5 Quick Ways to Create New Content
One of the most effective ways to build a successful blog is to post fresh and engaging content regularly but this can be one of the greatest challengers a blogger can face. Developing a consistent posting schedule is a great way to let your readers know what they can expect from you, and crucially, keep them coming back for more.
But how can you create new content when motivation is lost or you are feeling uninspired? Here are 5 quick ways to create new content.
1. Pick up where you left off
One way to develop new content is to revisit old posts. This might sound illogical but often topics that you have written about previously can be explored even further. This is also a great way to introduce newer readers to older posts and to capitalise on the most popular topics and increase blog traffic.
2. Start a discussion
If you haven't got very much to say, why not invite others to join the conversation? Opening up a discussion and inviting your readers to participate through comments or guest posts can be a great way to stimulate your audience and may generate ideas for future posts.
3. Survey your readers
If you have a loyal following, a great way to develop new content is to ask your readers what they want to read about. Send out a survey using a free service, such as Survey Monkey or Google Forms, to your mailing list or invite Twitter followers to participate and ask them what topics they enjoy most and what else they would like to see featured on your blog.
4. Keep an idea notebook
I carry a notebook with me everywhere and keep another beside my bed so that I am ready to jot ideas down when inspiration strikes. If you are not a notebook person, use your smartphone to voice memos.
5. Start a blogging series
This can be a great way to write new posts as well as creating content that encourages readers to return. You could create a regular feature like Sarah's 'Five Happy Things' or choose a meaty topic that you can break down into smaller chunks. I find that I like to write out everything I can about a topic and then go back and edit it into smaller chunks for individual posts.
These are just a few ideas on how to quickly develop new content... leave a comment below if you have any other great tips!