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Posted on 01.21.2011

Struggling with blogger's block? Seven ways to get inspired.

We’ve all been there…staring at a blank page trying to decide on a blog topic for the day, preferably something that shows you actually do have a uniquely valuable perspective.   Here are a few tips and tricks that help me attack my blogger’s block: Set up Google alerts on topics of interest to you and your readers. This is an effortless way to continuously monitor the web for up-to-the-minute content that matters to you. Subscribe to likeminded blogs and competitors’ blogs and RSS feeds. This will help you stay on top of the hot topics among your competitors and peers and, hopefully, find a way to offer a fresh point of view. Poll your social network on what they want to read about in your blog. This is a great way to engage your audience, attract new readers and gain further inspiration. Review comments from past blog posts. Has a reader asked you to further expand on a topic?  This is the perfect opportunity. Look back at old blog posts for outdated information. You’ll likely find opportunities to update a post from days gone by. A little self promotion never hurt anybody. Are you speaking at a conference or hosting a webinar in the near future?  If so, share the details and let your readers know how to get involved. Interview an expert. Not that your readers don’t value your opinion; sometimes it’s just nice to get a new viewpoint. Where do you get inspiration for blog posts?

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