A blog about blogging and 75 ideas for your next post
Caroline O'Doherty and I have been thinking a lot about blogging lately. She recently launched a new blog called Northern Ideas about the north east of England.
I've been helping her out along the way. There are two issues commonly cited as barriers to blogging.
First, I haven’t got the time, and second, I don’t know what to blog about.
I write every day. It’s a habit formed as a journalist. It helps me think.
You need to make time. But you also shouldn’t think of writing as something formal.
Jot down notes, use an app on your iPhone or sit down in front of a computer. It matters not how you do it.
The first draft of anything will be rubbish. It’s part of the process. The best writers are the ones that edit, sharpen and refine their copy. They strip it back until there is nothing left to remove.
Often my blogs are unfinished. That's also part of the process.
The magic begins when I hit publish and people in my network leap in and share their ideas. My work is always improved.
The second issue of inspiration is much easier to address. Seek out inspiration from around you.
If you’re curious about something, you can be sure that others will find benefit or entertainment in your blogging.
If you're still stuck here are 75 ideas from my own blog to kick you off.