I just know there are times when you get stuck on what to post next. Been there, done that.
Unless you have the “writing frenzy days” where you write 10 posts and then schedule them for next few weeks, I am sure there were times when you were supposed to have something published already, and you haven’t even started yet.
Especially those who follow a strict posting schedule.
Add being short of time, and you are totally stuck.
So you have two choices – skip posting or write something. As I said, if you are on a strict posting schedule, I guess skipping isn’t an option. But this is where the “filler” posts come in handy.
Filler posts are those that will, as the name says, fill the slot when you have nothing to post. Here are some you can use:
“Ask the readers”
Ask your readers a question you know will provoke a lot of replies. If you run a blog about marketing, a simple question as “Which social media is bringing you traffic that converts to most sales?” can work miracles.
With some other blogs, it will be even easier: cooking blog – “what is your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe”; health blog – “what brand of vitamins is your favorite” and so on.
The best part here is that you can use all those replies as future blog post ideas!
I had great success with these before. Just bookmark all the good posts you read during any period of time and when you are stuck for ideas put 15 of those bookmarks in a post and call it a link round up.
Everyone appreciates a helpful post and a link list is always helpful. You are helping people focus on reading stuff that is already vetted (by you) without having to search for it.
“My blog’s best of”
You can do a similar thing with your own content. Pick the top 10 blog posts from your blog and make a reminder post for your readers. Tell them why you love those posts, and what did they do for your blog’s success.
You can even create a topic best of, like “My top 10 social media tutorials” or something along those lines.
“My best of”
If you are writing guest posts, this is another way you can fill your posting slot and at the same time promote your writing on other blogs. Create a list post with links to your top guest posts. Include the best of them and brag
It will be new content for most of your readers, because no matter how faithful your fans are, they can never catch up with just everything you do.
“Tutorial of the week”
This is a great way to use someone else’s content to fill your posting slots. You can go for detailed tutorials in text or even better, select a video of the week on the topic of the month.
Example: In August, you want to cover as much as you can on topic of monetizing your blogs. Every time you don’t have a post ready, post a video from one of the authority channels, talking about monetizing blogs. Leveraging at its best.
These are just 5 general ideas you can build upon. If your favorite blogger is Joey Strawn, you can make a post “Top 10 by Joey Strawn”. The possibilities are really unlimited. Heck, you can create a list of 15 quick ideas like these now, and be ready for any unexpected blogging situation.
And don’t forget, when you run out of ideas completely, you can pick one of these post titles and write a post.