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