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I wrote this post yesterday inspired by a friend who asked me how I get my inspiration!

Wanted to share it for those who are new to blogging:

Coming up with content for your business blog may seem like hard work, but use some of these tricks and tips and there’ll be no stopping you!

The DIY approach – writing your own posts

1. Latest News
Set up Google News Alerts for topics related to your business and every day you’ll receive the latest news direct to your email inbox. All you need to do is check out the articles and use them as inspiration for your next blog post.

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Hi Bridie,

That is great information, thank you. I'm considering starting a blog (and eventually perhaps offering the service to clients) but getting content has been one of my many concerns.

Do you mind if I asked you where you learned to blog? Can you recommend a book or course?

Thanks again for posting this.

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You're welcome, glad it was of assistance

I didn't learn anywhere, I've always enjoyed writing. I set up a personal blog to write about anything and everything - I found it was a great way to get used to writing again (hadn't really done anything like this since school!).

Feel free to PM me if you'd like any info
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Hi Bridie,

I used to be able to write good articles and I have years of business management experience to write about, but every time I go to write on my blog I get writer's block. It's almost like the more I read about blogging the more I blank out. Can I just write random blogs about whatever topic I feel for the day or should I be more consistent in content? I'm information overloaded.
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I have days like that... usually I just write when I'm "in the mood" so to speak. Sometimes I'll write several and then work on them over a few days, if that makes sense?
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Thanks for the info. I was actually looking for topics for my linkedin and facebook posts when I saw your post.
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I appreciate your information Google news alerts - this is perfect. Thank you so much, Sheila James
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BridieJ, you are a life-saver! I can write articles and newsletter for other people, but when it came to writing a blog about my business, the canvas stayed blank! Thanks so much for sharing this info.
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I try to find articles that I feel would be of interest to my target market, so in addition to Google Alerts, I also read articles on small business in places like Entrepreneur.com and the Small Business Administration. Usually you can find a topic in these places that you know something about and can expand on and create something that will be of interest to your audience.

Today I wrote a blogpost called "Independent Contractor or Employee in Disguise?" Having found many business owners do not know the pitfalls of just calling someone an Independent Contractor, what I did was provide links to information about the Fair Labor Standards Act and the test to determine employee status vs. contractor status.

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Thanks BridieJ, This is great info. I've been meaning to start a blog for sometime now but what to write about was my biggest obstacle. Great article.
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Thank you, Bridie. I'm in that zone right now -- what will my next blog topic be? Your suggestion on setting up alerts to my email is really going to help me chose a topic to write about for my next blog -- and the next, and the next ...
My goal is to blog with topics that connect with others and that will keep making blogging fun for me and for anyone who reads them ... once I've found a topic that is!
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I appreciate your information Google news alerts - this is perfect. Thank you so much, Sheila James
You may be interested in my post about setting up Google News Alerts too

Thank you for all the positive feedback, makes it all worthwhile
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i just set up a blog on "blogger". are there any blog sites that you recommend? And great idea for where to get ideas from
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Good info there, thank you very much!!! I have a blog, but never considered the options for that portion of the website.
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Great information, thank you for sharing. I set my Google alerts and looking at the other options!
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Birdie,

So, thank you so much for the information! I have been seeking resources to keep my blog, facebook, etc ever changing and interesting - I am guessing that I seriously am going to have to do some changing to the time that I spend on my own business - I get caught up with clients and forget things I need to do!

Thank you again!
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Thanks Bridie! I was worried I would run out of content for my blog and facebook posts but not now
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I have been using google alerts for different purposes for quite some time now. As I am preparing to start writing two different blogs this is very helpful. Excited to get started...time to read some time management articles!!!
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You're very welcome, glad it's of help to you. I love Google Alerts
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