7 Blog Post Formats to Banish Writer’s Block

Every blogger runs out of ideas from time to time. When that happens, instead of staring at your computer screen for hours or leaving a big gap in your blogging schedule, why not try one of these proven article formats? When written well, your readers will love them!

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Common Questions and Answers

Share the most common questions you get asked, along with your answers. This process can be repeated again and again with different questions and themes of questions.

For an example, read Q & A with Amber about her Organizing Business on Amber Kostelny-Cussen’s blog.

Why X Popular Sentiment Is Wrong

Take a popular opinion and take the opposite stance. Then, of course, you have to be able to back up your position!

5 Counter-Intuitive Productivity Tips by Jiri Novotny is a great example of this type of post.

Share a Personal Story with a Lesson

Tell your readers a personal story that ends in an educational lesson. Linda Samuels is one blogger who does this often, and well. For an example, read her recent post, Decisions, Clutter & Tag Sales.

X Signs of Y

Share any number of signs that Y is true. Here are a couple of examples:

21 signs that you might be a Clutterbug by Jacquie Ross

7 Warning Signs That You May be a Hoarder by Kate Honebrink

An In-Depth Analysis of X Technique or Theory

Take a popular theory or technique and dissect it. Take apart its strengths and weakness, point out things others hadn’t noticed before and give extra tips for people who want to use the technique.

That’s basically what Ramona Creel did in S.M.A.R.T. Goals That Are Even Smarter.

Make a Prediction about the Future

Make a strong case for what you believe is going to happen in the future, with a focus on what this means for your readers. Although this type of post is particularly popular at the beginning of a new year, it can be used any time.

In March of this year, ReNu Atlanta published a post on “Home Organizing and Storage Trends for 2013.” It was a great demonstration of making the call to action flow well with the content, making it more of an invitation than a sales pitch, but unfortunately has been taken down. If you know of another example, please let me know.

How to …

A how-to article on something your audience really wants to know how to do. This is a very popular post format for a good reason. When seeking a solution to a particular problem, most Internet users will go to Google or some other search engine and enter a phrase such as  “how to organize your closet” or “how to save space.” If your post not only provides the information they need, but includes that exact phrase in the title, your chances of being found are very good.

Here are some examples:

How to Organize a Kids’ Craft Room by Tina Blazer

How to Set Priorities by Heather Burke

How to Protect Yourself when Selling Online by Pamela Culp-Blanchard

You can use these seven blog article formats any time. Some of them can even be reused time and again, so long as you change the title and the theme.

For more blogging inspiration, Blogging Ideas for Professional Organizers includes more suggestions for “how to” and other blog posts than you can imagine!

Photo courtesy of FindYourSearch, used under a Creative Commons license

Comments


  1. Twitter:
    Janet- You’ve done it again! What a fantastic list not only of great blog posts, but the concepts behind them. I like how you’ve defined the types of posts that can be written

    I keep a blog folder. When ideas pop into my head, I write them down and toss them in. If I get stuck, I look through my folder to find something that might work. I’ll be adding a copy of this post to the folder.

    Thank you for including me in this piece. It’s an honor to be among such a wonderful group. Just curious. Of the seven types of posts you described, do you have a favorite one that you prefer to use the most?
    Linda Samuels recently posted..Time Took Care OfMy Profile


  2. Twitter:
    Great question, Linda! Of these seven, I probably write more “How to” posts than anything else, but I’ve also shared personal stories, disagreeing with a popular opinion, and Q&A. I came across the other ideas while researching this post, and am hoping to find a way to use them.

    I’m pleased that you found this helpful and honored that you’ve added it to your blog folder.
    Janet Barclay recently posted..The Top 3 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Support Your BlogMy Profile


    • Twitter:
      Printed and filed! This will be a great resource. Thanks again.

      You’re right that I tend to write about personal stories but relate it to the larger experience. But I also do a lot of tips/strategy type posts. I suppose those fall more into the “How to” category. And with the “Ask the Expert” feature (like the one you were featured in), it’s the Q&A format. I’ll be reviewing your list to see if any of the other formats might work too. What is it they say? “Variety is the spice of life.”
      Linda Samuels recently posted..5 Quick Decluttering TipsMy Profile

  3. Hi Janet – great post! I really try and vary what kind of posts I write and this is great inspiration. I find that top 10 list style posts are also a good idea as people tend to then comment on these and add their own favourites.

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