I used to blog, a lot. By a lot, I mean a lot. Then as life usually happens other things come into our lives and quickly that what we know to be important is moved to a back burner to simmer until we are ready to deal with it. That is exactly what happened to me when it came to blogging.
Then when I wanted to get back in to a regular schedule of I found that I had difficulty finding new blog ideas. It seems that all the good ideas have been taken, or have they?
No! All the good blogging ideas are still out there. I know for a fact, that the surface has only been scratched. How do I know this?
Simple. The good/great blogging ideas have yet to be hatched. No matter your genre, your area of expertise or what you find interesting enough to talk about there are so many unique perspectives that if all of a sudden, everyone started blogging the blogging ideas would continue to flow and never end.
Again, how do I know this?
I know this because every day there is something new happening. There is something different. No two days are alike and that is where I find my blogging ideas. Well, that is where I am finding them now.
I find them and jot down those ideas in my handy, dandy, trusty FIELD NOTES notebook. I keep those ideas listed, thus filling a well of ideas. However, there is a slight problem.
The problem is taking those ideas from the FIELD NOTES and onto this page, this screen, and into your eyes and mind.
That might just be for the next blog post. I should not forget what today’s blog post is about: How I find my blogging ideas.
As I wrote, before writing in my Field Notes notebook, I am finding those ideas in what is happening in the world around us. It may be a news story about corporate social irresponsibility or leadership failures. Then again, the ideas come from those feel good stories and where the good guy wins. Something that catches my eye or I hear talking and behaving.
Finding those blogging ideas means I have become an OBSERVATIONAL NOTE-TAKER or a RECORDER OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE. However, I should add that many of the notes or experiences that I record might not ever see the light of day on my blog. If you take my process of blogging ideas then I recommend the notes you take should remain unpublished, well at least 99% of them should go unpublished.
Sure, they are good ideas to you. You recorded them after all. However, what goes on to become a blog entry should be those ideas that are GREAT IDEAS. Those gems in all your notes that call out to you are the ones that become blog entries. However, keep those ideas that do not make it to blog entries because what is not great today may become great later. It all depends on what the future brings.
There may be an event or individual that reinforces something you noted a while ago. Life is funny that way as things tends to repeat itself involving other individuals and in other circumstances. Sometimes, the events or individuals are overt and other times they are so sublime that in a blink of an eye things have happened and it is over. Remain observant to what is happening all around you and vigilant when it comes to jotting down those ideas.
If you have been struggling for find blogging ideas then please, turn on the television, open the newspaper, fire up the PC, bust out that pen, paper, observe life and get to jotting those ideas down. Turn those ideas into blog posts. Give it a try. What will it hurt?
by David G. Guerra, MBA
Author of the Walking Leader and Great To Follow
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