The problem with personal/lifestyle blog challenges that encourage you to write every day for a set period of time is that it’s a struggle to a) write every day b) write interesting posts of a decent length and c) achieve both these things for a sustained length of time.
There are prompts, lists, books, and lots of other advice out there, but many of them are just a single line or question. Yes, you’re supposed to use your imagination, but when a statement is very narrow and you’re writing every day, it’s tough to think of ways to flesh things out into interesting posts.
I have a confession to make. I kind of hate 99% of the blog posts I read for these kinds of challenges. I’m sorry. I really am. My Feedly is throwing up endless posts from bloggers I follow (yay!), and half of them are one or two lines long (boo). Sometimes it takes me longer to load the page than to actually read the blog post.
I can understand that though. Writing blog posts is hard. Thinking up ideas is harder. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of ideas and prompts if you’re struggling for blog post ideas. And because I personally like to skip particular topics or ideas in these challenges and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s thought ‘Whaaa? How’m I supposed to write about THAT?’ with suggested blog idea lists, I’ve included alternative ways to angle posts or think about their subjects.
They’re just ideas. You may find the prompts more useful than the titles, or maybe a particular sentence triggers your own idea, or perhaps you end up writing about something completely different. Or maybe you just copy the questions and add in your answers rather than writing a long format post. That’s totally up to you. The main goal is to have concepts for posts where you don’t struggle to write more than a paragraph. Concepts that help you reflect on your achievements, think about things in a new way, and write interesting content.
On with the show.
The 5 things that make a blog post great
- What do you like to read about?
- What is it about the writing style or topic that keeps you going back to your favourite blogs?
- What are your blogging pet peeves?
- What styling/formatting tips do you have?
- What makes a blog post easy (or difficult) to read?
- My blogging pet peeves
- How to make a good blog post great
- What makes me want to read a blog post
- Things I hate about blogging
The 3 most important life lessons I’ve learned as an adult
- What was the situation surrounding each lesson?
- Who was involved or who taught you?
- How have these lessons changed your thoughts and behaviour?
- What are your emotions surrounding the lessons, and how have they changed?
- What’s the next step for you? (e.g. applying the lessons to other areas of your life, helping other people, finding similar lessons, using the knowledge in some other way)
- Lessons I learned as a child
- Lessons I’ve taken from childhood to adulthood
- Important things I would teach/have taught my children
Tools of the trade
- What tools do you use for your online life (and why)?
- What tools do you use to run your blog (and why)?
- What sites and services would you recommend to a blogger just starting out?
- What tools have you tried and ditched?
- What offline tools do you use?
- How to create a blog editorial calendar
- How I organise my blogging schedule
- X essential blogging tools & resources
- X must-have resources for bloggers
How I became a better blogger
- What are your strongest and weakest blogging skills, and how do these impact your blog? (E.g. design skills, development skills, writing skills, photography skills)
- Look at one of your earliest blog entries. What have you improved on since then? What’s stayed the same?
- What blog trends have you adhered to, and which have you hated?
- What are your favourite blogs, and what have those bloggers taught you?
- Where do you blog and why? (This could be the platform/software, your own physical location, the sites you blog at)
- What are your biggest blogging achievements? (Numbers, a particular comment that struck you, a point where you gained confidence, guest posts or collaborations, etc.)
- An overview of my blogging journey
- What I learned about blogging from _____ (person/place/website/pop culture)
- What I’ve learned so far from blogging
- How I started my blog
- Why I started my blog
How my 13-year-old self would see me now
- How impressed would he/she been with what you’ve achieved?
- What would he/she admire best about the person you are now?
- What are the main achievements/life experiences/events to share with your younger self?
- Would he/she have expected you to do anything differently?
- What childhood worries and fears can you tell yourself to put to rest as an adult?
- What advice would your 13-year-old self give you (and how would you receive it?)
- [Pick a different age]
- Things to tell my 13-year-old self
- An open letter to my 13-year-old self
Things I’ve never told you
- Anything you’ve never got around to talking about, something that you find particularly difficult to talk about.
- The hardest/lowest point of your life so far.
- Something in your past that you’ve moved on from that you can now discuss.
- A time of your life when someone said something that changed your behaviour or led to a turning point or light at the end of the tunnel.
- Confessions, light or serious.
- A random list of facts about yourself
- Things you wouldn’t talk about and why
- Whether you’re an oversharer or not, or how you perceive oversharers
7 habits that help me achieve my goals
- What theme does your blog have or what area of life do you feel particularly successful in? Plan your blog post around this, and focus on this topic for your habits.
- What aspects of this do people compliment/admire/ask you about?
- What are the tasks you consistently do that act as a building block for your success?
- What are your goals and how do your actions get you closer to them?
- 7 everyday habits that help me [be a better X, get fitter, etc.]
- How to achieve your goals
- How to plan for success
- Life hacks
A letter to my future self
- Make a note to look back at your post in five or ten years’ time. Write your post with that version of you in mind.
- What do hope that person has achieved? Who is he/she and how are they different from you?
- What do you want your future self to remember about how life is today?
- What advice do you want to give your future self?
- Create a collage or pinboard (real or digital) and include images in the post to sum up your life as is currently is.
- Write a letter to someone you care about instead of yourself.
- Schedule the post for five or ten years’ time instead of publishing it right away.
Going it alone
- How different is your life compared to your parents’? How is it different now, and how is it different compared to theirs when they were your current age?
- Why do you think this is?
- Do you hope to be more like them or less like them and why?
- What things have you adapted and what things do you do entirely differently?
- What things do you do differently deliberately due to their influences?
- How I became independent
- Why I’m not my parents
- The influences of family life
If any of these suggestions inspire you, I’d love to hear about it! Please drop me a comment or share your thoughts blog challenges below