One of my all time favorites quotes is by Maya Angelou who said, "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." And I find that to be so true! Many times one creative idea will lead to another. But what about those times when your brain feels constipated? Like ... your brain NEEDS to take a dump but it can't?
(Sorry that last sentence was uncalled for.)
Some times it's easy to feel stuck when you think that it's all been done before and worry that you'll run out of topics and ideas to discuss. But fear not, friends! I believe your creative wheels can churn indefinitely. So here's 7 laxatives to relieve the brain constipation.
Errrr- TIPS!!! I mean tips! Here's 7 tips to keep coming up with awesome content:
1. Keep a list of ideas.
Whether it's in a notebook, on your phone or on some other list-making device, keep a running list of all your content ideas WITH YOU wherever you go so that you can write them down as soon as the inspiration strikes! I use the Wunderlist app on my iPhone to keep a running list of all the different categories of content ideas. My phone is pretty much always with me, so if a random idea strikes while I'm out I will immediately jot it down. Plus ... I'm addicted to making lists. Making lists and crossing off items is SO MUCH FUN!!!!! Ehem.
Do you get asked questions by people in person, on social media or via e-mail? Because those questions can be content idea GOLD. Those questions are showing you a specific problem or frustration that people need solved, so be awesome and solve it!
I love to get new ideas by reading books, magazines and blogs! When I'm feeling particularly stuck, I'll go to Barnes'N'Noble and just sit and read for hours. If you find an idea from some one else that inspires you, make sure to put your own unique spin on it. (Because simply copying some one else's work is just not cool, not to mention boring!)
Yep, I already said it in this post on how to be more productive, and I'm gonna say it again here. Get out there and move your buttocks!!! (Did I really just say "buttocks?" Also, does anyone else find the word "buttocks" to be kind of hilarious?) I'm not the only one who finds that exercising helps to boost productivity and creativity, studies actually prove it!
Start a timer and commit to a 30 minute brainstorming session. Let the ideas floooow baby, don't hold back! Just write down anything and everything that comes to mind with no censoring- you can do that later. If your brain is so constipated that you can't think of anything off the bat, start by answering questions. Questions like, "What are the interests of your audience?" "What are some common misconceptions about your industry?" "What do you have that your readers are looking for?" Before you know it you'll have so many ideas you won't know what to do with them all!
Every month when I'm planning my blog's editorial calendar for the following month, I'll actually ASK people for any specific posts or topics that they'd like to read about. Many times this is great! Just make sure that the suggestions you get from people are in line with your brand/purpose before using the suggestions.
7. Revisit an old post/topic.
There is NO shame in revisiting a blog post or topic that you've already covered! Opinions on a topic can change over time, new knowledge about said post can grow, etc. Think about it this way; magazines and movies are constantly using the same topics over and over again all the time! So ... why can't you? Just say'in.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful! Do YOU have any ideas on how to keep coming up with awesome content? Please share in the comments below, I'd love to hear about them!