|5 WEEKS DOWN!|
I have been able to meet my goal each week so far and this week I did it without all the whining I subjected my readers to last week. This week the challenge has been much easier. On Monday I started a new job as a security guard at a homeless shelter. I work the midnight shift, so I have plenty of time to write while I am at work. I also use that time to do homework, read and catch up on my favorite blogs.
Here is a recap of my posts from this week:
Monday, October 1
Fortune Cookie #4 - Fruitless Argument
I have gotten into the habit of using the advice in my fortune cookies as writing prompts. This one made a ridiculous claim that I had to call to task.
Tuesday, October 2
Silence Speaks Volumes
The kids next door inadvertently work to make my life hell and I reflect on the parental quest for silence. I share a story from my youth to illustrate. My baby brother almost got dry roasted in our attempt to not disturb our father.
Wednesday, October 3
I try out a few new Blogger and HTML tricks I learned and examine some of the search terms that led people to my blog.
Thursday, October 4
Blog Traffic OR Fifty Shades of Grey
This post is an expansion on the search terms from the day before. It's an experiment to see what kind of traffic I can bring to my blog by using key words in the post. I focus on the recent presidential debates and expand into entertainment, sports and try to capitalize on Fifty Shades of Grey. In fact, Fifty Shades of Grey is inserted between every paragraph in white so the reader can't see it, but the search engines can.
Last week I offered a few blogging tips and it seemed to go over pretty well, so I thought I would try it again.
I have been asked where I come up with the ideas for my posts. This is a problem most regular bloggers are familiar with. What am I supposed to write? Since my blog does not follow any type of a theme, I can write about anything, but some days the ideas come easier than others.
For ideas that are less developed, I have a Word document on my computer. This file is just for topic ideas that have not been worked out yet. Here's a peek at what is in that document.
- My philosophy on the root cause of people’s problems
- Photo montage of the ever-changing Kirsten
- The story of Susan and Heather
- My life as a nerd and my transformation into society
- Funerals vs. Weddings
- My fear of growing old and plan for retirement
- My strange allergy
- Modern Art (especially the trip to NY)
- Spring Break with Christian (Cleveland)
- Love for travel & trips I (we) have taken
- Food I have eaten and want to eat
- My wonderful childhood and upbringing
- My time at LCC (Married Student Housing & friends)
- Me and video games
- TiVo - Love it and having to live without it
- High-speed Internet
- Netflix vs. Blockbuster vs. video stores
- Teens and texting - my battle with
- The perfect grilled cheese, fried egg, tuna salad
- The Crew - Road Riding
- The search for awesome food
- The genius of J.J. Abrams
- Puerto Rican customs and food
- Asian Horror Movies
- Adventures in Tattooland and MC-ville
- Car and Travel Games
- Years of back pain - my bicycle accident
- The wisdom of Mr. Feeny
- Trip to Texas
- My first date (Jennifer W.)
- Naming the Server every time
- Smashing Pumpkins
- Kirsten turning 16 and driving
- Stunts - Picnic Table - Rope Swing in Radom - Ladder Balancing
fortune cookie fortune I received. When they bring me the check and the cookie at the end of the meal, I know it will be a post by the end of the week. I just have to figure out how. Some fortunes are easier to work with than others.
Most importantly, I get out of my house and live life. There is so much to write about. I just try to make sure that I am paying attention. Anything can be a blog topic. It doesn't even have to be interesting. It's all in how you tell the story. One piece I am particularly proud of was about me getting a good parking space. Not exactly an interesting topic, but I used it as a springboard to an older memory of parking insanity.
Of course, I also write about past experiences. Studies show that every person has been alive for the entire length of their life. That means that we all have years of experiences behind us. I pull a lot of my stories from my memories.
If you really get stuck for ideas, go to your favorite search engine and type in "writing prompts." There are hundreds of sites that will give you suggestions. I have used this technique many times.
Just like last week, I am not claiming any of this to be professional advice. It is just some habits I have picked up since I started blogging and they work for me.
Writing doesn't just happen. Be intentional and WRITE HARD!