Every once in a while, especially when my poor old brain is too occupied with other stuff, blog topics don’t pop into it as readily as usual. Today was such a day.
As I was going through my ritual to spark some ideas, I thought “why not write up the ritual as a blog post?” How fiendishly clever!
So, okay. Here’s what I do when I can’t think of something to write about:
1. I do not write a post bemoaning the fact that I can’t think of anything to write about.
2. I read every blog in my blogroll – not just skimming the posts, but reading them with a view to leaving a comment. If I can possibly think of a comment I leave it. Often, as I’m writing the comment, it starts getting really long and then I realize I have a blog post! (If you do this, make sure you credit the blogger that sparked the idea. It’s the nice thing to do).
3. I scroll through online news sites: News Australia and BBC Online have the craziest stories. CNN is also often good blog fodder. And if you’re really hard up, CBC. All this is of course, after you’ve read the local and/or national hard copy newspapers.
4. If I’m looking for something less newsy, I go through some cheesy magazines online. Oprah’s monthly glossy wankatome is always good for zany topics.
5. I think of a word, any word – something a little out-of-the-ordinary – and google it. I can often unearth a lot of interesting stuff.
6. I pick a favourite food or drink and do some research on it; put together some interesting facts about the food; throw in a recipe. Everyone loves reading about food.
7.I go for a walk. If I’m out walking for an hour, it’s almost guaranteed that either a) I’ll see or hear something blogworthy; or, b) as I stroll and let my mind wander, I’ll think of something blogworthy.
8. I’m not very good with a camera, but sometimes I’ll take a photo or two. Or I’ll dig up an old photo and write a few sentences of explanation an/or background about the photo(s). Old photos can sometime represent an entire story.
9. Sometimes I’ll root through the old memory bank and come up with something that happened decades ago and write it up either as a straight anecdote or as it relates to something current.
10. I make a list. There is no end to things a person can make a list for. Sometimes it’s a short list. Sometimes a long list. Sometimes a funny list. Sometimes a good, sage advice list.