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    On more than one occasion, I find myself all geared up, fingers really to type something out, but get stumped for a topic to write on.

    Bloggers have an obligation to their readers – to feed them news and knowledge, to keep them hooked and entertained and of course, to lure readers with new content in order to keep the traffic up and the revenue coming in! On more than one occasion, I find myself stumped for topics to write on. If writers have what they call a writer’s block, then we bloggers definitely have a blogger’s block?

    Ideas are in abundance on the Internet, but where exactly do we look for them? I have some personal favorites where after spending a couple of minutes, I am able to find a topic that I can write on and voila, off I go!

    1. Social Networking Sites

    Social networking sites are places where you can begin with. These are probably the most fun avenue to seek ideas, as it is definitely more fun to be looking for pointers while checking out people’s pictures or profile.

    Facebook could give you a couple of ideas. I’ve seen friends posting videos of the latest gadgets or links to news in the industry. They were fascinated with those findings and found it worthy of sharing with their friends, so you should share it with your readers too.


    2. Social Bookmarking Sites

    Social bookmarking sites are another platform to get blogging ideas. These are sites where users make a list of their favorite sites and organize them using keywords or tags. This list is then shared with other users who then either add them to their collection or share them with an even wider network of users.

    On popular sites such as Digg, del.icio.us and Reddit, you can find links to a wide range of topics in accordance with the theme of your blog. However, be prepared to spend some time browsing as the fields listed can be pretty diverse.

    3. Read Other Blogs

    What better way to get right to the point, by reading other blogs?

    Start by searching blog directories such as Technorati and BlogCatalog. These list technology-related blogs; just pick a few that catch your interest.

    For starters, you can write your views on the same topics. For a twist, you could write a comment to the original post, but in your blog instead. Post a link to the original post either at the beginning or at the end of the post.

    Don’t ignore the comments of the posts. Take some time to read them and you’ll never know what you would find. Readers might know something that you don’t, so you could get a tip or two for your next post.

    4. Keyword Tools

    If you aren’t familiar with keyword tools, it’s time to learn how they can help you to come up with topics you can blog on. Keyword tools generate a list of terms once you have input a particular keyword. This gives you a long list of related topics to write on.

    There are a number of free keyword tools that you are able to use for free, namely Keyword Discovery and Google AdWords. All you need to do is to put in a keyword, say ‘database. Keyword Discovery returned over 9,000 search term results ranging from “database management” to “database software”.

    5. Google Alert

    Google Alert works best for those who are lazy or simply don’t have the time to search on the World Wide Web. The web definitely wasn’t called ‘wide’ for nothing. This is especially handy in getting you the latest news in the industry, without even having to look for it.

    If you blog particularly on, for example DSLR cameras, then you could use those as your search terms in Google Alert. Select how often you want to receive an alert containing links with those search terms.

    This not only saves you time and effort but it’s like having a postman delivering ideas to your doorstep!

    Overcoming blogger’s block is easy if you know where to look for ideas. Good luck and go berserk blogging!

    written by Jasmine, Bashbosh.com

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