15 List Post Ideas When You Get Writer’s Block

List Post Ideas for Blogging

This is a guest post by Tristan Higbee from Blogging Bookshelf.

It’s one of the irrefutable, iron-clad laws of blogging: everyone loves list posts.

You’ve no doubt written your fair share of list posts, and they’ve no doubt been among the more successful posts on your blog. But sometimes blogger’s block hits hard and you don’t have that golden idea for your next post. It happens, and when it does happen, these refer back to this post and one of the 15 list post ideas mentioned below for great blog content.

1. People You Should be Following on Twitter

Hopefully you’re already an active Twitter user (if not, go write a list of ten reasons you should be on Twitter). You’ve probably come across some Twitter users who just knock it out of the park in terms of usefulness of tweets, quality of interaction, frequency of tweets, or some other metric. Suggest these people to your readers so that they can get the most out of their Twitter experience.

2. Blogs You Should be Reading

Go ahead, give a shout out to your blogging buddies or friendly rivals. Don’t be stingy with your links! Linking to other blogs will strengthen the relationship between you and the other bloggers while providing your readers with additional useful content.

3. Things I wish I Had Done Differently

Ah yes, the TIWIHaDoD post (and yes, I just made that up). Help people not make the same mistakes you made. These kinds of posts are invaluable resources for those just starting out in your field of interest, and can rise up to be among the most popular posts on your blog.

4. Must Have _____

If you blog about blogging, you could write a “20 must-have plugins” post. If you’re all about travel, you can blog about “10 must-have travel accessories.” If you’re about health, you can blog about “15 great stress relief products” from stress toys to meditation CDs. You get the idea. Editor’s note: see 25 social media keyword search tools as an example.

5. Common Misconceptions about _____

What are some of the common misconceptions, misunderstandings, or fallacies in your niche? This is your chance to set the record straight!

6. Frequently Asked Questions

Make a list of questions you get asked all the time, or that a lot of people in your field tend to ask. Answer each one of them in a post. You could even turn this post into a FAQ page on your blog.

7. Weekly Roundup

Make a list of the best of whatever happened in your niche in the last week. This can be best Twitter posts, best forum posts, best blog posts, or best news items. Or it can be any combination of these. Editor’s note: see the Fetching Friday category for examples.

8. How NOT to _____

With this list post idea, you’re telling people how they shouldn’t go about doing something. For example, if you’re into whitewater kayaking, write a list post about how NOT to buy your first kayak. This kind of post is effective because we’re wired to be slightly paranoid about doing something wrong. Sounds like a post that everyone in your niche would like to read, right?

9. _____ in 10 Steps

Describing how to do something in X number of steps (I chose 10 because it’s the most common) is a great post idea because the reader achieves some sort of reward or end result if they follow your advice. It’s always great to have posts that are actionable and immediately applicable.

10. Things You Would Like to See Written

What would you like to see written in your field? This can include blog posts you’d like to see, ebooks you’d like to buy, books you’d definitely read, and blogs you’d certainly subscribe to.

11. Must Watch YouTube Videos

Embed your favorite YouTube videos into this post and tell your readers what they’ll learn from the videos and why they should watch them. Be sure to ask for readers to tell in the comments about their favorite videos.

12. Awesome Quotes about _____

Go to Google and type in “YOURNICHE quotes” (obviously substituting YOURNICHE for your niche). A bunch of results will come up, and your job is simply to browse through them and pick the ones you like. Throw them all into a post and you’re good to go.

13. Podcasts You Should be Listening to

Are you listening to podcasts? Man oh man, if you’re not, you’re definitely missing out! Listening to podcasts is like reading blog posts in that you’re consuming useful information. But you can’t read blog posts while you’re driving or running. What you CAN do is load the podcasts onto your iPod and feel good that you’re both consuming information and getting things done. Anyway, so with this list post idea, you just list your favorite podcasts that your readers might also sound useful.

14. Books You Should Read

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. List your favorite books or the books that everyone in your niche should read. Throw in some Amazon affiliate links and you might even make some money off if it!

15. Useful Niche Forums

Post a list of as many of the niche forums as you can find. Hopefully you already know of (and participate in) some of the forums in your niche. To find more, go to Google and type in forum:YOURNICHE. A bunch of related forums will pop up in the results. Nice!

Your List Post Ideas

Hopefully these 15 things are enough to get you out of the blogger’s block doldrums and back onto your feet, and your readers will be none the wiser! Be sure to leave a comment below if you’ve got any other list post ideas, or examples of great list posts as mentioned above. Please don’t spam, but feel free to drop a link to a good example!





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Comments

  1. says

    Hey Tristan
    I blog in a tough niche, am gonna give your tips a try :)

    The first will appear towards the end of the week, I’ll let you know if it works :)

  2. says

    This is a great list to generate ideas! I especially like the FAQ and How NOT To ones.

    The things I wish I would have done differently is another good one. I wrote a post a few months ago entitled “7 Life Lessons I’d Like to Tell My Younger Self” and it is my most popular post and I’m still getting comments on it. It really seems to resonate with people!
    Stacy just posted Generosity Killed the Cat

    • says

      I agree that the things I wish I would have done differently is a good one. Those posts have been some of the most popular ones in the past on my other blogs, too. I think the great thing about that kind of posts is that it just sucks people right in. You see a post like that and you’ve GOT to read it because you want to succeed as quickly as possibly by not making the same mistakes that other people have made.

      Thanks for commenting, Stacy!
      Tristan just posted Newton’s 3 Laws of… Blogging Or- How I Got My Blog Moving!

  3. says

    Hey Tristan,

    Been stumbling upon a lot of guest posts from you lately and all of them top-notch. That one doesn’t lose its grip as well. It is definitely true that sometimes, you just miss that so-needed inspiration and things start to get tougher. That is when ideas like the ones listed above can be put to a good use. The one about blogs one’s reading is by far the best article topic in my opinion. You are giving a useful resource to your readers and that rarely goes unnoticed. How to and how not to do something is an interesting idea and a subject, where a lot can be written as well. Awesome! Thanks for sharing your two cents!
    Daniel Sharkov just posted Writing Tips – 3 Ways to Squeeze the Most from Your Articles

    • says

      Yeah, it can be hard to constantly be coming up with ideas for fresh content when you’re writing lots of posts (especially when you factor in guest posts, ebooks, ezine articles, and any other content you’re writing). And sometimes life happens and you run out of time to craft a 100% unique article. I think that’s where these ideas really become useful.

      Thanks for the comment, Daniel, and be sure to come back here and drop a link to your post if you use any of these ideas.
      Tristan just posted Newton’s 3 Laws of… Blogging Or- How I Got My Blog Moving!

  4. says

    this reminds lot of steps to know ! great list to follow , and i loved all of the points ,really i guess these tips and remarks are totally able to help writing and improve the way writers write !: ) thank you for that , Quotes , youtube video , books to read ….. cOOL ideas

  5. says

    Really love these ideas! I’d love to pretend that as a professional blogger I had ideas just falling out of my head all the time, but it’s not the case, and these are fab. A nice checklist to spark off some ideas!

  6. says

    Hi Tristan,

    Thanks for sharing your insightful lists!
    The 6th and 14th lists really appeal to me!
    Ha..Ha..There are so many similar questions that I got asked from my blogger friend, so I trust that a FAQ page will solve the problem….

    Instead of writer’s block, I have artist’s block sometimes….
    I try to find time to be online, it’s so hard to keep up with blogging and commenting when we all are so busy everyday!
    Reading a good book and a good blog post could help to bring in ideas:)

  7. says

    Great list with lots of variety.
    Here’s another suggestion, “My 10 objectives/targets/challenges for the next year”.
    My niche is Learning Spanish, so number 1. on this list for me would be Finally crack the subjunctive tense!

  8. says

    My list post idea: A list of list of lists. :))
    (No seriously. I think it will be damn hilarious)

    On a serious note, I was indeed having a writer’s block. I think I will bookmark this page of yours for future references. The problem is which one of your ideas to pick really since all seem equally good (except for podcasts which I don’t listen to very often).
    Siddhart Goyal just posted 7 Issues Start Ups Should Be Prepared for in their Infancy Stage

  9. says

    Thanks for the post ideas. I think I will use most them as I re-focus my business website. I especially like #14 about books you should read and adding my Amazon links. Great idea!

  10. says

    Hi Tristan,
    I keep a list of post ideas, mainly they revolve around a combination of some creative posts, some how to type posts, and reading suggestions. I was just thinking about that video idea that you lists. Mainly, I get ideas from thinking about what kinds of problems I’m facing while blogging and how I solved those problems and then I try to write it down.
    Richard just posted Shakespeare Didn’t Do SEO

  11. says

    Hi Tristan,
    Wow! Great ideas! Not only will I use them in my blog posts, but there great ideas for me to use when I write articles.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    Ooh … a list post about list posts – doesn’t get any better than this (list!)

    Thanks, Tristan, for drumming up some ideas that are fresh and new to me. And I’m still counting my lucky stars I discovered you on Sheila Atwood’s blog. :)

    Write On!
    Melanie

  13. says

    Hi Tristan, great post here – I love the ideas you explore….In Blogworld, there was a speaker, the nametag guy, Scott Ginsberg, and he said “There is no such thing as writer’s block” and proceeded to tell us how to develop ideas and how to always have ideas running through our minds and then translate them into the web – it was really brilliant and your post reminded me of that – whether or not there is such a thing as writer’s block. Hey, I’m fine with denying its existence too ;)!
    Farnoosh just posted Listening to my Readers- Launch of Blogworld ebook and the Newsletter

  14. says

    Tristan, good list which I’ll be using for sure. Like the list of list of list of lists posts suggestions, funny.

    I already use a lot of these: recap posts, weekly summaries, just did a combo of Follow Friday with bloggers to read and follow, as I updated my blogroll. Most of my favorite YouTube videos are NSFW ;-), but it’s a good idea to recommend videos, books, podcasts as well as blogs and articles. Niche forums and bulletin boards are great, especially for technical fixes like a MAC or WordPress issue; will use the Google search to find more in my niche (PR, social media for small biz). Thanks for the tips.
    Davina K. Brewer just posted For Love of the Blogroll- Follow Friday edition

  15. says

    Hello Tristan,
    after this post I don’t think there will be any more blocks in my or anyone else’s head :)
    Loved it and although I have read a few of these tips before, I haven’t seen a list this long or with this many ideas.
    Most list I see are related to “blogging about blogging” and sometimes are not applicable to other niches, but this made me think out of the box.
    Thanks
    Brankica just posted Twiends- part 2 How to maximize ROI with this Twitter tool

  16. says

    So I just read this and I went back to my blog to skim through my recent blog posts and wouldn’t you know it…my recent list posts are amongst the top shared/most commented on posts.

    Are they effective? I’d have to agree and say “Yes”, they are. But don’t write all short and shallow. Put some meat in there with some useful advice people can turn around and implement.