Hey friends! Happy Blogging Basics Wednesday! Today’s topic? How I generate new blog post topics. And for those of you who stick around till the very end, I’ve even included 9 of my favorite blog post ideas.
You know, in the event you’re having that much of an issue coming up with new blog post topics. But no judgement: I’ve been there, y’all.
Oh and PS for all the non-bloggers who don’t really care about generating new blog post topics (again, no judgement), I’ve also included all of the details about this outfit and my trip to Palm Beach! So let’s get to it.
What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Cooper St (also available via Rent the Runway) / Shoes: Caslon (under $100!) / Sweater: J.Crew
Bag: Cult Gaia, c/o (check out this dupe for under $50!) / Earrings: Sugarfix by BaubleBar, c/o
Sunglasses: LOFT, sold out (similar) / Rings: similar, BaubleBar
First things first: this outfit. I wore this look to the polo match in Palm Beach two weekends ago.
And BTW this is what happens to my skin in direct sunlight: I make Casper the Friendly Ghost look tan.
When I first found this dress on Rent the Runway, I was a bit nervous about the mermaid cut on my already curvy body type. But it was so cute in person… and super flattering! It fit pretty true to size – I’m typically a size 6 or 8 and I’m wearing the 8. I paired it with these striped flats (so comfy and they fit true to size) and my favorite basic J.Crew cardigan (size M) as it was super windy.
This was my first-ever polo match. I’m not exactly sure I understood the rules of the game, but I can say with 100% certainty that I enjoyed myself immensely! Honestly: if this exists in Dallas, I am finding it. And I am going all of the time.
The best part of the polo match? The Champagne Divot Stomp. Traditionally, at half time during polo matches, attendees are invited onto the field to stomp in the divots created during the match. At the International Polo Club, however, the divot stomp included a crucial ingredient: [free] champagne. I was quite the fan.
And now for the meat of the post:
How I Generate New Blog Post Topics
Generating new blog post topics is pretty much the bane of my existence as a blogger. Truthfully. I spend hours each month dreaming up new blog post ideas. And then Googling said post ideas. And coming up with the keywords for the post ideas. It’s a tedious AF process and it requires much more work than I ever imagined.
I pride myself on posting different and new blog post topics each and every week… for every single post. But, in the interest of full transparency, I only come up with about 60% of my blog post ideas myself. The remainder of my new blog post topics are generated by my friends and family.
Every month, while building out my editorial calendar, I call my friends and and family and ask them for ideas. I ask them for topics they’ve been searching lately on Google. Or I ask them for topics they’ve discussed recently in conversation with their other friends. My friends came up with the topics for this post, this Valentine’s Day post, and this post (amongst so many others).
But that still leaves about 60% of blog posts for which I need to generate topic ideas.
Searching For Inspiration
Truthfully, I search for inspiration everywhere. Recently, I purchased new luggage… and that inspired me to add packing lists to my editorial calendar for this summer and fall… as well as a post covering how I pack in only a carry-on for most trips. While meal prepping this week, I thought about how I tend to make the same recipes again and again… so a post about my favorite recipes I’ve been making lately has been added to the schedule.
Another huge source of inspiration for me is other blogs and bloggers. Bloggers should always come up with their own, unique content… but that doesn’t mean other blogs can’t inspire you.
For instance, ever since Gal Meet’s Glam London picnic back in 2015, I’ve wanted to do some form of a picnic party. The Home Edit (one of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow!) has inspired me to add more organization topics to my blog this year (anybody who knows me knows that I am hyper organized). Whenever ladies in the rewardStyle group post technical blog questions (like about SEO or using Tailwind), I jot down those questions to answer in future Blogging Basics posts. Most of all, I always keep a list of new blog post topics in the notes app on my phone, for whenever inspiration strikes when I’m out and about.
Generating New Blog Post Topics: 9 Blog Post Ideas
- Your favorite recipes you’ve been making lately
- The 3 (or 5… or 7… or 47) shows you love to binge-watch
- Facts your readers didn’t know about you
- What’s on your wishlist right now
- Where you want to travel next or your dream vacation destination(s)… and why!
- Your 5 favorite happy hour spots (or restaurants/hangouts) in your city
- A Q&A of all of your FAQs from your readers
- Style the same piece a few different ways
- Ask a friend (or family member… or significant other) to write a guest post for you!
Hope all of this helps you on your quest to generate new blog post topics (and click-worthy ones at that!). As always, if you have any questions or have any ideas for topics you want to see covered on the blog in the future, please let me know in the comments below!