Research your existing visitors
I brought up the subject of bloggers block in my last article How To Find The Long Tail For Blogging Ideas and the contents of that piece is a good place to start when your mind has gone blank and you are struggling for ideas. As well as researching how your visitors find your site or blog you can also research what they are looking for after they get there Search Meter is a wordpress plugin that gives a whole stack of info about what your visitors are searching for, this enables you to plan the subject of future blog posts.
Read everything about your subject
Research your subject constantly, both online and offline, always be on the lookout for something relevant that may form the basis of a future article, newspapers and magazines are an excellent source of material, cut out anything and everything about your subject and keep them in a file that you can delve in to from time to time when looking for inspiration. Sunday newspapers with their mountain of supplements are a particular favorite of mine.
Use Google Alerts as a research tool
Google Alerts is awesome when you are looking for relevant up to date stories to blog about just type in your keyword take golf as an example and you immediately get a list of all the latest news stories, which can be sorted by relevance or date.
Next it is important to ensure you never miss a newsworthy article with blogging potential so scroll down that page of results on google news and click the News Alerts News Alerts link fill in your details and anytime something about your subject is picked up by google you get an email.
If you get an idea write it down
No matter where you are or what you are doing if a spark of an idea comes into your head write it down, ideas are potential articles and articles are potential income. So if you are in the pub and you see or hear something useful get out your notebook and write it down, although I’ve gone all techy now and simply power up word on my shiny new phone.
Don’t blog if you keep losing your train of thought
Finally (for now) don’t try to blog if you are getting constant interruptions, if the kids keep running in and out take a break, take a walk, get away from the computer, you are doing yourself no favours by struggling on, 30 minutes or an hour off and you will come back as fresh as a daisy and sail through the work.