I know how hard it is when you're staring at an empty document, trying to figure out what to write in it. There are times when I've had a million different topics I wanted to write about, but then when it came down to it, I drew a blank.
So, for those who are stuck and need a little inspiration, here are some ideas to get those gears moving.
"How to" articles
People tend to look up stuff, trying to learn how to do things. You can be the answer to their questions. I know I always look up different "how to" articles for projects I want to do.
Don't be afraid to write about something you love. As a reader, I really like when someone writes about something they're passionate about. You can usually tell while you're reading it, and it makes it easier to relate to and enjoy.
This was actually one of my favorite things to do when I took journalism in high school. Whether it be a review for a CD, movie, TV show or book, reviews are always a good idea.
You'll get a conversation going with your readers and see if they agree with your opinions.
This is a good idea for when you want people to understand something. Some ideas are: "Why My Anxiety Makes Me [insert action]" or "Why You Should Always [insert action]."
Answer a question
This sort of ties into the "why" articles. Think about something you've been asked a lot — a question you've seen online or a topic you've heard people asking about. If it applies to you, answer it.
State your opinion
Personally, I see a lot of different topics circulating that I would love to comment on. However, I want to really give an answer and break down what it is I'm thinking and why. I also don't want to start a war in the comment section on Facebook, so writing an article would be a good outlet for it.
Interview someone you admire
I think it's great when someone interviews someone they look up to. It sort of goes along with writing about something you love. You connect more with the writer after reading these, too.
Create a guide
I've seen a lot of guide articles that I've enjoyed, even when they don't quite apply to me. Here are some solid examples: "Guide To Surviving Your First Year Of College" or "Guide To Becoming [insert title]."
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love throwback posts. The nostalgia of it all is so nice and fun to look back on.
Offer people new music to listen to. You can also make a playlist for certain occasions.
Compare different things. You can compare Apple with Android or Marvel with DC — things like that.
Write a letter to someone you love, miss or care for. I'm sure they would love it, and many people will relate to what you write about or will simply enjoy it. I know I like reading people's open letters.
Write about destinations near you that you think people should visit. I know that when I travel somewhere I've never been, I look up different things to do and see while I'm there.
Give people something new. List off books, movies or bands that you recommend. You can help them find their new favorite thing.
When all else fails, make a list of things other people can write about. I did it, so why not you?
I hope this helps at least one person out there come up with a new idea.