Content Writing

Feel like You’re Out of Content? Rescue Content Management

We all undergo the so called “Writer’s Block,” and, being a blogger, the importance of  producing consistent quality content cannot be denied. I just underwent the stage of misery where I had no ideas revolving inside my mind, just dark stillness. That made me pretty frustrated.

I am not the kind of guy who would bear this, and so I decided to overcome this sensation of frustration and restlessness and figure out where I was going wrong. It took me a whole day of introspection in order to know what was missing, and I came to a conclusion. The only thing that stopped my creativity was myself and the stupid conventions that I had been blindly following.

So, if you too are feeling out of ideas, here are some tips that I derived out of my experience and will help you deliver the best of you every time you hit publish.

Finding content to write about

First of all, I would like to remove the misconception that you need to be an expert in a field in order to write about it. I started my very first blog on Blogging, a niche that I had known nothing about.

But I must say that this was one of the best decisions of my life. By taking up blogging and SEO as my niche, I discovered a whole lot of ideas and strategies that I would have missed if I had chosen any other niche. Now, I can run a successful blog on pretty much anything. I just need to research the niche itself and barely worry about learning how to blog about it.

So, I would like to divide this point into two categories, one for those who are experts in their niche and the other for those who have some basic knowledge and are still aspiring to become experts.

Niche Expert

Since you are an expert, you may have an extra edge over others since you hold a great deal of knowledge. You don’t need to worry about researching out content. You just need to think out unique ideas in which you can share your knowledge with your readers.

If you can’t really think of a topic of your own, do not hesitate in scanning through the other blogs in your niche and pick out topics on which you can add more value through your experience.

Do not hesitate to share your experience and your suggestions to tackle a specific problem. This is what differentiates you from other bloggers that are comparatively new in the field.

Novice Learners

Being a novice, you don’t hold the power of experience, but that shouldn’t hold you back. You’ve got the power of enthusiasm and the desire to learn. Blogging about a topic you are interested in is a win-win situation for you.

You learn a great deal through blogging, and moreover, you get to interact with your readers. You get to share the mistakes that you have made as a beginner in order to help your readers achieve better results.

Now that you know in which category you fall and how to proceed, I guess we can get onto the next point.

Types of Content

If you are still confused regarding what kind of content can you provide and in which formats can you deliver it, I would like to mention the three top types of content that can be used to impart information in almost every niche :

News and Updates

There is so much going on around the world, whether it is the technological environment or the discovery of a new species of plant. You just can’t say that there is nothing new in your niche.

If you are an active personality and you keep yourself updated with everything going on in your niche, why not share it with your readers? These kind of posts show your existence in the niche and that it is worth following you.


People visit /read your blog not just because they want to be updated with the ongoing news in your niche, but because they want to learn the stuff that you know.

If you are an expert, I guess you may never run out of things to teach and even if you do, you can add to its value by adding your own experience, as discussed above.

Content Aggregation

Compile what you think may be pretty useful for your readers, or as an appreciation to the work of others in your niche. These are the easiest ways to create and usually pretty popular on social media.

These kind of posts are good traffic magnets and can get you loads of traffic if they go viral on social networking sites.

Now You know what kind of content is popular among people and fits in pretty much every niche. You can’t fail.

If you are still feeling blank emptiness inside your brain, get some fresh air, a cup of coffee, sit back and think!

Share with us what you are thinking? and what types of content you are missing?

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  • Fazal Mayar February 13, 2011, 4:42 pm

    Karan, you write very well, good stuff! I’m definitely impressed buddy. I think you should write yourself and prove that you are a niche expert because it has many benefits.

    • Karan Labra February 14, 2011, 12:38 pm

      I would not say that I’m an expert but yeah I have gained a lot of experience and I’m on my path to expertise.
      Catch me on Techfudge.net if you’d like to stay connected.

  • Jeevan Jacob John February 8, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for sharing your ideas. These are some great ways to think of articles. I especially like to write about my own experiences (relate them to blogging).

    Anyway, thank you for writing, buddy !

    Jeevan Jacob John

    • Karan Labra February 14, 2011, 12:40 pm

      Well, Jeevan I’m glad that you liked it but please, I mean please its Karan not Karen!

  • Mitz Pantic February 8, 2011, 5:30 pm

    When you get a bit of experience behind you, it gets easier to write. But you really need to focus on a limited amount of subjects at one time. Having 500 draft articles is not much good if you do not finish them.

    Once I get five draft articles banked up I focus on finishing them. Then I get five more draft articles and do the same thing. This way I have content pumping through all the time.

    If you’re really having trouble for ideas you can also go and buy articles cheaply and then rewrite them. At least you have something to work with.

    • Dennis Edell February 11, 2011, 11:09 am

      I do have several hundred drafts Mitz, and I started the way you do it; every 5-10 I’d finish ’em up. The problem is, I draft 1-5 or more ideas per day…perhaps I have too much experience. LOL

    • Karan Labra February 14, 2011, 12:41 pm

      Well, I guess you should keep in mind the phrase : “Finish what you start”
      Moreover, try mind mapping. That way you can get a lot more ideas from a single macro topic.
      I hope you got what I mean to say.

  • Murlu February 6, 2011, 2:22 am

    I love doing tutorials because I simply love to teach; knowing that if someone takes what you’ve wrote and runs with it makes my day especially if someone comes back and tells me how it worked out – there’s something really special about knowing that people are taking action.

    • Karan Labra February 14, 2011, 12:45 pm

      Well Murlu, I guess it’s great if you can provide well written, easy to understand tutorials.
      This could help you monetize your blog and make big time sales, and at the same time build up credibility. So, I guess you’re going great, best of luck1

  • Wasim Ismail February 3, 2011, 10:01 am

    Everyone at times can become stuck for ideas, what I do is every month have a brain storming session, of the topics I have written last month and see where I can elaborate further, or look at a topic from a different angel, the exercise takes about an hour, but by the end of it I have a whole list of new topics to write about.

    • Karan Labra February 14, 2011, 12:47 pm

      Well, Wasim that is a great technique.
      Even I support brainstorming and mind mapping, this helps you get a great deal of small posts from a macro keyword/topic.

  • Vijayraj Reddy February 2, 2011, 6:52 am

    Tutorials are the best way to attract visitors, always help people by writing good tutorials…

  • bryan February 2, 2011, 4:39 am

    Hey Karan,

    I think you’ve made some great points there about solving this problem. I think getting expert interviews is another great way to add content apart from getting attention from the person you are interviewing and the person who reads them. I also think that you can come up with posts that asks the readers some opinions and questions. I think if you have great readership, this will work well for you. Getting people to interact with your content can make wonders to getting ideas apart from improving your business or blog.

    • Karan Labra February 14, 2011, 12:49 pm

      Well Brian, it works out pretty well for blogs which have been established for some time and have some follower ship.
      Since, then it becomes way easier to interact with the readers and get ideas.

  • Sathiya seelan January 31, 2011, 11:02 am

    It’s really difficult to publish an original content each and every time. I’m running a tech blog part time and I admit I hardly come up original contents. Most of the time, I get inspired by the sites I visit on the day. I’d gather all the ideas and select the best ones and blog about it. That’s how I keep my blog running.
    Original ideas never occurs to you on daily basis.

    • Karan Labra February 1, 2011, 10:51 am

      Well, on techblogs all you need to do is get the news before most of your competitors. It is damn difficult to catch up with mashable and techcrunch but yeah you can still rank on the first page by spending some time on on page seo onevery blog post of yours.

  • TJ McDowell January 30, 2011, 2:23 pm

    There are definitely 2 different schools of thought on the whole content before mastery idea. If you’re an expert, you’ve obviously earned the right to talk about it, but if you’re just starting, you may not be giving people any reason to listen to what you’re saying. My advice to people just starting out is that you will probably have to put in more time doing more original research in order to add something truly valuable to the conversation. In other words, you don’t have capital in the form of existing knowledge, so you have to earn your readers by actually working for it.

    • Karan Labra February 1, 2011, 10:55 am

      I second that TJ, building up experience is an integral part of blogging, new bloggers have the freedom to research and experiment as at that stage they do not have a big following or brand which could inhibit them from carrying out experiments which can sometimes prove to be unhealthy for your relationship with your readers.

  • Isabel Rodrigues - Pro Blogger Journey January 30, 2011, 1:14 am

    Wow nice post. How often we feel lost and without content. Liked your tips

  • Alex January 28, 2011, 2:46 pm

    It’s a really headache when you don’t know what to write about and it usually leads to frustration which will certainly not help you get more ideas about what to write.

    Usually one of the best solution to bypass this block is to take a break and when you come back, you should hit the forums about related topics, usually you will find there people asking questions or talking about many topics that can be transformed in a lot of great posts.
    Of course this also can be done with social networks, but it’s not that targeted.

    • Karan Labra January 29, 2011, 6:39 am

      I guess, social networks are a great way to find out what is currently hot in the field and that kind of content can actually drive a whole lot of traffic to your blog.

  • Adam January 28, 2011, 2:10 pm

    I know what you mean by Writters block. I had just recently opened up my Blog to the public but I have been finding it tough to post something everyday. Well, the main part of the site is still being worked on but I wish I could keep up the content.

    Let em know if there is anyone out there that would be interested in posting something now and again. That would be a great help!

    Great Article by the way Karen 🙂

    • Karan Labra January 29, 2011, 6:38 am

      Sorry to interrupt Adam but its Karan and not Karen.

      Anyways, thanks for your appreciation.

  • Dennis Edell January 28, 2011, 11:10 am

    Seriously, if I could find a way to sell post ideas, I’d be a gazillionaire…any ideas?

    • Karan Labra January 28, 2011, 2:01 pm

      What do you really mean by selling post ideas.
      Well if you have the potential and the ideas then you can make some good money via writing services.
      That’s the best way to monetize your writing ideas.

      • Dennis Edell January 29, 2011, 1:47 pm

        I currently have 3-400 drafts waiting to be finished/published…this is after deleting another 3-40 drafts I had.

        • Dennis Edell January 29, 2011, 1:48 pm

          this is after deleting another 3-400 drafts I had. I dropped a zero there.

          • Chadrack February 1, 2011, 5:38 am

            Hi Dennis, that’s beyond my imagination. 3-400 drafts waiting to be published? Men that’s super human!

            But hey, did you say you’ve dropped 3-400 drafts before then? So you were some where around 800 drafts? Then get set, I think selling those content ideas will not be out of place. 🙂

            • Dennis Edell February 3, 2011, 1:02 pm

              700-ish yea Some were outdated, some duplicated, etc.

              Thoughts on sales? I tend to add multiple draft ideas per day.

  • Sid January 28, 2011, 7:20 am

    I think blogger’s block is kinda inevitable and you will sometimes compromise on the quality occasionally. The key to writing good content consistently and regularly is discipline and determination more than anything else.
    With these two things, the rest will be easy.

  • Lennart Heleander January 28, 2011, 7:08 am

    Hi Karan,
    If you are good in your niche then you know often long time before when something special are coming, ex. an expo, a competition, right season, ect, and can write about it and also find the right keywords for the titles in good time so you are first with the latest.

    • Karan Labra January 28, 2011, 2:02 pm

      Well, the kind of posts that you listed depends upon the niche.
      I listed out the posts that will work for almost every niche, anyways thanks for listing some more ideas.

  • Garen Arnold January 27, 2011, 9:22 pm

    Lately, I have been going to YouTube when I am stumped on stuff to write about. I don’t have a ton of blogging experience, but I have found there is some great content out there that you can put on your blog and then write a little mini post on. That and your readers might take interest in watching videos on your related content from time to time.

    Another thing I have been doing is going to Yahoo Answers and typing in keywords to find out what people have questions about.


    • Karan Labra January 28, 2011, 2:11 pm

      Well, talking about youtube, it is a great way to repurpose your blog content by turning them into videos.
      Maybe the videos you found, were repurposed posts.

      • Garen Arnold January 28, 2011, 2:32 pm

        not to mention I also like to use Tube Mogul to build multiple quality backlinks.

  • Maria Pavel January 27, 2011, 8:11 pm

    In order to bypass the writers’ block, you need to stay relaxed, calm, don’t irritate yourself because you’re blocked by the writers’ block, you’re not the first one, not the single one and not the last one to encounter this problem. Get fresh air, the brain needs oxygen in order to work properly, get fresh air as I said, eat healthy, listen to music, watch a movie (a comedy preferred), go play pool, you will have inspiration to write great articles after doing all of these things. And after bypassing the writers’ block, you will feel extraordinarly and the next time you hit the writers’ block you will know how to bypass it and you will succeed. Good luck!

    Best regards,


    • Karan Labra February 1, 2011, 10:49 am

      You’re absolutely right Maria. In order to think out fresh content and release your creativity you need to have a calm and relaxed mind.

  • Dave Grimes II January 27, 2011, 4:16 pm

    This is great. A well-organized article of way to get past blogger’s block! Tremendous. Thank you for sharing.

  • Moosa Hemani January 27, 2011, 3:53 pm

    wow! you remind me of pretty old statement almost of my school life when my teach use to say… If you need to write then read first 🙂

    I was like wth… but that was the key one can never run out of ideas and creativity when you are reading and hanging around other blogs related to your niche…

    the point i like about this post is that you don’t really need to be experienced for blogging but obviously when you are not experienced so you have to go extra mile in the research department in order to compete the experienced bloggers

    very nice post!!

  • Asif January 27, 2011, 3:22 pm

    I have written almost 6000 Articles in my 4 years of blogging career.
    My head is empty now and i am creatively blind.
    I still keep thinking about something new to write.
    Hanging out on social networking websites helps allot. Makes you aware of what is going on.

    • Darren Monroe January 27, 2011, 9:45 pm

      Hey Asif you should repourpose and remix your content.
      You don’t need to write another article on orginal content again if you have 6000 (unspun) articles.

      • Karan Labra January 28, 2011, 2:13 pm

        I second that Asif!

        You can just rewrite them and do a whole lot of things from them, like guest posts and article marketing.

        • Asif January 28, 2011, 2:36 pm

          Yes, this is exactly what I am doing thse days, I make long posts and linking back my older post for more read on that particular Topic,
          (Off the topic- It really feels great to interact with blogger who know what to do and not to do)
          Famous Bloggers is a great community for bloggers!

    • Karan Labra January 28, 2011, 2:14 pm

      Get some rest…
      Go on a vacation and let the ideas flow in.
      Don’t forget to keep a notebook with you, so that you can jot down the ideas you get.

  • Kevin January 27, 2011, 2:40 pm

    This is something I plan on improving this year. It’s not that I don’t have ideas I just get busy and lazy at the same time. I have a regular job at the moment. I work in the morning or afternoons and when I come home I just want to sleep or rest. It get lazy to get up and type up a new post. But I’m always pushing myself to get over that hump. I need to be more consistent with my content.

    • Karan Labra January 28, 2011, 2:36 pm

      If you do blog, then it should be an exercise to get relief from the routine.

      I do it to take breaks from my studies and stuff, if you feel it as a burden then I would suggest you to pursue other things that interests you more.

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