So you have a healthcare blog.
Whether it's a newly established blog or a popular one, or if you're a complete novice, or an authority in the field of health, you'll sometimes find it difficult to sustain a steady stream of articles as you've run out of ideas for what to write.
Alongside running out of ideas is its buddy named "writer's block." Together they will trick you into a stagnant state where you're stuck at a dead end.
It is not the end of the world, though.
Just hold on, good news is coming to the rescue. Aside from using 5 Writing Prompts to Help You Think Outside The Box, there are many ways to find topics and ideas.
In this article, I'll present 7 simple, yet effective ways to help you get unstuck and thus be able to brainstorm fabulous topics for your health care blog.
#1: Join Facebook Groups
Facebook groups truly are goldmines. There are thousands of groups in which millions of people are actively participating. Needless to say, a slew of questions are generated each and every day. Even if you capture just a few of those questions, you still can come up with many topics.
Most Facebook groups are closed groups, which means that you have to send requests for joining. It always takes a while for the groups' administrators to accept your requests. If you got rejected, just move on and try to join another group.
Some things to remember:
- Be polite, nice, and kind.
- Answer questions if possible.
- Read all the comments.
#2: Ask Your Family Members and Your Friends
Do not overlook this tip. You might think that your family members and your friends don't know anything related to health, but they surely have infuriating questions about their current health conditions. Go ahead and ask them, write down their questions and ideas, and research to find the answers. You will be flabbergasted at the large numbers of questions you've received. Guaranteed.
Try listening in on others' conversations. People often talk about their health problems, symptoms, illnesses, or diseases. Don't be too intrusive, just pretend that you're focusing on something else when listening in on their conversation.
#3: Examine the Articles of the Competitors
Health care is a tough niche that lots of blogs are revolving around, so it's easy to pick out several outstanding blogs, which could also be your competitors. Bookmark them and read their articles a few times a week. When reading, try to examine the content and answer these questions:
- What is missing from the article?
- Are all the issues thoroughly addressed?
- Is there any open question?
- Which points and concepts can be elaborated?
Also, it's wise to pay close attention to the comments as you're most likely to unearth some hidden gems.
#4: Google Alerts
Google Alerts is an excellent tool to help you stay alert to all the current events related to your concerns. Every day new and fresh ideas are sent straight to your inbox once you've subscribed to a topic or a keyword.
It's a breeze to use this tool:
- Hop on Google Alerts and enter a specific keyword in the search bar. This word should be related to the niches of your health care blog.
- Click on "Show options" and you'll see 5 options that will fine-tune the results and how they are delivered: How often, Sources, Language, Region, and How many. Play around with these options and see what settings work best for you.
- Type in your email address and click CREATE ALERT.
Repeat these steps to create an alert for another keyword.
This is an ideal app for researching topics. BuzzSumo also offers paid plans that introduce more features, but, in my opinion, the free version works well enough.
To get started, type in a keyword and click Go. Woo-hoo, an inexhaustible list of articles relevant to the keyword just shows up. There are filters and options to help you narrow down your results so try to experiment with these filters and options yourself. Don't worry; it won't take long to get used to the app because its interface is clear and straightforward.
#6: Read Health News
Reading news can be a time-consuming activity, so I recommend you scan the headlines to see what's going on. If a headline catches your eyes, read it immediately and jot down worthy ideas. Below are some health news sources:
#7: Watch YouTube Videos
I know this tip sounds ridiculous, but it does work. The truth is that some brilliant ideas and concepts are only available in audio form, and you have to listen to discover them.
Plus, when hearing audio, unexpected topics may pop out from nowhere. In essence, listening is entirely different from reading, so listening definitely leads you to new angles and thus you will have more topics to blog about.
Simply go to YouTube, enter a keyword, and watch the results. Don't forget to keep a notebook handy for capturing ideas and concepts.
What are you waiting for? All the 7 tips have already been laid out. It's time to pick one and start implementing it. You will definitely fill up your editorial calendar in no time.
P.S. Our readers and I are eager to hear your voice. Please do share your special methods of finding new blog topics in the comments. Everything is welcomed and cherished.
About the Author:
Chan Huu is an ambitious freelance writer who specializes in creating content on the topics of education, technology, freelancing, and content marketing. Here is a fact: He is not a great writer, but he does care about his craft. Follow him on Twitter, and read more about him at TinyWriters.com.