for blog titles.
The results come grouped into a bunch of different categories like lists, how to, best, and questions. It can be really helpful in getting your wheels turning. But, it's important to remember this is a fill-in-the-blank type program. That means not all of the results are going to make complete sense. You aren't going to want to use them word for word.
It’s best to use a title generator as a way to get the ball rolling and not necessarily as a crutch for writing all of your blog posts.
When you see the ideas that are generated, it can help you start thinking of even more ideas. Once you see an idea that you like, take it and make it your own. That's how you can make the most use out of this resource.
Knowing the right resources and tools to use can make building a blogging business a lot easier. For a list of more blogging tools and resources that you should know about check out my blog post here. I share everything I use and love!
Back to your assignment
So, now that you have the right tools in your hands it's time to get started on your assignment. Get out paper and pen or open up a note-taking app and start listing out the ideas that you can think of for blog topics.
When you start to struggle, go back and read over the ideas from Day 6 and check out Tweak Your Biz and keep adding to your list. If you come up with more than 26, more power to you. If you hit a wall, take a break and come back the next day. Once you finish, you will be on your way to building your blog content!