Whether you chose to start your own transportation-based blog because you’re an expert in the field or you were assigned this job as one of the many hats to wear at work, writer’s block happens. It’s especially frustrating for bloggers who are committed to providing fresh content on a regular basis. If your specialty is transportation with an emphasis on moving, how many times can you re-spin the same old content? You might have Google Alerts set up for key words like “moving costs” and you might start each day checking your favorite news outlets for relevant content, but what if you come up dry?
Luckily, having a bank of writing prompts at your fingertips can quickly get you out of that writer’s funk. It’s also important to know Life Hacker’s tips for the best time to be creative and capitalize on that window. Writing for any niche blog, especially one that can be arguably dry at times, is a challenge. Here are a few prompts to keep your writing fresh:
1. Are moving pods for you?
A lot of people don’t know what moving pods are, which really means this prompt can be broken down into a few blogs. You can write about what they are (Pods 101), compare them to more traditional forms of storage, go over the options in various cities where your readers may be, and even tackle pods from a green perspective. This is a prompt that’s actionable, informative and relevant.
2. Insurance and moving
Different homeowners and renters insurance policies may have different protocols when it comes to coverage while moving. It’s crucial, of course, that while moving all items are protected. Include some horror stories, wording to watch out for, and the kind of supplemental coverage that can help ensure a smooth move. This is another prompt that can be broken down into various categories, and you can also reach out for quotes from insurance agents, too.
3. X tips for a greener move
While The Huffington Post reports that younger people are more likely to go green, it’s really a hot topic for any demographic. Moving/transportation can be really green or it can be a huge drain on the earth’s resources. There are many angles to take with this, from providing your own tips for green moves to citing studies and recent news coverage on green logistics. Time it to coincide with something like Earth Day, and you’ll also have plenty of authority links at your disposal which is great for search engine optimization.
4. The mental/emotional side of moving
A lot of parents express concern over how their child will handle something as traumatizing as a move, but it’s not just kids. This can be an emotional and mentally draining time for people of any age. A blog topic that delves deeper into how to handle this roller coaster can tap into two markets: People who are facing a move anyway, and those who are interested in taking care of their mental/emotional health. You’ll also be able to find some great, relevant links that might not normally fit into your blog.
5. Frugal moving strategies
Moving is expensive, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Offer tips on moving on a budget that go beyond bribing your friends with pizza and beer. How about blogging about moving during the off season, ways to get great deals on moving vans or storage units, or even “carpooling” with others who might be moving at the same time?
A blog all about transportation should never have a dull moment, but that’s all in your hands. How are you keeping your moving blog, well, moving?