It’s not easy generating ideas for a steady flow of blog posts about financial planning, investments, or related topics. When your well runs dry, consider looking through your old photos for inspiration. This blog post was inspired by stumbling on a Barbie on a Rhode Island beach this summer.
Step 1: Pick a photo
Choose a photo to spark your brainstorming. I suggest choosing one that has no obvious connection to your blog’s topic. No dollar bills, piggy banks, or smiling retirees. This will free your mind to go in any direction.
There is no obvious connection between Barbie and writing. At least none that I can think of.
Step 2: Jot down any thoughts that come to mind
Look at your photo. Write down any thoughts that occur to you.
Some of you may come up with fully formed topics. If that’s not true for you, then organize your thoughts into a mind map in the next step.
Step 3: Draw a mind map
Draw a mind map with your photo at the center. As branches, draw potential blog post topics.
I drew the mind map below on the Green Hills Beach in Rhode Island’s South County region. If you find my handwritten map hard to read, look farther down for the same map, recreated using Mindomo.
As you can see, the Barbie on the beach sent my mind in many directions.
Your mind map will look different, reflecting your interests and inclinations.
Step 4: Write your blog post
Your next step? Pick the topic that most appeals to you and start writing!
If this idea sparks a new blog post, please link to it below. Some vacation photos inspired one of my most popular blog posts: “Writing tip: Pop the balloon or make it your focus.”