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!
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!
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