8 Types of Blog Post You Can Write Today

This post was guest blogged by Jamie Harrop, a blogger of five years who at Jamie Harrop Dot Com writes about blogging, life as a young entrepreneur, self improvement and travel.

Writers block is a problem for all bloggers. Novice or pro. Young or old. Every blogger has to overcome a lack of ideas and motivation at some point. After years of blogging, I’ve found that by having a set of easy to write content fillers my blog can have fresh content as often as I like. Here are eight types of blog post I consider when I’m struggling to find the inspiration for an authority post.

Poll

As I’ve previously spoken about in guest posts here, polls are fantastic content fillers and are also very useful for your readers. They provide a new depth of interaction and have the ability to share useful facts and figures in an easy to interpret format. They’re also very easy to setup. If you’re struggling for poll ideas, you’ll find plenty of bloggers who have started posts titled “Suggest a Poll Idea”. Even John did this not too long ago and you, his readers, came up with some great ideas. Find a few of these types of post and you’ll be flooded with new poll ideas. Read my previous guest post, How to Bring Interactivity to Your Blog to find out more about polls and how to set them up.

Comment Awards

Each week, make a point of awarding the person who wrote the best comment on your blog for that week. Maybe even reward more than one person if you’ve received several excellent comments. Go through all the comments of the week, pick out the best, copy the comment(s) in to the comments award post and link back to the commentators blog. By doing so, you get to post something useful to fill in another post slot, the awardees get a link back and are made to feel cared about, and other readers are given something to work towards next week.

Maybe you could also make a point of linking to all your first time commentators. Quite often commentators will write one comment and then leave. By linking to their blogs, you’ll be able to bring them back to your blog and convert more of them to subscribers.

Blog Goal Setting

Try to set goals for your blog each month, then publish these in a blog post. I do this, and I do so for two reasons:

1. To keep me accountable. If my readers see I’m struggling to meet the goals I set out, they’re able to give me a virtual kick up the rear.
2. To fill in another post slot while I’m struggling with writers block

Each month, take the time to publish two or three goals. Maybe you’ll set a financial goal. Or a subscriber goal. Or like me, a goal to write X amount of guest posts during the month. Whatever your goals, make them measurable (attach an amount or a date. “X number of guest posts by X date”) and make them achievable. There’s nothing more satisfying than achieving your goals. I recently set myself a subscriber goal with a timeframe to achieve it “by the end of December”. I actually achieved the goal in the first week of December which gave me a huge boost of confidence and motivation. As much as your goals are about helping you improve your blog, they’re also about giving you confidence and motivation. They can’t do this unless you meet and surpass them.

Link Love

It’s the classic blogging filler post. Over the course of the week, as you read your RSS feeds, take note of the posts that you enjoy most. By the end of the week you’ll have a good list of useful links for your readers.

When doing link love posts, try to provide a mix of links to blogs whose authors you know are already a subscriber at your blog, and those you know are not subscribers. By linking to those not subscribed, you’re enticing potential subscribers to your blog. And of course, by linking to blogs of your subscribers, you’re keeping your current readers happy and interested.

Thank all Your Commentators

Can you imagine John trying to link to everybody who ever wrote a comment on his blog? Rather him than me. But if your blog isn’t home to 40,000 subscribers you may well be able to, over the course of a month and piece by piece, link out to every single person who has ever taken the time to write on your blog. I’ve done it once, and yes, it was a lot of work, but the rewards were amazing. I saw lots of old friends come back to my blog who had once been subscribed but since moved on, or who once blogged but no longer did. It was like a school reunion from my first days of blogging.

But it wasn’t all hugs and kisses. I also gained many new subscribers. To get more work, companies send letters to past and present customers to tell them the company is still there and still cares. You can get new subscribers in the same way.

Niche News

If you’re in a niche where new products and tools are continually released, you’ll never be short of news to write about on those days of writers block. The pro bloggers will often be the first ones to break the news as they receive the emails from the book authors or tool developers, so make sure you subscribe to large blogs.

Of course, try not to post too much news. Blog readers are looking for an opinion and a voice, as opposed to just another blogger talking about the same thing as everybody else. It’s rare I write about niche news, but if I do I try to keep it to just a few items each month.

Reviews

Book reviews. Tool reviews. Ebook reviews. Blog reviews. They’re all great content fillers and, done well, can be very valuable for your readers. You don’t have to be sent a free copy and asked by the author in order to do a review. Find that old blogging book or self improvement book and write a review. You’re not talking about something new and testing. You’re just giving your opinion, which is easy even on a day of low motivation and writers block.

Interview

Email one blogger a week with a set of four questions, then publish their answers in a post, including some of your own thoughts as you touch on the points the interviewee spoke about.

Readers love interviews. Interviewees love interviews because of the exposure. And you should love interviews too, as they’re easy to conduct and publish.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a super-power of blogging in order to conduct interviews. Pro bloggers are not a higher form of person who look down on new bloggers. They’re human, just like you. There’s absolutely no reason why a new blogger can’t and shouldn’t email a pro blogger with their four interesting questions.

So How Much Time Can You Fill?

Let’s imagine for a moment you use all eight of these ideas in one particular month.

Poll – You create one poll a week, so during the month you’ve filled four post slots
Poll Results – Of course, you also want to publish the results each poll and include some analysis and opinion. So that’s another four slots during the month.
Comment Awards – Once a week you give your commentators some virtual blogging love, so that’s another four slots.
Goal Setting – Once a month you set your goals. But half way through the month you’re readers are keeping you accountable by asking how you’re getting on, so you post an update. That’s two slots.
Link Love – There’s more than enough posts in the blogosphere to do a weekly link love post, so that’s another four post slots filled.
Thanking all Your Commentators – You’re not going to do it every month, but you decide to do it this month. That’s one slot.
Niche News – Assuming, in an attempt to keep news to a minimum, you decide to write one news piece each week. That’s four slots a month.
Reviews – You might do one review each month, so that’s another slot taken.
Interviews – Bloggers can often take time to get their answers to you, so you might do one interview every two weeks. That’s two slots a month.

With all that in mind, you could potentially fill 26 slots of your monthly blogging schedule with these types of posts. Assuming you’ve made a decision to post once per day (one slot per day), that means you could, in theory, post 26 times in the month with very little effort.

Now, I’m not saying you should do this. After all, readers want opinion and thought-provoking content, but you could quite easily use 15-20 slots a month for filler posts while providing 5-10 killer, authoritative blog posts.

Blogging doesn’t seem so hard after all, right? 🙂

What filler content do you use? How do you overcome writers blog? Let us know in the comments!


61 thoughts on “8 Types of Blog Post You Can Write Today”

  1. David says:

    I found this article kind of funny because there have been other variations of posts that say how many different types of posts you can write. This may be the 5-6th one I’ve seen. I think I’m going to create my own list since I found 30+ different kinds of posts LOL

    1. Li Weng says:

      Hey this is another type of blog post in itself. “xxx no. of ways to do xxx”

      1. blogmerchant says:

        What I do is every time I have an idea, I jot down the notes right in the wordpress write post window. Than I just save it as a draft and come back to it at a later time when I’m ready. That way, I always have a fresh set of ideas to form into an actual post. If you don’t get your ideas written down somewhere, they are easily forgotten about.

        1. Li Weng says:

          Hey that’s a good tip. Keeping an ideas notebook is helpful not just for blog posts but is also good for business strategies and other things.

          1. singlesnet says:

            Hye after 5 years of blogging whats your income?

          2. keeping guessing ??????

      2. Ben Pei says:

        These are the most popular blog posts I presume..

    2. Taris J says:

      LOL nice post – I’ll keep these in mind when I’m tapped out for good content!!

      1. yeah, we all get hit by a mental block at times. I guess referring back to this post will bring the creative juices flowing again.

    3. This falls right in line with the post I did about 5 days ago called 4 Blog Strategies For When You Have Writer’s Block

      Some great ideas here I completely skipped over.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Hey Steve,

        Some nice ideas there.. Now I have information overload..

    4. I like the idea of linking to stories that you liked reading throughout the week. You could have, “Linky Fridays” where you give some brief comments about the post why people should visit.

  2. Akmal says:

    nice post jamie. i really like the idea how you try to connect to your older guest posts…. you are a skilled guest blogger.

    1. Jamie Harrop says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Akmal.

      That previous guest post just seemed to fit perfectly. 🙂

  3. Li Weng says:

    I believe you should also blog about your personal life once in a while, because it’s really helpful for building relationships as people would feel like that really know you. John is a perfect example of someone who’s mastered this.

    1. Jamie Harrop says:

      That’s an interesting one, Li.

      I’ve spoken about this several times on my blog and eventually came to the same conclusion as you. Most readers want to see the person behind the blog.

      I won’t go out of my way to say what I did each day, but occasionally I’ll upload photos from a day out hiking or a day kayaking.

      Jamie

      1. That’s great Jamie, it brings your readers closer. Sharing some personal aspect of your life does make the bond between you and your readers much stronger.

  4. Li Weng says:

    Another type of blog post is a post by a guest blogger! There’s been quite a few the last couple of days.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Yup I think its becoming quite popular these days..

  5. AverageGal says:

    I loved the ideas in this post – I will definitely be implementing some (if not all) of them soon! thanks for sharing!

  6. Gem says:

    Thank you for the tips. These are very helpful. I often run out of ideas for a blog post. I should be consulting this page every now and then.

  7. Blog Expert says:

    A lot of these are some of the most boring posts alive! If you really want to bore your audience then go right ahead. Why not just write original content that kicks ass?

    1. Li Weng says:

      I don’t know about that man. The guy’s just giving out a format that you can do, not content. You can make the content interesting yourself. For example, if you do an interview, the format might be used a lot, but whether the content is original or not is really up to how it’s done.

    2. Jamie Harrop says:

      Because, as the whole point of this post points out, writing original content that kicks ass is sometimes not possible. When writers block hits or motivation is lacking, writing “kick ass” posts just isn’t going to happen no matter how hard you try.

      These post ideas are meant to fill in those times when writing kick ass posts isn’t possible.

      Hope that clears things up.

      Jamie

  8. Ben Pei says:

    Hmm I am gonna start a poll on my blog too! Hope it able to bring good results. By the way the idea of having a comment award is good.. I should implement it.

  9. Great post, Jamie. You give me great idea to write my blog post. Thanks

  10. Sohail says:

    Some solid ideas there

  11. no one can beat Tutorials type of blogposts..
    Nice read. 😀

  12. I’ve already read most of this stuff from numerous blogs. I learned a few new ideas though. Thanks.

  13. Trevor says:

    Lists get huge love from Digg i’ve noticed.

  14. ariwolu says:

    Nice information for me

  15. I really like the idea how you try to connect to your older guest posts

  16. Hi Jamie, thanks for the write up about this article…well i personal think it is a good guidelines…will use it as a reference when i short of topic or don’t know what to write for newly launched love blog – Cupid Blogger Dot Com

  17. It’s a good list Jamie but I think you really missed the mark by using the term “filler content.” It’s as if we write blogs just to fill it with filler.

    I’d like to think that us bloggers are doing much more than that, like trying to articulate a grander vision to our readers. I know your intentions are to be useful, but “filler” sounds like you’re choosing quantity over quality.

    1. Jamie Harrop says:

      That’s an excellent point, Charles.

      But with that said, no matter how hard we try I do think all bloggers come across a time when they have to fill their blog with something less grand and useful.

      I’m trying to think of something to describe these types of posts that isn’t “filler”, but I’m stuck.

      I agree with you though. Quality over quantity is always the way to go.

      Excellent comment, Charles! 🙂

      Jamie

  18. Great post Jamie! I’ve bookmarked this page, I know I’ll need to refer back to it in the near future. 😉

  19. Nikolai says:

    Very useful post! Although I knew about most of the stuff already, this should help newbies get into the rhythm of blogging without spending too much time and energy on it. Will definitely refer new bloggers to this post.

  20. uwak says:

    link love is my povourite…….and my next target, thanks for sharing

  21. BusinessX says:

    Take the filler, fill a month and schedule them a month out in WordPress. The you can bring them in to fill a day or push them back out when you have something new to say.

  22. Pete says:

    Great comment, but hey, let’s not go crazy with the filler, eh? Otherwise December 10 is going to be known around the web as “crappy content day”.

  23. Pheak.T says:

    This will help me out a lot, but in a case where the blogger (like myself) is a newbie, it’s still hard to accomplish some things such as with comments. most newbie bloggers don’t really receive a lot of link love or comments so we make due with what we got and build our reputation from there. but I will implement the things you’ve spoke of in this post because unlike myself, you probably know what you’re talking about =]

  24. I think it also depends on the blog. Like, I have an entertainment one & there are countless blog posts that can be made for it.

  25. Mominator says:

    I thought this was some pretty good info. I didn’t realize it, but I was using a few of these fillers naturally just because things like the news give us “stuff” to talk about. You definitely gave me some other ideas though, that I will be using!

  26. Linda says:

    I like the idea of responding to any comments you get on your blog. I’m a regular blog reader and leave lots of comments about the web but I’ve yet to have one blogger respond back!!

  27. joe gelb says:

    thankyou for this informative and inspiring blog post that showed me how important it is to think outside the box

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  29. shun2u says:

    Sometimes i really dunno what gonna write and neglecting my blog for many days. Anyways, thanks for sharing!

  30. Takumi86 says:

    Really an interesting post, i got stumbled when i came here, this topic really does get me inspired. Thanks for this

  31. game-girl says:

    I am just a novice in blogging. I have got only 8 comments. All this infomation seems to be very interesting for me. Maybe I’m ready to widen my scope, to learn new notions, to master the work of the other kind. ’tis just the time for me to start a new live to stay at home for longer time. I like that.

  32. Great post. Im always looking for topics and things to write on. This article will prove to be very helpful in my writing efforts so thanks for sharing.

  33. game-girl says:

    When I decided to start in the blogosphere I just saw the ABC of blogging by Jamie Harrop. I find it a good sign.An experienced guru,a blogger of 5years inspired me to be involved in that kind of activity. I looked through the page and found it rather easy and clear. I actually aim to go on.

  34. Jagan charak says:

    Really inspiring and useful.I would like to thank Arun from million clues for suggesting me to visit here.

  35. game-girl says:

    Blog Expert called the posts the most boring. He probably has seen too much of it and doesn’t find fresh information in the post .I think he needs changes.

  36. gendut says:

    you give more choice……that’s very great idea to help new blogger focusing, thanks

  37. Thanks for such a great idea.
    I think I will implement that idea in my blog.

  38. game-girl says:

    Li Weng seems to me very clever and experienced. I liked the way he writes, his arguments are forcible. It is seen he is very active in posts,his word is impressive. He is distinguished on the whole list of comments. I dare say he is the best.

  39. Being accountable I’d say is such a great benefit. For me it’s what makes the difference my blog being fun and being extremely useful.

  40. 2 more idea to fill four slots:
    One a week, do what GAS does, link serving.
    On contrary to link love, link serving is like a mirco review.So it more eazy.

    Second: Top entrecard commentators.
    That takes 1 slot a month.

    Now the total is 31 (One post a day!)

  41. Great collection of blogging ideas! Sometimes it can be hard to think of something new to write, especially if you’re posting every day, but really there’s no excuse when there’s so much out there to talk about.

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