Better Blogging: 50 tips for great blog topics

Part of my series sharing tips to improve blogging (Link)
Part of my series sharing tips to improve blogging (Link)

We’ve made it through the first week and a half of 2013 and I’m willing to be there’s a few folks already struggling with their New Year’s resolutions. For those of you who set a few goals for your social media outreach, did this include a plan to be more consistent in your blogging efforts?

There’s nothing more frustrating than struggling to come up with new blogging topics. For me, it came easier to write 4-5 blog posts a week when I had great thinking time on the tractor in the hay field or while on horseback checking cattle. Those activities provided a great opportunity to sort out my thoughts and set the world to right. But that doesn’t come as easily when I’m at the desk or working on my research review.

As part of my Better Blogging series, here’s a few tips to get you going on your search for better consistency on your blogging and finding great blog topics.

  1. Google Alerts – I use these frequently in staying up to date with headlines important to me. Set up a few alerts using key words that are relevant to your blogging strategy. Read the headlines, pick a few stories to read.
  2. Trade Publications – Most in Agriculture have a growing pile of monthly trade publications and magazines on their coffee table. Next time one comes in the mail, earmark a few stories and use them to launch a blog topic with your response.
  3. Read other blogs – One great way to get an idea of what topics are popular is to read what other folks are writing. Subscribe to your favorite blogs and set up a separate inbox folder so updates are easy to flip through when you have a moment to catch up.
  4. Write a sequel – Some of my most recurring hits from search engines are a result of writing about topics more than once. Did you previously write about a topic that sparked a good conversation? Revisit the topic and follow-up with your recent updates.
  5. Attend a local event – One of the most important parts of advocacy I will emphasize again and again is getting out in your community. Attend a meeting on food or community topics, go to an industry conventionease out of your comfort zone, start a conversation  then write about the events.
  6. Respond to the news – Is there a news headline that struck an interest today? Did a group or organization make a move that you agree/disagree with? Chances are other folks are looking for other opinions on the same topics. Write down your thoughts in the heat of the moment, but always wait to publish until you’ve had a chance to cool down and review.
Or sometimes the best remedy is to find a place to sit and clear the mind.
Or sometimes the best remedy is to find a place to sit and clear the mind.

These are just a few suggestions to get those wheels turning, cranking out those blog posts. For a few more ideas, here’s a list of 50 techniques to help with your blogstorming next time you get stuck with writer’s block.

What are some of your favorite techniques to come up with new blog post topics?



  1. Ryan, great post and your blog is a good example of what blogs can do. I love its setup and its outreach. My background is in marketing, so I love the way the social web interconnects and creates possibilities.
    I’d also suggest that would-be bloggers check out some of the blogging books at bookstores and online. There are quite a few for both the beginner and advanced blogger.
    As you probably guessed, I’m an animal nut (smile) — so reading blogs like yours is a great way to get to know people of varying viewpoints.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Kay! There are several great books out there as resources, I just haven’t had the opportunity to invest in them. I may have to share a few recommendations from friends in a future post.

      And that’s right. It’s a great way to connect with folks from different viewpoints. I probably learn more in doing that than most other things.

  2. It is interesting to me (as a blogger) to track what posts resonate with my readers. It is not always the posts I that I personally like the best that seem to attract the most reads. The posts that I enjoy writing the most I tend to develop ideas for when I am quietly working outside with my animals (cattle and horses). There is something about that special quiet time that brings thoughts to my mind that I ended up blogging about. (Much like what you describe up above when you are moving cattle or working in the tractor).

    Some of my most read posts end up being tied to current news events. Those posts are difficult to write because many times I feel defensive about the topic, and I made a vow to myself when I first began blogging that I would never use my writings as “vent sessions”. It is hard to turn a negative news story into a positive outreach effort, so those posts always take a lot of time to write (sometimes are written many times before I am happy with the outcome).

    Blogging is an amazing world, and one that has brought many positives into my life. I find myself thinking about the ways that I care for my animals from the eyes of my readers and that broadens my perspective. Often times, I also believe that this makes me a better person and animal caregiver. I tell my daughters that “no matter how good you are, you can always get better” and I believe that blogging has provided another means for self improvement in my life.

    Thanks for the thoughts–good luck with school. I hope that you will be in Tampa and NCBA–I would love to meet you.


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