My, how far blogging has become! A colleague of mine asked me where do I get ideas for my blogs? In fact I get this question a lot...and I’m sure at times you do too. That question is easy for me to answer. And that’s because of how I channel, archive and journal the topics I want to write about. I guess it’s the journalistic training that I have. We are taught from the beginning to look at the bigger picture, go beyond status quo, and of course to allow imaginative instinct to give readers a broader angle. Often I have more topics and ideas than I have time to write about, but I log them all in my creative folder on my computer hard drive. This way, when I need a subject I can cull from what has amassed over time. I write two or three posts every time I sit down, and that’s not including responding to the many posts on other people’s blogs! Social networking has spoiled me to a degree, but there’s nothing better than giving readers original content as well as original daily post content, and being flexible with topical issues. How is it done?
It’s having a niche for timeliness and allowing current events to give yet, another view on that subject. It also means throwing a query out and seeing how many responses are apropos for feedback. There are times when I want to spark an idea or give reference to something that I know is sensitive to popular belief. I love to add panache to practical subject matters that people can relate to. That’s how spontaneity can spark ideas. Yes, sparks can lead to fires, and where there’s fire there will be smoke. Can a smoking gun be relative to any plot as opposed to just being a participle of what is being conveyed? Absolutely! I’m a people watcher. People are weird, some of them. They are walking panaceas of ideas just waiting to happen! I look every day for them. I have my pen and pad at the ready...I have my digital camera handy, and I snap the things for the accompanying images that can enhance what my storyline will illustrate. I strive on allowing my ideas to be creative. So it’s easy for me to give parody to any subject that those images may convey by being original.
Alas, for some I would imagine that it’s still hard to get into blogging if it wasn’t something that was prevalent first. Finding ideas to blog about may not come instantaneously, but there should be sparks to anything that my have potential for a good fire. Those ideas and expanding them into a full fledged blogging experience is much different from writing for another standard without something to catch ahold of. I love reading my peers’ blogs because it keeps my mind fluid and gives me opportunities to respond in kind...it’s a kind of networking I enjoy. Fires start when you get them to be hot items worthy for conversation pieces. If I share something of interest to anyone, rest assured I’d want them to give feedback to keep a forum-type continuity going. I want something that is of interest so that you can take it with you! The key for me is to light fires that will be smoldering embers that will allow imaginations to spur synergy.
I can’t speak for others, but I write every day. To not do so would render me missing a link to the chain of creativity that fuel my fires. I mentioned earlier the need for me to document and archive my ideas and to summon them when ideas are imminent. As a long-standing freelance writer, I honed my skills in journalism school and spent a great deal of time believing that to achieve legitimacy was to be a novelist. Not! I found my real niche my being flexible and able to write across disciplines. Then I found the true value of creative nonfiction fiction. It has worked for me. We fit like a glove and I haven’t looked back since! The moment I embraced the idea that I was a writer and author of my own style, blogging became a natural. I stopped looking for novel ways to be considered an author. Freelancing gave me an audience, established a brand for me, and led me to a sense of imagery that is all important for creative minds to flow sufficiently. As I close, I will leave you what I feel are THE things to consider when blogging for effectiveness and finding ideas to keep fires burning:
- Do implement a catching title with an interesting hook
- Always have an image to accentuate your subject
- Why not start your blog off by asking a question? It makes readers stop on a dime and think about what was asked, and immediately have them draw attention to themselves
- Write something useful or beneficial. If it can improve a quality of life, themselves or their businesses, you would have helped to spark interest
Now that you have one person’s opinionated view on blogging, perhaps it might spur you to look at yours to see whether you’re viable, or that you may see something I said that you could use. The key to blogging is throwing some topic that you’re passionate about and giving it a unique and personal twist. It’s just another part of the game where branding and creating a niche go hand in hand for what’s prevalent on your mind!