24 Things to do When Stuck for a Topic to Blog About
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9 Steps to Better Blog Post Ideas
The things I already do to give myself topics are:
participate in memes such as Blue Monday, Vintage Thingies Thursday, and Best Posts of the Week, as well as a few others that I do from time to time,
plan a posting schedule for the week,
keeping a journal/notebook with me to jot down topic ideas,
begin a post in draft whenever I have an idea,
write posts in advance in case my brain ever does dry up!
The second part of the assignment was optional. Actually, the whole thing is optional, but since I don't really need to worry about finding topics, I turned my brain over to ruminating on Part Two: creating a new, regular feature that is unique to my own blog. There are so many great memes, tags, and awards out there, that I didn't want to duplicate or even modify something that already existed. I can write poetry or fiction, the way the fabulous Ma'dame French keeps us enthralled with the Desperate Housewives of Blogge'ville, but that would seem like a chore. I COULD do it, but I wouldn't want to, and one of the points of blogging for me is the entertainment value.
This past week I have visited over 200 blogs that were new to me through the One World, One Heart Giveaway. Besides entering tons of giveaways and getting great artistic/crafty inspiration, I was looking around for inspiration on my own original blog feature. At the Southern Daydreamer, I found my inspiration! Susan hosts a group called Georgia Friends. Now, for whatever reason, I get a big kick out of visiting blogs from my own neck of the woods. I even click on New England in my profile once in a while to find bloggers in my area. So I've decided to start the New England Bloggers. I did some research and could not find another group like this, except for one hosting commercial blogs. I am going to make mine as easy as Susan's.
This is not an award, it is a button showing that the blogger is based in one of the six New England states. Anyone from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or Connecticut is welcome to join by posting the button on their blog and inviting blog friends to join.
Once a blogger has posted the button and linked to the special NE Bloggers page, they will leave a comment on that page so I can add them to the list. That's it! No other obligations! In the future I may think about having the group voluntarily participate in a carnival such as Show off your Hometown, or something, but right now it will just be compiling a list. I've already made my button, and I'm going to start off the group tomorrow.Other participants in the Blog Improvement Project are starting some great things that are open to anyone. Word games, book games, all sorts of things. Go check them out!