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43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back Into Your Blog

43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back Into Your Blog

Have you ever wondered what people really think of your blog?

Have you ever thought that it might be a bit, well, boring?

Of course, no one will actually tell you that. You won’t even hear the Sigh. Yawn. Click. as another reader closes your blog and disappears forever.

But let’s face it: your blog has seen better days.

Maybe you haven’t updated it in a while. Maybe it hasn’t seen a fresh idea in weeks or even months. Maybe you’re just stuck in a rut.

But one thing’s certain. If you’re getting bored with your blog, your readers are too.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Your blog doesn’t have to join the list of millions that have gone from boring and neglected to dead and buried.

All you need are some new ideas to boost your blog’s energy and win back your blogging mojo.

So let’s get creative! Check out our list of excellent starting points below.

1. Play with opposing viewpoints

You’ve likely shared your opinion many times on your blog. So let’s hear the opposing views. Play devil’s advocate on your post, or go one step further and dissect two opposing positions. Pull up a headline from Huffington Post. Pull up the matching headline from Drudge Report. Line up the two and enjoy the results! You – and your readers – will quickly realize how wording can change intent and bias in a headline. Simply by labeling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” in a headline can tip a discussion in a totally different direction.

2. Introduce a new theme

If you’ve been coasting on your regular routine for a while, introduce something new. Make it a point to post some off-topic ideas for inspiration every Thursday. Or take a two-minute dance break before a new post to share some different types of music you and your readers may enjoy. Mixing in something new can add a few new sprinkles to plain old vanilla topics.  To boost readership, the Wall Street Journal underwent a similar transformation a few years ago when the hardnosed financial paper started introducing soft stories about celebrities, politics and other mainstream news.

3. Share old photos

As exciting as your current success is, it’s often more interesting to see where you were back then so we can all enjoy that weight loss or the new haircut. Pull out pictures and share a new one each week. Perhaps you can share the story behind the picture or tell us something motivational that came from the picture in question. “I remember when we went to Colorado. This was the first skiing trip when I realized I was faster than my peers – I could go farther and here I am today.” Shoemoney and his blog nailed this one by introducing his own weight loss journey publicly to engage readers.

4. Tell a story

If you’re sharing old pictures, you might as well start telling some stories too. Skip the advice columns for a day or two and just relive some old memories to make us laugh or ponder the greater meaning of things. Make up stories or share your own personal memories. They can tie into a bigger message or stand alone as something new and different. Who can forget the massive outburst that followed the controversial parenting posts by Amy Chua, the Tiger Mom?

5. Admit your faults

We get it. You make money. But it wasn’t always easy for you, was it? What have you done that’s terrible? What was the hardest lesson to learn? Give us some dirt to enjoy so we can relate to you and appreciate how far you’ve come and the hardships you faced along the way. How refreshing is it when we know that not everything you’ve done was perfect? Share your struggles with readers and you’ll be in good company – it’s no secret that Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney and even Henry Ford all once declared bankruptcy and came back stronger for it. Just think of the motivation you might provide for readers.

6. Share a secret

You don’t have to be dramatic here, but draw readers in by sharing something that’s not well known. Admit that you’ve struggled with dyslexia. Share the hardships that came with divorced parents. Admit pride in yourself for stopping your smoking habit. Giving readers something relatable, especially something that others don’t readily share, makes your blog more enjoyable for the long term – it’s a more personal connection. Just be careful with your secret – telling people you’re adopting a baby is one thing. Revealing classified government secrets – like Edward Snowden – is a totally different ball of wax.

7. Play with image captions

Everyone loves pictures, so why not play around with some? You can do a lot by simply adding captions to awkward or funny pictures. Try to find some that aren’t already old online. Pictures of your pet, yourself or people on the street (while being respectful, of course) can all be excellent places to start some humorous caption contests or to show off your abilities with clever wording. Everyone from Nickelodeon to Reddit has hosted caption contests – some sincere and some a simple excuse for bad jokes, but all were fun and popular.

8. Create a photo story

Don’t just tell people what you want to say – show them. You can use some of the funnier pictures from the internet to give readers a sense of fun as they read or you can be sincere using more inspirational pictures. Talia Castellano, a cancer victim who recently died, became an internet sensation by posting YouTube videos of herself putting on makeup.  Her story and her images are inspiring countless young women to overcome odds and their own struggles.

9. Make a meme as a post for your industry

We all know those silly pictures or those picture collages that show what life is really like in your job or in your city. Why not make one for your particular niche or industry? Not only will your readers get a kick out of it, but it may also go viral and get you some nice backlinks. Some of the best are the collections of pictures that show what my friends think I do. These are terrifically relatable for others who have similar experiences and they bring readers closer together.

10. Post success stories

Tell us how it all went down. Where did you come from and what choices did you make to get you where you are? Often these stories are inspirational when we’re all down in the dumps and working hard to get ahead again. Your story might just inspire some others on your blog – free guest posts, perhaps? Countless stories about successful marketing strategies and business plans are out there. Think of how inspired you are when you read about someone just like you who made hard work pay off – and this is the real story, not the scripted ads that pretend to have a real message.

11. Focus on letters from readers

If you’ve had some thoughtful comments from readers, why not respond to them publically? Choose a few similar questions and answer them in a new weekly series where you outline some answers and share your experiences and wisdom. Or enjoy the drama that open letters and their responses can create. Business Insider has enjoyed countless open letters and responses including scathing missives between the Church of Scientologists and celebrities like Paul Haggis and Leah Remini.

12. Make “Top 10 Best” lists

Top 10 lists never get old. Of course you don’t have to make the same list that everyone else has made. Get creative and make people think, or get really creative and make people laugh. Use contentious or unusual topics to stir up a bit of controversy and discussion, or go with praise-worthy lists and stir up some industry love. Perhaps you’ve heard of Newsweek’s College Rankings? Or who can ignore the Best Red Carpet fashions after any fashionable event?

13. Make “Top 10 Worst” lists

If you’ve given your readers some good things to think about, why not give them the opposite? Make a list of the worst disasters in your industry or the worst players in the game. Make a list of the worst things you can possibly do and then see what sort of reactions you get – especially if you use your list as a way to call out some people who are less than reputable in the industry.  Want to start a real controversy? Try Forbes’ approach when they created a list of colleges that had the worst return on investment. They certainly stirred the waters.

14. Write a fake letter

You don’t have to actually connect with someone to write a powerful letter. “Dear Customer Who Returns Everything” might be a great start to a humorous piece for others in your niche. Or “Dear Lady Who Ties Up Customer Service” might be a nice way to segue into some tips about more effective phone service for your readers. Even Tupac rocked this theory out in a pretty meaningful way in his rap ” Letter 2 My Unborn.”

15. Make a video post

Quit typing and start talking. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what some of our favorite bloggers really look like? Have a bit of fun and introduce a video every now and again just to see what your readers think. You can show yourself or just do a voice over if you’d like to shake things up a bit by adding more media. The economists at Freakonomics have been doing this for a while with a collection of videos and podcasts posted even more frequently than standard written responses.

16. “If [Famous Character] worked in this industry…”

Play around a bit and think outside of the box. What if Al Gore worked in your industry? What sorts of global considerations would he be concerned with? What if a famous athlete joined your work team? Use the opportunity to poke fun at yourself and your business, or offer up some unusual perspectives and ideas instead.

17. Start a new audio series

If the first few posts are successful, you can add a full audio post to your regular blog. Perhaps you can interview others in the niche or the arena where you’re working, or just explain your thoughts on a particular topic. You can use your audio series as a way to answer questions, offer tips or just amuse your readers with humorous anecdotes. The Next Best Book Blog has the concept of an audio series down to a science – the series features authors reading excerpts from their own novels.

18. Integrate the blog with a podcast

So you realize how much you love talking instead of writing. Fire up a full podcast of fun and favorites and post it on your blog. This way you can talk every morning for a little while and then blog about your topic more easily. Multiple forms of media are also attractive to readers who are looking for something new and interesting to follow. Again, Freakonomics has an excellent Podcast that rivals, if not surpasses, the popularity of their traditional posts.

19. Do an industry interview

Why not see what the other guys are up to? Ask around for opportunities to interview those who have a lot to say. The best interviews are the ones where nobody else has had a chance to talk to a certain person, or nobody ever thought they might have something valuable to say. Look for the quiet players or the ones who have done dramatic things behind the scenes and then get some valuable insight from them as to what you can share with your readers. Working in the environmental field? See what some of the people at the various programs have to say and post it.

20. Interview customers and target audiences about the niche

Sure, you’ve talked to other pros in the industry, but has anyone ever talked to the customers? Ask customers about things that your readers would be interested in. Why does the real customer buy the things you’re selling? What is he looking for when he comes to your site? You may even find out something so valuable that you don’t want to share it right away. Consider a survey on a site like SurveyMonkey or watch for reviews on websites like Ripoff Report or Pissed Consumer to check for any negative feedback.

21. Create a hilarious interview unrelated to the normal material for your market

Interview someone who is big in your industry or someone who has great credentials. Then, blow up the interview with all sorts of strange questions and humorous responses. This is obviously all just for fun and games, but every industry can use a bit of fun now and again. The folks at Reddit are great at this with the AMA (Ask Me Anything) series that the forum enjoys even when they go wrong.

22. Do surveys for market research and report back

Rather than just talking to one person, why not offer up a survey and talk to hundreds? Or at least dozens of people and see what sort of data you get. You might be the first to break some interesting trends in the marketplace or predict something that is coming up just around the corner. H&M does this regularly on its Facebook account. The retailer often tests new fashions and colors and allows followers to vote or comment on the choices.

23. Flashback to a year in your industry

The blogging world moves fast and ecommerce moves faster. Use your blog as a time machine and go back a year to see what the big news and headlines were in your niche and your field. What were people buying? How much was it? Was that before or after the big updates? Pull from the archives and see what you can find. What do you think the big SEO blogs were saying a few years ago in the Pre-Penguin and Pre-Panda days? It was a different online world back then.

24. Find excellent quotes and apply them to your work

Learn from those who have gone before – way before. Look up some of the most interesting and inspirational quotes of all time about industry, freedom, work ethic, and money and see how these quotes still apply to what you’re doing today. You can also filter in a bit of history to add interest. Pinterest is a treasure trove of quotes and meaningful expressions. Mine some good quotes and work from there.

25. Mention the biggest players in an industry

Give out a bit of link love to others in your industry who have already made a big name for themselves. Give a short bio of each so your readers can see how they got where they are and what they are currently contributing to the field you’re in. Everyone from Business Insider to Time Magazine loves to pull together a list of major players and ponder why and how they got so big.

26. Find upcoming individuals and ideas to watch for

Take the next step and tell us who we should be looking out for over the next year or two in your niche or throughout the entire internet. You can even make this into a regular series focusing on different industries and areas where new stars are being born (and perhaps burning out.) Magazines and blogs from Entrepreneur to Esquire compile lists of rising industry stars, or musicians and celebrities to watch over the next month or year.

27. Study your business in action and document with images and words

Take your camera with you and see how much you can catch through pictures and action. Find people actually using your product and take a picture. Go inside the office and take some pictures of the staff you mention frequently or some pictures of the latest conference you attended. We all like pictures, so find some good ones about what you do and who you’re doing it with.

28. List “Players Who Are Played Out” in your industry

Be the mean one and share who you think may be on the way out. This is a great way to lose friends, so be careful who you’re naming. But you can indeed create some thought-provoking conversations as well. You can also start in your industry and then move into other similar industries as well if you’re looking for additional ideas. Heard much from Sarah Palin lately? Enough said.

29. Do a round-up of industry news

Everyone likes to have the news delivered easily to their door. Make your Monday posts a compilation of everything that’s happened over the weekend, or perhaps on Friday do a weekly roundup of news so that you can see all of the main catalysts in your industry in a single location. Business Insider does exactly this with a weekly What you need to know this morning post of everything newsworthy that’s happened in the last twenty-four hours.

30. Make far-fetched predictions of what is to come

Have some fun playing Nostradamus and make some wild predictions. You can do this in a playful way or you can be a bit more serious and see if you can call some streaks and trends that you see developing over time. Then, you can always come back and follow up on your predictions as you get more news or see more clues as to what will happen next.

31. Predict emerging trends in the industry

Rather than making half-serious predictions, do some digging and see what you can find in terms of true industry predictions. Where are people making money? What are the practices that everyone is trying and nobody is talking about? Why not be the one who breaks the news on the latest and greatest developments or at least points out some of the biggest trends that are emerging over time? Think back to the days of AdSense. Then Facebook ads. What are the biggest trials going on now? I’ll bet your audience would like to know.

32. Create emergency plans for “what would happen” scenarios

Again, this is a chance to be serious or be humorous as you plan for the worst case scenario. What would you do if a hurricane hit your office and shut things down? What if we had a terrorist attack? What if wild bees attacked or your administrative assistant ran off to get married unexpectedly? Make public plans and stir up some discussion on the topic as well. This is a common approach used by major players like the Washington Post and Slate on a myriad of topics.

33. Write seasonal posts

Use those pictures and captions again to make seasonal posts. Throw up some holiday pictures of the office staff and add some fun captions. Showcase your Halloween customers, or offer some great seasonal tips – perhaps the best presents from your line or easy ways to offend customers over the holidays. Even the brainy MentalFloss gets into this one with pictures and posts about the worst holiday party stories from readers.

34. Ask a kid’s opinion on just about anything

Want some innocent, lighthearted humor? Ask a child something about your industry or your business. Everyone likes to hear the silly things kids say, so even if it is your own kid, go ahead and see what sort of silly phrases you can pull out for everyone to enjoy. Some of the funniest forwards and pins out in cyberspace are the silly things kids say about love, marriage, work, money and school work. Why not create a few of your own?

35. Pay it forward by helping others who have shown good faith

Make a point of helping others on your blog. Honor people with your words of recognition. Offer your support of a particular program or start a foundation with a matching offer of your own for a cause that is close to your heart. Smallfoundations.org exists to allow networking and awareness of causes started by those who need some support and recognition.

36. Take a position on a hot topic in current affairs

Sometimes we steer clear of hot topics for fear of alienating our readers. But perhaps you can tackle one or two hot topics just to see what sort of stir you can make in the industry. Just be sure that the position you take is one that you can keep for the long term. This isn’t just a silly opportunity, but one that might clarify your standing in the industry or stir up serious discussions with readers. Consider the buzz over Chick-fil-A owner, Dan Cathy (9. Political Maelstrom), when he publically stated his opinion on the biblical definition of marriage a year ago.

37. Post your resolutions and goals for the month, the week or the year

Regular readers would probably like to know what you’re thinking about or trying to do over the next year or two. Why not reveal some upcoming goals for your personal business or your industry? You don’t need to give away industry secrets, but you can certainly be a leader in the niche and help others find inspiration. Steve Jobs was known to publicly discuss his vision and goals for Apple before his death in 2011.

38. Match media with messages in the industry

Keep an eye on the news and when something big breaks, see what you can do to match your industry to the news itself – no matter how unrelated they might seem. You can do this as a fun six degrees of separation or you can take a more serious tack and show how well marketing can really work by riding some of the news to new sales.

For example, after the Boston Marathon bombings, Dunkin Donuts, headquartered near Boston, posted their thoughts and prayers for the victims followed by three days of silence. The company then announced a large donation to the cause before spending more time in silence to allow appropriate time for grieving. Finally, six days later, the company resumed posting.

39. Be a secret customer for your own company or the competition and report back

Put on your wig and hat and head out as a secret customer. Go through the order process for your own company and then return the item to see exactly what the customer experience is like – especially if it’s somewhat automated or involves another site. If you really want to have fun, do the same thing for your competitor and then report back on the experience. This can be tricky though – you don’t want to cause a lawsuit if you say something slanderous. The television show “Undercover Boss” is the perfect example of how well this particular scenario can work, although that may be too big of an undertaking for a smaller company.

40. Share what you do outside of the office

Take us outside your business for a post or two and share your other adventures. You might not just be a successful blogger and business owner, but also a pro with a paddle board or a world-class chef in your own kitchen. Share some of your stories and experiences so that your readers can get to know you on a more personal level. How many of your social media marketing readers would relate to your weekend trip to Comic-Con? Probably more than you can imagine.

41. Find something truly amazing and share it

We all need something inspirational from time to time, so keep your eyes open for possibilities. These don’t just have to be stories from your business or your industry – mention anything that is truly amazing and worthy of sharing. If you can tie it back to your normal topics, great. If not, consider it a welcome sidetrack worthy of sharing.

42. Try something totally new and document the experience

Be the guinea pig for the industry or your readers and try something new. This goes beyond testing free samples that might be mailed to your home. Actually order something and then post a detailed review about your experiences. You can always write off the expense for business purposes. Entire websites are dedicated to this model, such as the Consumer Reports website and blog.

43. Make a list of inspirational music or movies

What are the movies that make you more productive? What songs put you in the right mindset for writing? Music and films are excellent ways to relate to audiences and make business just a bit more personal or personable. Make a list of the most inspirational movies. Or the songs that allow you to push through writer’s block when it comes around. Perhaps you can take your list and put together an excellent product on Amazon Listmania.

 

Remember, you don’t need to start a new blog to do something fresh and exciting. You already have an excellent foundation. All you need to do is take advantage of it.

You have endless ways to breathe life back into your blog. Some are simple and some are more labor intensive, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Even if you only have a few minutes per day to dedicate to your blog, start making some small changes today.

Every little change will add up over time to develop into the solid, steady change that will make your blog truly feel like an exciting extension of you and your business.

Perhaps this is the wakeup call you’ve been waiting for – your big chance to bring your blog, your audience and perhaps even your client base back to life.

What will you try first?

The concept of blogging isn’t new, and thousands – perhaps millions – of individuals and companies have started blogs only to let them fall into disarray, grow old and tiresome and become more of a hindrance than a help.

Sure, blogging can be a challenge at times, but keeping up with a blog has huge benefits, not to mention being fun as well. Don’t let repetition and boredom drag you down – all you need to spice things up is a change of scenery and a bit of refreshed enthusiasm.

Remember – you don’t have to change everything all at once to make huge changes to your blog.

Even simple, small changes will put you on the path to renewed greatness and fun.

You may soon discover that doing a standard post takes the same amount of time as trying something totally new.

It’s simply a matter of making up your mind to give it a try.

So, what will you try first?

About the Author Uttoran Sen is the CEO and Founder of the Guest Crew Guest Blogging community. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

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106 Comments

  1. Jason
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:28:02

    Really good advice. Ain’t easy to keep the spirit high when the traffic is crawling…

    Should try to freshen up my blog now!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:46:49

      Hey Jason,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post,

      Keeping it fresh always helps,
      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  2. Razwana
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:30:06

    Uttoran – what a list!

    I especially like number 15 and others like it – experimenting with a different media compared to what you have used before. Podcasts, recorded interviews, etc are all a great way to revive both the blog and the blogger. It also adds to your skills. I’ve never done an interview and recorded before – wouldn’t know where to start. But I’m sure my pal Google will help advise…

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:58:38

      Hey Razwana,
      Glad you liked the video blogging idea. Must say – Youtube.com is perhaps the most under-used social site when it comes to most bloggers.

      For recording a video you don’t need anything other than your webcam and most laptops these days have a webcam built-in. You can do voice overs, or try powerpoint like Jon does, there are way too many options…

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  3. Berita Surabaya
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:35:04

    Thx for info..very usefull for my blog…

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:08:09

      Hey Berita Surabaya,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the info,

      Am sure it will help your blog,
      cheers,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  4. Geoffrey Gordon
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:39:10

    Well I am not bored with my blog yet thank goodness, but these are fantastic suggestions.

    Great post Uttoran..

    I will certainly implementing some of these strategies. :)

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:18:54

      Hey Geoffrey Gordon,
      thanks for your comment,

      Glad to know you haven’t got bored of your blog.

      These tips will work well on popular and active blogs too. Good to know that you are planning to implement some of it on your blog, do let us know your feedback when you have tried it.

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  5. Melanie Harth PhD
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:42:40

    Love you. Love this.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:21:17

      Thanks Melanie,
      glad you love it,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  6. Coco
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:47:12

    This is an amazing and inspiring list that’s basically going to be my playbook for the next little- or long- while.

    But I almost didn’t finish reading it because I nearly stopped at Number 3 and went looking for my tenth-grade yearbook picture that I showed at a get-together once… I was a bit put out when someone’s reaction was, “Wow, I can’t believe you’re showing us this.” I was only trying to demonstrate that I was kind of a dork- since we were talking about what we were like back in the day. I surely couldn’t believe someone would judge me for the way I looked when I was fifteen and didn’t know what to do with frizzy hair and giant glasses.

    But good grief, it was the 70s. We all did the best we could. Especially since the only hair products in those days were Dippity-Do and Aquanet.

    So I guess I’ve got myself the makings of a blog post here…

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:52:21

      Hi Coco,
      thanks for your comment,

      Glad to know you like the list.

      About point number 3, well most bloggers like to do this and it helps too. We all want to know the story behind your success, how you where back in the old days and how you managed to get to where you are now.

      That Shoemoney post is pretty old, I remember when I first read it, i thought he would become fat after getting his success (like getting lazy with passive income) but it is quite the opposite, and rightly so. Think about it – being disciplined is a big key to success and so is losing weight. One just needs to be persistent.

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  7. Rob Schneider
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:56:07

    I didn’t just get bored with my blog, I was embarrassed by it. It was looking like a clone of every other “writing advice” blog out there. Understandably, since I was getting my inspiration from them. I quit writing on that blog for awhile until one day a topic came to me that was original and appropriate to the site. Then things started to flow and I enjoy blogging there again.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:57:49

      Hey Rob Schneider,
      thanks for your comment,

      Yeah, sometimes we are guilty of reading the wrong blogs. It happens to most people, as, like you said – clone blogs, are in majority and they do get our attention. And once you start to follow them, the same old – same old, gets to you too.

      But now that you are on Jon’s blog, am sure you will get better inspirations. Ofcourse nothing better than original ideas, however you can take quite a lot of ideas from this post yourself. Actually, will be using a lot of these ideas on my own blog in the coming months.

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  8. Triin Linamagi
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:09:00

    Great ideas, Uttoran!
    I’ve read a lot of posts advising how to boost your blog, but this is by far most informative and the best I’ve discovered!
    Keep up the good work!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 08:01:55

      Hi Triin Linamagi,
      thanks for your comment and glad to know you liked the article.

      thank you for your kind words, will do my best,
      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  9. Maria Jordan
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:19:22

    These suggestions were amazingly useful, detailed and meaningful in maintaining creativity and interest on our blogs. The examples/ links were most helpful.

    Thank you…this is a keeper. Maria

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 08:12:34

      Hi Maria Jordan,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the examples and the links.

      hope it helps,
      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  10. Muhammad
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:29:14

    The effectiveness of each point implies that you brooded for each one for days but it can’t be truth because you have the prowess to conceive such wonderful ideas in one lengthy sitting and then fine-tune them in another subsequent sitting after a big gap. Such posts can’t be swallowed in one-go and one must keep them as reference post to pick a few of them every time and apply for one’s blog’s revial. Thanks John

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:11:42

      Hey Muhammad,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the article,

      Yes, you are right on your first point. I did take over a month to compile this list.

      Since you are referring to Jon, well yes – he can do that. But for us mortals, we do take days to finish a point and weeks to polish it.

      Thanks for your kind words and make sure to bookmark it for later reference,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

    • Jon
      Sep 08, 2013 @ 13:29:43

      Uttoran deserves the credit for this one. I think you’re right, though. His hard work really shows. :-)

      Reply

      • Uttoran Sen
        Sep 08, 2013 @ 23:17:17

        Hey Jon,
        thanks a lot for your kind words,

        the credit should also go to Glen – he has put a lot of work on this himself,

        regards,
        Uttoran Sen,

  11. Jake Parent
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:39:57

    The majority of these suggestions seem to boil down to three categories:

    1) Make it about your audience not about you
    2) Make it useful
    3) Show that you are human

    These are what anyone trying to build, grow, and engage a thriving customer community has to focus on.

    You did a great job here of teasing out some really good specifics for meeting these objectives.

    Awesome post!

    Jake

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:25:18

      Hey Jake,
      thanks for your comment, glad you like the article,

      That’s a nice way to summarize this post and thanks a lot for your kind words,
      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  12. Amandah
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 07:46:56

    Thanks for this comprehensive list on how to breathe life back into your blog. I’ve been feeling somewhat burned out with two of my blogs and this gives me hope that I can revive them, again. Or, I may sacrifice the one to begin a new blog/website. It’s not easy to let go, but sometimes it’s for the best.

    *I copied your post into my Evernote and can avoid burning out now and in the future. ;)

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:51:05

      Hey Amandah,
      thanks for your comment, glad you like the article,

      Killing a blog is the hardest thing to do. Perhaps you can try outsourcing some of your work and hire a manager who can keep the blog alive and at the same time – provide you with more free time in which you can plan further.

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

      • Amandah
        Sep 05, 2013 @ 10:23:53

        I’ve grown as a writer and entrepreneur since I started both blogs and feel pulled towards a different direction. I need to find a way to re-purpose the information from the one blog, perhaps, both blogs.

        I have more soul searching to do. Plus, I need to outline a plan for my author website and blog. :)

      • Uttoran Sen
        Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:35:48

        Hi Amandah,

        Yes, that happens, and perhaps for good. As we grow as a blogger, our targets and goals changes and the blog itself, sometimes, does not quite fit in.

        I can understand what you are going through. Would suggest you to take a few days off and plan it off line. Think on it and then decide.

        regards,
        Uttoran Sen,

  13. John Wesley Smith
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:02:47

    I’m saving the link to this one so I can come back and read it again. One of the hardest things to do is be unique. I don’t want to do what most others are doing in my niche. Nonetheless, sometimes I feel like I’m out of my element when it comes to presenting a different perspective or presenting useful content. I’ve recently cut back on the number of posts I do in order to make them better and so I’m less pressured.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:55:46

      Hi John Wesley Smith,
      thanks for your comment,

      Yeah, I agree with you – do more, by doing less!

      Writing a few quality posts is much better than churning out a bunch of low quality ones.

      About being unique – that is ideally the best thing to do, however, it is not quite possible at all times. You might do the same things that others in your niche do, but personalize those and adapt it in a way that it becomes yours.

      cheers,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  14. Dana
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 10:23:29

    Wow! This is a great list to breathe some color back into my blog. I’m going to definitely talk to my kids and ask their opinion and write about it. Will also try to share what I do outside of my coaching business as well as document a new experience to share with my readers. Thanks! :-)

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 11:52:14

      Hey Dana,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the list,

      Do let us know your kid’s opinion! Small kids, they talk silly but it is cute and thus it goes viral.

      Youtube has plenty of such videos and most of those have over a million visitors!!

      cheers,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  15. Kate (Daily Tarot Girl)
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 10:41:48

    I like the top 10 list – that is what I might do next week. However, I came up with a really fun way to spice up my own daily Tarot reading blog a few months ago – I created an alter ego (Veronica) who is the total opposite of me – shes raunchy, shallow and says whats on her mind – and every friday I write a post as Veronica. It keeps me from getting bored writing the same stuff all the time and my audience loves it!
    Thanks for this article – it gave me tons of ideas to work with :)

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 11:57:32

      Hey Kate,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the article and got ideas from it,

      That’s a great idea you have pulled up for your blog, and since you do it every Friday – am sure it is generating an audience for it. Thanks for sharing this tip,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  16. Shathyan Raja
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 11:16:06

    Hi,

    Thanks for awesome tips to make our blog more rejuvenating and attractive for our visitors.

    Our Blog is our life as we earn from it. So we need to keep our life fresh and healthy by all the steps and methods which you have mentioned above. The ideas which comes has to be unique and useful for others.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:01:58

      hey Shathyan Raja,
      thanks for your comment, good to see you here,

      Glad you liked the article, surely we should keep our blog fresh so that the audience does not feel bored,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  17. J
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 11:59:20

    I’ll settle for breathing life into my new blog.

    I have so many ideas, it’s not a question of what do I write about, or what medium to use, or new marketing method to apply. It’s more a question of when do I find the time to do it all – content creation, marketing, technique improvements, tech upkeep.

    I didn’t expect it to be easy, but I vastly underestimated the amount of time required to write compelling content.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:07:59

      Hey J,
      thanks for your comment,

      Am with you on this J, I totally agree with you.

      Time is a Luxury, we bloggers do not have!

      However, there is one thing you can still do – “Outsource”.

      1) Get a blog manager for your blog.

      2) Hire some freelance writers.

      3) Get a VA (virtual assistant)

      All this will cost you money, but will save time. If you don’t have money, you must have time. If you don’t have time and money both, I guess you should figure out where your time is getting spent and work on it!

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  18. Alice Winston Carney
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 14:18:07

    Thanks, Uttoran.
    You just woke me up out of a snooze relative to my writing blog. I am excited about 43 days worth of prompts to get me looking at topics from a new perspective. Thanks for for your work, good writing, and creative thinking. (Now I am off to search my computer for that perfect video from five years ago).

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:02:23

      Hi Alice Winston Carney,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the article,

      do let us know when you post that video,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  19. Rachael Soster-Smith
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 18:52:15

    Your post came just at the right time for me. I am 3 months in to writing my blog – a time when the shine of its newness has dimmed, and fresh ideas are getting more difficult to craft. Thanks to your post I have gathered a whole bunch more enthusiasm for writing, and many new ideas for posts that I will find interesting to write.

    I am beginning with #37 by listing my goals and resolutions for the blog for the remainder of 2013. I have a lot of family commitments and upheaval scheduled for these months, and want to make sure my blog remains a priority even in these constrained times. Making my goals public will help me hold myself more accountable for seeing them through.

    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:14:55

      Hi Rachael Soster-Smith,
      thanks for your comments,

      Glad to know you found new inspiration and ideas for blog posts from this article.

      Excellent idea to start with #37 – always good to make your resolutions public. Since you mentioned your busy off-line life coming up, would suggest you to keep some posts scheduled during those times. When ever I have a busy time coming, I start scheduling posts – good to be prepared,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  20. Michael Shook
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 19:34:37

    Ordinarily my subject is pretty staid. Not bad, just kind of conservative, even when someone comes up with a different approach.

    And then I looked through your list of ways to change and saw that I could probably carve out a little niche for myself.

    I already have on, translating complex ideas into everyday examples, but some of your ideas, like making a new meme for my industry (personal development) could be kind of fun. :-)

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:20:59

      hey Michael Shook,
      thanks for your comments,

      Personal development is a great niche, one just can’t run out of ideas if you are on that niche… so much to write about.

      I guess every tip of this article can be used in your niche.

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  21. Paul Back
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 20:38:37

    Hey Uttoran Im not usually a big fan of list posts but you had some pretty cool ideas in there. My favourite is number 39 – thats a fantastic idea and I often use it on my own and my clients websites. Its a great learning experience and you are often left surprised at how much you can learn.
    Paul

    Reply

  22. Uttoran Sen
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:28:49

    hi Paul,
    thanks for your comment,

    I think everyone should try out 39, personally for my own and my client’s sites – I use this idea on a regular basis. You should have a good idea about how your sales and other departments are doing. Yes, for most online e-commerce sites, the process is almost automated – but if the automation has failed and some manual work is needed – are your employees up to it?

    The only way to find out is to check for yourself.

    And if you do this for your competitors and find out that they are not quite as friendly on the support as they look from the outside – surely it is a great idea of a blog post,

    thanks,
    Uttoran Sen,

    Reply

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  24. Livia
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 03:50:21

    Excellent! I could apply half of the points to my business!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 10:03:00

      Hi Livia,
      thanks for your reply,

      Great to know that you can implement these tips in your business, do let us know your feedback when you have done so,
      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  25. Mark Brinker
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 07:06:30

    Another great addition to my writer’s toolkit. Thanks, Uttoran. What writer hasn’t been temporarily paralyzed at some point by a white computer screen staring back at them!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:18:27

      Hi Mark Brinker,
      thanks for your comments,

      Glad you like the article. Yeah, about that white screen of death – and the cursor blinking – challenging you to write something. Am sure you will find plenty of inspiration and ideas to keep the cursor busy,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

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  29. Muhammad
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 07:07:13

    After reading this post I am confused and quite double minded to pick which ones among them and to skip which ones for the next time. Every tip itself a recovery guide.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 09, 2013 @ 11:30:40

      Hey Muhammad,

      thanks for your comment, glad to know that you liked the article so much,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  30. Brad
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 17:35:58

    Excellent post. It looks like you have listed these 43 options in some priority order. We do a lot of blogging in internet business, and the opportunities you list all fit pretty good.

    I like the off topic and introduction of a new theme. That is the way new ideas and concepts are born. Never know where the next off topic idea will lead especially in business. Think about the post-it notes. The day it was invented, can you imagine the reactions? Who wants a sticky piece of paper that won’t stick? Just what we needed – after it was thought through and created. A new off topic theme on the use of paper and “sticky stuff”. Just imagine – and be creative. That is exactly what blogging is about. Producing new and original “off topic” ideas.

    Excellent observations – Cheers!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 11, 2013 @ 02:26:13

      Hey Brad,
      thanks for your comment,

      About priority, it is hard to order that way, what might be priority for me, might not be a priority for someone else. Glad to know the tips fit well into your niche.

      I like the way Chris Guillebeau does, his article was off-topic to his blog, time travel, yet since it was travel – so partly it was on topic too.

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  31. Asher Elran
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 15:27:34

    #1 “Play with opposing viewpoints” is my favorite. There is nothing that sells better as a good controversy. The thing people diagree with has the highest chance of going viral, and as they say” there is no such thing as bad publicity”.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 11, 2013 @ 02:31:19

      Hey Asher Elran,
      thanks for your comment,

      absolutely agree with you, there is no such thing as bad press – I have done pretty controversial posts in the past, not willingly, but it came out that way. But it works if done occasionally, and the benefits – more comments, more social shares, more backlinks… but one thing I must add for the controversial posts though, you need a hard skin – the comments sometimes hurts pretty bad,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  32. Send Flowers Philippines
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 22:02:22

    Very very nice post. for a newbie like me it’s really difficult to keep up. very encouraging especially for those who lost their spirit in blogging. sometimes u just lose the hype when u see a very low traffic.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 13, 2013 @ 05:13:20

      hey Send Flowers Philippines,
      thanks for your comment,

      let us know your name so that we can address you better,

      Surely, lack of traffic can do a real dent on the motivation levels, but if you keep at it – the traffic will increase in time. Hope you find the tips helpful to get your blogging mojo back,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  33. Adley
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 16:16:16

    Wow all of these tips are wonderful!

    I just started my blog and I am always looking for new and exciting things that other blogs aren’t doing. It’s all about standing out from the crowd right?

    I’ll have to favorite this page and come back to it frequently. I don’t want to forget about any of these tips. I’ve been thinking about doing an interview with some of the “top members” in my niche. This post gave me more inspiration to actually do it.

    Great post!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 13, 2013 @ 05:37:26

      hey Adley,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the tips,

      Standing out of the crowd always helps – come up with something really exciting and different – it works every time.

      Yep, make sure to bookmark it and use as many tips as possible. Great idea to do the interviews, it will build a nice following and give you plenty of visibility,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

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  35. John
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 11:13:13

    Always among the most useful blogs I read. Keep up the great work Jon! It is much appreciated.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 13:25:50

      Hey John,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post,

      regards,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  36. adoga godwin
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 17:20:33

    Great post I tell you. I’m trying now to build a responsive mailing list to see it will generate some traffic for me

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 13:28:24

      Hey adoga godwin,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post,

      best of luck with your mailing list, hope it generates more traffic for you,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  37. Josh
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 10:23:24

    Good stuff. I just started my newest blog, but I can employ a few of these ideas on my older site. It needs help! I especially liked the taking different points of view idea. I’m always playing the devil’s advocate with my wife–drives her nutty!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 13:31:05

      Hey Josh,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post,

      you can try these tips on your new blog as well,

      playing devil’s advocate with wife!! I forgot to add the – “Do not try this at home” disclaimer :(

      cheers!
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  38. marty
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 22:52:28

    I have to bookmark this immediately its so packed with info I am not sure I can digest it all right but heres what I have so far.I love the idea of playing devils advocate.Having my readers debate on controvisial subject works great and make them think.I love top 10 list but I have never thought of doing a top worst list!I think I am going to try the letter thing! Just reading this gave at least 15 ideas thanks for helping me out of my writers block

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 13:34:50

      Hey Marty,
      thanks for your comment,

      glad to know you liked the ideas and it is helping you to get out of writers block.

      Do let us know your feedback when you have applied all the tips,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

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  40. Claire Georghiades
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 09:45:54

    Some fantastic ideas, thank you so much. It is tricky to keep a blog fresh after you have exhausted your first set of ideas, but now I will keep coming back to this list, as at least half the ideas here are ones I haven’t tried. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 13:38:26

      Hi Claire Georghiades,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the ideas,

      surely, once the initial flow of ideas are burnt-out, it some times becomes tough to find blogging topics,

      make sure to bookmark it, and let us know your feedback when you have applied all the tips,
      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  41. John paul
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 21:10:48

    Thanks for the advise. I have been looking for a means to spicy up my traffic. U re great.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:16:11

      Hey John,
      Thanks for your comments, glad you liked the advise,

      Do let us know your feedback after using the tips,
      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  42. Mary cara
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 21:12:47

    Wow! Wondrous ideal. I love it.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:17:13

      Hey Mary,
      thanks for your comments, Glad you like it,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  43. Silviu
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 07:21:48

    Hi Uttoran,

    WOW! A lot of advice here. I think it also depends on the niche you are in. However, there is plenty of advice here so as everybody can find something to relate to.
    Personally I like the following:

    Introducing a new theme. If you always write technical articles your blog may quickly become boring. It is a good idea to alternate how to tutorials with more general articles about blogging or even from the personal development world.

    Make a video post
    This idea is awesome. Never thought of. I will definitely apply it at least once in a while. I wonder why I never thought of this. WOW!

    New audio series
    Great idea. It is a lot more easier to create a podcast than a video, for example. Especially when you are shy, ugly or fat. You just need to have a nice voice and you can try.

    Ask a kid’s opinion
    This is funny but also serious. You need to be creative but the result can be extraordinary. And you may get way more comments than a how to tutorial.

    Good post Uttoran. You are awesome.

    Have a wonderful day

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:20:19

      Hey Silviu,
      thanks for your comments,

      Glad you liked the article – also, do check out Youtube, you will find plenty of ideas on that point – “Kids Opinion”. They do have an opinion on everything and it is always so funny,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  44. Shawn Longmore
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:32:57

    Found some ideas in your list that I wasn’t aware of and will definitely work into my site’s blog. Thanks for the information.

    Shawn

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:25:25

      Hey Shawn,
      thanks for your comments, glad you liked the article,

      do let us know when you have applied the ideas,
      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

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  51. Surat
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 01:58:30

    Hello Uttoran Sen. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful articles and special thanks for revealing these secrets. The points that are liked the most: Insert a new theme, Share old pics, admit your faults and create the list of best top 10 posts and worst top 10 posts. The idea of giving a new breath to blog is only wonderful. Changing theme gives a fresh feel and sharing old posts refreshes the memory. Admitting faults create a personal bond with readers. Nice article.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:27:57

      Hey Surat,
      thanks for your comments, glad you liked so many of the points,

      Surely – if the blog needs a fresh air, changing around the theme a bit, can help. There are a number of things that work online – top best and worst lists are surely one of them,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  52. Nathan Brook
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:29:29

    It’s very nice and your tips are great and yes correct Title is most important part of the blog so create always eye catching title and create always unique content for your blog.

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:31:52

      Hey Nathan,
      thanks for your comment, glad you liked the article,

      surely, title is the most important thing – followed by the opening para and the sub-titles through out the post. Everything should be catchy – it should all lead to the last word of the article – making sure the reader reads the entire article …

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

  53. Stan Eigi
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 08:32:49

    This is definitely a useful article. Rarely think about giving second life to blog, but with these ideas it might actually be rather fun=) They say that stability is a key to success (not that I disagree), But more variety won’t harm, will it?=)

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:36:55

      Hey Stan,
      thanks for your comment, glad you found the article useful,

      Stability is surely the key, even if you give your blog a new life, a fresh voice with new ideas … even then, it will require stability to keep going. Stability here can be many things, for example – regular posts, useful information that actually helps – there’s no alternative to be consistent with quality to maintain stability in the long run.

      However yes, variety will help keep things fresh, unique and interesting,

      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

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  57. Reveille Kennedy
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 14:04:58

    Thank you Uttoran Sen!
    This was a breath of fresh air! We all need to breathe, but not pant or rant. I think I will try # 21-interviewing somtone. We have a lady in our gallery who is 102 in March. She has the intellect, wit and charisma of a 10 yr old and still makes art and attends meetings with good advice.
    Thank you!,
    Reveille

    Reply

    • Uttoran Sen
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:38:29

      Hey Reveille,
      thanks for your comments,

      Excellent idea about the interview, keep us posted on that,
      thanks,
      Uttoran Sen,

      Reply

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    Thanks for sharing..! that is a big list of value able to ways to make increase traffic. I heard you have mention about some value point of the photo but I am caring less about that. I think that I should improve that point.

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