7 Ways to Get Blog Post Ideas + 7 Free Ideas!

7 Free Blog Post Topics

1. Get out a notebook. Watch a TV show you love. Think about the plot line, the relationship between the characters, and anything that causes conflict. Have you had a similar experience? Do you love the show so much you could just write about that?

– Who is the “A” of your life?
– How to get Pretty Little Liars hair
– 5 Things to do when your Netflix has been “loading” for 10 minutes (personally, I throw a first world fit)
– Why Ezra Fitz is the Perfect Man
– The biggest lie I’ve ever told

All that from 3 minutes of Pretty Little Liars. Try it.

2. Go to Barnes and Noble. Head straight for the humor section or the biography section. Pick up a few books by people you like (Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling come to mind) and read a chapter or two. What do they make jokes about?  Discreetly ad ideas to your phone while trying to pretend like you might actually buy the book.

Or just keep a weird stash of books around the house.

3. Peruse Buzzfeed. If that doesn’t inspire you to create a list, I don’t know what will. Make a list, then add GIFs. If Buzzfeed fails, hit up Reddit. There are a plethora of ideas on there. Yeah, I just said plethora. The more I say it in my head, the more it becomes my favorite word. Moving on…

4. Take a shower or drive somewhere. It never fails that the second I can’t write down my ideas I think of 10. Pull over and write them down, or use talk to text to ramble out some nonsense.

5. Mind map. Yes, just like in third grade. Go ahead and plop “life” in the center circle. Then all around it, add the major components of your life. Here’s one I just did in two minutes:

Try it. Even if you don’t get a full post idea, you’ll get at least a couple of half ideas that can later be developed.

6. Write a letter to someone. No, not Friday’s Letters to everyone. Write how you really feel to someone you don’t know, preferably someone famous. Amanda Bynes could probably use one right now. Hows that 5150, homegirl? And we all know how I love welcoming newborns to the world with snarky, silly letters. Pick a celeb. Rant.

7. When all else fails, people love pictures! My ultimate I-have-no-good-ideas blog post is a blog post about Archie, complete with at least 10 pictures. It helps to have a DSLR (and as I’ve recently learned, a 50mm lens) but iphones work too!

There will be times that ideas come in floods and dry spells too. I currently have 86 drafts in Blogger. Half ideas, ready to be developed further during one of those dry spells. Some of them will never be called up to the big leagues, some you’ll read on here in days, weeks, or months.

Keep these in mind as you write: Will it be controversial? Is it something others are passionate about? What will be the response to this post? The more you can answer these questions, the more likely your post will start a bigger conversation (that’s blogger code for get lots of comments!).

And just because, here are some ideas I’ve come up with recently that you are more than welcome to borrow, build on, or out right steal. Can’t wait to read them!

1. Your Life in Numbers. 525,600 minutes in a year (thanks, RENT). Measure your life. For instance, this year I’ll spend at least 21,900 minutes (that’s an hour a day) telling Archie how sweet and perfect he is. Today, I’m 9295 days old. So far this year I’ve had about 450 cups of coffee.

2. What You Will Tell Your Kids About College. If you don’t get at least B’s you probably won’t get into grad school. Never drink and drive. Pick a major that will actually get you a job. Pot won’t kill you. Other stuff will.

3. How to…learn to walk in high heels, apply liquid eyeliner right the first time, get your boyfriend to love Harry Potter as much as you do, not get nail polish all up in your cuticles (i.e. the perfect at-home manicure). Help a girl out?

4. The Stupidest Thing You’ve Ever Done. Was it dating that jerk in college? Splitting a fifth with your bestie? Spill.

5. Trends That Suck. I’m looking at you crop tops. Who looks good in these? Who? Fashion bloggers and 17 year olds, that’s who.

6. Blog Posts You Hate. What don’t you want to read about?

7. Your Most Vain Secrets. Do you use the picmonkey wrinkle remover? Do you only like to be photographed from one side? Refuse to leave the house without mascara on? We’re all vain. Do tell.

Be sure to check out my guest post today over at Colorful Commotion – How Pinterest Ruined Weddings.

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  • ok, this list is FANTASTIC!!! thanks for the inspiration!

  • Great ideas all, I can’t believe you have 86 drafts hanging out in blogger!

  • All of these are awesome but I personally need a “How To” to get D to love Harry Potter as much as I do. He’s one of those…. that thinks it’s stupid. It was almost a deal breaker, he better be glad he’s cute.

  • Love this list. I found your #7- refuse to leave the house without mascara” funny simply because I just mentioned that I can’t leave the house without mascara yesterday in my blog post!! I wish I was funny like you, my blog would rock, but I’m so far from funny. Ill just dream about being funny while I enjoy reading your posts!! Ill have to try some of your ideas for blog posts, I’m currently at a stand-still.

  • 86 drafts? Wow! I have so many thoughts throughout the day that I never remember later…time for that notebook!!!

  • I’ve never done a mind map but I think I’m going to try!

  • SUCH A GREAT POST!!! Love the mind map, I do this in my classroom all the time but never thought about doing it for blogging… DUH MEG! #teacherfail

  • Incredible inspiration, it’s amazing what pops into mind when you allow yourself to just start mashing on the keyboard and applying gifs. Sometimes I start with the gifs, you know – like when you shop the shoes before you find the dress.

  • These are all great ideas. I hate crop tops and the new crazy printed yoga pants that are to be worn as regular pants. EW!

  • Mind mapping… who knew! Thanks for the plethora of ideas! 😉

  • I love you for this. If I end up taking any of these I shall link you in them as the queen bee of blog post ideas

  • As usual, you’re awesome.

  • I should have just waited to post until I read your post today. Here I was fishing for ideas, and you gave a whole list. #fail

  • this is amazing!!

    and im still learning how to apply liquid eyeliner and walk in heels. haha!

  • Love how you did your post Nadine!!! Simply fantastic. Love the idea of just writing stuff down or perusing buzzfeed. Happens for me on the daily.

  • ok 3. How to…learn to walk in high heels and get your boyfriend to love Harry Potter as much as you do.. yea those are both gonna be post topics in the near future. you’re wonderful

  • you’re the best and this is awesome. only you could make a post about ideas for blogging so funny and fun! thanks so much – I needed this!!

  • First off, you are a genius. These ideas are brilliant and I now want to dub you my blogging geru!
    I am favoriting, +1’ing, tweeting, bookmarking, or whatever is cool to do.. this post!

  • Pot won’t kill you. Other stuff will. SOLID ADVICE!

  • I love the what i know now book. it’s one of my faves. also way to make everything you do amazing!

  • I feel like I cannot promote this post enough! These are all such great ideas and I can’t wait to implement some of these into my blog brainstorming sessions.

  • I’m in love with this post on so many levels. THANK YOU. I will link back to this post WHEN (not if) I use these tips and ideas. 🙂

  • I LOVED this post! I’m always brainstorming post ideas! You make it sound so easy– and it really is! I always tell people that you can blog about ANYTHING!

    Chelsea from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

  • Seriously – you amaze me at your mad blogging skills! I now have a note on my iphone strictly for blog ideas, especially those that come when I’m about to fall asleep. Blogger probs.

  • totally have that why do men have nipples book. good stuff!

  • 86 drafts?!?!?! I was proud of 6. I love this list, but finding out how many minutes in my life that I do certain things scares me a little – I’m a great time waster.

  • I just had to stop by and mention AGAIN how much I loved your guest post on Stevie’s blog today. And also, I’m totally stealing some of these blogging ideas. I’ve had the worst blogger block since…summer arrived.

  • Thanks SO much for this post. I’ve been struggling with content lately. Since I tend to be a visual person I’m definitely going to kick it old school and do some mapping!

  • I agree with you on the crop tops. I didn’t know they were “back” until I went to Miss USA in Vegas. My sister was Miss Alabama and I went to practice and they were all wearing them with skirts, pants, etc. For the record, pageant girls also look good in crop tops, apparently.

  • Love this. I am currently reading MWF Seeking BFF and I can’t wait to blog about it. And I want to do a post about blog trends I don’t get so it’s like you read my mind!

  • HA, great suggestions; I might end up using one for a post myself. And I also look to Buzzfeed for ideas some times. 🙂
    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • Wonderful ideas! This is a great post, thank you so much!

  • I’m so glad someone other than me does not get cropped tops! Thanks for the tips!

  • These are all wonderful ideas! Definitely going to bookmark it so I can come back to this post! Dropping in from the linkup!

  • I have a notebook I have with me at all times so jot down notes!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Great post and ideas!

  • These are really great ideas, sometime I have trouble thinking of what to say. Thank you for posting this, so helpful!

  • Thank you! This post was fantastic, I find there are some weeks I really struggle with blog Ideas and your post is great inspiration for where I can search for topic ideas. One of the best ways I find to help myself with post brain storming is to keep a list in my phone of Ideas that way if I am anywhere I can almost guarantee I have my phone and will be able to quickly jot down my idea.

  • Ok I seriously need to get a cute dog so I can blog/post pics of him/her. Haha! This weekend I was hanging out w/ my brother’s lab and took a bunch of pics of her (you’ll see why soon) and afterwards I thought oh this would make a fun blog post. So I’m using other people’s dogs. lol!

  • I definitely should’ve read this earlier, before I posted my “Blah Blah Blahbitty Blah! I’ll just ramble on and on about how much of a wuss I am and then causally throw in a conversation had between me and my father.”

    Ugh! But I have hope it’ll save me tomorrow! 😀

    LittleBirdBlogs

  • LOVE THIS LIST!!! I will def be trying some of these ideas out!.. sometimes having loads to write but not seeing it is confusing!!!!

  • WHY EZRA FITZ IS THE PERFECT MAN. Yes x 1000. Probably because he’s cute, he’s a teacher, he’s nice, oh and everything. I loved all of these ideas especially the map. I’m going to try that out soon. 86 drafts?! You go girl. The only drafts I have are guest posts I’ve written. Weird.

  • These ideas are awesome! I was just thinking the other day that I want to sit down and watch all of my favorite romance movies and write posts about them. I think I’m going to do that! 🙂

  • SUCH great tips!!! I also love the post ideas. Thanks for sharing with us…and letting us steal them. 🙂
    The Grass Skirt

  • I think this is really helpful. I get writer’s block way too often. Thanks!

  • This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I’m on a blog subject finding frenzy now.

  • ahh so many good ideas girl! and please write a post telling me how to get pretty little liars hair. i do keep a notebook with me for post ideas but i’ve been slacking. i need to get back on my game!

  • I love this list! So many great ideas!

  • Wonderful post! So helpful, I was already in a idea-flooding moment but wow, now I can’t handle all my open post tabs xD

    “Pot won’t kill you. Other stuff will.” By far my favorite.

  • What a great list! I looooove Buzzfeed. They recently had one on Downton Abbey… it was brilliant! I bookmarked this and plan to use it shamelessly, just an fyi…

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  • I LOVE this post, this will be so useful. I can’t wait to start utilizing your tips for my blog 🙂

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  • This is my first time checking out your blog and I find it absolutely adorable. Lately I’ve been somewhat down about my blog and felt I needed some real content and this has opened up some ideas for me. Yay something to look forward to.

  • These are phenomenal tips, thank you!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so
    I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information.
    I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Terrific blog and terrific style and design.

  • I clove this! Thank you for sharing so much wisdom to us newer bloggers!

  • I am so glad I came across this post today. I am doing alot of “redoing” on my blog. Blog name, content, design, EVERYTHING. & I have been struggling over the posts/content. This post of yours was & is super helpful. Make more & more post like these. 🙂
    -ashley,
    thatsouthernmama.blogspot.com

  • I love it! I love all of it! And, if you must know, I prefer to be photographed from my left side.

  • Some great ideas here. Got any ideas for particular niches- like entertainment and charity? Those are my top topics.

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