How to Quickly Brainstorm Blog Posts

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It’s happened to the best of us: you sit down to write your blog post and suddenly… you can’t think of a single thing! You sit there, staring at a blank screening, your cursor blinking – and your mind is blank. Sure, you can take a break and come back to it later, but the best way to avoid situations like this is easy: time to brainstorm blog posts!

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Brainstorming blog posts ahead of time can seem like a lot of work, but I promise it’s not! Plus, it gives you the added benefit of planning content ahead of time, making sure it really resonates with your avatar, and help you get emails written ahead of time. Win-win-win, right?

But how can you quickly and efficiently brainstorm blog posts? Here are 3 strategies you can use to quickly, effectively and painlessly plan all your blog content ahead of time.

Use a Mind-Mapping Tool

One of my favorite ways to brainstorm blog posts quickly is using a mind mapping tools like MindMeister. MindMeister is a free tool (it has paid options, but the basic option is just fine) that helps you brainstorm blog ideas. With MindMeister (or a sheet of paper!) use the Brainstorm template to come up with an idea, then create little offshoot ideas from that “big idea” or topic.

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These will be your headers and the “body” to your blog post. With each of those little offshoots, make notes about any kind of affiliates or products you want to promote, a particularly story that illustrates that point, or even an infographic or short video you’d like to create on that topic.

By mapping out your blog idea ahead of time, your blog post will already been outlined and almost written for you!

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Create an Idea File

You know those great ideas you get and you’re like, “oh! I have to write a blog post on this!” but then you get home, or get to your computer, and you’ve forgotten exactly what you were thinking? Don’t let that happen by creating an idea file!

Basically, an idea file is like a notebook, filled with blog post ideas, social media content ideas – even eventual products or courses you want to create. You can use a notebook, but sometimes I’ll find inspiration online, grab a screenshot, mark it up on a PDF reader and then save it to Evernote. You can use a free (they also have a paid version) program like Evernote, or even Microsoft Word – whichever is easiest for you!

The goal is to always have a handy list of ideas – even if they are just snippets, it will make the brainstorming blog post process easier.

Set a Timer

Sometimes you have a great idea, you have notes, and you sit down… and get on Facebook. Or Instagram. Or read an article. The next thing you know, 30 minutes have passed and you have to go do something else. Now you’re frustrated and, worst of all, no closer to finishing the blog post you started.

If this happens to you a lot (like it did it me for a while, and still does occasionally!) set a timer. You can use a timer on your phone, computer, or even use commercial breaks while watching your favorite show to type some lines out. Of course, mute those commercials!

Looking for more daily blogging schedule ideas? Check out our top tips for setting a daily blogging schedule here.

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When you’re a busy person running a blog (aren’t we all!) you have to steal time for brainstorming blog posts and writing when you can. Some people are able to get up early and write for an hour, some people wait until late at night, and some blog in small chunks throughout the day. There’s no one right ‘time’ to blog, but when you are blogging, you have to make the most of it! That’s why having a way to efficiently brainstorm blog posts is crucial.

Which one of the strategies above do you use or will you use to brainstorm blog posts faster and more efficiently?

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Paula Stewart

I started keeping a folder on my browser for blog ideas. When I get one I do a google search for it and then save the search result page in that folder.

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GiGi Eats

Oh man, once in awhile I struggle with writer’s block. I always know what I am going to write about but starting my posts can be a pain in the butt. But at the same time, I ALWAYS KNOW I will be able to write something. I just have to walk away and come back later or even the next day and a fun and creative idea will come to me 🙂

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    Melissa Berry

    Yes! Walking away and coming back to it can be really helpful too 🙂

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The Captain

All great advice…. writers block can hit you hard sometimes

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Jenn @Masterhermoney.com

I love this about brainstorming blog posts. This was a big struggle for me when I first started blogging. Really great advice here!

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cait

ok this is incredible- i usually just write things down but this is a better way to do it 🙂 cant wait to share w/ a few friends too!

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Annaliese

Good tips! I keep a running list of blog post topics in a note on my phone- inspiration can strike at any time!

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Tabitha Bradley-Raines

I keep a list of ideas as a Google Document. I can access it anywhere that way every idea gets wrote down. I tried other ways but it works best for me.

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    Melissa Berry

    Yes! Lately Google Docs or Evernote has been my go to. I still need to go back to a physical planner for my content calendar, but I love the handiness of having everything in the cloud 🙂

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Stephanie

I have a content calendar that I plan my content out months in advance. I often move things around, but if I think of something I put it on the calendar. Then later I can decide when the best time to post will be. It definitely helps to have a central location to keep ideas.

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    Melissa Berry

    Content calendars are key, for sure. I know they help make my life less stressful! 🙂

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Karen Monica

I usually plan my blog posts in advance. On busy days, I will wake up an hour or two earlier to blog and reply to comments.

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    Melissa Berry

    This is awesome – you sound really organized! 🙂

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Fae Celine

wow these tips are amazing! I can definitely apply some of these. I love taking down notes and stationary so I write down all my thoughts and ideas on my notebook. I also jot down things I’ve researched on google on my notebook.

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Amberly

This is going to be really helpful, I’ve been in a rut! Thanks!

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Fran Jorgensen

I love this! I am always struggling to find what to write about so this is an incredible help! I can’t wait to start applying these tricks!

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Vannie

I need to start doing your tips. I actually have a calendar to write down my ideas for each week. It does helps a lot.

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aisasami

Wiow, what a wonderful resource for mapping out a blog post. I am going to use it! Thanks!

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Natural Beauty And Makeup

These are great tips! I love using Evernote app! I must try the other apps mentioned by you as well, they sound great.

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Philomath

This is still my struggle to manage but I think with this it would help a lot.

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Patricia Chamberlain

I have had a lot of writers block lately! Life is hectic and I’m just so tired by the time I sit down to write. I am going to try out all of these tips.

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Christa

I love the idea of setting a timer! I can think of a few instances where that would be helpful.

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Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block

These are some really great tips! I have an idea list that I reference quite often. Otherwise, I come up with a full year of posts right away in January and line them up with holidays and seasons. Sometimes I end up changing them, but it makes it easier to know what I’m going to write about each week.

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Molly

I definitely needed to read this post! I’ve been struggling with some serious writing block lately, so I’m working on my brainstorming skills these days.

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Christa

I really love the idea of setting a timer. I can think of a few other instances where that kind of discipline e can be helpful.

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