Ever felt like the creative well was running dry? You need an idea for a blog and suddenly you’re at a complete loss for an interesting topic?
I can’t relate. All of us who’re in the business of creating great content (or even just blogging casually) experience the occasional case of writer’s block. There are loads of great articles dedicated to helping folks get over the creativity hump (I’ve included links to my favorites at the end of this post), but one suggestion in particular caught my eye over the weekend:
Blogging Tip: Identify your most popular Twitter posts and write more on those topics
— Jennifer Bourn (@jenniferbourn) November 16, 2012
Take Your Most Popular Tweet and Shove It (into your next blog…)
An interesting Twitter stream is a natural source of ideas for blog posts, but I liked Jennifer’s suggestion of looking to my own tweets to help inspire deeper discussion on popular topics. Simple concept, but it makes sense!
I liked this so much I wanted to implement it immediately, which brought me to the question of well, “How do I find my most popular tweets?”
Step 1: Use these tools to find your most popular tweets:
A little Googling around revealed a load of (free!) Twitter Analytics tools. I’m listing three that are specifically designed to help you ferret out your tweets that got the most attention.
- My Top Tweet by TwitSprout (analyze your most re-tweeted tweets)
- Topsy – Instant Social Insight (tweets that generated the most social interaction)
- Twtrland (more general usage stats, but interesting)
Step 2: Turn those tweets into ideas for a blog!
After using the tools above, you should see some common tweets emerge as your “popular tweets” (it feels so good to be popular!). Make note of these potential topics for your next blog post (or two), do a little research, and start writing!
A Quick Housekeeping Tip
A lot of Twitter Analytics tools require authorization from your Twitter account. That’s not scary in and of itself, but it is a good idea to periodically go through and de-authorize apps from your Twitter account that are no longer in use.
Let the (Idea) River Flow
Still need ideas for a blog topic? Here are some great articles:
- The Only Blog Post Idea List You’ll Ever Need
- 21 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue
- 7 Effortless Ways to Find New Ideas for Your Blog
What inspires your writing? How do you pick the next topic for your post? Have a different tool you love for Twitter analytics? Leave a comment and tell!