Need Blogging Ideas? Visit Your Own Archives!
A little project I’ve been working on behind the scenes has reminded me of a great place to find blogging ideas for future posts.
If you’ve managed a blog as long as I have, no matter how far ahead you manage to get, sooner or later, you’ll have days in which you struggle for blogging ideas.
It happens to all of us, newbies and veterans.
Recently, I was blogging right along when a strange thing happened: Back in July, a plugin I use that searches for broken links on my site started alerting me to a long list of broken links coming from a photo sharing site I had used for years. It turns out Photobucket quietly changed its terms of service, forcing bloggers who’d previously used their site as a photo-hosting source from which they could hot-link images on their site to pay an enormous amount of money to continue doing so. Bloggers who didn’t suddenly found broken links on their sites.
So I downloaded all of the images from my Photobucket account and deleted it. Then I faced the tedious task of having to upload every image and replace every broken link.
Thirteen years of broken links.
Other than a handful of them, the task is mostly done. But as I went post by post trying to manually upload new images to replace the old versions, it dawned on me that archives could be a veritable gold mine for bloggers who are facing a case of bloggers’ block.
If you’ve been blogging even a short while — you certainly don’t have to have been at it for a decade or more — there are surely some old posts you could revisit, read over, and expand upon.
Beyond that, if you have been blogging for a few years, you might just find posts on topics about which you’ve changed your mind. Those could make very interesting posts for your readers because they show that your opinions have evolved. You could explain what led you to change your mind and how those different perspectives have affected you and your outlook.
Or maybe you could revisit a topic about which you haven’t changed your mind and explain why you still haven’t been convinced that any other point of view is better than your original notion.
And here’s one more tip: check out your analytics and narrow the time frame to, say, the first year or the first six months of your blog. Which posts during that time frame performed the best? Maybe those topics are worth revisiting.
You never know what you might find that you’ve forgotten you ever posted about to begin with!