Writing: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Posted 27 November 2007 - 05:25 AM
What's a lot?
Posted 27 November 2007 - 05:39 AM
When I have time - and that's more of an "if" than a "when" - I browse through the database and pick one.
Posted 27 November 2007 - 08:38 AM
If you blog a lot, where do you get your ideas?
Life, work, experiences and lessons learned from work, forum threads, other blogs that inspire discussion, other blog posts that fit my readership that I think are worth sharing
What's a lot?
I think there's never too much when you're a fan of the blogger, their writing style and the topics they write about.
Posted 27 November 2007 - 09:13 AM
Posted 27 November 2007 - 11:59 AM
The ideas come from several sources. One is looking at things from the user standpoint. (Specifically a likely target user rather than a fan of gadgetry).
Context, context context. When I'm reading something, I'm always thinking what is missing from this picture? Many times people can't see the forest for the trees, or the big picture. Often that is the user or target market. Other times it's history, competition, or some other missing dimension.
Next is connecting the dots. I don't "blog" the way most do. The blurbs I write try to find a thread of meaning. I may relate two totally different concepts, or a current hot topic to its context. For example I try to connect what business wants to sell to a compelling reason to buy.
Posted 27 November 2007 - 12:12 PM
Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:09 PM
Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:21 PM
Yes. But what does it mean???
You have to admire his economy with words. At least they won't take a long time to read.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 08:00 AM
Add a side branch for worthy causes and organic veggies, and another for spam and profiteering, and you have a sort of a Krebs cycle for powering Internet life.
:hmmmm: :angel: :wave:
Do you write about your own views, or about industry happenings?
I get bored with writers who don't seem to infuse much of themselves into their blogging. However, if someone is blogging about an industry trend I like them to demonstrate a boundary of journalistic integrity between editorializing and reporting.
And, I wonder if, for blogging, writing for an audience is really as important as writing from a personal voice. Not that the target audience is not important -- more that the blogger's voice is a big chunk of why bloggers develop followings.
Use a broad personal reading list to spark your own ideas and keep abreast of developments to pass on.
Mine the FAQ (I like FAQ) and keep track of what people ask you to explain -- but, if something is Really, Really basic, will fellow professionals be bored out of their gourd?
Look for missing bits (in your opinion) as DCrx said. This is a way for the writer to dig into creative thought and personal input.
Edited by AbleReach, 28 November 2007 - 08:03 AM.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:15 AM
But I tell ya...after writing pretty much every day for three and a half years for one blog, and nearly every day for the last year on another blog, I have very nearly gotten to the point of believing that there isn't one other single thing to say (at least about those two topics).
I'm seriously considering just shutting up.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:43 AM
I'm seriously considering just shutting up.
I can relate to this Donna. My blog is over 5 years old. Unless I feel I have something worth anyone's time to come and read, I don't write. That, and pretty much I need the personal outlet for what's rolling around my head. My blog helps me sort through the marbles and organize the thoughts rattling around (like my post from yesterday...that was a sorting through type to get to what I'm supposed to see and share with readers.)
I think you shutting up would result in one less understandable voice out there in blogland. So many blogs are AdSense jungles instead of thoughtful, productive real estate. They just take up space. Blogs like your's share observations and bring about discussions that would otherwise be kept to ourselves or behind physical walls, where only a select few can participate.
I think blogs with passion and purpose are satisfying for both the writer and readers and we miss them if they go silent.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:52 AM
For some, who can write 5 posts a week without forcing themselves, that would be okay, though.
As for myself, I, like Kim, write when I have something to share. Lately, instead of finding a topic to write about, I started writing about what I want to talk/share at the moment of writing. It sort of works.
I have too experienced the "There's nothing else to write about syndrome", even though I haven't written much earlier. This happened, when I was making myself write 3-5 posts a week. Drawing ideas got harder and harder.
I think that one of the best sources of ideas is personal experience and observations. If you know your stuff well, you can find it in anything that happens in your life, from a vacuum cleaner to how people behave in your supermarket.
And, if you write, only when you want to, and only what you want to, blogging is easy
You can also read a lot: blogs, news, social sites, related industries, etc. Apply your knowledge to other fields and share your views, etc.
Edited by A.N.Onym, 10 January 2008 - 11:55 PM.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:04 AM
Did marketing, as a motive for blogging, remove the joy of artistic or inner expression via blogs?
Does RSS feed delivery interfere with what some bloggers wish to express and how they choose to do it?
Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:32 AM
I feel I have a responsibility to post so that the subscribers won't be let down by subscribing to my blog. Also, I don't want to lose the minimal readership I have gained (ah, it's still marketing, I guess) to make my blog more or less noticeable.
So having readers that are connected to the blog via RSS is an obligation of some sort, a chain that you are bound to posting at least once or week or at least writing something useful once in a while.
If it were a static site, I think I wouldn't feel a connection with my readers and I'd just write content as I'd see fit, determined by the free time and the possible ROI of the blog.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 12:02 PM
Lately, I have to admit, writing has been more of a struggle --- I think it's simply because I've gotten busier. When work was slower, and I would sometimes have breaks between projects, etc., it was easy to just sit down and write a few articles to be published later. "Get on a roll" so to speak --- now, I'm always working on several concurrent projects; and there's never a break. So finding the time and inclination to write is more challenging. I pretty much just have to write when something really moves me. Otherwise, it'll never get done.
Finding topics for me is generally not that hard --- I'll comb through what I've read recently, etc. If something irks me, that's a post topic. Frequently, I post to disagree or provide an alternate viewpoint to something I've recently read...although I may not mention that fact in the post itself.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 01:08 PM
If I feel I've already said whatever I wanted to say, then I shift subjects.
Anyone who's ever spoken to me knows that I can change subjects with the best of them. LOL
Edited by DianeV, 28 November 2007 - 01:08 PM.
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