Let's Give Them Something to Blog About

So you've got this new blog and you're pumped to write all sorts of amazing, insightful posts. Like at beginning of most fun things in life, the awe and the wonder, the ideas and the jokes don't seem to stop coming. But then you settle in and get comfortable and suddenly you find yourself struggling with ways to keep things interesting.

If you find yourself running out of ideas for fun and interesting blog content, stop what you're doing right now.  (Well, finish reading this post first.) Push yourself away from the keyboard, get up and go do something that is worth blogging about.

For health bloggers, here is a list of seven things you could do that would give you something to blog about:

Run a race

OK, so maybe you aren't a runner, but there are still lots of fitness related events in your community that you could participate in that would give you something to write about.  Run a 5K, do a walk for awareness on some issue, volunteer to help out at a race or event. Take your camera and your notebook with you. Connect with people, notice the details and be thinking about what you might write about when you're ready to sit down in front of your computer again.

Attend a healthy living event

Check your local publications for advertisements for health and food related events in your area. Go to the greek festival hosted in your city every year! Attend of gluten-free cooking demonstration! Do something you might not usually do. Did you know that if you are a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher, you can get press credentials that could get you into an event you might not otherwise be able to attend? Take advantage of opportunities like this, and then come back and write all about it!

Sign up for a class

Maybe it's a yoga class or a cooking class, a photography class or an underwater basket weaving class. Take something that interests you and find a way to expand on it, learn more about it, and then come back and share what you've learned! (In your own words, of course.)

Set a goal

Ever thought about qualifying for the Boston Marathon? Losing 10 pounds? Tell the blog world what you want to do and how you plan to do it, then come back and write about your progress, your successes, your stumbling blocks. Involve your readers by asking them to share their stories and their thoughts with you and the other readers. Isn't this what blogging in the healthy living community is all about anyway? Learning from each other and sharing our own journeys.

Come up with an original recipe

Poke around some recipe websites, flip through magazines, walk through the cooking section at your library. Get the wheels in your head turning on a new recipe, research it, prepare for it, cook it, photograph it, eat it, make it again, perfect it, write about it. You can blog about all the steps you took to take your original recipe from a wee tiny idea to an awesome dessert or side dish that will leave your friends begging for the recipe for years to come.  (And new readers flocking to your site to see what all the fuss is about.)

Host a contest

Who doesn't love the chance to win something? Come up with a contest and host it on your blog. You could put together a prize basket that you pay for (and with any luck, will pay for itself with increased readership) or better yet, contact a company about wanting to review some of their products and do a giveaway. Spend some time coming up with a very clever idea on how your readers can participate in your contest. If you've got something really good to give away, you can make it a real challenge and make your readers work for it! Encourage your readers to spread the word and give them an extra entry for tweets and link backs.

Go out to eat

Got a new restaurant in your area? A restaurant you've never been to? Or even a restaurant you've been frequenting for years? They are all new blog posts just waiting to be written. There is so much potential here, you can share with your readers what entire dining experience was like. Take photographs and even consider approaching the restaurant management and telling them about your blog and that you'd like to write about their restaurant. Heck, you might even get a free meal out of the deal.

So what are you waiting for?  Don't just sit there!  Go do something!

4 Responses to Let's Give Them Something to Blog About
  1. Carbzilla
    January 11, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    These are GREAT suggestions! I had no idea about the press pass!

  2. Brittany
    January 12, 2010 | 7:34 pm

    I love these ideas- and I never knew about the Foodbuzz Press Credentials. I don't know that there are many events in my area- but that's a great idea!

  3. Rachel @ Shedding It
    January 14, 2010 | 11:14 am

    These are really great tips…and I've found that when I do things with the thought of blogging about it, I always have a great time…so it's really made MY life better!!
    .-= Rachel @ Shedding It´s last blog ..Shed Theater: Black and White and Sweat All Over =-.

  4. NoMeatAthlete
    January 14, 2010 | 11:53 am

    I really like this post, too. One of the cool things I've discovered about blogging is that it actually gets me to do stuff I would otherwise probably be too lazy to do. Like reading a book, making a recipe, trying a new workout. I guess the benefit of being able to blog about it pushes me over the edge to make it happen.

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