Whether you're an experienced, popular blogger, or a beginner who's never blogged before, we all hit that "writer's block". So, here's a guide to help your mind explode with ideas for your next blog or blog post:
Your Hobbies - The most obvious place to start is what you know and enjoy the most: your hobbies. And you probably already do have a blog about your specialty, but when you've got writer's block then it's time to write about the next best hobby or interest in your life.
Example: My blog is always about photography because that's what my personal life revolves around, but when I can't seem to think of what to write about, I simply go to my next main hobby, which for me is gadgets. At the moment, I'm writing about apps because I know about them and enjoy them.
Your Knowledge - The easiest thing to write about is what you know about. So whether it's a subject you studied in school or things that you think other people would enjoy reading about, write a blog post about it, no matter how vague or specific the subject is. The more specific a blog is, the better chance there is of someone finding it when they search for that subject on search engines.
Example: One of the subjects I loved in school was maths, and even after I left college, I enjoyed learning how you could predict the future (mostly in sport) using maths. So, I could write about that. Even though it would be the only blog post I would write on the subject of maths, it would be a good one because of the knowledge I could share, and people with a similar love to maths would likely read it.
Your Journey - If you have a good fan base, then maybe you could take up a new hobby or journey of some kind and then create a blog around it, topping it up with short blog posts each day, so that people who follow that blog can keep up to date.
Example: For example, I'll find myself with a lot of spare time during the summer, so one of the things I'd love to do is learn French. While I do that, I could easily write about my progress once or twice a week to keep my readers up-to-date with what I've learned. Then, in a few months time, I could write a blog that's based on actually teaching French to beginners, while I carry on learning myself.
Journalism - If you live in any major city in the UK, there's always something going on and in the summer, there are many events happening. Also, journalism doesn't have to be something that's happening in your area or even the same country. If you want to report on something that's happening in any part of the world, then create a new series of articles about it, keeping people posted on it, as well as giving your opinions on the topic.
Example: This isn't something I've done in the form of a blog, but I regularly take part in photo-journalism because of my love of photography. Another blogger in Newport City Radio is currently doing a series on the 2015 election, explaining what each party is all about, so that people get an unbiased view of the parties. However, if you write a blog post about the election itself, you can be as biased as you want.
Your Opinion - As mentioned above, the 2015 election is the current trend, and a lot of opinions and content can be created around that. But as well as going with the trend, you can give your opinion on absolutely anything because it's YOUR blog. Make a list of things that you have strong or many opinions on, choose one and then explain why you have that opinion. Then, you're on your way to a good blog post.
Reviews - Even with so much information on the internet, not everything is reviewed, so maybe you could write down a list of TV shows, movies, products, etc. that you know about, or like, and then give your good and bad points on it, in the form of a blog post.
Example: Recently, I went to a play in my local theatre and I took pad and pen, so that I could jot down notes to review later. That night, I wrote a blog post about it, published it and then promoted the blog post on social media. After that, people on social media thanked me for writing it and shared it, including the theatre itself. This is because it was local and a one-time event, so consider doing this if your local theatre or cinema has a one-off event/showing.
Collaborate - Two heads are better than one. If you and a blogging friend have something in common, a great idea is to work with them on a blog post. Meet up, pick a topic, make notes, write the blog post and ta da!
Example: The release of the film 50 Shades of Grey was such a big trend that I decided to grab someone else from Newport City Radio who has also read the book, to go with me to watch and review it. When we sat down to draft the blog article, we both had different opinions about it, and we both picked up stuff that the other didn't. And from it, we made a more debatable, opinionated blog post.
Interview/Biography - We're all inspired by someone, or follow someone whose life we like to read and learn about, so why not write about them or even contact them for an interview? Ask them questions that you as a fan would want to know, and then turn that into an article.
Example: With my photography blog, I interview both friends and well-known photographers by simply sending them a Facebook/Twitter message or email, asking if I can send them questions. If they say yes, I send them a word doc of the questions I want them to answer, and ta da!
Well, that's 8 great ways to get you out of that writer's block and back into blogging. Hope it helped, and I hope you feel that urge to start writing again.