Friday, November 4, 2011

What Will I Write About Today?

I’m struggling with what to write about today. The daily prompt didn’t move me so I decided to do some research on the computer to see what I could come up with.

First I looked at the Lectionary for the Episcopal Church for the day. There was a passage from Revelations - definitely not my style, and none of the other options triggered any creativity either. Next I looked at some daily devotional websites, but those mostly seemed to be blogs in their own right and I certainly wasn’t going to plagiarize, so no dice there either.

Finally I Googled “Blog Topics” thinking that might give me a treasure trove of ideas. I found one site that gives a list of 50 personal blog posting ideas that range from “Describe your first date/kiss” to a list of your top beauty product must-haves to “that college professor that almost made you pee in your pants.” No one really wants to know about my first kiss, at age 5, with Scotty Hager behind the bushes in our front yard. And if you know me at all, you’ll know that I don’t really have any top beauty product must-haves (but you may want to suggest some). And I think the only time a college professor almost made me pee in my pants was when his or her lecture went on too long. Frankly, my bladder control was quite sufficient back then. Now, after giving birth to two children, all bets are off!

One site suggested that I talk to the people in my “niche.” Since I have no idea what that would be, I must not have one so that idea is out too.

Next on my list was to try to find something funny to write about so I Googled “Funny Blog Topics.” I found a site called “Funny Blog Ideas to Write About” which on the surface seemed right up my alley, even though the site was targeted to pre-teenagers. I figured I have the maturity of a teen-ager (my kids say I’m” immature but responsible”) and I think a well-placed fart joke is a funny as the next kid so I hoped for a gold mine. Alas, no. This was mostly a lesson in how to write, with suggestions such as "stay on topic" and "be amusing to your target audience." But there wasn’t a list of good topics from which to choose, and who knows what my "target audience" is? The three of you who read this can let me know what you think is funny and I'll try to hit it next time.

Then, I found “101 Great Posting Ideas That Will Make Your Blog Sizzle.” Now that sounds promising! I want my blog to SIZZLE and I’m sure my three readers would like for it to sizzle as well. These suggestions included topics such as “Post Your Research Findings “ (I’ve done meaningful and significant research in the field of where to put the litter box so that the dog doesn’t eat the cat poop but have no useful findings yet), and “Debunk a Myth in Your Post” (okay – I know this will come as a surprise, but I’m not really a super-hero in my spare time).

So, frankly, I’m still not sure what I’ll write about tonight. But one helpful tip I got was that the blog post should be under 1000 words, and 1000 words is suggested as too long. I’m at 541 right now, so I guess I’ll stop for now and see if I can come up with a good idea later. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions they will be greatly appreciated!

1 comment:

  1. reader number four here ... you made me laugh ....
    and now you can teach me how you knew how many words were in your post ...