When The Blog Post Idea Generator is on the Fritz, Go Local!
It happens to all of us bloggers at some point (or at least I think it does!). Our brains get the Yips, the synapse don't connect, the tap runs dry, staring at the keyboard and your brain is a pure white sheet of paper and NADA is coming out! The coffee isn't working, a sugary bowl of SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS cereal isn't getting it done either! Curses!!! Our audience awaits and ....ARGHH! Come on BRAIN, work with me here!!!
But wait, there's a solution to getting the brain juices back on full throttle!
Grab your local newspaper! Remember those? Black print on sorta white paper, lots of little type, requires manual page turning?? Rare is the day that there's not at least a local event or story to spark a post!
Does your area have a local Magazine? We get a monthly "Cincinnati Magazine", and there's usually several announcements/events worthy of further publication, plus some great restaurant reviews for future personal enjoyment!
Do you have local promotional organizations? We've got a county tourism board (website, Facebook, etc.) that's a great source of local events we might have otherwise missed! We also have historical organizations for various towns that offer plenty of opportunity (and if you reach out to them, they're HAPPY to partner with you!).
Local attractions often have special events too! You know we love to post about the Newport Aquarium as a for instance.
Have you covered your local housing market? Maybe a subdivision you've got a listing in, or WANT to have a listing in? A quick summary and market report just might fill the bill! Foreclosure updates are in high demand too!
How about the local parks? Bike trails? Rivers & lakes? Small airports? Shopping opportunities (outlet malls, down towns, shopping centers)? Restaurants and specialty shops? A vendor you've worked with, ESPECIALLY if they've got a real estate slant? Carpenter, stonework, landscaping??
Community center events? School events? Church events? Fundraisers? Festivals? Parades?
Maybe grab the camera or videocam and go for a walk someplace interesting! BAM! Instant post!
And the wonderful thing about ALL these topics? It's what the consumers are LOOKING FOR!! Be the broadcaster, keep the station on!
Hopefully this is enough to reignite your blog post generator to full power!
Keep on Blogging!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz