“The hardest part of blogging isn’t the tools – it’s what goes on between your ears.”
-Scott Berkun of WordPress.com
Have you ever had trouble coming up with your newest blog post? Have you sat at the computer, staring at the white screen, thinking you have nothing to write about?
Well, it’s your lucky year. Two big online media presences have come up with the solution.
Chris Brogan, the famous-on-the-internet blogger/social media/online guru and author, has been suggesting blogging topics for years. Back in 2007 he posted a list of 100 Blog Posts I Hope YOU Write. Mostly topics are for tech and blog related posts but then he throws in things like “How I Went From Very Shy to Less Shy.” Still, even the tech posts are do-able for the competent blogger, like “Wordpress Plugins and Why I Use Them.”
Brogan offers an RSS feed of his posts, of course, and one can simply follow his lead. But now he is releasing a newsletter called “Blog Topics For You,” something that he compares to a magazine subscription, for which he is charging $9.97 per month.
From the newsletter subscription page: “We send 10 or more blog topics to you for your use, plus some writing advice in general, every single week. At least a year worth of content for your blogging value will come from this subscription. Never get stuck again.”
To his credit, in a post on his blog Brogan writes “Is it for everyone? Definitely not. Is it for someone who wants to keep their blog populated with interesting topics and ideas, and who could use some creative encouragement? That’s who this will serve the best.”
Lucretia Pruitt comments in his announcement “My problem is the opposite – too many things sitting in the buffer, not enough actual execution.“ Brogan’s answer? “That’s a good problem to have.”
In a similar exercise but one that is free for users, WordPress has issued a challenge to bloggers for 2011. Their new blog, The Daily Post, will suggest a post topic each day. Writers can sign up to join the challenge daily or weekly, using tags on their posts so that WordPress can track how many people are participating. There is also a Twitter stream set up that for now seems to be tweeting mostly their daily links.