How to Come Up With Blog Post Ideas Using Almost Any Object

how to come up with blog post ideas

What do cars have to do with blogging? A lot, actually. It’s all a matter of how you look at things.

When I’ve polled people to find out their biggest blogging challenges, a common problem that people have is coming up with ideas of what to blog about.

The good news is, when it comes right down to it, blog post ideas are everywhere we look, including every day objects.

Here are some tips for finding blog post ideas using almost any object you see at any given time.

 

1. Pick an object, ANY object.

Don’t think too long and hard about it — just select any object that pops into your head, or that you see in front of you.

2. Jot down the parts of the object.

As an example, a car has tires, a steering wheel, brakes, mirrors, an engine, etc.

3. Make a quick list of what the object is used for.

Again, using a car as an example, a car is used to transport people. It could be used to get you to work, to take a vacation, to go visit a friend, etc.

4. Jot down problems associated with the object.

Car problems include things such as costing money, breaking down, potentially causing damage to object and injury to people, etc.

5. Then list out all of the possible ways that what you’ve written above relates to your topic.

Whatever you do, in this step have an open mind, even if you think that the object you’ve chosen doesn’t relate to your topic at all.

To prove it to you, I’ll continue on using car as an example, and please note that I have NO idea where I’m heading with this, but I’m so confident that any object will work, I’m willing to experiment in front of you.

Car Parts and How They Relate to Blogging

Steering wheel:

  • What direction are you heading with your blog?
  • How to know it’s time to change the direction of your blog

Brakes

  • What is slowing down the progress of your blog?
  • Things you need to stop doing in order for your blog to succeed.

Safety Belts

  • 5 WordPress plugins to protect your blog
  • How to keep your blog from being hacked
  • How to avoid blogger burnout

Engine

  • How to fuel blog post ideas
  • How to give your blog a tune up

The Body of a Car

  • Sleek blog design elements
  • Blog themes that will turn heads

Horn

  • Ways to get people to notice your blog without annoying the crap out of them

I could keep going and come up with numerous ideas using each of the starter ideas above, but I think that you most likely already have the idea, and can apply this same type of thinking related to any object to your own niche.

And remember, when I started this blog post, I had NO idea how cars related to blogging. That’s how easy it is to generate blog post ideas using any object.

Your Turn

In fact, right now it’s your turn to do just that. Without thinking too long and hard about it, in the comment section below, jot down a few ideas of how cars relate to your niche. (Be sure to tell us your niche!)  If you niche is blogging, like mine is, feel free to expand on what I’ve written above. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Rebecca Livermore is a blogger and content manager. If you need help developing the blogging habit, she invites you to sign up for her free eCourse, 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit,or to connect with her on Facebook.

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20 thoughts on “How to Come Up With Blog Post Ideas Using Almost Any Object

  1. I LOVE that post, Rebecca ! Amazing how your mind works ;-) Me, I was sitting there staring at that car, thinking: what the heck could I write about this car LOL. I guess it’s a matter of practice…

    • Sarah, thanks so much for your comment. It brought a huge smile to my face. Maybe my mind just works kind of weird, but I tend to think in analogies, so I see ideas everywhere. Now whether or not they are all good ideas remains to be seen. ;)

      Rebecca

  2. Hi Rebecca

    That’s a really useful way of coming up with blog post ideas. I’d never thought of that!

    My niche is blogging and internet marketing. So, I came up with a couple of ideas.

    Trunk (or car boot if you’re from the UK like me)

    Release your killer blog posts with these 5 tips

    Driver’s Seat

    How to drive your blog forward and not get stuck in a jam

    I’m definitely going to take this forward in my blog posts. It really helps with the thought process.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Tim

    • Tim, those are some awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing them! I’ll really look forward to hearing about what you come up with in the future, and hopefully reading about them on your blog! :)

      Rebecca

  3. Great ideas Rebecca, when I first started producing videos and blogs I just started documenting what I did on a daily biases and before I knew it I had a lot of content. Of course that would lead to other things that I thought of that I could then produce as content.

    • Isaac, documenting things is a great idea for creating content. When you think about it, we all do things every day that other people could learn from. If we’re on the computer a lot, one thing we can do is to create screencasts as we do certain tasks. This is something I’m trying to get a bit more into as they seem to be a great way to teach. But I agree that documenting in general and then writing about it is a great way to generate ideas for content.

      Thanks for everything,
      Rebecca

        • And your videos are very helpful, Isaac! I learn a ton from them, and I know others do as well. What other types of videos have you found fairly easy to produce? Video is my weak spot, for sure, but an area that I want to grow in.

          Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

          Rebecca

  4. That’s awesome Rebecca, thanks! And thanks Isaac for sharing it on Facebook!

    • Ruth,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad you like the idea. I actually thought of it when my husband and I were driving home on Sunday night, and I was talking about needing to write a blog post when I got home and not knowing what I would write about. A car drove by, and for some reason, that triggered the idea of how anything, even something as mundane as a car, could be used to inspire blog post ideas. :)

      Rebecca

  5. Hello rebecca,
    This is a great post. Have read many posts on this topic by different bloggers, but your approach is unique. I think it boils down to being able to corelate two diverse things such as a car and a blog, and think beyond the obvious.

    This is a must try exercise for me.

    thanks!

    • Thanks, Pragati. I don’t know how I came up with this one — just the strange way my mind works, I suppose! I do tend to see ideas everywhere I look. Even so, sometimes when it is time to blog, I really can’t think of what to write, and need to do something like this to generate ideas.

      I hope you do give this a try. If you do, be sure to let me know how it goes for you!

      Rebecca

  6. What an awesome article, Rebecca! I am about to launch a blog and have been reading lots of articles on how to come up with content. This is one of the most original ideas I’ve seen yet! Thanks!

    • Diane, so glad to have you drop by, and leave me a comment. I’m glad you found this blog post helpful, and I do hope you’ll give it a try. I’ll also look forward to seeing how things go for you as you start blogging. Feel free to ask questions as they come up on your blogging journey.

      Best to you,

      Rebecca

  7. Hi Rebecca. This a great idea. I get ideas all the time for my blog posts but this is a good one. I write posts for boomer women starting a business. I could use the ignition and the gasoline and the title might be “How to Start Your Business and Keep It Moving”. I could start by saying something like “Picture your car. You need an ignition key and fuel not only to start it but to keep it running”.

    To see potential blog post ideas everywhere takes the mindset … and practice to do so :-)

    • Trudy,

      I like the way you were able to apply the same concept to your niche. You came up with some great ideas there, and I can picture how well the blog posts would turn out. Nicely done!

      Rebecca

  8. My secrets include having a template (must have!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPBu7t-B7BE

    The other part is just to get your screen captures out there, even if they aren’t perfect (like blogs). I usually only have one run through mine and that is production. If I make a big mistake I just start over vs trying to edit out later. It’s easier and faster. I do some editing only if I have to.

    • Isaac,

      I agree that templates are super helpful. And I also agree with getting screen captures out there even if they aren’t perfect. I haven’t done much video (yet!), but with the audios I do, I seldom do any editing. If I totally bomb when I’m recording, I stop and start over, so it sounds like we’re on the same page with that. The difference would be if I was doing something super long and made a major blunder far into it. But I usually record short things, so it’s not hard to start over.

      Thanks for your comment, Isaac. I appreciate it!

      Rebecca

  9. As far as ideas are concerned, I think reading is perhaps the best way to go. Reading other peoples blog can give you a lot of ideas which you can implement in your own blog. Other than that one must also read completely different things, you never know what ideas can click.

    • Shalu,

      I agree about the importance of reading. Often when I read something in one area (not related to my niche), it still triggers an idea for something for me to blog about. I also find it helpful to use things that bother me as fuel for blog posts. Rather than stewing and feeling annoyed and being drug down, I can use that thing that’s bothering me to my benefit.

      Best,

      Rebecca

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