Myth: Successful bloggers are always ready with their next blog post. And there’s rarely a “dead” moment. Let’s bust that one right away and confirm that finding new ideas for the blog is a process of connecting life experiences. Read on for an example.
I’ve been blogging for about five years. And when I meet someone interested in blogging, they always ask how I know what to write about each time I sit at the computer.
The truth is I don’t always know. So don’t think that bloggers are always full of the next big idea.
But the creative bloggers are constantly paying attention to their life experiences, those of their friends and any relevant stories or thoughts that might inspire an interesting take on a topic.
So, as an example, here’s how my twisted mind works. This is how one blogger (me) strung together a few thoughts into a blog post:
My other blog, Tim’s Strategy, covers “ideas for job search, career and life” and most of my readers there are in a job search, have been through one or think they might be some time soon. How about you?
So I write fairly practical posts to help them through specific job search strategy, social networking opportunities or the importance of a confident and positive psychology. But I like to have fun with the path I take to get to there.
I wrote Job Seekers: Learn To Be Less Sensitive because I meet so many job seekers who stumble due to over-reactions to events and people during the process. By over-reacting, they look desperate. It negatively affects their own confidence when things don’t go exactly as expected.
A few weeks ago, I took a new pill to make myself healthier. A niacin pill. Of course, I didn’t read the label for any specific details about side-effects.
Turns out there are a few. Most pronounced is a monster hot flash if you take too big a of a dose. And I guess I did.
Imagine waking up at 2:00 AM with a body on fire. My skin felt like it was sizzling. And, at first, I forgot about the pill and thought I was heading to meet my maker. I felt like a combination of Jim Morrison (during a peyote overdose in the desert) and Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights (running naked on the track because he thought he was on fire).
After the burn was over (about an hour), I thankfully went back to sleep. In the morning, I grabbed the bottle and, sure enough, there was the warning “some may be sensitive to feelings of heat flashes”. Good to know.
The good news is that it centered me on the idea for a blog post to convince people that being too sensitive is a bad thing.
I decided not to use the imagery of Ricky Bobby and Jim Morrison because I wanted the example to be less personal. So I talked about being too much like a hungry spider that over reacts to a touch on its web. But you can see how the idea of “too sensitive” came up, right?
So what’s happening in your life? And how can you turn it into a blog post?