How to Spice Up a Boring Blog

We are creatures of habit. We like routine because it’s easy (and it means we don’t have to think too hard about things).

However, that gets awfully dangerous when you try that with your blog. After awhile, you might just bore your readers to tears.

I know what you’re thinking. I write about ______ (insert boring topic here) there’s no way I can make my blog more interesting.

WRONG!

There are plenty of ways to add some flavor and sizzle to your blog. You just have to get out of your comfort zone, think creatively and be willing to try new things.

Here are several ideas to help you mix things up and create some more interest on your blog:

  • Include photo or visuals. Photos do a great job of driving home a point, while adding visual interest. Sometimes, the photo can even drive conversation or add some humor to your blog. Try adding photos to your posts to breathe some life into them.
  • Make lists. People love lists because they are easy to digest, read and share. Instead of chunky paragraphs with boring prose, try conveying your point in a short, snappy list. Or, compile comprehensive list of links and resources for your readers. They’ll love you for it.
  • Interview people. Give your blog a different voice by interviewing people your audience will find interesting. It could be industry leaders, employees, customers or even people on the street. Simply ask people to share their thoughts on a certain topic or get them to answer a particular question. There are lots of possibilities here!
  • Add video. Video is a great way to give readers a different way to consume content. You can give readers a “backstage pass” to your business by showing how your product is made, show creative uses of your product (i.e. Will it Blend?) or have employees in different departments talk about their area of expertise.
  • Take a new angle. How can you look at your business in a different way? Margie Clayman is a master at this – she regularly uses songs, movies or other pop culture items to convey her message. How can you take your topic and turn it upside down?
  • Broaden your topics. If you’re a realtor, you don’t have to focus your entire blog on buying and selling houses. Maybe you could talk about home improvement, landscaping or house cleaning tips. Get advice from an insurance agent about what kind of homeowner’s coverage you need or have a financial planner talk about how much money to save for home repairs. Those are all related items that would be beneficial and of interest to your readers.
  • Go local. If you’re a hairstylist, attorney, financial planner or other local business, focus your attention on the world right outside your door. Talk about local news that relates to your business or share information about events in your community. Doing these things will help you become the go-to resource in town and make your blog more relevant for your community.

What do you do to make your blog interesting? What ideas do you have for spicing things up?

P.S. If you’re having trouble coming up with fresh, interesting content for your blog, we can help. We’re pros at developing a blog strategy and training you how to get the most out of your blog. Contact us to learn more.

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  • http://newenglandmultimedia.com/ Michelle Quillin

    Excellent list of ideas, Laura! I especially loved your last two, since several of our WordPress and video clients are in “boring” fields like insurance, real estate, and bookkeeping. 

    A blog writer for a locally-targeted business could keep an eye on the local Patch feed on Twitter, and each day, write about a quirky or inspiring local news story that would otherwise get buried. However, they also need to use social media to drive traffic to those stories on their blog. That’s where I see local businesses dropping the ball and getting zero traffic! 

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Yes, I work with some folks in similar lines of work and I know it can be hard for them to come up with compelling content. I hope this helps!

      I love the idea of monitoring a local twitter feed for ideas – that’s great! 

      Like you mentioned, you still have to get out there and promote your post, otherwise, no one will ever see it. Great additions! Thanks for stopping by, Michelle!

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    interviews are great! i’ve been surprised by how accessible high-level people are when you ask to interview them.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      You are the king of interviews! You’ve snagged some great ones on your blog. A lot of folks could learn from your example.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        all i do is ask. :)

        • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

          People don’t seem to realize how easy that is. We let our fear of rejection get in the way.

          • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

            the more you do it, the easier it gets.

  • http://www.erjegarimbao.com Elpidio

    How to Spice Up a Boring BlogThank for this informative post, you give me a better idea to apply on my blog, this is very helpful one.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Glad to help!

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  • http://www.solobizcoach.com SoloBizCoach

    Great ideas Laura. I am always looking for ways to change up my content. I have been dragging my feet with doing interviews for too long now. It is time that I get started.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Glad you like them, Fred! Let us know when you do those interviews. :)

  • http://twitter.com/ShakirahDawud T. Shakirah Dawud

    Thanks for these ideas, Laura. I’m keeping it to swipe a spicy recipe every now and then! Just used your infographic idea, as a matter of fact–it was quicker than the phototour idea I had no time to do.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Can’t wait to see your infographic!

  • http://twitter.com/adamtoporek Adam Toporek

    Great tips Laura! I haven’t gotten around to the video thing yet, but I see how powerful it is. Lists really do work. I know I am drawn to them. I love the Growtoons also.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      I don’t tend to watch videos – I’d rather read, personally. But, I know a lot of people like to consume content that way. To ignore video is to let go of an entire audience who gravitates to that. Let me know when you try video!

  • http://comclone-com.blogspot.com/ comclone

    I appreciate it that you shared great tips with us. Thanks. Laura.

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      You’re welcome! 

  • http://twitter.com/Lavender_Water Christy Farmer

    I agree that getting out of one’s comfort zone is important. Nice post;)

    • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Thanks! So glad you liked it. :)

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