One of the hardest things about writing a regular blog is continually looking for blog ideas.
Many years ago, I wrote for a local newspaper. Each week I produced 3 regular columns as well as news articles. I quickly learned that I had to maintain a strong list of topics to pursue because that weekly deadline seemed to come around double quick when I was out of ideas.
If you sometimes need a little brain jolt, I recommend that you bookmark Quora.com and visit when you are looking for blog ideas. It is a fascinating site where you can find interesting information and anecdotes about almost anything in the world.
Format is simple: people ask questions (you can too), then other people, including you, can answer those questions. Most popular answer posts are written in a conversational tone, and allow you, the reader, to share the experiences of the writers.
Some of the questions are quite frivolous, but many of them are thought-provoking and memorable. Recently, I read an answer by a well-known author who wrote about the changes in the book publishing field over the last 20 or so years. No, he wasn’t a happy camper.
Then I found multiple stories of great kindnesses, answering the question “What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?” Nice to read about good things happening in the world. . .
The questions range from the ridiculous to the sublime: “What is the importance of rational message in marketing communication?” “What are currently the hot topics in computer science research?” “What still-potentially-useful English words are trending downward?” Then we can get silly: “What is the cutest thing your dog has ever done?”
The site is fascinating for it reveals so much of the human nature. Answers can be quite academic, but many tend toward the anecdotal. You can also find reviews of almost anything—lawyers, software, movies, even books. Trending right now are reviews of the Pokemon apps. Questions tend to be current and most of the time, odd but fun to read.
When you start looking for blog ideas, just start wandering around in Quora.com. If nothing else, you will find many captivating stories and might even start answering some questions. This is a resource every blog writer should use.