There are a lot of different ways to blog. Below is just a sampling of what’s possible. Check out this list of 20 ideas or this list of 52 ideas. Some won’t apply to your situation, some will. And of course you can merge a couple ideas into one.

  • Reaction to something in the news
  • Tie your theme to something going on in society (trends)
  • Information posts
  • Liveblog events
  • Rants
  • Reviews
  • Lists
  • Interviews
  • Profiles
  • Link roundups
  • Thinking out loud – Musing some things but don’t have a well-formed idea. These are great for that
  • How-to – You’ll be surprised how often these become the most popular post on your site
  • News/Announcements
  • Linkbait – These are shameless posts just to get traffic. Written to be controversial and get attention. These are seen as not good practice in some circles. Nothing wrong with being cranky, but do it for the right reasons. Here’s one example, and here’s another. The first one is out-and-out trolling, which is why I secretly love that post. The latter one is linkbait in the headline – the post isn’t that fiery, but the headline got a ton of attention.
  • Asking the audience

There are a number of places to get usable imagery from, all without breaking copyright. This is important. There are lots of stories on the web about how lifting images off the web can cost even small-time bloggers big money.

Fortunately there is a coalition of folks who believe in a better way, licensing images, songs, and video for sharing and remixing. Here are a few ways to get such material:

Be sure to follow the instructions on how to attribute the material. People make things available, but they want credit in certain ways. Make sure you’re doing that. Always, always give credit and link back to the original source if you can.

Finally, don’t just be a taker. Consider sharing some of your work on creative commons sites. The more we all share, the more we have that’s usable.