So you started a blog because there’s just so much you want to write about. At first, you are able to produce clever and entertaining articles in a feverish pace. Sometimes, you don’t think you even have enough time to get the ideas out of your mind and onto your blog.

But then you hit a block, and suddenly coming up with new blog topics is a slow and painful process. Meanwhile, other bloggers seem to have no problem whipping out fresh articles for their blog. So you might wonder, how do those wordsmiths do it? What am I not doing?

Well, the following tips may just be the answer you are looking for.

  1. Steal ideas from other blogs

Well yes, originality is a big deal – it’s the one thing that attracts niche readers to your blog. But as the old saying goes, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”

A lot of topics get recycled all the time. But make no mistake, stealing content or intellectual property is not an acceptable behaviour. If you want to pick awesome topics, look for blogs that are doing it right, and emulate them.

First, list down five blogs you absolutely admire – whether or not they are in your niche doesn’t matter. Write down their article headlines, and then repurpose them based on what your audience might like.

So what happens is you simply look to those blogs for inspiration for your new topics, techniques and style – and then you do the rest.

  1. Take advantage of content tools

There is literally a huge variety of content creation tools and resources that you can use for free.

If you are a marketer, you can use Buzzsumo to identify trending topics in the industry. Plus, you could probably use the popular articles you find as a reference, for link building purposes. If you’re blogging about SEO matters, one of the best sites you can check out for new topics is Alltop.

If you are subscribing to RSS feeds, you can use Feedly to monitor your industry for news and fresh content. Alternatively, you can use Prismatic to subscribe to just about any blog or category, or use Fre.sh to instantly access most recent Buzzfeed stories.

With these resources, you don’t have to look too hard to unearth new content and discover new sites to follow. Use them for inspiration and motivation for your own topics.

  1. Ask your audience

One of the best ways to produce relevant content is simply asking your audience what they want. If they love your blog, soon enough they will be begging you to cover specific subjects that they’re interested in. But you can take the initiative rather than wait for them to do so.

At the end of your blog post, try adding a line that says “Let me know what you want me to cover next” or “Is there any specific thing you want me to cover?” Many vloggers are doing this, and the volume of responses they get proves it’s effective.

At the end of the day, blogging is all about delivering valuable and relevant content to your audience. Because without an enthralled and engaged audience, can you claim success? Obviously not.

So there you go… Whenever you find yourself in a slump, you know exactly what to do and where to look. Hope this helps.