Many people have realized the value and potential benefits of blogging, but they struggle when it’s time to actually write their posts and create their content. After all, it’s tough to maintain a blog and post interesting things day in and day out. However, the web is full of ideas and ways to set your creative capabilities on fire.
One way to generate new ideas and give life to old ones is use the social bookmarking and tagging sites to find new perspectives in your niche. Digg, del.icio.us, stumble upon, flickr, youtube, and other sites all have tons of user-submitted content, organized by tags. This system is referred to as a “folksonomy” – the practice and method of collective collaboration using freely chosen keywords known as “tags”. Users tag content with descriptive phrases and terms in order to share it more effectively with people who are interested in the same topics.
It’s important to see what others in your niche are talking about, and one way to find this out is to see what’s been tagged with your keywords on the various social media sites. You may be wondering, however, does this translate into posts on your blog? Here are five things you can do with knowledge gleaned from the social media.
1. Write a response to another blogger. Did you disagree with what they said? Want to add to their thoughts and bring a new point of view into the conversation? Use your blog to share your insights, and be sure to link to the inspiring post so the original blogger is aware of you (one caveat – keep your criticism constructive and respective – flame wars have no place on a business blog).
2. Create a round-up of interesting links. Did you discover all sorts of all cool sites and articles? Chances are your readers might be interested in them too, so why not post them on your blog? Don’t forget to write a sentence or two about each link so they know what they are clicking on.
3.Compliment another blogger. Come across another blogger or website that is simply amazing? Write a post about why they are so incredible and if it applies, use them as an example of a blogging success. Maybe even interview them and tell your readers their story.
4.Share what you’ve learned. Find an informative article or how-to that you really learned something from? Elaborate on that for your audience. Bonus points if you can post pictures or your own experience of following the original article’s advice.
5. Post a funny, creative, or intriguing video. When you’re simply at a loss for blogging words, youtube, vimeo, and other video sites can be your saviors. After all, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, a video has got to be worth at least a million.
What do you do when you suffer from blogger’s block?