Unless you have a pretty good idea as to what you want to write in a blog, you can all too often find yourself staring at a blank canvas, and not knowing where to start, or once you start, where you plan to go. The idea you’re looking for is either a bit fuzzy or non-existent.
Twitter Can Be A Source Or The Source Of Ideas - Have you ever considered using Twitter as a source for blog writing ideas? Twitter in fact isn’t just a source for information to post on blogs, it can be the source if you wish it to be. There are nearly as many ideas floating around on Twitter as there are people using this form of social media. Once you’ve zeroed in on an interesting person, topic, or institution, there should be plenty of facts and opinions, plus a certain amount of nonsense, at your fingertips. What better way to come up with idea for a blog that to read a Tweet that offers an opinion you firmly disagree with.
Let Twitter be your catalyst or trigger for coming up with ideas for your next blog, or series of blogs. Just the right 100+ character Tweet may be all that takes to get the wheels in your head turning. You do have to do a little work up front to get the process started. After all you don’t want to sift through a few hundred random Tweets in hopes that one of them will give you some inspiration. You need to have a subject, topic, person, etc., in mind to start with. The you can let Twitter do the rest.
Getting Started On Twitter – To get started, go to the Twitter Discover page and click on Browse Categories. The it’s a matter of typing in a subject of interest in the Search Box. Maybe you want your blog to comment on something Mark Zuckerman had to say, or do a write-up on what people are saying about the latest Apple product release, or write something about your favorite, or least-favorite Congressman. The Tweets needed to provide you the with useful facts and opinions you need should be there.
One of the nicer features of Twitter is once you’ve searched through several topics, Twitter will start to recommend accounts you might be interested in, based on your past searches. This can serve you well in writing in follow-up blogs, basing them on the latest facts and opinions at your fingertips.
Go ahead and give it a shot! What tools do you use for blog ideas?