Last night, after days of procrastinating the process of writing a blog post, I took to Twitter (and had a pretty fun conversation with Mary about abandoning our blogs to write about ponies and kittens instead), Pinterest, and Bloglovin‘ in search of some inspiration. After reading through several “20 foolproof blog post ideas” posts, I started to experience deja vu in the extreme. Most of the “ideas” I was coming across were “what’s your favorite food,” “name an embarrassing memory from middle school,” and “what’s your favorite color?”
It took me a minute before I found the connection: they all were questions I’d been asked on the first day back from summer vacation in elementary school. I’m sure that better writers than I could come up with a thoughtful, worth-500-comments type of post to one of those questions but me? Nope. Not at all.
So while none of the suggestions made their way into today’s post, reading all those articles did give me an idea: write a list of 10 non-fluff, non-middle-school-essay post suggestions for writer-blocked bloggers to check out.
1. What made you start blogging? We all started somewhere – something triggered that desire to open up a blank web page and call it our own. So what’s your reason, and what makes you keep writing today?
2. Write about something you feel strongly about. Around here, you’ll find plenty of posts on feminism and other controversial subjects because that’s my thing: I love debate, argument, controversy. I love figuring out my opinion on something and teaching others about it. So what about you – what is your passion subject?
3. Share some of your favorite bloggers/blogs. But don’t stop there – share why they’re your favorites. What makes you go back to those spaces day and and day out? (and if you’re looking for some inspiration in this department, I cannot get enough of The Lady Errant, The Style Dunce, and Hello Neverland.
4. If you went to college – what’s one thing you learned there that had absolutely nothing to do with your syllabi or text books? For me, college was an incredibly eye-opening experience – it was complete culture shock and I’m a different (I think better) person because of it. If you didn’t attend college, what did you learn in your first years out of school that no classroom ever could have taught you?
5. As a blogger, you’re also a writer. What does this art form do for you – why do you continue to write, and what do you think you gain from it?
6. What is something you struggle with? Why do you struggle with it, and how do you handle that? My biggest struggle is my personality, hands down. Most days, I hate being an introvert – and writing about it has been both cathartic and eye-opening (and beyond that, one of my more successful posts).
7. If you had to narrow your entire life down to one core focus, what would it be? Not just where do you see yourself in 10 years, but why? How are you going to get there, and why is that space so important to you?
8. If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you’ve probably learned a thing or two. Share some lessons you’ve learned from blogging, or tips you have for fellow bloggers.
9. I know I can’t be the only Netflix binger out there. I’ve wasted a lot of time watching shows on Netflix, but I’ve learned things from some of them, like Doctor Who, Law & Order, and Gilmore Girls. Those shows mean something to me. What shows have been important to you, or have taught you something?
10. Inspire me. Build a mood board on Pinterest and share it. Curate your favorite/most inspiring Ted Talks or slam poems on Youtube. Share your tips for getting inspired/creating ideas. Anything. Blogging is, more than anything, a source of inspiration for both the writer and the reader so – inspire.