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They walk the night (or maybe every other night). They’re faceless. They’re nameless. When they leave cryptic comments, you do everything you can not to lose your head. After all, good body parts are hard to find. They are your blog readers.
“Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands!”
You created this monster, one that seems to have grown much larger than you could have anticipated. It’s appetite for content keeps growing too. So what happens when the mad scientist (that’s you) runs out of material, something to soothe the savage beast?
‘No, it’s pronounced “eye-gor.”‘
We’ve all been there. It’s pronounced “brain fart”, “writer’s block”, or “having a senior moment”. Like in the movies, the natives will get restless. But unlike these same flicks, the town’s people will not come to your door carrying torches and demanding an explanation. Quite the opposite. They’ll flee…and quickly.
“What an excellent day for an exorcism.”
It’s time we try a little exercise, one that will pay dividends well into the afterlife. I’d like to share a blogging method with you, one that I hope you’ll try as it has proven to lend itself to maximum creativity without sucking the life’s blood from me in the process.
“Do me a favor? Don’t scream. Just hear what I’ve gotta say – and then scream.”
There’s a brief description of each method below. Try them. They work even better than “eye of newt” or “tongue of toad”. Yes, they are somewhat formulaic, but they work. And the ideas they generate are no less creative those that strike you as divine inspiration.
1) The List Post
Probably the easiest way to generate a post is in the form of a list. People love lists. You’ve heard of the ten commandments, no? Lists are SEO friendly and they drive traffic to your site. And they’re great for getting your readership to interact. Everyone has an opinion so, at the end of your post, ask others to suggest amendments to your list. Dissension drives traffic.
2) The Review Post
“Review” is an often searched word as folks increasingly shop online. I’ve reviewed everything from the concessions at a football game to a favorite CD. You can review absolutely anything and best of all, review posts lend themselves well to reader interaction. Perhaps include a thumbs up/thumbs down poll at the end.
Incidentally, if you’re ever at a Wilson NC High School football game, try the barbecue. You won’t be sorry.
3) The Links Post
This is perhaps the easiest way to use content that others are generating but still stay relevant to the topic of your site. Set your Google alert to some relevant keywords and check it once a day. From that, create a daily “Links” post that pertain to your subject matter. It provides a service to your readers while creating traffic with very little effort. 15 minutes a day TOPS…promise.
4) The Collation Post
Pick a topic that your readers would likely want to know about and then do a quick Google search on what others have written on the topic. Include links with a brief comment on the value of each one. This too requires very little time.
5) The Prediction / Review Post
A “Best 10 of the year” review post always generates a good bit of traffic. It’s easy to write and it elicits reaction. The beginning of each year lends itself quite naturally to the prediction post, the end of the year to the review post. Sports sites can do a pre-season preview and post-season review.
6) The Meme Post
The Merriam Webster dictionary describes a meme as “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture”. A good example might be the LOL Cats pictures that, while I don’t like them, seemed to be all the rage a drive a good bit of traffic. With a little imagination you can co-op it and make it applicable to your audience.
Now you know my secrets, all the blogging skeletons in my closet.
“Are you sure you wouldn’t like to stay just a little while longer? Just for talk?”
[For those who are horror movie fans, the quotes above are from: Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, The Exorcist, Tales from the Crypt, and Psycho]