said 1 year, 1 month ago:
@ryansegovich Lots of great tips here from everyone; two from this list that work well for me are keeping an ed cal and repurposing content.
Another useful practice that works well for me is keeping an ideas file in Notepad open on my desktop at all times. Anytime I’m consuming anything online — blogs, newsletters, social media status updates, videos, really anything — and I see something that sparks an idea, I save the article or video link to in my Notepad doc. When I have 15 minutes or so of uninterrupted time, I’ll grab one of these ideas and make notes on it. I do this with hard copy newspapers and magazines as well. That content then serves as inspiration for blog posts of my own, my weekly newsletter content, and so on.
One of the best things I did before I started my latest blog was sit down for an uninterrupted hour, and just write down every idea I could think of for blog posts and email newsletter topics. I came up with about 40 blog post ideas and 30-35 newsletter topics right off the bat. I wanted to be sure I’d be able to create a deep bench of content before I got started, so I wouldn’t wonder what to write about each week! This has been uber-useful, because whenever I’m feeling pressured to come up with something to write about, I just go to the ideas file.
I know part of the issue is having *time* to write, but once you have a big ol’ reservoir of ideas to work from, taking the time to write doesn’t seem so daunting, because when you sit down to crank out content, you have a whole slew of ideas at your fingertips.