3 years a blogger.
I’ve been writing on this blog for that long and to be honest, this fact completely slipped my mind until Monday, the 22nd! I’d actually planned a two-week Twitter break from the 16th of May and had to come back sheepishly yesterday, because, hello! Blog anniversary, people!
So, as with any last-minute posts, I had absolutely no idea what to talk about today. I’d already done 7 lessons from the first year of blogging. For year 2, I did a round up of highlights from the year gone by as well as bloggers I enjoyed reading.
Then, I was chatting with a couple of friends.The first one, as always, whooped with joy and said, ‘You’ve brought it a long way. All well-deserved accolades.’
Another friend read my posts and conveyed how she loved my writing- the simplicity. That warmed my heart so much, I have no words to express my joy.
I’ve written 390 posts in the last 3 years. That’s an average of 130 posts per year. Of course, throw in two month-long marathons, so that number is not a reliable average. But it’s telling. I’ve actually hardly had any issues coming up with subjects to write about.
What I truly, absolutely enjoyed was dabbling in flash and micro fiction. I’ve been meaning to write a detailed post on how to write micro fiction, so that will come out next week, if you’re interested.
One thing I’ve heard many bloggers talk about is how they run out of ideas when it comes to blogging. That’s when the idea for today’s post came about.
Today, I’m combining two concepts: Listing some of the posts I enjoyed writing in the last year and also telling you how I came up with the idea for those posts. I’ve learnt plenty from fellow bloggers who shared ideas freely and readily and this is my way of giving back.
Read books/articles/blog posts
I read a lot. Ideally, I’d love to read as many books as I can but today I find myself striking a balance between online and offline reading and am finally at peace. Since I also blog, it helps that my reading is helped along by contemporary writing. One of the first things I did last year was sign up for an account with Pocket. The app is so wonderful, I cannot stop singing its praises. Once you save enough articles, the app automatically recommends long or quick reads for you based on usage history. It’s splendid!
Over the last year, some topics which caught my fancy were the idea of more sleep, better fitness, sensible productivity and mindfulness.
Posts I wrote around those topics include:
File away anecdotes
We are a very interesting species, the human race. There’s so much we encounter on a day-to-day basis that writing fodder is practically staring us in the face.
What I do is keep notes of interesting incidents which can then translate well into a blog post. For instance, the one about getting my passport photo taken was something I wrote the day it happened. Surprisingly, that struck a chord with so many people and it was also picked up to be featured on WordPress Discover’s Editor’s Picks! Who knew?!
Another was very easy to write because it was about one of the best online relationships I made.
Other ideas which I still have to write about? That time when bats entered my home or when my daughter taught a friend how to ride a skateboard or how I managed 30 days of a personal challenge with a lot of difficulty. Ideas are, literally, all around you. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times.
Write ‘How-To’ posts
If you’ve been blogging for a while now, you can share your ideas/tips and tricks with the blogging world. I love these kind of posts because they are simple to write and they come from personal experience. It’s also gratifying when people read the posts and let you know what worked for them and what didn’t. We should always be open to learning and nothing helps me do that better than the comments section on my blogs.
Posts I wrote around this theme include:
- Valuable Social media tips for bloggers
- How to combat social media fatigue
- How to overcome blogging guilt
- How to stop multi-tasking
Use prompts/ Join Link ups
By far the simplest way forward for bloggers is to join a linky party centred around a theme of sorts. These link lists can run either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Look for them on Twitter or join a blogging group that will source these out.
If you love prompts, the way I do, there are so many of them on the internet! The ones I highly recommend are the ones from Yeah Write, the best writing site on the net, or these from Daily Post on WordPress.
Yeah Write awards badges based on crowd votes and editor’s picks and I’m super thrilled to share this page with you. It’s my space of joy in the online world: Yeah Write Honours
My latest piece for them was Desertion: A Micro Fiction
Hope this has been helpful for you. If you’ve been reading my blog, I thank you for your kindness and warmth. Have you just come across my blog? Welcome and I hope you’ll be back for more.
Do you have any more ideas to add to this list? Let me know in the comments.
I’d be glad to include them with due credit to you.
Thank you for reading and thank you for making this blogging journey fun, worthwhile and memorable.