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Blogging Inspiration: Where Do Ideas Come From?

You’ve heard people talk about their blogs.  You have a small cadre of blogs that you read every day.  But when you sit down to write your own blog, you come up short.  You make the time, pick a quiet place (or one full of noise, or music if you write better that way) and voila! Nothing happens.  We’ve all been there.  So what happens when you’ve got a blog to write and inspiration has fallen short? Here are a few suggestions that might get your wheels turning when all else fails.

The List

Everyone loves a good “top ten” blog.  Ten tips for buying a used car.  The 15 funnies moments in movie history.  Six reasons why naming your steakhouse “The Slaughterhouse” is a bad idea.   Even if it’s not totally useful to you, I’m sure you’d check out a blog with one of these titles. What have you noticed about some current trend, a popular pastime, or an event?  Are you good at making lists?  If you are, then this is a great way to brainstorm for inspiration.

Funny Things you Overhear

Maybe you hang out at bookstores or coffee shops a lot.  Maybe you go to the bar twice a week with your friends.  It could even be a trip to the Laundromat or carwash that inspires you.  Chances are that when you’re out at a public place, or with your friends, you hear people say funny things.  Everyone loves to read about these.   They’re all over Facebook, Damnlol, and other websites that build their audience by recapping the funniest things people text, say, or write.  Here’s an idea: carry a notebook around with you and jot down funny things that you hear.  Sooner or later, you’re sure to find something that’s solid gold.

How To

Are you really great at something? Do you know someone who is? People frequently search for blogs that give instructions on cooking, musical instruments, life skills and more.  How to play Stairway to Heaven on the guitar.How to bake a lemon meringue pie.Where to find all the best antiques.  What is it that you know more about than almost anyone else?  Write about that.  Share your knowledge, and take the opportunity to educate others in a clever way.

Opinion on a Trending Topic

Find an issue and you’ll find hundreds of opinions about it.  Everyone is sharing what they think, and so should you.  Do some reading in your local newspaper, after watching the news, or after reading articles online.  Find out what other people are talking about and give your opinion.  Share some of the other opinions that you’ve heard and discuss how you feel about them.  How do they compare to your own viewpoint?

Do some research and you may even be able to come across as an expert.  People like to read about what their peers think, because they want justification about the way that they themselves think.  If they don’t find it, a differing opinion is as least as good and sometimes better, as it offers them the opportunity to get into a debate.  If you want people to comment on something you’ve written, one of the quickest ways to get responses is to say something controversial.  If you can do it intelligently, suddenly you’ve created an opportunity for interaction.  People love that.

Old Headlines

Old newspaper headlines or print magazine articles can be a great way to find inspiring topics. While the presidential candidates won’t be pertinent to today’s audience, odds are you’ll find something written about the presidential race itself (or a parallel you can draw between yester-year’s candidates and today’s candidates). Humans are humans, and what interested us a hundred years ago is likely still interesting to us today.

Start Writing

If all else fails, there’s always the tried-and-true methodology of just writing. Write about how you can’t find anything to write about, what it feels like, how hard the chair is you’re sitting on. Once the words start flowing, allow yourself to go with it. Think about adjectives, not the subject matter, and let your creativity reign. As you get going, try to channel the creative energy into a topical subject and see where it takes you.

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