blog ideasI held a Blogging for Business workshop earlier this week. It was a small group and we covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. All of the attendees either hadn’t blogged before or are just getting started. Like most folks I speak with, one of their major concerns is coming up with enough blog ideas to maintain a regular schedule.

At the end of the workshop, I asked for a volunteer to take part in an experiment. I wanted to see if we could come up with at least 75 blog posts in less than 5 minutes. And we did! As a matter of fact, it only took about 3 minutes to reach that milestone. If you’re planning to blog twice a week, that’s almost nine months worth of ideas.

It worked out so well, I wanted to share it with my Inquirers this week. So without further ado, here is the list for your consideration:

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  • 5-part “101” series on [core competency]
  • Customer/case study of the month
  • Top 3 stories of the month
  • Blog-hacking
  • Interview with colleagues/mentors
  • Guest posts
  • Seasonal posts
  • Holiday posts
  • Conference recaps
  • Product/service reviews
  • Top 5 benefits of ??
  • 5 surprising facts about ??
  • 5 common mistakes/misperceptions about ??
  • Getting started with ??
  • Hidden costs of ??
  • Stuff [my professionals] say (terminology)
  • Recommended reading list
  • Twitter chat highlights
  • State of the industry report
  • Industry trends/predictions
  • A day in the life
  • Best practices for [core competency]
  • Pros and cons of ??
  • Checklist
  • Frequently asked questions

I’m guessing that this list helped you come up with at least 50 ideas for posts. That’s 6 to 12 months worth of posts, depending on your blogging frequency. So get writing![/ismember]

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