“Look around you. Ideas are everywhere!” Sorry, that has never worked for me, when it came to searching for things to blog about. For one thing, if you get a real itch to write a post right this moment, there’s always an idea backing up the itch. But what if you are less motivated, and wanted to do it despite that, so that you maintain consistency in the form of making it a habit to blog regularly? There are certain places to look about for ideas and inspiration that will never fail.
1. Quora. It can actually be one stop shop for ideas. Pick any question from your news feed, and try to spin your own answer to it. If it comes out too good, post it in Quora, otherwise punish your readers with a blog post Quora is a godown of great questions. It will makes you wonder, and ignite the creative bomb in you. Few example questions: “As an atheist, how do you feel about your own impending death?”. Guess what? Even a theist can answer that question! “What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your twenties?”, “Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume?”, and so on.
2. Copy Blog Titles from your Favorite Blogger. If he writes about “Surrendering”, you write your own understanding about it. If he writes about saving money, you blog about how you are not doing it. If “Blog Marketing”, then your “(botched) attempts at marketing your blog”.Google reader is your friend here. Give yourself a minute to catch hold of a random topic.
3. Watch a Movie. And blog about the theme, acting, story, impact, lessons, etc. At the very least you could write a review of it. You can’t NOT do that! Reading a book is a similar advice, but it might take too long. You might want to finish reading to write something about it.
4. The thing that makes you uncomfortable. Write about that. At some point of the day, most of the days, we all feel a clenched stomach, not because of acidity, but because of some unswallowable trouble in our lives. Find a way to write about that. Being honest with yourself will make that easy.
5. Take a Walk. This happens to be my pan-galactic cure for all sorts of mental illness. I suggest taking a walk to have good health, to control anger, to get fresh air and relax. Now, I’d say it also helps in getting ideas. Be mindful while you take the walk. That is, don’t think about you life, just watch everthing and everybody around you. Look for stories. By the end of a 30 minute walk, you’ll have one.
6. Death, Poverty, Making a Dent in the Universe. Just think about this for some time. You’ll get worked up, become serious, and be set out to conquer the world (for a brief time, if I may say). But before that, just take a moment to blog about what got you motivated and how your feelings are.
7. Commit To Write Daily. This is difficult. Even I don’t do it. But if you write at least for 15 minutes a day, you’ll grow to have a good intuition of what to write. Oh, you have to publish whatever you write in thsoe 15 minutes. The more of it you do, the less inhibited you will feel about other people’s opinion about your writings.
Suggest your ideas in the comments below. Let’s all become damn good at prolific-blogging.