Filling your content calendar with topics can be tedious. When I first started blogging, I spent a total of a week to brainstorm for ideas. It wasn’t consecutive 7 days because I allowed way too many distractions and I didn’t have any plans on how to go about in getting more ideas. Few months would pass by before I could post again. But once I’ve created a few posts, I realized the importance of giving at least a day solely for brainstorming that is away from distractions to fill up my content calendar.
Most bloggers who have been blogging for a long time will tell you that to start a blog, you must have approximately 20 blog articles ready for posting. But creating that much posts isn’t easy if you don’t have a plan.
So when I decided to start this website, I sat down and made a list of what I want to post. I started with my niche and what I want to be included in it. I don’t want to be overwhelmed by different topics so I categorized them and start from one topic, making sure I cover most of what I want to cover before moving to the next topic.
Where to Find Ideas for Blog Post
During brainstorming, I only spend time on two tabs. One is social media. This is my go to for topics. I give myself only a certain amount of time to spend on social media. This time limit actually gives me the sense of urgency that I have to find a topic before the alarm goes off and helps me avoid unnecessary browsing. But most of the time, I get few topics that I can turn into 8-10 blog posts because there will always be someone out there who has a question and if it has something to do with my niche, I write about it.
The other place I’d visit are topic generators. Maybe they’d give me common topics or topics that I’ve covered already but for some reasons, my brain would automatically turn some of the words into something similar but not the same topic that I can write about or some words will remind me of a topic that I’ve wanted to write about but has forgotten. I can usually write 2-4 blog posts from these.
Once I was able to make 20 articles ready for posting, I launched my blog. But it didnt stop there. I don’t wait until only a few posts are left before brainstorming again. Instead, part of my plan is to set aside one day of the month for brainstorming. Once I get the hang of it, I was able to create the first draft of 12 blog articles (which is enough for 4 weeks) in just one day. I’ve written down my topics in my content calendar inside my planner to remind me of what to post on specific days. I also utilize Apple Pages to write the topics one document per blog post so that when I’m ready to write about it, I won’t forget about the key things that I want to include.
Your Content Calendar
What does your content calendar looks like? Let me know at the comment section below. If you are still new or struggling with coming up with ideas for your blog, leave a message.m and we’ll help you step by step on starting your blog.