Yesterday we talked about using the keyword planner tool to come up with blog article ideas. Today I have another tool/tip for you. You can use blogging, or content/article, planner to come up with almost endless blog article ideas and make sure they work well depending on the time of year, etc.
A cool blogging/article planner I recently found in the free planner published by Lynnette Chandler from Blog Energizer. It’s a cool planning tool and each month you get a list of ideas for things you can blog about that month.
Build on Themes
Of course, you can also come up with your own niche-specific blogging calendar. The idea is to come up with a couple of loose themes for each month, or even each week. To make your own blogging calendar, get out a monthly calendar, or grab a notebook and dedicate a page to each month.
Plan Your Seasons & Holidays
Next, look through your regular calendar and make notes of seasons and holidays. Jot down a few blogging ideas for each of the appropriate months. For example, if you’re a food blogger, you may want to plan some grilling recipes for May in celebration of and preparation for Memorial Day and some red white, and blue dishes this past 4th of July (in the US).
You can also find all sorts of funny, interesting, and obscure holidays online. There’s a pancake day, a hot chocolate day, and more. Days of the Year is a good resource for finding wacky holidays you can blog about.
Magazines as Resources
Another great option is to leverage the research magazines in your niche. Head online or dig out your stack of saved magazines and look at the covers. You can usually figure out general these for certain months.
Take note of those themes and see what you can use in your own blog.
The nice thing about any blogging calendar is that you can write it out once and then use it for years to come. Sure, you can add and change things, but the basic structure is there and if you keep the themes and ideas loose enough, you’ll come up with fresh blog article ideas year after year.