Many bloggers have difficulties creating valuable blog content, or for that matter any content at all. This usually happens at about the 6 week mark after the blog is started. At first, the adrenalin kicks in, new ideas flow left and right but after a while blogging becomes almost like a chore. The blog content ideas begin to dry out and it becomes more an more difficult to continue with the task of blogging.
Does that sound familiar? Do you find yourself sometimes scrambling for blog content ideas and losing your creative momentum? Well, it’s not just you. This malaise afflicts roughly 60% or more bloggers. And to be honest, most of us suffer from it from time to time.
But it does not have to be like that. There are so many sources you can draw blog content ideas from. All you have to do is to use some of your imagination and creativity.
Over next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you ideas on where you can get content for your blogs. Although the first one is not a novel idea not too many people use it. If you have not thought about it yet, you’ll be surprised how easy it is.
Use Webinars As A Source Of Blog Content Ideas
I’ve had this content creation idea for some time and I practiced it often “on paper” but I just never applied it to my blog. (I’ll explain later why it always remained only on paper).
Most internet marketers, including myself, spend a lot of times listening to valuable webinars, often given by experts in a particular field. Although most of these webinars lead to product offers, it has become commonplace that the first part of the presentation offers the listener great educational value. They are designed this way as a payback to the audience for giving the marketers an opportunity to introduce them to a product they are promoting.
In my opinion, this is a very fair exchange. If at the end of the hour or an hour and a half I feel the product would be of service to me I may make a purchase. If I feel I would not benefit from the product, I still win because in exchange for my time I received valuable and educational information.
An Easy Way To Create Blog Content From Webinars
I bet you that when you went to school you took notes when your teacher or professor was presenting material to you. Then you went home, reviewed the material and maybe even supplemented it from your textbook.
The situation here is not much different, except that you do not have a supplementary textbook. Usually you have a recording within 24 – 48 hours. Unfortunately, this is where the problem lies.
Most people never re-listen to the webinars, or right away look at the notes they took. I guarantee you, that if you are like most people in a few days you will remember almost nothing you’ve learned. This is not because we are dumb. It is because we, internet marketers and bloggers, go through so much material daily that our brains have a hard time to remember everything. What we are not dealing with right away is filed away somewhere in our brainy-space, not often to be found again.
The Steps I Follow To Get Blog Content Ideas From Webinars
First, let me give you a bit of a background on how I started it. In the summer I run an offline seasonal store and I am there 6 days per week. Off the store I have an office with my computer and I do my online work when I have no customers. A lot of the webinars were during my “working” hours and I hated to wait for the recordings. So I decided to capture the webinars with Snaggit (my inexpensive, easy to use video recoding software,which works like a charm, by the way).
There was a bonus to this decision. First, I did not have to worry about copious notes and could concentrate fully on the presentation and secondly, the recording was at my disposal any time as soon as the webinar was over.
I found myself re-watching the parts that made an impact on me and I felt that my readers would also benefit from the knowledge I gained. I began to prepare potential blog post(s) “on paper”. Unfortunately, most of this valuable knowledge I gained remained “on paper” filed or misfiled in some nook of my office. I just got busy with other stuff.
How I Do Use Webinar Ideas For Blog Content Now
After I “lost” many of the ideas I revised my actions. Now, after the webinar, I save the recording but I do not remove it from my browser. It is there to remind me that I have to deal with it right away. As soon as I have a moment I return to the parts of the webinar that captured my imagination. I take notes right into my WordPress blog. I choose “New Post” and make a note where the video file will be stored. Then, I tentatively title the post to remind me of the topic of the webinar.
There, behind the scenes, my blog is one heck of a wonderful source of ideas for my blog content.
It sounds like a lot of work. But in the long run it is not. One webinar can be a source of many different ideas. With a little bit of research to add to these ideas, your blog will flourish. The beauty of this technique is that our online community is bursting out with presentations in many niches. They provide us with fresh and current ideas anytime we want to get some ideas. I bet you that your email inbox, even now, is full of webinar invitations. In my opinion, these presentations are underused treasures.
The nice thing is that the ideas from one webinar can serve a number of different posts all of which you can write the same day (while all the information is fresh in your mind) and schedule for posting on different days.
Before I end this post, I just want to stress (I am sure you know that already), the presentations, just like books are proprietary material. You have to treat them like that. Use them as a source blog content ideas only and do not plagiarize. That would not be cool.
Well, what do you think? Please leave me some feedback.