7 Blog Post Formats to Banish Writer’s Block

blog post formats to stop 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!

Common Questions and Answers

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

This process can be repeated again and again with different questions and themes of questions.

Why X Popular Sentiment Is Wrong

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

Linda Samuels is one blogger who does this often, and well. For an example, read her post, Decisions, Clutter & Tag Sales.

X Signs of Y

21 signs that you might be a Clutterbug by Jacquie Ross is a good example.

An In-Depth Analysis of X Technique or Theory

Point out things your readers may not have realized. That’s basically what Yolanda V. Acree did in Pros and Cons of Minimalism.

Make your post even more valuable by giving extra tips for people who want to use the technique.

Make a Prediction about the Future

Everyone wants to know what’s going to happen next!

Although this type of post is particularly popular at the beginning of a new year, it can be used any time. Macala Wright published 6 Interior Design Trends to Watch for 2016 in June.

How to …

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 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, 365 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

This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated.

A former professional organizer, I’m now a web designer and DIY marketing facilitator. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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  1. 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?

    • 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.”

      • Agreed! Variety is good for us as bloggers, because it stretches our thinking and writing abilities, and it’s good for our readers, because it keeps things interesting.

  2. 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.

  3. Wow, you’ve inspired me with a couple of styles I haven’t been trying. I’m always looking for something new! Like Linda, I keep track of blog ideas as they pop into my head, but there are some approaches here that I’d like to give more thought to… keep your eyes open for one of your ideas on my blog:)

  4. I love that you have examples of each category Janet, very helpful. I know I have been using Headline Analyzer a lot lately and that has playing around with titles and that can be very inspirational in itself.

  5. Great ideas as always, Janet! With all the big projects I have been working on lately, I have been neglecting my blog. This gives me some good ideas on how to restart my mojo! Thanks!

  6. I like that idea about taking the opposite view of a popular opinion. Filing this for a future idea! I think I could definitely have some fun with it. Thanks for the great suggestions, Janet!

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