First off, I’d like to thank Lorelle for inviting me to be a guest blogger on her blog, and I’m happy to be a part of her two-year anniversary blogfest. Now, on to the festivities!
Have you ever had that time where you want to write a blog entry, but you don’t quite know what to write about, or if you don’t have an idea on something that would work well? Have no fear! All you need to do is some basic brainstorming, and you’ll be back in business!
What is brainstorming? Brainstorming is essentially the idea of collecting all the possible ways to perform a project. You follow a few basic steps, and you have articles to last a long time! (GTD Followers, you’re probably going to catch on quickly.)
Here’s what to do:
- Think about your niche/blogging specialty.
- Write every possible thing you can think of related to that niche. It does not matter whether you’ve written about it, hate it, or whatever. The point is to, for lack of a better way of explaining it, dump it all onto the plate.
- Once you’ve exhausted all of your ideas, start eliminating the ideas you can’t do. If new ideas originate from ones you eliminate, write them down.
- Then eliminate the ones you would never do, be it on account of niche/controversy/whatever. Again, if an interesting idea comes up, record it.
- If any ideas formed from removing ideas you didn’t want, repeat steps three and four for them.
- Record all the ideas in a list that you can refer to when you’re stuck.
You should probably do this once or twice a month, so you can recharge your blogging abilities. Keep doing this, and you’ll never have to worry about running out of things to blog about (I need to start doing this again. )
J.T Dabbagian is an professor in training working on his Master’s Degree in Communication Studies. He runs his own blog on the condition of the blogosphere, among other topics. He enjoys writing, photography, and long walks. He is available for public engagements.