For most bloggers, finding story ideas is one of the hardest parts of maintaining a blog and it is something that becomes increasingly important important, though much more difficult, the more topical your site is.
Fortunately, the Web provides many great ways to keep on top of what is going on in your field, if you know how to use the tools that are available.
For me, the trick has never been to find the one best way to get new story ideas, but to but open up a wide variety of communication lines. Though my system is not perfect and I continue to miss stories from time to time, I also have a backlog of about three weeks forth of topics in my notebook.
That is because finding story ideas, for most niches, is fairly simple. It is just a matter of knowing where to look. [Read more…]