What To Blog About When You Don't Know What To Blog About
All right, who had three months and five days in the pool?
Whether you’ve been blogging for 10 years and 10 minutes or 10 minutes and 10 seconds, eventually you’re going to come to a point in your illustrious bloggy career when you hit the proverbial wall. You’re going to stare at the blank entry and will the thing to write itself. You’re going to pray to the holy deity of your choice, whether she be She-Ra or the Keebler Elf Queen or someone much less blasphemous, you’re going to be begging some higher power for guidance.
Oh tell me oh Lordy, oh Goddess, oh Pooh! What, I say, what should I bloggy?
Any answers? I’m guessing no, because you’re here. Well, let’s start at the beginning with a brief discussion about writer’s block.
The Dreaded Writer’s Block
Make no mistake, writer’s block is real and it is a curse. The first article I wrote for Writing magazine (a Weekly Reader periodical) pertained to the blessed art of freewriting. Although freewriting is a warmup skill that can get your scattered thoughts down, it won’t be a structured success unless you mine for gold in your murky mumbles. It’s not only likely but probable that if you flash those fingers over the keys, without much thought or care to what is emerging, sooner or later, a workable idea will emerge. This holds true for creative writing as well as bloggy writing. Although, your blog may (and probably should) be focused on a particular topic. For example, take mine, please.
Ah ha ha!
I’m still spinning my wheels over here at bloggy central trying to nail down a particular theme. In the most self-appeasing of times (ahem, now?) this space should be concerned with the pros and cons and ups and downs of WRITING with a capital W and RITING.
Get out while you still can, man!
Was there anything of use in there? Did I prove any point? I would like to think that my overall point was that if you do some freewriting you can come up with something to write about. And yet, the very thought spun its process round and round inside of itself, spewing out the same illiterate jargon over and over.
Readers have gone. You’ve lost them. Start over.
Where The Writing Things Are
I’ve been updating this bloggy twice a week since its inception in February and up until now, for the most part I haven’t really had much trouble figuring out what to put here. I think the issue now is pretty simple. The book is published and I don’t really want to talk about it anymore. Hallelujah! Free at last! Although there are certainly many aspects of marketing, etc. I could yet explore here, and perhaps I will. But for now, it’s all going on in the background and that’s OK. I’m still learning what I’m doing wrong and there seem to be a lot of things going wrong. Hence, the unrestrained yet simultaneously erratically charged and drastically unfocused entry you see before you.
If you’ve come here for answers to your lack-of-blog-idea problems, I apologize. I’ve really given you nothing, haven’t I? Well, there was the ingenious freewriting solution. Tell you what, you can have that one free of charge. Yeah yeah?
It’s a hard thing to ponder though, clearly, since I don’t know you and I don’t know your blog. Do you even have a theme? Or are you, like me, spitting in the wind and seeing what sticks? What resonates? Does anything? How are your lists? Oh, it’s all about lists, haven’t you heard? Go write yourself a list and see the fanboys come running. Watch the following case in point…
Six Things To Blog About When You Don’t Know What To Blog About
Ahhhh! Now we have a goal and a purpose! Bring it!
1) The last time you cried
2) An interesting conversation you had recently that got you thinking furiously on the human condition
3) Some strange nonsense you read on someone else’s blog that turned you into a newt
4) Three Gregorios you know
5) How to make the perfect pitcher of iced tea
Next Time, It Will Be Better
Or so one would think, right?
So hey, I am available for guest blogging. Just putting it out there into the universe. If you’re stuck not knowing what to blog about and you just want to give up. DON’T! Come find me. I’ll be your Huckleberry. I mean, clearly I’ve a bottomless well of ideas.
Seriously though, holla.
Oh, and if you are a halfway decent wordy person and want to say something of worth up in here, by all means, holla HOLLA!