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How To Turn One History Visit into 35 Blog Ideas

Do you ever feel stuck on the history blog ideas producing wheel? Are you trying to come up with brand new stuff all the time to feed your blog and social media platforms?

If you said, yes, you’re not alone. It is so easy, as a blogger, to spread yourself too thin, and not maximise the hell outta the creative content you produce.

Let’s change that!

When it comes to creating content for your history blog, let’s start repurposing more

Somehow ‘repurposing’ (to use the jargon) has become a bit of a dirty word or that you’re cheating by using the same thing twice or more.

(If repurposing is new to you it’s when you take one valuable piece of content i.e a blog post and use it somewhere else)

But, I say, anything that means your multiple photos, video, research, thoughts and experiences can be used in different ways is a good thing. Plus, oh my goodness, producing new blog ideas all the time can be exhausting, drain your creativity and spread you too thin.

The trick with repurposing is to put a fresh spin on it without feeling like you’re starting from scratch.

For history bloggers going on a trip or visiting a historical site is a treasure trove of content. We take photos, do selfies, make videos, get guide books and quirky trinkets, read displays, see artefacts, discover stories and so much more.

So, using my recent visit to Hampton Court Palace, I want to show you how that one visit could be turned into 35 ideas to select for your blog content and marketing. Here goes…

35 blog ideas from one visit to a historic place

  1. Take a picture of your ticket and tweet that you’re going today
  2. Use your ticket as a prop for a Facebook video about what made you visit today
  3. Record a video as you enter the Palace saying what you’re excited about seeing and upload to Facebook or Insta videos
  4. Tell the story behind the famous gold adorned Henry VIII portrait using the photo you took
  5. Do a profile post on Queen Jane Seymour who died at the Palace using the photos you took
  6. Create an Instagram Reel giving a mini-tour of The Great Hall using your video
  7. Tweet photos with captions of little known facts you picked up on the audio guide
  8. Do a post on the ghost stories linked to the Palace including Queen Katherine Howard
  9. Create a Facebook Post about tips to get to Hampton Court Palace and reuse your video footage walking up to the Palace
  10. Write a comparison post on the Tudor sections vs the Georgian Apartments then turn it into pins using each style in the image
  11. Record an audio about your experience visiting and embed it in a post or upload elsewhere
  12. Update a profile image using a cute selfie photo you took
  13. Post about the different types of rooms – public and private- and who was allowed in them
  14. Create a YouTube video using your video footage with subtitles and music
  15. Do a comparison/review post between Hampton Court and other historic palaces you’ve visited
  16. Create an Instagram story running a poll about the best Tudor Queen
  17. Tweet the image of your tea and cake (of course) at the glorious cafe, take a nice selfie and upload to Instagram
  18. Create a gallery of your best photos and discuss each one
  19. Review a book about the Palace (you may have bought)
  20. Explore a post about coat of arms and mottos carved into the ceilings using photos
  21. Take pictures and tweet the quirky things you bought at the gift shop then do another post of them in your home or office
  22. Create a post about the inspiration behind the gardens then do a video about the gardens sat in your own
  23. List all the famous events that took place at Hampton Court Palace
  24. Do an Instagram Story or Poll asking which of the most famous events that took place was the most significant in English history
  25. Do an Instagram post on the Astronomical clock and it’s history then write a post on astronomical clocks around the world
  26. Micro-post on the history of the garden maze and if you went in it how long it took to find your way out, then create a time-lapse video of you running round the maze
  27. Create idea pins on Pinterest about the top 3 things to see using your video and images
  28. Create a post on the difference between Tudor, Stuart and Georgian dress
  29. Do a profile on Henry VIII using your portrait pictures
  30. Create a book list style post of all the reading you’re going to follow up with that you bought or saw in the gift shop
  31. A post about how Thomas Wolsey renovated the Palace and what made him give it to Henry VIII
  32. A post detailing all of the weddings held in the Chapel Royal using your notes from No.23
  33. Go behind the scenes. Create a post on Tudor kitchens and banquets using your images then have a go at a recipe and record it
  34. Record a ‘I’m about to go home video about all the lovely things you’ve seen’
  35. Tweet a picture of you exhausted on the way home after such a great day then reuse it on another channel.

Examine your archive and look to your future blog ideas

Now, with your repurposing hat on you can do two things:

  • Look back at your archives, your most popular posts would be best, and see how you can repurpose that fabulous content. Is there an image you can use in a post? A quote you can extract? Then, once you’ve created a new piece of content, just link readers back into the main post for more.
  • Create future history blog content with repurposing in mind. Of course, you can do standalone pieces but ask yourself is this the best use of my time?

If you enjoyed this and are looking to try different types of blog posts my 35 ideas for blog posts will help you. And, if you’d like to check out Hampton Court Palace one day here’s the link you need.

Elizabeth Hill-Scott

Elizabeth Hill-Scott teaches entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to start, grow and monetise a successful niche blog in the fascinating field of history. She is also a post-graduate and communications expert who spent over 15 years advising senior UK politicians and public figures.

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  1. Mme Mélissande

    I love these ideas, thanks for such useful tips! Every time I leave an amazing historical site like the château of Versailles I have such great intentions, but they never amount to anything except maybe one Instagram post. I’ll definitely be referring back to this post when I have a trip planned. Merci!

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