First up… Choosing Topics
My topics tend to fall in one of these categories:
- Posts inspired by other blogs, websites, etc.
(see: this very post; Wordle, I’m Looking At, Five Finger Discount)
- Regular features like Website Wednesday and Foto Friday
- Events– trips, parties, etc. (aka: here’s what I’ve been doing, usually with pictures)
- Reviews–movies, tv, books, restaurants, etc.
Even within these broad categories, however, choosing topics is kind of hard.
I always struggle with what is and isn’t blog-worthy. For each post you see here there are probably 4 or 5 posts I was going to write, but didn’t because I thought they were too lame or boring.
How I “manage” my blog ideas is quite unique: Sometimes I’ll start a post with just a title (My Summer Staycation, for example). I’ll save it in WordPress and I’ll come back to it. For the time-sensitive stuff, I will sometimes pre-write them and set them to publish on the appropriate day (Wednesday or Friday).
I also have a running list of possible blog topics saved as a draft email. That list is much vaguer more vague than the list of unpublished posts sitting in my WordPress queue, but sometimes when I’m in the mood to write and I can’t think of anything, I’ll refer back to this list to jog my memory.
For the other bloggers out there, I’m curious to hear your process for choosing topics. Do you keep lists of ideas? How do you edit yourself and decide which topics are “ready for prime time?” Do you force yourself to blog at pre-determined intervals or just when the mood strikes you?