Many bloggers face this dilemma everyday; what’s left to blog about? Everything has already been said, right? Wrong. And even if you blog about things that have been written a thousand times before, keep in mind there are new readers everyday and they may find your views invaluable. Even for those that have read other blogs and articles on a particular topic, who’s to say your post doesn’t hit home for them? Your perspective, your way of sharing the information just might make the difference. Some people need to see things multiple times before it sinks in.
Blogging Is A Two Way Street
One great way to understand what’s being talked about, what everyone is interested in, is to visit other sites in your niche. For example, from the blogs I have visited in the last week, I’ve read several posts on Facebook, search engines and, of course, Google. Does that mean I should blog on those same topics? Not necessarily; there are many different takes on a subject and many different directions.
Reading those posts, comments and interacting on those blogs you visit is a great way to think of new topics, related or not. Often you can gauge what’s on the reader’s mind, both on your own blog and those that you visit.
Know Your Target Market?
The best way to understand what your readers want is to ask. Allow your commenters the freedom to expand on your posts and pay attention to their responses.
Put those social networks to work. Facebook and Google Plus are great places to gain information simply by asking the right questions. Another place is LinkedIn groups; join groups of interest and become active in the conversation. Not only will you learn what’s on other people’s mind, you will gain some great connections.
Keep Up With Trends And News?
Subscribe to newsletters in your niche. Subscribe to the feeds of blogs in your niche and don’t worry about them being your competition. Pay close attention to news feeds and authority sites in your field. Setup Google Alerts for topics of interest.
Forget about the naysayers and blog on!
Your Turn, I’m Asking
Has it all been said before? As bloggers, are we just wasting our time? What methods do you use to think of new and fresh topics? Feel free to expand on this post.