How to Brainstorm 100 Blog Post Ideas in 30 Minutes + Free Printable

One of the hardest things in my first few years of blogging was definitely coming up with blog post ideas. I never planned ahead and I certainly didn’t have very good ideas either. If you scroll back to my old posts, they’re all made out of reviews, more reviews… and oh, did I mention reviews? I’m not saying reviews are bad (they’re not!), it’s just that having a well-balanced variety of content on your blog will definitely do you good!

How to Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas in 30 Minutes + FREE Printable

The most popular posts on my blog are my Tips to Study Effectively For Your Exams post, my DIY Eyeshadow Primer post, and of course, my Why You’re Not Losing Weight + How to Lose 10lbs in 30 Days post, followed by my 16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now post. I’m mentioning these posts because it will increase my internal links (HAHAHA), but no, really because you can see that these are informative articles that will help your readers solve some sort of problem. But the problem with writing these sort of content is how hard it is to come up with ideas. And when you don’t know what to write about, that’s when blogging starts to feel like a chore. Trust me, once you get yourself a list of blog post ideas, you’ll be so excited and can’t wait to write your posts!

So after that long paragraph of me rambling (as usual), I’m going to show you how you can easily come up with 100 blog post ideas RIGHT NOW. Yep, right now. In under 30 minutes, too 😉 I also included a free printable that you can download to start brainstorming for ideas right now!

How to Brainstorm 100 Blog Post Ideas in 30 Minutes + FREE Printable

Grab a cuppa, sit down and open up a Google Docs.

This is the most crucial part of brainstorming for post ideas (or brainstorming for anything, in fact)! Clear 30 minutes out of your day, get your favourite drink (mine is bubble tea right now, so good omg), clear your mind of all distractions and get ready to do some brainstorming! Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and your friends can wait 30 minutes. Open up a blank Google Docs so you can write down all the blog post ideas that you’re going to come up with. If you’re not already using Google Docs for blog post ideas, I highly suggest it! I don’t know about you, but I always get struck by the best ideas when I’m out and about and then forget about it when I get home. Having a Google Docs for your blog post ideas means that you can access and edit it on your phone wherever inspiration struck so you’ll never forget any ideas ever again!

What are existing problems that people need help with?

When you’re completely out of ideas, hit the forums! Do a quick search on Google and find a forum catered to your niche. If you’re a beauty blogger, search for beauty forums. Food blogger? Search for food forums! You get the drill. “But why”, you ask? Because you can easily get 50 blog post ideas in 10 minutes, that’s why! These are actual, real people asking real questions that they need answers to. When you get to the forum, read through all the questions people are asking and think of blog posts that you can write to answer those questions. For example, say one of the questions I see on a forum is “Can I wear makeup while exercising?”. Based on this one question, I can see myself writing “Best Makeup For Your Workout Sesh”, “Best Sweat-proof Makeup Products”, and “Minimal Makeup Look For the Gym”. Voila, three posts from just one question!

Research the current trends.

This one is so, so, so important and something that you should already be doing! Pull up Google (lol thank god for Google, right?) and research the current trends in your niche. Remember that time when everyone was crazy about getting Kylie Jenner lips? That was my inspiration (duh haha) for my “How to Get Kylie Jenner aka Plump Lips” post.

What are you good at?

What are YOU good at doing? Do you make a killer lemon meringue pie that you think everybody needs to try? Share your recipe with your readers! Do you take gorgeous photographs and know your camera like the back of your hand? Share a tutorial on your tips + tricks on taking beautiful pictures! Do you have tips and tricks to suggest that you’ve personally tried and works like a charm? Share them! I’ve shared some tips and tricks I’ve collected over the years in posts like How to Study Effectively For Your Exams, 5 Travel Beauty Hacks That You NEED to Know, How to Pitch Brands + Free Email Template, and of course, this post you’re reading right now!

Mindmap it out.

Remember in school (or it might be an Asian thing?) where your teachers would suggest using mind maps to help you study? If you have no idea what I’m talking about (then probably it’s a Malaysian thing lol), mind mapping is basically like a tree. Your main topic is your trunk, and then you add branches out into subtopics, and twigs into subtopics of your subtopics. Why they don’t call it a tree map is beyond me! It honestly didn’t help me back then lol, but it has come in very handy for brainstorming blog post ideas! If you’re too lazy (like me!) to make your own mind map, I have a FREE printable template that you can download right here!

Brainstorm 100 Blog Post Ideas Right Now | + FREE Printable

But if you feel like starting from scratch and making your own, let’s get started!! Start by making your trunk! Write down your main topic according to your niche. Depending on your niche(s), you can create many different mind maps. For mine, I usually create three mind maps that include the three topics I write about – beauty, lifestyle and blogging. So if you’re a travel blogger, travel will be your trunk.

Then we can start drawing our branches! Draw a branch (which is just a line lol) out from your trunk, and write down a subtopic of your topic. Do one branch for each subtopic. Subtopics are basically general posts you can write about. For example, for Beauty (and most niches), you would have one branch called “Reviews”, one called “Tutorials”, one called “Articles” and maybe one called “DIY”.

Then it’s time for our twigs (totally unrelated side note – MAC Twig lipstick is dabomb.com ← does anyone still use this expression though?)! For the twigs under each branch, just write out whatever the heck comes to mind when you see your branch. Like when you see Tutorials and you instantly think of “Galaxy Nails Tutorial” (heh see what I did there again?), then write it down! Write everything. EVERYTHING. Down!

Those are some of my no-fail tips and tricks to help you brainstorm a TON of blog post ideas! I use all these tips myself and have never run out of blog post ideas (or at least, not anymore). Hopefully, this was helpful to you and you’ve now got a list of blog post ideas that isn’t running out anytime soon! Alright, how many blog post ideas did you get? Also, how do YOU brainstorm for blog post ideas? Let us know in the comments!

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Thanks for reading, xoxo

Jiawun

  • Shelby Stover

    I’d add to spin offs to posts. Meaning, instead of trying to get a crazy amount of information into one post, break it into a few different posts 🙂

  • For some reason I’ve always been good with coming up with ideas. Once you get started it can be hard to stop! Like Shelby said, you could branch off of posts you’ve already written or ideas you have, or you can start a series where you feature something similar every month. I have more ideas than I do time to write about them all!

  • I love to brainstorm…although I do get in a funk every now and then, otherwise, I like to let my brain run wild.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    Brainstorming ideas can definitely be tough, however these tips are really great starting points!

  • Holly Habeck

    These are all great tips! I definitely struggled with coming up with ideas at first, but I’ve found that the more I write and create content, the more inspired I am and the more ideas I come up with 🙂 xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

  • Wonderful tips! I have a long list of content to create which I’m so happy about. I used to struggle with figuring out what to write about.

  • These are great tips! I always find that I come up with ideas randomly and try to make sure I write them down whenever they pop up. I definitely need to sit down and do some brainstorming though 🙂

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

  • hahaha “mindmap it out” I remember these! We have a long list of blog ideas stacked up, but now I need to comb through them and jot down a quick outline for the posts so we’ll be ready to jump in and write them!

    http://www.andthenwetried.com

  • Ashon

    Woonderful tips I must put these into practice. There are days where nothing comes to my mind although I have some ideas in head I struggle what to write about. I definitely need to try try this mindmap it out!

    xx Ashon
    http://ashonfashionary.com/back-to-vintage-style-floral-midi-dress-baker-boy-cap/

  • Yes…definitely check out what’s trending because that is almost guaranteed traffic to your blog

  • I love the idea of looking at forums! I’d never even thought of that.
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

  • mind mapping is a great tip! it really helps get the ideas going!

  • Vicki

    Thanks for the tips! Researching current trends is a good one to bring in traffic.

  • Super Millennial

    Mindmapping is huge, I just started it this year and can’t believe how helpful it is!

  • Wow amazing ideas thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Miss ALK

    These are such good tips for beating blogging writers’ block- ah!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • Adriana

    These are great tips! I’ve been in a little bit of a rut lately, so these are awesome and definitely going to help!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    These are so great! Sometimes I get stuck and unsure what to write about. Sometimes I take a break to get revitalized.

  • Yolanda

    Great tips and I love that there is a time limit of 30 mins. I feel like when you dedicate time and just go for it, so many ideas can surface!

  • Nicole Leith

    Oh my goodness! I needed this so much. I’ve been struggling for awhile. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Trisha Rawlings

    These are such great tips! I especially like the first one – using forums to help people with problems they’re currently having. I had never thought to use forums to looks for things like this, but this is such a great idea! Thank you!!

  • I pinned this because I always love writing tips and you broke this down and made it so easy! What I love is that blogging should be very service oriented (what do I have to offer other people) and writing to answer people’s problems definitely addresses that.

  • Love these tips girl! I’m planning on having a brainsotrming session this week for the remainder of my content for September and October because I have a lot happening in life the next two months. So I’m hoping to really push out content as much as possible. Thanks for sharing!

  • Pinned it! I totally needed this right now.

  • Anna Hubbard

    This is great advice, especially because I’m going through a bout of writer’s block right now! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mindmapping is my saving grace! My brain is always so jumbled up, so being able to put all my thoughts to paper is a surefire way for me to get some good content out there. I love these tips!

  • Lovelovelove these tips, girl! I also love having regular brainstorm sessions!

  • Such great tips! Bookmarking this for days when I’m out of blogging ideas.

    Jennifer Ashley // http://www.prettylittledetails.com