If you are reading this, then I assume you are looking to be CREATIVE (and definitely not boring) when you write a blog post. This way you will have plenty of admiring fans! 25 ways to write CREATIVE blog posts:
1. ADVICE– You have unique advice that only you can offer to your readers. Once you understand who your audience is, then you can write like you are writing to a friend. They will feel like they know you and you will develop a huge following.
2. CAUSE– Why not rally your readers behind a cause you support? Let them know what you are doing to make a difference and how they can help. Give a call to action. Seriously, don’t leave that out.
3. COMMUNITY– Your community could be defined by your local area or it could be people who share a common interest or goal. Reach out to “your peeps” and connect with them!
4. COMPARISON– Take two things and compare them. Whether you compare two breakfast foods or two fun activities, the fun is in comparing and contrasting them. This could be educational, entertaining, or funny as well. Speaking of…
5. EDUCATIONAL– People like learning about things. That is one reason why search engines are so popular. Tell them something that not everyone knows, but you know because you are an expert at it. Everyone is an expert at something. Blog about what you know best.
6. ENTERTAINING– Everyone likes to laugh and have fun. You could blog about entertainment that is coming to your community whether it is a music concert, sporting event, or theatrical production. Be sure to make it “entertaining” to read! Since blogging is writing that is typically less formal than say a report, let your personality shine in the post.
7. EVENTS– People like finding out about events–ones that will happen and ones that already happened. If you have the “inside scoop” on the latest, you can “tell all” in your blog!
8. FAQ– This common acronym is short for “frequently asked questions.” Many websites have an FAQ page on them. Blog about commonly asked questions. Blog answers to familiar questions so you can refer your readers to when they ask them. Saves you time in the process!
9. FAMILY– Some of your best material can come from your family members and others with whom you are close. As long as you make it generic enough that you don’t single out any one person or you know they won’t mind your sharing it, go ahead. You know you want to!
10. GUIDE– A guide-type blog post could be a collection of tips about a specific topic. While similar to advice blog posts, they are different in that these tips can be applied by a variety of different people–not advice for one type of problem. Example: Simple Tips to Get Clients To Pay on Time, Quick Ways to Find Just What You Want Online, etc.
11. HYPOTHETICAL– Ask your readers what they would do in a hypothetical situation. Maybe answer that question as well. These types of blog posts tend to get a lot of comments because people like to imagine, “What if….?” Sometimes I imagine, “What if I win a ton of money in the lottery and get to quit my day job?!” I kind of have to buy a lottery ticket first. Oh well.
12. INSPIRATIONAL– Share something motivational with your readers. Help them connect to you in a powerful way through your telling of someone overcoming a challenge and beating the odds. Maybe that someone who overcame something big is you. Don’t be afraid to share since it could encourage someone else!
13. INSTRUCTIONAL or “HOW TO”– Give instructions on how to do something that others want to know how to do, and suddenly you have a captive large audience. You can be creative with your titles of these posts as well. Two examples: How To Teach Your Dog Fun New Tricks, How To Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream, How To Make a Memorable Family Scrapbook, etc.
14. INTERVIEW– If you don’t have any famous celebrities you happen to know (most of us are in this boat), then you could always interview a person notable for what they do. A person who is accomplished in a career or sport or another area of life. If you interview a person who has an inspiring story and then you have an “inspirational interview“! Wow, two different ways to write a blog post combined! You are an overachiever!
15. LISTS– People love lists. Examples: 10 Ways You Can Change Your Spouse, 20 Best Party Appetizers, Top 40 Bestselling Books About Fitness, etc. You get the idea and they will too!
16. MEMORIES– Often, we like to recall fond memories or retell funny situations. We may even want to remember how we overcame a trauma for the sake of helping another person who finds themselves in the same emergency. When you blog about a memory, be sure to create a vivid picture in their minds of all the important details of your experience.
17. NEWS– Did you know that sometimes bloggers are the first to break a news story? There have been cases where a blogger has gotten in trouble for sharing some kinds of sensitive information. Keep your day job and don’t blog about company trade secrets. Another word of advice is to keep your love life private so no one tries to sue you for disclosing personal details. However, if you are in attendance at an exclusive event that you have permission to be blogging about, then by all means SHARE!
18. OPINIONS– If you loving sharing your opinions, then blogging is right up your alley! As long as you are tactful and the topic is appropriate, it is alright to share what you think. You don’t have to have all positive comments from your readers. In fact, it makes it more interesting when some of your readers do not agree with you. Usually readers who do agree with you, will come to your defense when you are criticized by others.
19. PHOTOS– If you took a great picture or want to share several incredible pictures, then you may want to have a photo blog post. When your text is all about what is in your photo(s), then you have a photo blog post. Whether your pictures are of smiling people, grand buildings, gorgeous nature, or something entirely different, there are others who would love to learn about how you managed to capture the photos and the techniques you used in getting it to look the way it does.
20. PREDICTIONS– It is common at the end of the year (or the beginning of the new year) for people to come up with their predictions about some topic. Examples: The Future of Technology, 10 Social Media Predictions, What is To Come in American Education, etc. Similar to the hypothetical “what if” posts, these are your thoughts as to what will come about in the next year (or whatever time frame you select) concerning a particular topic. Inquiring minds want to know!
21. PROBLEMS– Life would not be nearly as exciting if there were no glitches. Inevitably, snags come along. You spill chocolate ice cream on your brand new white dress shirt. You get a ticket for speeding on your way to work early one morning. Your problem post could be written to be a funny look at everyday life or it could be a solution post in which you address how to solve a particular problem with a specific idea, product, or service. People are always looking for solutions!
22. QUIZZES– Some people love taking quizzes for fun. Why not write a blog post that is a quiz about something interesting? Examples: 15 Questions to Discover the Vacation of Your Dreams, How Well Do You Know Yourself?, etc. The point is to make your quiz blog post appealing enough to your audience, so that they want to take it.
23. REVIEW– Everybody loves reading reviews. You could blog a book review, a restaurant critique, or a movie screening. Reviews help other people who, for example, were thinking about reading the same book, dining at the same restaurant, or watching the same movie; decide if they want to based on your review. When you write a review blog post, you have the power to influence your readers to take action or avoid it. Don’t let the power go to your head!
24. SECRETS– This could mean quick shortcuts, little known facts, or juicy details. Like news posts, people like finding out things they would not normally know had they not read your blog. Same cautions apply!
25. STORIES– People love reading fascinating stories. A story blog post captures the attention of your audience yet is brief enough to be the length of a blog post. Stories with important lessons for your readers earn you loyal readers.
Try one (or a combination of several) of these types of blog posts the next time you write! Don’t be afraid to get CREATIVE. Most importantly, enjoy the process that blogging requires. It always helps me to visualize my readers reading this. Will they think this is funny? Does that tell them everything they need to know? etc. Feel free to share your CREATIVE blog post ideas or to ask me a question related to this post.