56 blogging prompts to help you tell stories on your blog, email newsletter, or social media

By Brittany Taylor


56 blogging prompts

to help you share stories from your life and work on your blog, in your email newsletters, and on social media

by Brittany Taylor

published September 12, 2017

updated May 30, 2018

I’m like the Haley Joel Osment of storytelling: I see narratives everywhere.

If that’s not you—yet!—take heart, because it absolutely can be. Your brain just needs a little push to start connecting the daily interactions you have and the observations you make with the professional opinions and ideas you want to share with the world.


How to use these blogging prompts to fuel a super-productive brainstorming session

56 blogging prompts that will help you start telling stories

Read on for a very long list of places, experiences, and people you can draw from to add human interest and a punch of personality to blog posts, email newsletters, social media, and any other type of content you want to create for your brand.

It’s a gold mine. I know because I’ve used every single one of these blogging prompts at least once to illustrate a point of some kind, somewhere online.

Here are the prompts:
  • 1
    A campy car wash sign (That post lives here.)
  • 2
    That time you bought almost the right thing at the grocery store, but not quite (Bacon Ritz Crackers? Not a keeper.)
  • 3
    Your first kiss (Wet. So wet.)
  • 4
    The last time you were stuck in a car with your family
  • 5
    The very legitimate reason you had your mouth washed out with soap
  • 6
    A movie that changed the way you viewed the world. (My most recent “wow” moment was Wonder Woman.)
  • 7
    A lie you told that you regretted immediately
  • 8
    The last time you went to the DMV
  • 9
    What you did when you were locked out of the house after school
  • 10
    A test you bombed. (Heyyy, geometry!)
  • 11
    The thing you shoplifted when you were a kid—or thought about shoplifting. (I was such a goody-goody, guys.)
  • 12
    The first person you ever crushed on—and what were you thinking?!
  • 13
    A bad TV show you’re addicted to
  • 14
    When you figured out the subtext to that movie you loved as a kid
  • 15
    The sugary cereal Mom never bought you (Oh, for the love of Cookie Crisp)
  • 16
    Your dream job that never played out (Thanks, geometry.)
  • 17
    The first person who broke your heart
  • 18
    A thing you hate that the whole world loves
  • 19
    That surprisingly secular motivational sign by the local Lutheran church
  • 20
    …and the vet office that posts weird animal facts every week
  • 21
    Your local weatherman’s quirk of choice
  • 22
    A sentimental heirloom (that you lost)
  • 23
    The nostalgia you held for Blockbuster
  • 24
    Your most gullible moment ever (Here’s mine from a chemistry class in 7th grade)
  • 25
    A Friday-night ritual that’s not-NSFW
  • 26
    Your lucky socks
  • 27
    The patently hipster vibe of your local artisan coffee shop
  • 28
    The homeless guy you buy bread and bologna for on Tuesdays
  • 29
    The worst autocorrect you’ve seen IRL
  • 30
    A YouTube video you’ve bookmarked for when you need a laugh, stat
  • 31
    The TV show you pretend to follow because all of your friends do
  • 32
    Any waiting room
  • 33
    Any long line
  • 34
    Any time you’re on mass transit
  • 35
    The time you made an ass out of yourself at a meeting
  • 36
    The time someone else was the ass at a meeting
  • 37
    Your first boss
  • 38
    Your first office
  • 39
    When you negotiated for something
  • 40
    An insult you’ve never forgotten
  • 41
    The one thing you can’t forgive someone for
  • 42
    A catchphrase from 10 years aog that you’re still saying
  • 43
    The moment you realized someone you admired was an asshole
  • 44
    When you overcome a fear
  • 45
    A natural disaster
  • 46
    Where you were when something historically significant happened
  • 47
    The one trivial thing you can’t live without
  • 48
    A family recipe that’s legendary, or remarkable awful, or very nearly ancient, or just so Grandma Anne.
  • 49
    Your first dog
  • 50
    A travel experience that wasn’t so bad, in hindsight
  • 51
    The last time you were truly shocked by something
  • 52
    A thing you cut out of your life
  • 53
    That friend you lost touch with but kind of miss
  • 54
    The first funeral you remember attending
  • 55
    The best meal you ever had
  • 56
    When you saved the day


Now that you have the prompts, it's time to learn how to turn them into blog posts for your business.

About me

Brittany Taylor

My name is Brittany, but my friends and clients call me "Britt." Online small business owners hire me to create content strategies and write their blog posts, email newsletters, and social media updates. I work with bosses around the world from the marshes of Charleston, S.C.


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