50 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Blog Post Idea

Sometimes we just need a little spark of an idea to get us started with our next blog post.

Where is that spark hiding?

In totally random order, here are 50 different places you can look for inspiration.

Just let your mind wander a bit and each of these can inspire very interesting topics.

  1. Your Favorite News Website
  2. The News Website You Hate
  3. That Gossip Blog You’d Never Admit to Reading
  4. The Fansite for Your Favorite TV Show
  5. YouTube Random Search for a Random Word
  6. Your Blog RSS Reader
  7. Your Email Inbox
  8. Your Email Spam Folder
  9. The Stack of Magazines Hiding Somewhere in Your Office
  10. The Book You’re Currently Reading
  11. The Book You Bought But Haven’t Read Yet
  12. What’s Playing On Your iPod/MP3 Player
  13. The Last Advertising Billboard You Saw
  14. The Yellow Pages
  15. Your Local Newspaper
  16. The Items on Your To-Do List
  17. The Last Movie Your Kids Made You Watch
  18. TV Shows or Movies You’ve Watched
  19. The Celebrity That Drives You Crazy (Good or Bad Crazy)
  20. A Quotes Website like QuotesGarden
  21. Social Networking (Ask a Random Question)
  22. The Last Website that Linked to You
  23. The Comments Section of Your Blog
  24. The Items on Your Desk
  25. The View of Nature Through Your Window
  26. The 7 Wonders of the World (or whatever landmarks fascinate you)
  27. The Last Vacation/Trip You Took
  28. What’s Coming Up On Your Calendar
  29. The Catalog That Came in the Mail This Week
  30. Your Favorite Cereal Box
  31. The Sunday Comics
  32. Something That’s Changed Recently in Your Life
  33. Those Things That Never Seem to Change in Your Life
  34. Late Night Shows / Stand Up Comedy
  35. Your Favorite Recent Work Project
  36. The Last “Disaster” Project You Worked On
  37. Wikipedia
  38. Digg, Reddit or StumbleUpon
  39. Yahoo! Answers or Quora
  40. Facebook Groups
  41. Forums
  42. Clickbank or Lulu
  43. Amazon.com
  44. Billboards
  45. Flickr or Stock Photography Websites
  46. YouTube or Vimeo
  47. Library or Bookstore
  48. Your Vision Board
  49. EHow or Buzzle
  50. Blog Posts with Blog Post Ideas

Your turn!  Get writing!

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12 Comments

  1. Love this! What about the last monologue from late night TV? (I know you put TV, but this is more specific — and i’m watching it right now , when I should be blogging)
    :-)
    Lisa Rothstein recently posted… Getting fired – a DaVinci’s dream?My Profile

    1. Oh good one! I can imagine that could spark some very interesting ideas…
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… The Human Connection: Why I Love Social NetworkingMy Profile

  2. I love it when you do lists Michelle – they are always so inspiring.

    One of my favorite ways to find topics is by browsing through Google on a topic that I feel like writing about. And now you can use Google+ Sparks to find out what people are talking about in your topical area. Or try http://gplussearch.com to search Google+ and find out what people are saying in their posts.
    Danielle McGaw recently posted… Have You Decided to Make Google+ Your Prime Networking Center?My Profile

    1. Cool! I’ll have to check that out. I’ve only explored a little over there.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Weekend Inspiration: Listen & RelaxMy Profile

  3. 50 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Blog Post Idea…

    Sometimes we just need a little spark of an idea to get us started with our next blog post. In totally random order, here are 50 different places you can look for inspiration….

  4. Wonderful!

    I can’t find another stone to turn over, Michelle. Awesome suggestions! :)

    I’m happy you included “magazines”. Lord knows, I’ve got piles of them sitting around here I haven’t even opened yet. I’ve found some killer blog post ideas in magazines in the past — some real gems.

    Thanks for another one of your infamous (outstanding, off the wall, off the charts) list posts!

    Melanie
    xoxo
    Melanie Kissell recently posted… Good Intentions vs Intentional | The Battle RagesMy Profile

    1. Magazines are great for ideas, aren’t they? I love looking at covers for headlines to see what grabs my attention so I can write better headlines.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… The Human Connection: Why I Love Social NetworkingMy Profile

  5. You know, this proves that some people definitely have more of an analytical mind than others. I would have never thought of some of these ideas. Some great ideas. Thank you!
    Jeremiah Johnson recently posted… Travelpro Crew 8My Profile

    1. You’re welcome, Jeremiah. I find lists really helpful when I’m brainstorming. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… The Human Connection: Why I Love Social NetworkingMy Profile

  6. Awesome list. I especially love the cereal box and spam folder ideas!
    Leanne Chesser recently posted… Growing Your Gratitude Improves Self Esteem?My Profile

  7. Did you come up with all 50 of those off the top of your head…nevermind, I’m sure you did as you are so creative that way!
    Rhonda Neely recently posted… Why Do I Have to Make All the Decisions?My Profile

  8. Hi, Michelle,
    with all the ideas you’ve put here,it is hard to imagine how anyone can fall into the writer’s blockade and thus have problems creating content. I see it is no problem for you…I personally would not be able to name that many places…guess i would stick to the newspapers and books…and there is sooo much more than that. Thanks for the great share!
    Kristina L. recently posted… Hancock Fabrics Coupon CodeMy Profile

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