One of the best ways to come up with new blog post ideas is to give your blog readers what they want. The hard part for some bloggers is figuring out what their readers are looking for. It’s actually quite simple, blog readers let you know in different ways whether what you are posting is what they want or whether they have other needs that your blog isn’t meeting.
Many bloggers provide an email address on their blog so that readers can contact them. When you get an email from a reader asking a question you have a few options.
1. You can ignore the email. Not the best choice if you are trying to have a popular blog.
2. You can answer the question via email- good for your reputation and for that specific reader.
3. You can respond to the email and inform the reader that you will be writing a blog post to answer that question. This is obviously the best method to benefit you, the reader and your blog.
Another way to find blog post inspiration is to read the comments and discussions your readers have on your popular posts. This enables you to continue a specific topic that is proven to be a discussion starter, as well as providing your readers with more information and linking back to the original post to provide continuity on your blog. When you post the things your readers let you know they want to see they will continue to come back and read your posts.
Your readers let you know what they want to find on your blog in many different ways. From email to comments and even the number of page views on a certain post you can see what your readers want more of and what they don’t bother with. Take the time to check your stats, look at the length of time visitors stay on your site; listen to your readers and write blog posts that give them what they want. This is the best way to have a popular blog with regular readers, interaction in the comments and people who share the link to your blog with other interested readers.
A blog without readers is just a blog. Don’t alienate your readers by ignoring their clues to you about what they want to find on your blog. Give them what they want in every post you publish.