Millions of blogs are still being created but there are very few that actually succeed. Although success may have different definitions for different individuals, it basically means and ability to publish your blog over a long period of time (say, two years, three years and more) coupled with the intended outcome (generating advertising revenues or getting professional leads).
Whatever you want to do with your blog and whatever is your sense of success, there is one thing you cannot do without: publishing great blog posts on an ongoing basis.
For this you need to have ideas nonstop and humanly it is not possible to achieve this on your own. You need the right tools and resources to get great blogging topics without running out of them. How to do that? Listed below are a few things you can do to get a nonstop supply of great blogging topics so that you never run out of things to write about.
Remain socially active in the field of your profession
If you work like a hermit you can only depend on yourself for blog topic ideas. Maybe you can sustain on your own for six months and even a year, but after that you need some stimulation, some catalysts and some hints. You get these when you interact with other people. For instance, if you provide social media marketing services then you should constantly interact with people working in the field. New developments are constantly happening. People are constantly experimenting with different innovative ways to deliver their professional services in a better manner. Not just services, even people selling products have great things to share.
Follow your topic on syndication websites
There are some very good syndication websites these days such as Prismatic, AllTops, PopURLs and Google Alerts that you can use to track your topic. For instance, on Prismatic you can save and customize your feed according to the topics that you would like to follow, and you can follow multiple topics. Even if your topic does not exist in the list of present topics, you can easily carry out a search and then save that such words as a new topic.
In Google alerts you can enter topics and whenever content around those topics is published and indexed by Google, an e-mail alert is sent to you.
Track conversations on social networking and social media websites
You can get live updates when people talk about your topic from social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook. In fact most with Twitter clients these days allow you to create multiple columns that display updates on multiple topics and hash tags.
Ask your readers
Many bloggers ask their visitors what topics they should cover, although for a business blog (when you blog to promote your business or service) this might be a bit difficult because all your visitors might be your prospective customers and clients (although they can also suggest what you should write about).
Get ideas from your existing blog posts
You can rewrite your existing blog posts with a completely new angle. If they were written, say, a year ago, much must have changed so you can either update that blog post or write something totally new.
Many subtopics can be derived out of existing topics. Sometimes we organize our content and the headings, subheadings and bullets. All of these sections can be converted into full-fledged blog posts with some effort.
Maintain a list of prospective topics that would interest your audience
You don’t necessarily get ideas when you sit down to write. Ideas just keep on coming from various sources and if you don’t record them and store them somewhere, you lose them. Use your smart phone to record a few sentences that you can later on refer to. You can also jot down notes using various applications such as Evernote.
Last but not the least, take an active interest in your work because when you proactively think about your topic you constantly get new ideas.