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255 Blog Post Ideas That’ll Charm Your Readers (& Boost Traffic)

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an ultimate list of new blog post ideas?

A definitive resource you could bookmark and reference whenever the need arises?

We thought so too.

So, we decided to create it. This is the biggest, most in-depth list of blog post ideas available on the web.

(Seriously. We’re pushing 12,000 words here.)

Let’s jump in.

To make it as easy as possible to navigate this behemoth, we’ve grouped our massive list of blog post topic ideas and question prompts into 11 categories.

Click the category that speaks to you, or just scroll down until you find an idea that jumps off the page:

Useful, easy-to-implement blog ideas for personal or professional improvement.

It’s not enough to write about someone else’s experience. Your readers want more.

Run your own test. Explain how it went for you. Write your own success story. From breaking down a new method for starting a blog to how to build a better mousetrap, the possibilities are endless.

Another blog topic idea to hook your readers is to give them a different approach to completing a complex task.

Use the same format you would if you were sharing a cooking recipe. Provide the ingredients and the steps to follow from start to finish.

Readers running their own blog are looking for ways to protect it.

Educate them on how to save their website and its content from hackers, bots, and thieves.

Readers appreciate a tip or two that helps them get through hard times. Share applicable strategies that’ll help them with the obstacles they face.

Your readers might be fresh out of college, or maybe they’re changing careers. They might have recently entered the job market for one reason or another.

They want to find a job they’ll love.

Tell them what they need to know. Give them ideas and places to look.

People are always looking for ways to improve themselves.

Write about careers, relationships, or health. Give different or more comprehensive tips. Be unique or unusual to stand out.

A handy checklist is always a great idea for blog content.

Don’t beat around the bush. Write a post that promises zero filler and zero pulled punches. And then deliver on the promise.

Habits can be either helpful or problematic. Explain how bad habits can cause issues, and give your readers a way to get past them.

Financial advice is a popular blog topic. The World Economic Forum found the average adult will outlive their savings by approximately a decade.

You can be general or you can narrow your target audience (freelancers, WordPress blog owners, etc.). Give tips for wise spending and saving.

Readers like tips, tricks, and “cheat sheets” that aren’t common.

Don’t be generic. Focus on a specific life path, activity, or goal.

Recommendation posts are popular when your suggestions are lesser-known — think book reviews of uncommon, indie titles.  The internet has too many of these posts with common recommendations.

Your post can stand out when you offer a mix of known and uncommon suggestions.

Choose 3-5 ones you value and none you dislike completely. You should know how to demonstrate the good and the bad.

Add descriptions, pros, cons, and your own experience. You’ll know best if you’ve used the products yourself.

Choose a typical activity to allow readers to relate. Walk them through the rewards (pros) and problems (cons). Get detailed enough to make the choice easier to make.

Take a post you wrote months or years ago and give it a new coat of paint. Update it, tweak it, or strip it bare and start over.

Added bonus: sprucing up your existing content might spark another great blog post idea or two.

Choose a role you have (or had) and discuss the skills required. Explain why each skill is needed and how they can be learned.

Whether you’re explaining how to use Quora, search engines like Google, tools like BuzzSumo, or everything there is to know about selling products on Amazon; you need to make the post as comprehensive as possible. Answer every question and go over all the steps.

You should know the reasons it’s ultimate, why it exists (benefits to your readers), and your own pros and cons as a writer.

This is mostly a lessons learned tutorial, so go over any mistakes and regrets. Teach the best way your readers can get started without making the same mistakes.

Write about how to handle conflict, difficult people, or workplace politics. Or, write about the positive relations instead of focusing on the problems.

What has worked for you? How can you teach these tips so that others can benefit, too? Pick the tips that are less common but surprisingly effective.

These are questions or fill-in-the-blanks that get the creative juices flowing.

Teach your readers something new.

This is a creative approach where you can help people understand something using a mainstream or relatable reference.

For example, you can connect a form of entertainment, such as a movie or television show, to a business process.

It can be educational in an actionable way where people can take your advice and do the task themselves. Or it can be something interesting but feeds curiosity instead of creating action.

Studies are useful for their thorough research into the industry or another specified area. You can research by surveying a relevant audience, experiment on your own, compile effective strategies, or a combination of it all.

What industry, career, or personal success stories can you share? What worked for you that might be new or uncommon?

Make a complicated process easier to understand, follow, and apply. Or explain something interesting but not applicable, feeding curiosity instead.

Make this about you, your industry, or something relevant to a specific subject. You should be as unique as possible. Provide information that might already exist but your readers don’t know about it yet.

What confusion can you clarify about your industry, career, or your own blog topics?

Summarize a book, movie, or complex subject to make it easier and quicker to digest. Find a comprehensive blog post or online resource you can summarize as a preview before people dive into it.

What information do you have about a specific topic that your readers might not know?

You can make this fun by using myths from history or entertainment, or you can be more relevant to your industry. Find a myth or myths that you can debunk with truths.

These are creative yet difficult posts to write. Find a word for every letter of the alphabet while staying on one topic.

Give your readers a list of common situations they might face, and explain any strategies for getting through them.

Some examples you can use: divorce, lay-offs, or your own story (if you have one).

Mistakes happen, but you can help your readers avoid them. Find some of the common mistakes your readers might make, and teach people some strategies for preventing them.

Did you try something that didn’t work out? Is there a mistake you made that had significant consequences? These are questions that have the potential for a lesson learned post.

Make this a post that shares the mistake you made, the consequences, and what you learned from the experience.

Some industry information can be complicated for your readers to understand. They might see instructions filled with jargon or complex steps to take.

Give readers a one-stop-shop on a variety of blog topics.

Tell your origin story. Inspire your readers so they can follow in your footsteps.

Quotes can be a useful way of giving readers a deeper appreciation for the theme. These posts are meant to inspire your readers and give them a confidence boost. You can also use them to motivate readers into taking a specific action.

When you want to gain more attention, mentioning influencers is a great tactic. You not only help your readers with their own interests. You increase your own influence.


You tell the influencers you mentioned them. This will increase the likelihood they’ll show appreciation and maybe share your post with their bigger audience.

People are reading your blog, so they’re likely to read more elsewhere. Give them your recommendations.

It helps to give your list a time-frame, such as summer, to give readers a theme for what they read when. It’ll also help you narrow down your list to a specific theme as well.

It can be blog posts of the week, month, or quarter. It depends on how often you publish blog posts of your own.

Find a theme of blog topics from around the web you found helpful, and promote them in your list.

This is similar to the influencers list. It helps your readers with that specific theme, and it helps you get more attention from those sources you mention.

Experts are trustworthy, and readers take their advice seriously. When you create a themed roundup with known experts, you give readers what they’ll trust and appreciate.

This is different from other ideas. It’s not just one post but rather a collection of at least three blog topics. You can use a series to expand the topic comprehensiveness without making it one massive post.

You might already have a sidebar that shows your readers your most popular blog posts.

Give your readers a good laugh, a heart-warming pat on the back, or feed their curious side.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” People can look at one photo and be inspired to tell a whole story behind the image. This type of blog post takes that common saying and puts it in action.

Find a picture that you can write 1,000 words as a story or explanation. It’s a literal way of making that saying real.

We all know that certain parts of life, including habits or items, are bad. Use this blog post idea to be critical without risking controversy. People will already agree with you, so it’ll be fun for them to read your opinions on it.

Have you seen the Comedy Central celebrity roasts? It’s a show where celebrities poke fun at another featured celebrity, and it’s a tactic you can use on your blog.

Choose your favorite celebrity, or one you know plenty about, and write your own jokes about them.

Create a fictional event, and explain how you’d handle it.

Your grandparents or baby boomers are from a time that differs from today in many ways. Use that difference as a blog post.

Explain how older generations would talk about younger generations. Write about the differences in interests, lifestyles, and ethics. You can interview people or create your own opinions.

You have YouTube or other social media influencers with their own themes. They each have a well-known brand and large audience.

Choose three of these popular people and make up a project they’d work on together. What could they feature? What campaigns could they promote? Would they support a cause?

Pick something simple, such as “water,” or get more specific (“creek”). Write an entire blog post about that one word.

You can flip through a dictionary until you land on a random entry. Pick a word you can explain in detail without researching what it means.

The simpler the word, the better. It makes your post more entertaining.

You don’t want to get into statistics or complex data here. Instead, write random information your readers won’t need to know.

Do you have a coin collection? Stamps? Or do you have a collection of something unusual?

Take a few pictures and explain your collection. Why did you start collecting them? How did you find each item? Do you have any plans for what you’ll do with them?

We’re all curious about how past events could have played out, or we wish we could have witnessed a specific time in history.

Write a blog post about what events you’d visit with your own time machine. Would you change a series of events? Explain these details with your readers.

This person can be alive or deceased, and “celebrity” means more than only movie stars. Be creative in who you choose, but make sure your readers know who this person is.

Write a dialogue you’d have with this celebrity if you were to meet them.

An urban myth (also called an urban legend or old wives’ tale) is an entertaining way to humor or frighten readers.

Heads up pennies are lucky. Spilling salt brings bad luck. These old wives’ tales bring humor through superstition.

Bloody Mary, sewer alligators, and the boogeyman are urban myths that frighten.

Now it’s your turn to create your own fun or scary myth.

Is it somewhere peaceful, such as the beach, or somewhere isolated, such as the woods? Do you prefer indoors?

Share a photo of your writing space, and explain why it’s your favorite. Give details of how it helps your writing creativity and productivity. It’ll help your readers to suggest other options where they can choose to write from.

We hear odd and hilarious things almost every day. People on the subway or in the office can say things intentionally or accidentally that makes you laugh.

Write about these humorous moments in a blog post.

What would you tell Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, or your own ancestors about the current United States or world?

Pick someone from the past who lived in an entirely different environment. Try to explain today’s environment to them as if they were to time travel to the modern world.

Your future self could use references from the past as a motivator or reminder of good times. Mention the items and themes you’d keep for future reference, and explain why you’re adding them to a time capsule.

An example of a time capsule is a year’s worth of gratitude messages written on their own pieces of paper. It’ll remind you of the reasons to be grateful and elevate your mood.

The chances of winning the lottery are remote, but you can always pretend.

What would you do with a million dollars? Would you buy a mansion? Donate a portion to charity? Spend it all in one year?

Write a post about this, and explain your reasoning.

This is often a way to demonstrate company culture or represent the people running business processes. It’s a useful way to show your audience the people in charge of their success.

Share a team photo. Take a picture of your office space. It’s all about giving your readers a new insight into your business.

Have you ever watched the “Scary Movie” parodies? Or read any articles poking fun at a movie? These are great examples of parodies.

Find a movie, television show, book, artist, or genre to create a parody about. It can be a form of entertainment or an actual person. Make it something lighthearted and entertaining.

GIFs are huge on social media and in other forms of communication. They quickly explain a mood or theme. Emoticons are cool, but GIFs are better.

When you have a set date for publishing blog posts, create one based on that day’s “holiday.” Explain the theme and share examples from Twitter and Instagram.

Would you prevent an assassination? Do you want to change how a war began or ended?

Consider what’s going on around the world at the time you’re debating your next blog post idea. Is there anything problematic or upsetting you can write about, such as a war? Or, do you know of a victory you can write about, such as a war ending?

These events can be controversial at times, but it’s good to bring awareness to them with your readers nonetheless.

What industry successes can you share? Trends can exist already, or you can create your own based on experience.

The importance here is to demonstrate how the trends can help your readers. You can test the techniques yourself, or use examples from others you find.

Twitter only allows 240 characters per tweet. Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook hide text when it gets too long. These are reasons why you might write an extension of your social media activity in its own blog post.

If you’re recovering from a viral controversy, write about what you learned from the social media users and their complaints. It’s a useful way to expand your apology, if applicable, to allow everyone to see it.

What happened on July 4th, 1776? It’s Independence Day in the USA. What about a European event, such as D-Day?

When you know you’re posting on a specific day, research historical events you can mention and explain. It’s helpful to choose events people might know but not in enough detail, such as when and where the U.S. Civil War began.

People like to see businesses demonstrate transparency, and that can include bloggers. Disclose how your blog is performing, such as daily visitor counts or profits you made that year.

Explain your history from beginning to now. When did you start, or when did your industry? How did you grow step by step? Did you have any setbacks?

Share your history as a timeline graphic, but expand on it further down in your post. People like to see this information to help them succeed as well.

The actual anniversary can be anything with a start date: a wedding, the first post you published, the day you made your first profit…

Pick an event you can celebrate in its own post. Write about its importance and how things have gone ever since. Were there any roadblocks or advancements along the way?

Did you recently attend a conference? A concert? A webinar?

Write about how it went. Explain what went well and what could’ve been better. Include both the information and any emotions you felt along the way. Provide any takeaways you have now as lessons learned and applicable knowledge.

The U.S. Civil War had a huge impact on the country. The South did not secede and slavery became illegal. This war is a popular one for how important it was for America’s future.

Stir the pot. Ruffle some feathers. (In a strategic way.)

Do you have a contrary opinion about a common illusion?

You can write counter-arguments about what money really buys or what it doesn’t. Give your opinion on financial power. Does the world actually have to be controlled by the wealthy?

Give your readers instructions and a topic for them to respond to in a comment. Make sure the topic has clear sides people can take, and let them debate with each other about them.

Here’s a tricky post blog topic. The current state of politics around the world is controversial even without your post. This is one of those times you should know your audience well.

Choose what political affiliation you’d join as a presidential candidate, and create your own campaign plan. Run with it from the beginning to whether you’re elected or not.

We can’t change a lot about the world and life as a whole. We can’t prevent aging or change the current weather conditions.

Find something you know is fixed and permanently in that state. It can be something simple and agreeable, such as criticizing the temperature outside. Or, it can be more controversial to cause a stir.

A person’s nationality, skin color, or religion is often used as a stereotype to judge a group of people. They all have an origin and can affect people in many ways.

Create a list of the stereotypes you see as prevalent in your country or the world. This is your opportunity to explain why these prejudices are wrong and damaging.

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones, or are you one of those who never enjoyed it?

Do you agree with a popular opinion, or can you challenge one from your minority input?

Challenging a majority about what they like or believe is true is a controversy in the making. Provide legitimate arguments to defend your contrary opinion, and avoid hostile language.

We’ve moved on from some arguments and viral controversies, but you can always revive them with your own analysis.

What can you bring up again to remind people about? Find something you can give new details about to offer a reason for the reminder.

This isn’t a time to attack a person with insults and threats. Create a rumor that sparks curiosity but for entertainment purposes.

You can expand on an existing rumor or invent your own. Try to get this rumor to spread beyond your blog by promoting your post everywhere.

Have you ever enjoyed eating a lemon by itself for no reason? Very few people do.

Choose an activity or item that’s usually disliked but you enjoy, and share your reasoning or story in a blog post.

What’s considered a mistake? Does everyone agree it was the wrong decision? You can cause a little controversy by analyzing a decision that isn’t universally considered a mistake.

On the other hand, you can choose a decision that the majority agrees was a mistake. Make an argument for why it wasn’t actually a bad decision, if you can.

Find another blogger you can team up with to create a mock “war” between you. As long as you keep it fun, you can entertain both blogger audiences.

It can get controversial if you start insulting each other or direct your attention on the blogger instead of their blog. Be mindful that this should be a collaboration, not real hostility between you.

We all make mistakes, but some are big and potentially controversial. You might have made a mistake that caused serious consequences.

Do you have any mistakes you can include in a blog post? Select a mistake you learned from, and share those lessons with a final outcome.

What fact do you think you can argue against? How can you create a counter-argument to prove your point?

This can be tough to do, but it’s an effective way to demonstrate your creativity. It can be controversial if you choose a heated topic.

A prediction might be relevant to a specific industry, or it could focus on mainstream news. What industry trends can you predict? Who do you think will win the Academy Award for Best Actor?

You’ll have better luck proving your prediction if you can give evidence of its validity. Demonstrate why and how your prediction will take place.

Choose a topic currently debated, and analyze each side of the topic. Then, take a side to contribute your own opinion.

This can be a heated debate, such as a news story, or it can be calmer, such as an industry best practice. Whichever debate you choose, make sure you’re explaining both sides equally before taking a side yourself.

It can be tough to explain a failure everyone knows about. People already know why, so it’s better to give your own take on it or find a lesser-known example.

Would you want to meet Charles Manson? Or Hannibal Lecter? The criminal doesn’t have to be someone known to be evil. You might even want to meet someone wrongfully convicted.

In your blog post, explain why you’d meet that person and what you’d talk about. What would you do afterward, if anything?

These blog topics shine the spotlight on you, your blog, your business, etc.

Can you be this concise? Five words might be too tough, so try to narrow the description down to something more manageable.

Describe a self-promotion topic in only a few words or one sentence. Keep it as simple as possible. Then, use the rest of your post to expand on what you wrote.

Businesses make mistakes, and people expect an apology. Show genuine understanding and legitimate commitment to preventing further issues.

If you make a mistake, write your apology as a blog post.

Do you have your own manifesto? Create one and share it as a blog post.

People love stories based on real people and their actual lives. Your dedicated readers will want to learn more about you, so why not write a shortened memoir about your life?

It can be specific to a single event or aspect of your life.

For example, you can write a memoir about an event that changed your life. Did you experience a large setback in your career? What prompted it? What happened because of it? How did you cope or overcome this challenge?

What inspired you to start your business or blog? How did you begin?

Share why you started this path and what you did over time to help it grow.

It can be a presentation or something more personal, such as a wedding toast.

Share your draft or notes from when you gave your speech. You can also add details about how the speech went. Was it well-received? Did you learn anything from the experience?

This is an expanded version of your mission statement or value proposition.

What would you say if an investor asked why they should care? What do you offer that others don’t?

What can you share about your own company? If it’s just you, share your own values, passions, and mission.

It’s becoming increasingly popular and expected for companies to have a publicized culture. This means explaining how your team works together and what you all value.

Some businesses dedicate a whole webpage to explain their culture, but you can do both. Create a blog post that introduces and explains your company culture in a different way.

This is similar to a roundup post. You worked hard to create something, and getting experts to review it is important. With these reviews, you can attract more people who will now value your material and take it seriously.

Sometimes these expert reviews can be similar to social proof. You can feature the praise you received on social media in your blog post.

If you’re trying to impress as a job seeker or influencer, this blog idea can be effective.

Put a version of your resume up, but format it to fit with the rest of your blog. You might even consider creating an infographic out of it.

Who are the masterminds behind the scenes at your company?

Whether it’s teammates or executives, create an interview structure as a blog post. Share both personal and professional staff answers. It’ll give your readers a better appreciation and connection with you all.

How are your products or services better than other companies in your industry? Why should people buy yours instead of theirs?

Write a blog post that emphasizes how your offerings are a better choice. Provide the good with the bad for your competitors. Then explain how your offerings can help prospective buyers more effectively.

Did you recently hire a new teammate?

This is the perfect time to give them a warm welcome. Sharing company culture announcements, such as hiring updates, also gives your readers an inside look at how your company is growing.

If you accept guest posts, your expectations need to be clear. Create a descriptive guide explaining what you’re looking for and how to pitch.

Give your readers what they need to know before they reach out, and that’ll help you narrow down the pitches.

Give your website visitors a single place to go if they have typical questions.

Answer these frequently asked questions as clearly and helpfully as possible, with links to relevant internal pages to continue visitor traffic and increase interest.

Do you have news about a new product feature? Is your company expanding its offerings?

Publish new content that updates your readers about anything that has changed.

Share your thoughts, emotions, knowledge, and experiences.

Are you an aspiring or successful fiction writer? Writing a short story on your blog is a useful way to get people’s attention.

Choose a plotline that can serve a themed purpose based on who you are and what your blog is about. Then, write a short story that goes from beginning to end, or leave your readers with a cliffhanger.

Whether it’s a nap in kindergarten or your first bite of pizza, what’s the first thing you remember?

Are you going through something tough, such as a divorce? Is there an event happening that’s more uplifting, such as a sabbatical?

Poetry is moving and powerful. It can inspire people, especially writers, to continue with their craft or goal.

Poetry can range from Edgar Allan Poe to Maya Angelou. Pick one or a few you like, or better yet, write your own.

Do you have a family tradition that others might consider unusual?

Share these traditions as a blog post. See if your readers relate to them or have their own strange traditions.

Whether it’s a marriage, new child, or something affecting your professional life, they are all significant events to share as blog posts.

Tell your readers about what happened, how you felt about it, and what happened as a result. Give your readers a story that inspires or teaches them.

Are you living the nomad life? Are you taking a short-term trip somewhere?

Share your journey as you reside or visit different places. What did you do there? What did you like or dislike about your time there?

Are you a cat or dog owner? Or do you have a favorite wild animal?

Take a picture and describe this animal in every detail.

This isn’t limited to physical appearance. Share your behavioral observations, and give your opinions about good or bad qualities.

Pick a photo you own of family, a place, or anything special. Then, explain why you value this photo.

Why did you pick that specific photo? What’s its significance to you? This is an opportunity to tell a whole story based on a single photo.

Think about a time when something random popped into your head.

What sparked this weird thought, if anything? Was it something humorous or just random?

Write a blog post about any weird thoughts that recently came up. Or, pick ones from a while ago that were so strange you still remember them.

We all have stories we consider embarrassing, but which ones are funny or relatable?

Give your readers a good laugh by telling them one of your most embarrassing experiences. Don’t be afraid to expose any goofiness or other humorous causes.

What are you most afraid of, and why does this affect you so much? What caused this fear or phobia?

The Marvel superheroes give you some ideas, so which superpower would you want to have?

Explain the reasons why you’d want this superpower and what you’d do with it.

Did you have an event where something memorable happened? Was there someone who did something meaningful for you? Or, do you remember doing something kind for someone else?

Your favorite memory spans from your earliest childhood experience to today. You have a vast supply of ideas, but is there one your readers would appreciate reading about?

One of the best ways to get a specific person, group, or business’ attention is to write a public letter to them as a blog post.

Jon Morrow of Smart Blogger writes open letters to bloggers for various reasons.

His posts speak directly to new bloggers under that theme. It’s an effective way of making a connection with that targeted audience.

Write about why you admire a group or why you respect a specific situation.

Is there a person either real or fictional, dead or alive, who you’d switch places with if you could?

Pick someone from a popular television show or movie. Is there a book character you’d switch with? Or a historical person?

This can be someone you know personally, such as a family member, or it can be someone you admire from a distance.

Who inspires you, and how do their life choices affect your own?

You might have a favorite vacation spot or a specific environment. Or, it might be a childhood toy.

Whatever you choose, share a photo and explain why it’s so important to you. Tell its backstory and how it affected you from the start.

Have you lost a member of your family? Did you have a pet that recently passed?

Release your grief in the form of a memorial blog post. Your readers might relate or show sympathy.

Those “knock, knock” jokes are well-past overdone. This is an opportunity for you to make people laugh with your own joke.

Keep it civil unless you’re trying to spark controversy.

Hollywood has produced a wide array of entertainment with plot twists. Which one surprised you the most?

Some of the biggest surprises of modern movie history have been during Atonement, Fight Club, and anything by M. Night Shyamalan.

Every family has stories to tell, including their ancestry and any impact on each other and society.

Share a story behind your family tree. You can focus on your immediate relatives going back in time, or extend it to an entire side of your family (paternal or maternal).

What bothers you most about society, your surroundings, your family, or yourself? Can you name what your most prominent pet peeve is?

Describe why it’s a problem for you, and include any details about what you do when you face it during your day.

Dreams are ideal, but it seems like we remember nightmares more vividly. Did you recently have a memorable dream? Or was it a haunting nightmare?

Share the experience with your readers in a blog post.

Whichever approach you choose, explain what goals you’d add for yourself. Make it a theme (personal vs professional) and include both short-term and long-term goals.

We have people in our lives we value as companions. We might also have possessions we treasure.

Write a blog post about the people in your life you couldn’t live without (not literally), or list items you hold dear.

A fictional character can come from television, movies, or books. Pick a character that you relate to or respect. Find one that inspires or entertains you.

In a blog post, explain why you chose this character. If they are lesser-known, share more about where they’re from, their backstory, and any other descriptions you have.

A favorite quote blog post goes beyond sharing the quote itself.

It explains why you chose it, including how you feel about the message and what impact it has on you. You can also give a backstory of where the quote originated and describe any historical impact it had.

What sport do you watch every season with enthusiasm? Which team do you know every player’s name and jersey number? Is there a mascot in any sport you like the most?

Which musical artist do you listen to every time you play music? Do you have a favorite song or genre?

Describe your interests, including why you chose them and how they affect you.

A challenge for this type of post should be multi-step and inspiring. You’ll want to have ways of sharing your progress over time, and your readers will appreciate any motivational stories you share with each update.

Some popular challenges people follow publicly are diets, weight loss, or getting in shape. Any challenge to improve one’s health is bound to be popular.

On the other hand, nonprofit fundraisers can have a huge impact if you share them as your challenging process blog post.

What do you do whenever you have an opportunity to step away from work? Is there a recreational activity you do regularly?

Where would you travel to if you had the opportunity? Say you had an unlimited budget and endless vacation days at work.

Describe where you’d go, why, and what you’d do while there.

You don’t have to be dying to create this type of blog post. In fact, this topic idea can actually be used for humor.

Step outside your norm and look at other lifestyles and cultures.

What have people done during past natural disasters? What did they do to survive?

How have people responded to unnatural disasters? Were they helpful or passive? Did they support each other or run away?

Analyze these past situations to predict how humans would behave in future instances.

Each country has its own culture, and people live differently from other parts of the world.

If you’re in the USA, describe how you live differently from, say, the Japanese. Compare your country and practices with other societies.

Are you the next Steve Jobs? Or would you invent a new service for blogging efficiency?

Share your ideas of what you’d create, who would benefit from it, and how it would work.

Disclaimer: make sure you seek a patent or copyright if you’re seriously considering this.

There are alternate theories about major events throughout history.

For example, some say aliens exist and an invasion is imminent. They say the United States government hides the evidence in Area 51.

Do you have your own conspiracy theory? Share your reasoning in a blog post.

What could you improve around the world? Would you end hunger? Stop a genocide?

Those are sinister examples of global issues, but is there something different you’d change (end or fix)?

You might’ve heard about people who fear spiders (arachnophobia) or fear the outdoors (agoraphobia).

Those are more common than, say, alektorophobia (fear of chickens) or globophobia (fear of balloons).

Is there life out there? Can humans thrive on other planets or their moons?

These scientific mysteries are still unsolved, so you have an opportunity to analyze them yourself.

Did you know you can engage in cannibalism in Idaho if you’re in life-threatening conditions? In Singapore, chewing gum is illegal.

There are random and controversial laws in every U.S, State and other countries as well.

Create your own list post with these ridiculous laws to share with your readers.

It’s the ultimate question we all want answered.

Deep Thought* answered it with “42,” but you can provide your own interpretation.

Other than “what is the meaning of life,” you have lots of questions you can answer about our existence.

What happens when we die? Is there a higher power?

Choose an existential question you can answer with your own words and opinions.

Humans today are vulnerable to all kinds of addiction.

Some are more serious than others (television shows versus heroin, for example).

You can create a long list as a blog post while explaining their causes and consequences. Also include tips and resources to help people overcome their addictions.

Look into the lifestyles that might start off fine but can become problematic over time. Give a suggestion for how to prevent or resolve any issues resulting from those lifestyles.

For example, collecting something can expand into hoarding sometimes.

Pet lovers might advocate for shelters. Inner city nonprofits assist at-risk youth, which is a cause worth promoting as well.

Look in yourself and find what motivates you to act. Then, find a nonprofit that supports this need.

Do you have a writer you can interview for an inside look into their daily life? Or is there someone in a different field that relates better to your blog theme?

Write a blog post that shows a different, more personal side to someone’s life.

Choose whether you want to examine a business or an industry. It can be yours or another one.

Take a close look at how it began, including the steps and challenges involved. Were there any setbacks or controversies?

Influencers don’t accept any and all interview requests. If you get that opportunity, you need to make it worthwhile for them and your readers.

What is it about a business or brand that you like or appreciate? What do they do or offer that you admire or enjoy?

Share why this business or brand is your favorite, and convince your readers to feel the same way.

Think of an advancement in technology that is new and makes a huge impact. What made this breakthrough successful? How did it affect society to have this impact?

For example, the iPhone was an innovative technology that changed how phones were made from then on.

Do people still believe that the Earth is flat? That’s less likely believed.

Do some people believe in an urban legend or conspiracy theory? That’s something you can argue against.

You have haunted houses with actors and props.

Then you have haunted prisons and other locations with dark or mysterious histories. Those are truly haunted places you can recommend to readers looking for a good scare.

The Smithsonian Museum or Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are popular places you can recommend, but what are some that are less common?

Expand your recommendations to local museums instead of only national or international ones. Create a theme, such as a war or historical event, to give your readers a list they might not have considered before.

Are you a fan of a social media management service? Or an entertaining mobile app? Or a free online tool?

Create a descriptive list of your favorites with pros and cons for each.

What’s a book you recently read? Or, reread one from a while back.

Then, analyze the good and bad about that book. What was well done versus not? Do you recommend that book to a specific reader type?

These blog post ideas get your readers involved. Let their voices be heard.

Did you ever show off something in school as a homework assignment, explaining why you chose it to your classmates?

“Show and Tell” is a popular activity in general, so why not offer it as an opportunity for your readers?

Start by sharing something of your own. Then, offer your readers to show off something they value in the blog comments section.

What could you imagine as a suspenseful or entertaining mystery?

Share clues as blog posts to get your readers to participate. Allow them to give their questions and possible answers in a comment, but don’t give away the correct answer until the end.

What are some issues people have in your field or blog genre?

Give your own ideas for resolving these complaints, even if you’re not responsible for them.

Say you shared a progress series about weight loss. You can help your readers follow your success by suggesting they challenge themselves, too.

As an alternative, participate in a challenge along with your readers, and check in to allow them to share their own progress in real-time.

You might have run into another blog post or someone’s question on social media. Use this reference to respond in your own post.

Give a critique of their blog post and offer your input. Answer any questions or praise any innovative ideas.

Find a current activity you can join, and record your participation in a blog post.

You have valued customers, and they’re enjoying your products. Ask them to share how they’re using them. Then, feature their social media post* about it through your own accounts as well as on your website.

People love feeling loved, especially when they think they’re unimportant or ignored by a brand.

By featuring your most engaging or valued followers or commentators, you give them the spotlight. They’ll also see that you’re paying attention and genuinely care.

Have you participated in “Small Business Saturday” after Thanksgiving? Do you visit art shows or galleries? Who is a writer you appreciate?

Write a blog post that showcases them, including the reasons why they deserve reader attention. Your references will appreciate the free promotion.

Buzzfeed is well-known for creating popular and fun quizzes. You can quiz yourself on how well you know the Game of Thrones television show or determine which house you’d fit in at Hogwarts.

Quizzes are a useful way of getting current subscribers to stay engaged, and you can acquire more readership through them as well.

Do you want to vet a new blog topic to see if your readers want to see it? Or, are you trying to determine the current sentiment your readers have about your blog?

Add a poll to your next blog post and send it out to your email list.

A blog post is a practical place for introducing your contest. Convince your readers to participate and set the ground rules in this post.

Test your audience on a topic, or get their industry input for your next research study.

With surveys, you give your readers a voice and power over survey results. Make sure you share the final results to let them know how everyone else responded, too.

Do you ever feel daunted by the high number of posts you need to publish within a short period of time? You have a list of content ideas, but your schedule has overwhelmed you.

This is one of those times when you can open your blog to guest contributors. You can take an invite-only approach or allow anyone to apply.

Follower counts are one major way people choose accounts to follow on social media. If you only have 1,000 followers right now, you won’t grow that number as fast as an account that has 100,000.

This is why they’d appreciate some free promotion in a blog post. Compile a list of accounts you agree with that might need a boost in followers, and share that list on your blog.

Blog recommendation lists can expand your reach and influence. You can get the other bloggers’ attention, and your readers will appreciate the extra resources around that topic.

Don’t be afraid to write this post. You won’t be driving people away, and you should always feature your own blog within that post, too.

240 characters is not enough to say much, and the restriction can even cause miscommunications.

That’s why you’d benefit from writing a blog post response. It can be your tweet or someone else’s, but the point is to get your message out without creating 10+ tweets to explain.

Many conferences promote a live-tweet opportunity for those at conferences and from afar. Live-blogging is an expanded version of that.

Question prompts get you thinking. You can refer to them repeatedly for inspiration.

Are you ready to take that empty content calendar and fill it to the brim?

Take a deep breath, stretch, and get to writing.

And if there’s a great blog idea, blog topic, or question prompt you’d like to see added to the list, let us know in a comment below.

If our editor likes it, he might add it and cite you as the source.

Good luck, my friend.

You’ve got this.

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