Whether you blog for business or for fun, odds are at one point or another you’ll be at a loss for what to post. If you’re stuck in a blogging rut, I’m here to help. Below are 18 types of blog posts to get you unstuck. These ideas are easily adaptable regardless of your blog’s subject. So whether you’re a web designer, a consultant, or a lifestyle blogger, you can benefit from having these blog post types in your blogging arsenal.
Who doesn’t love free stuff?! Offer something of value to your readers for free. Some options include: worksheets, guides, ebooks, desktop wallpapers, and stock photos. The sky is the limit here.
Who says a blog post has to be written? Get behind the camera and talk to your readers! It’s a great way for them to get to know you and adds a personal touch. And depending on the topic, sometimes it’s just easier to talk it out rather than writing up a blog post.
Need a post written like yesterday? List posts are by far one of the easiest and quickest blog posts you can put together. You can make them as simple or as complex as you want. Plus, who doesn’t like a good list? If you want to get specific, think in terms of top 5 or best of for you list.
Another form of list you can provide your readers is a checklist. Combine it with a freebie (a la this post) and you’re all set!
Goal setting is important, so what better way to ensure you hold yourself accountable than by sharing your goals with your readers. Not only will it add a personal touch to your blog, but it’s a great way to build a community and get others involved.
6. Lessons Learned
No matter how much of a beginner you think you are, you’re always going to be ahead of someone else. You’ve probably made mistakes along the way and learned some valuable lessons. Share them! Whether they’re about starting your own business, motherhood, or travel, the lessons you’ve learned can help people not make the same ones. And odds are you’ll realize you’re not alone as people come out of the woodwork and confess they learned the same exact lesson.
I can’t be the only one constantly on the lookout for new tools and resources. Pick a theme and roundup a few resources and tools within that theme. Or choose one resource and share a review or a tutorial.
People love to learn so share your talents with the world and teach your readers how to do something. Don’t consider yourself an expert at anything? Think of something you recently learned. No matter how simple it is, odds are there is someone out there who could benefit from this knowledge. Sometimes it really is the simple things that are the most helpful.
Blogging is all about creating community, so what better way than to interview someone. This could be another blogger, someone in a related field, or anyone really. By expanding outside of your life and your knowledge, you’re providing even more value to your readers.
10. Blog Love
If you’ve been blogging for awhile, you’ve no doubt realized how amazing the blogging community is. Create a link roundup post to spread the love. Share your favorite blog posts from your favorite sites. You can get specific and share links on a particular subject, or you can simply share a random assortment of recent posts.
Love something? Tell others about it by writing a review. Combine with a tutorial for maximum effect.
Data is fascinating, especially when it’s displayed in a visual format. Not quite sure what type of data you could present? There are tons of options. Share your blog stats. Take inventory of your closest and pull out some interesting data (like the fact that you own 100+ pairs of shoes). And depending what your business is, there are probably tons of facts and figures that you can easily compile into one interesting infographic.
A great way to foster community on your blog is to ask a question. You can either get completely random and ask them what their favorite childhood memory is, or you can ask a question to get their opinion on a particular topic. But this isn’t a set it and forget it kind of post. If you ask a question, be prepared to reply to comments and ask further questions. It’s a great way to get to know your readers and it can also provide some valuable insight into what your readers wants and needs are.
Opinion posts are not for the faint of heart. Sharing one’s opinions on certain topics can mean that things can quickly go downhill if you’re not careful. Of course not all topics are controversial. Regardless of the topic discussed, make sure your readers know to be respectful of differing view points and you’re bound to see a fascinating discussion unfold in the comments.
Again with the free stuff. Team up with a company or another blogger and giveaway some awesome things. Or go in solo. This is a great opportunity to give one (or more) of your readers the opportunity to work with you on a small project. Don’t run a business? No problem. Put together a giveaway that highlights your favorite items.
16. Guest Post
Sometimes you don’t feel like blogging. Rather than let your blog sit quietly for a few days, ask for guest posters. It keeps your site active and brings in new voices to your blog. Even if you’re not taking time away from your site, having guest posts is an excellent way to provide even more value to your readers.
If you’ve ever posted a lengthly post chock full of information, a cheatsheet is an excellent way to provide your readers with that information in an easy to digest format.
We all know how important it is to provide value to your readers. But value doesn’t have to be in the form of resources or knowledge. Inspiring someone is probably one of the most powerful ways to provide value for someone. Share a moodboard or a college. Use your best handwriting and share a quote. Or simply use your words to motivate and inspire.
Bonus Idea – Combine!
As you can see, there is quite some overlap between the above types of blog posts. If you’re looking to really wow your readers, combine two (or more) of these blog post types into one awesome post.
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