I’ve always been intrigued by the writing process. Sometimes I’m full of ideas and sometimes I have to put in a little work to get inspired. If you’re into blogging, you probably know what I’m talking about.
So I thought I’d share with you some of the ways I come up with and hold onto ideas for my blog. Most of them are probably common sense but I’ll write about them anyways.
Go ahead and try to stop me…
There is only evil laughter in your future if you try.
Books, books the magical books
I read a lot and often those magazines, books, pamphlets etc bring along the inspiration train.
For example, maybe you’ve just read an historical fiction novel and you decide to see what parts of the book are true and which aren’t.
Write about it!
Hell, if the book intrigued you enough to try and figure out which parts are truth and which are fiction, how many more people might feel the way you do? How exciting will that journey for you be and won’t that excitement shine through on your blog?
I know when I’m reading a blog, I love it when the author is passionate about their subject, even if I don’t agree with them. That’s what blogging dreams are made of, baby.
Other blogs, ahoy!
I like writing rebuttal pieces. I read quite a few blogs that would most likely disagree with my own. I do this because it provides insight into how other people think and what sorts of topics I should address.
Besides, engaging with other bloggers is what it’s all about for many of us, right?
What better way of accomplishing that than to read what the blogging community is putting out there and engaging it using your own blog?
There is a lot of great content out there just waiting to be explored. Those other blogs can provide a lot of inspiration for your own blog.
Looking for something to write about?
Get reading some blogs!
Notebook in hand, I begin my journey
I daydream a lot. Sometimes I’ll just be sitting there doing my best imitation of a zombie – drool coursing down my chin – when an idea pops into my squishy little head. I know that it will fly right out of there unless I write it down.
If I weren’t such a bozo and a bit more organized, I’d be carrying a notebook around with me. Instead, I often resort to typing the idea in the form of a text message. I don’t send it and my phone saves it as a draft.
Hey, don’t judge me.
Pictures can be a bloggers best friend
Not only can I drool with the best of them, I can be one lazy S.O.B. Sometimes (gasp) I just don’t want to write a lot but I still want to throw a post up.
Not literally. That would be painful. The great white toilet wouldn’t be happy with me either.
But I digress.
Here comes the old cliche of a picture being worth a thousand words.
You can throw some neat photos up, type in a few paragraphs explaining what the *bleep* is going on in them and away you go.
Plus, people like me will adore your blog. Sure, I love written content, but sometimes I like to soak up some visuals. If you’re still not convinced, I also think it’s a good way to connect with your readers. I know I like learning things about the people I follow. At the very least, a face to go along with the voice is appreciated.
The boob toob
I don’t watch a ton of TV (although I blame Netflix for sucking the life from me some nights) I do sometimes get an idea from that nefarious appliance.
For example, my latest blog post (besides this one, smarty) is the beginning of a conspiracy theory category on my blog. I got that idea from watching a cheesy show on (you guessed it) Netflix that dealt with that subject. I was so engrossed by it, that I decided to work on my own using this blog.
You can always try the news, science shows, religious shows or whatever turns you on.
Go ahead. Give it a try. Just don’t get sucked in too much…
Just day to day stuff
If all else fails, try thinking back over your day and find something to write about. Sometimes a post that sounds boring in your head will turn out to be one of your best.
I think the biggest thing is to sit down and get writing. There is no Blog God forcing you to hit the ‘publish’ button. You can always let the post languish in blogger purgatory.
So what are some of the ways you come up with and retain your blog ideas?