This is Day 11 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 60+ of us bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers.
Today’s assignment is either really easy or really not depending on the kind of person you are, how long you’ve been writing/blogging/in ministry, and how many times you looked at the title of this post and said “is it really only day 11?!”
For me, this is actually not nearly as difficult as it seems. I’m sure there are plenty of bloggers out there, who looked at Darren’s advice to take the five most recent posts and come up with two new ideas from each who then turned around and say “but I can’t think of anything!” And if not, good for you. Go forth and blog!
For those of you who have real problems with this assignment, I’ll bet your difficulties come under two categories. The first one is “Well who wants to hear about that?” or some variation in which you disqualify the validity of your idea/writing. The second is “no one is interested in that ANYMORE.”
Well I’m going to share with you three of the benefits of being 25 besides being the last generation to really enjoy Saturday morning cartoons. (And yes, I’m really 25 years old).
- The world is simply waiting with bated breath to hear my next exhale of brilliance. Ok, maybe not quite that bad, but this kind of optimism and attitude that allows you to value your own writing and ideas. If you value your ideas, other people are more likely to value them as well. Don’t throw out an idea unless your reason is “well I don’t really want to write about that.” That is the only acceptable excuse for the psychological trauma you’ll inflict on that poor idea.
- Everything is new and fresh. It doesn’t matter if you’ve heard it before; it doesn’t even matter if you’ve written about it before. It’s still new and fresh. It doesn’t matter if people are saying “that’s not culturally relevant,” or “post modernism can’t accept that” or whatever else it might be, if it’s important to you, it’s important to others and they won’t care if it isn’t the latest thing in Vogue magazine, they’ll still gravitate towards it.
- I have learned from watching too much TV. The power of advertising has completely brainwashed me so that slogans like “Trust your instincts, obey your thirst” and “Just do it” are now completely applicable to all areas of life including writing. “Trust your instincts, write about what you yearn to write about, then do it.”
- What blocks you from coming up with ideas to write about, or from writing in general?
- What are some other ways to come up with ideas to write about?
- How much does self value impact the actual value of your content?
- (insert snarky, age-relevant discussion topic here)
The Extra Mile
A few other things you can do to take your blog, other bloggers, and this project even further today…
- Reply & give other bloggers feedback on the little things they do.
- When other bloggers include a link to a new article they’ve posted today, click, read, and comment on it.
- Check previous posts in the series for new comments.
- Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.
- Beginning today we will review one 31DBBB participants blog each day. So, please review Phillip Gibb’s blog Synaptic Light and give him some feedback.