88 blog topic ideas for agriculture bloggers


Part of my series sharing tips to improve blogging (Link)
Part of my series sharing tips to improve blogging

What do I write about next? How do I come up with a new blog post? I don’t have any inspiration! I don’t have time to think about blogging!

I’ve heard these excuses so many times over the years and have even used a few myself.

Writer’s block is extremely difficult to overcome. Hopefully, this list can help your wheels start turning again. Haven’t started blogging yet? Consider this list as your starting point and a challenge to start writing. Bookmark this list as a resource and reference it when you need a boost in ideas.

  1. What is your role in agriculture?
  2. Write about the basics of farming and ranching.
  3. What are you passionate about?
  4. How did your farm/ranch/business get started – family heritage, start from scratch, lessons learned in the transition?
  5. What allowed you to move beyond fear and diversify a perspective of your farm/ranch/business?
  6. What cause do you care about and how have you supported your favorite charity?
  7. A day in the life on your farm/ranch/business
  8. Explain the steps involved in different season/activities on your farm/ranch.
  9. What makes your farm/ranch different or separates you?
  10. Define your priorities, whether it be business ethics, conservation, stewardship, etc.
  11. Photo or video walking tour of your farm/ranch or equipment/facilities.
  12. How is your product produced in other regions?
  13. Interview your customers or other members of your farm/ranch.
  14. Monthly or weekly wrap up post about your farm/ranch.
  15. Humorous post on something horrific that happened to you.
  16. Why you love doing what you do.
  17. How does your farm/ranch cope during a tough markets or weather?
  18. Special events on the farm/ranch or in the community.
  19. How is your farm/ranch being friendly to the environment?
  20. Explore a list of any unique or historic landmarks around you.
  21. Describe any improvements or upgrades you have made.
  22. Comparison post about different products you sell (talk about the different cuts of meat or the different types of processed products that can be made with your crop)
  23. Tutorial post that is specific to your industry, which might be a common task for you but could really help the readers (e.g. changing the blade on your mower).
  24. What do you do during your time off (shows you are human)?
  25. What’s your family’s history in agriculture?
  26. Highlight a special service provider that helps you farm/ranch.
  27. What is your favorite family recipe?
  28. A helpful post or tutorial specifically for others in your industry.
  29. Define the origins and shipping procedure of your product (What happens to the corn once it’s harvested?)
  30. How can I get into your line of work? – What type of training is required? Do you need certain skills?
  31. What is your education and how do you continue that?
  32. What is your personal history and qualifications?
  33. Why are you located where you are?
  34. What kind of plans do you have for the future?
  35. Who is someone that has been a mentor and/or influence on your life?
  36. How has the business you are in different from what you expected five, 10, or 20 years ago?
  37. Questions that you are commonly asked (and the answers).
  38. Interesting facts people may not know about you or your farm/ranch or products your raise.
  39. Set a Google alert with a few key words, and ask it to deliver a daily email. When a headline catches your attention, write a response to the story.
  40. Skim national newspapers and magazine stories. Talk about national trends, and your audience will come to rely on you to share big news to address their concerns.
  41. Ask yourself, “What’s missing?” or “What will happen next?” Point it out, and your readers will feel you (and they) are ahead of the curve.
  42. Read small publications. Few people outside your community will have read these, and their topics are often easily recycled.
  43. Read trade publications. Trade pubs are a great source of trend ideas. They’ll also track new companies and products you might mention.
  44. Read your competitors. I subscribe to several competing blogs on Feedly, for real-time headline scanning. If you write on a similar topic, you can give the other blog link love.
  45. Riff on a popular post. Grab yourself some high-powered linkage by posting your reaction to a major blogger’s thoughts.
  46. Try a new medium. Burned out on the blogosphere? Look at YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, or watch good ole’ fashioned TV shows or radio broadcasts.
  47. Think about pain. What are the biggest problems your readers face? Focus on topics that they would care about.
  48. Talk to a friend. That’s right — use your lifeline, just like on the reality TV shows. Talking about a problem usually helps ideas bubble up.
  49. Tackle a controversy. Weigh in on your industry’s hot topic. This can be especially effective if you have a unique viewpoint.
  50. Join a blogger’s group. Knowing your group will ask what you’re posting should help concentrate the mind. Hearing what they’re blogging on will no doubt suggest subjects for you to cover, too.
  51. Scan industry conference schedules. The list of session topics offers a quick guide to your audience’s hot-button issues.
  52. Get a critique. Find a mentor. Have them look over your blog and point out what’s missing.
  53. Mine your hobbies. People love posts that offer an unusual perspective on your topic.
  54. Do an interview. Do you have a favorite thinker in your space? Get in touch. You’ll be surprised how many authors and thought leaders are game for a quick Q&A.
  55. Review your greatest hits. Read your most popular past blogs. Look for ways to take a slightly different angle and further illuminate the same topic.
  56. Write a sequel. If something has happened recently that puts a new light on a past blog post, update your readers. Write a new entry and link it back to the old one.
  57. Have a debate. Invite someone you strongly disagree with on for a point/counterpoint blog post. But be civil.
  58. Stop worrying you’ll look dumb. Buck up and be brave. Try a post idea that you’ve been scared to tackle.
  59. Ask a question. Is there an industry issue that you’re undecided about? Discuss your mixed feelings.
  60. Write something else. Anything. Like, a letter to your mom. A wish list for Santa. Anything that gets you into a completely different mental space. Return to your blog once the writing wheels are turning.
  61. Talk about your mistakes. Folks love to hear about how other people screwed up. Be honest and talk about what you learned.
  62. Make a prediction. Everybody — everybody — wants to know what’s going to happen next. Grab attention with your thoughts on the future of your sector.
  63. Review the past. How has your industry changed in the past 5 years? 10 years? Look for milestones for reflection.
  64. Create a regular feature. For instance, if you do a weekly news wrap-up every Saturday, that’s one post you know you have covered.
  65. Where are they now? If you know of an industry acquaintance who’s been out of the spotlight but now they’re back, check in with them. Write about their new venture.
  66. Change your view. Go to the park, a (different) coffee shop, a museum, your backyard deck. Leave your usual writing cave.
  67. While you are out, tune in to other conversations and see where they take you.
  68. Take a hike. Exercise stimulates the brain, and topics will come to you naturally. Just make sure you bring something to take a few notes with.
  69. Take a bath. Inspiration always seems to appear with a 12 oz. shower.
  70. Take an entire day off — every week. It’s a life-changer. Hit your own “refresh” button and return ready to rock your blog.
  71. Take a poll. When in doubt, ask readers what they’d like you to write about.
  72. Hold a contest. Provide a provocative fill-in-the-blank line, or give a prize for the best answer. Use some of that swag provided by a local company.
  73. Keep a journal. Ideally, that you write in first or last thing daily, when you’re unfocused and allow uncensored thoughts.
  74. Free associate. Take five minutes and just scribble about your blog. See what percolates up.
  75. Do a mind map. If you’re not familiar, mind mapping is a technique for visualizing how topics are related to each other. Draw a chart with branches for all the main topics you cover, to get a picture of where they might sprout new stems.
  76. Do a book review. Tell readers if the hot new book in your niche is insightful or inane.
  77. Do a product review. Ditto the book reviews, only for stuff. Is it a ripoff, or valuable?
  78. Run your analytics. The most popular keyword phrases that bring people to your site provide a ready-made road map to your next post topics.
  79. Read your comments. See what readers have asked about that you haven’t answered yet.
  80. Read your competitors’ comments. If your blog doesn’t have a lot of comments yet, go mine someone else’s.
  81. Read your social-media group’s questions. What are people chatting about? Answer on your blog, then go back and provide a link.
  82. Tweet about needing ideas. Or post it on your Facebook status. Look to Reddit. Let your connections do the work for you.
  83. Hit an industry networking event. As you chat people up, mention your blog. Ask what they like to read about.
  84. Attend a local community event. Compete in a zucchini race (Whatever the heck that looks like?!?), volunteer at a charity auction. Get out of your head and laugh a little.
  85. Think funny. While you’re laughing, consider writing a post that’s satirical or humorous for a change. I know funny bloggers are among my personal favorites.
  86. Take the headline challenge. Tell yourself you need to come up with 50 story ideas today, or else. Jot down anything and everything.
  87. Take the one-hour challenge. You must find a post idea in the next hour. Go downtown, stick your head in shops, chat people up.
  88. Recruit a guest. Or two. When all else fails, call for backup. Sometimes you just need to take the pressure off so your creativity has a little time to recuperate.
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