Reading and writing is a cultural conversation. People write books to say something. Other people read those books and a few of those write books in return.
As has been pointed out many times, you should read. You want to write books and stories and contribute to the cultural conversation? That’s great! Read a variety of books in different genres, from different eras. Pay attention to what you’ve read, internalize it. This is exactly how native speakers learn the language.
I’m a bit of a painter and photographer, but I can’t make images for each post. The biggest source of free, legal images on the net is on Flickr. The site lets you search for pictures under the Creative Commons license–When you search for images on Flickr, there’s an option to search for those only. I prefer to look for images that, rather than being literal representations of the article, are more peripherally related to the topic and interesting enough to pull you in.
I asked some folks on a Facebook group to suggest some blog post titles for this article.
Writers want to write.
Anyone who writes a post week after week (struggling to find a topic and reconciling editorial meddling all the way) obviously wants to write. The best advice for a blog editor? Let them write. Encourage them. Toss them prompts if they’re struggling. Answer their emails and chat and text promptly, and be helpful. A writer like that is gold, and you’re lucky to have a writer who wants to generate text for your site.
Some good ways to generate post topics: