January 7, 2010
I know that it can be mentally taxing to try to come up with new ideas for articles. After a while you may feel like you’ve written about every aspect of your subject that you possibly can.
Here’s some good news–you don’t always need to come up with new writing ideas. Sometimes all you need to do is look at your previous articles and go more in depth.
- Look at your last 5 articles.
- In each article, search for at least one point that you covered that you could cover more in depth in a new article. No matter what your article was about, you should be able to dig a little deeper on every major point you make in your articles. You may even find some minor points that could use elaboration.
I’d like to give you an example:
I recently wrote an article outlining several ways to get out of a writing slump. As I was writing that article, I came up with about 7 or so ideas for getting your brain out of a creative rut with your articles, including some article template ideas and some writing productivity techniques.
I submitted the article, and then thought– Each of those ideas for getting out of a writing slump needs to be elaborated on and explained further. I can do a new article for each idea.
And so I did–so far I’ve bounced 4 or 5 articles off of that first article, and I have even more ideas that I’ve gotten from that first article that I haven’t written about yet.
This approach tends to work better for articles that are jam packed with information and/or those that take a broad, aerial view of the topic, but it can also work with articles that are a close up view of one specific topic.
For example, I’ve written many articles on how to create an effective resource box, and from that one very laser beamed topic I have branched off articles on extremely specific elements of that already specific topic.
I assure you, no matter what your article is about, you can write about it more in depth in a new article.
Alternative Homework for Blog Owners:
Look at your recent blog posts–are there any insightful comments that are worthy of being addressed more in depth in an article?
I get ideas all the time from comments on my blog. Or look at your blog comment replies–do you find yourself writing an in depth reply to anyone’s question about your post? That is often a good indication of a related topic that could use some more detailed attention.
A trick to writing fresh content on a consistent basis month in and month out is to learn to look at your topic from all angles and all levels.
This is beneficial for your readers, because you are creating a library of information that covers your topic inside and out. This is also beneficial SEO-wise, because you are systematically creating a collection of resources that covers your subject backwards and forwards. This creates a greater chance of your article turning up for searches on every aspect of your niche.
Last but not least–learning to cover your topic from all angles and all levels of depth is beneficial for YOU, because it forces you to establish your expertise in your field. If you are not already an expert in your field when you start writing articles, you surely will be after a year of consistently writing articles on every conceivable angle of your topic each month.
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