In my previous post, I introduced you to the idea of brainstorming ideas for blog posts. If you hit writer’s block and just stare at your screen, completely void of ideas, then let me share with you my brainstorming technique.
I am a visual person. I like to see the brainstorm happen. And I as write down topic ideas, I keep my paper somewhere close by so I can refer to it every time I get stumped.
Here is an illustration of how I brainstorm.
1. Start with a topic you love.
I have a preschool aged daughter, so I started with that as my general topic. You might love cooking, cleaning, traveling or music. Whatever you love and can talk about easily, write it in large letters.
2. Think of topics related to your first word
Make these topics general, don’t worry about specific story ideas yet. Just write down words that go with your main topic.
3. Begin sprouting words/topics from every new word and topic.
This is where you get specific and the story ideas really form. For example, the safety of my 4 year old is a big concern. But more specifically I am very careful with her safety in the car, while I cook and when we are in public. Each of those separate concerns can be its own blog post. Or, if you are really good at being precise, it can be one in depth article as well.
Above all, the more specific the blog post, the easier it is to stay organized and on topic. Your readers will appreciate a clear and concise article as opposed to one that is lengthy and goes on multiple rabbit trails.
This is not the only way to brainstorm, it is just the way that works for me! How do you brainstorm?