There’s a lot of it going around; on blog page after blog page, I read that someone is having trouble coming up with ideas, or I can see that someone is having trouble (I have a secret method for spotting this, one I won’t share here for fear it will incriminate me). And the other day, Ang and I were having a who’s the nerdiest nerd in all 360land contest, and I thought to myself that it would be good and fun to hear how everyone comes up with their blog post ideas and to trade ideas, even. I have no problem posting my ideas from my idea book (Ang and I both have one: Fuzzy 1/ Ang 1) because I know that my idea of a post on . . . say, utopian societies won’t be the same as someone else’s (and yes, that is an actual idea in my actual blog idea book).
Aside: one of the most difficult things to teach when teaching writing is the (thunderous echo about to commence, so cover your ears) thesis statement statement atement ment; one of my favorite colleagues (also a fab former office mate) once wondered aloud about the possibilities of assigning the same thesis statement to an entire class. I still ponder that idea from time to time.
My point being (in this post) that even if fifteen or twenty people were handed the same exact argument on which to write an essay, they would generate fifteen to twenty different papers. Likewise, we could all write about . . . oh, say . . . gender equality (not a topic on my list, but the theme of a few topics) and generate totally different posts. Even with a more specific topic idea . . . say, same sex classes in public schools, we’d all come up with something different, be it in terms of tone, style, references, organization, angle, extras (vids, links, quizzes, whatever). (okay, I’m droning on and on about this one little non-point. Stopping now).
So as I was telling Ang, I keep one of those little steno type pads by my bed and write down ideas for blogs that come to me as I’m watching tv or about to fall asleep (I get some great ideas when I’m only partly conscious, go figure). Other places I go for ideas are those “Strange but True” news sites; they’re always good for a giggle, too, by the way. I also am guilty of filching ideas from other people–did you know there’s a whole group of people out here who believe that’s a bad thing? How peculiar is that? I’m pleased when someone likes my post enough to “spin off”. I also have a bunch of sites favorited for later; for example, Chris sent me a neat link about shoes that I’ll blog one day, and there’s one on the Shipbreakers of Bangladesh (an interesting piece I saw on 20/20Dateline60Minutes; have you noticed how all those shows overlap and run together?). And when all else fails, I dump the contents of my purse on the table . . .
Some of my posts-to-be include the famous shrimp post (that will never happen; I just liked the sound of “shrimp and shoes”–quickly came to realize that unless I did a Bubba Gump list o’ ways to prepare shrimp, I’d not have much to say), the yet to materialize guardian angel post (I’m working on it, Princess Ceres), the post about women serving on the front lines in war (I’m saving that for Monty‘s next aneurism), and a Movie Night on The Hours (no, I’ve not forgotten, Blackie, just haven’t been in an Hours space).
So what goes on in your heads or on your own topic lists, if you have one? Where do you get your ideas? What are some of them? Or what kinds of blog topics do you most enjoy?