It’s brainstorming week for and I figured I should write something on the topic. Though take this advice with a grain of salt, I am far from a consistent, everflowing source of content.
One of the major benefits of participating in Blaugust, it forces you to flex those brainstorming muscles Brainstorming is a skill that gets better with practice. You can look for content everywhere and you get better at spotting things that will make a good blog post. It’s also an active endeavor. You can’t sit around waiting for the next great idea to come to you. Otherwise, you end up with months between your posts or no posts at all.
Now, on to my one brainstorming tip:
Write what you enjoy reading.
Whenever I’m looking for something to write about I look to my feed and see what I enjoyed reading that day/week/month and use that as a jumping point. It could be a topic that interested me, a news item I have an opinion on or trying out a new post or writing style. I find that certain topics circulate around the blogosphere with different bloggers expounding on it in a given week. You’ll even see a lot of bloggers get into the same game all around the same time as they read posts from others.
I like to read game diary-style posts hence those make up a lot of the posts here. Sometimes there’s a topic that really interests me and I just have to add my two cents. Rarer are the times I have a new idea I’d like to discuss but it does happen. I make sure to keep track of all of it one way or another. I use the usual tools like Evernote and WordPress drafts when I’m out and about. But, my favorite tool for brainstorming is my waterproof note pad. I’m a cliche, my best ideas come to me in the shower.