#IWSG: How to find blogging topics?

The first Wednesday of the month is the official Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!

When I first started my blog, it was as much for my own sanity as it was for others. I hope that doesn’t sound too selfish!

I’ve always written for my day job/career but most of my writing has not been “creative”. I do remember when I was a copywriter for Joslin’s Department Store in Denver, Colorado (think Macy’s but on a smaller scale). I wrote a few punny paragraphs about athletic shoes or dreamy text about an evening dress. The pay was horrible. I then got involved in B2B publishing after that (layout, collecting ads, classified sales and marketing promotions) so my writing aspirations fell to the wayside. I always thought I’d “get my foot in the door” through sales and marketing and then cunningly switch to the news/editorial side of magazine publishing and voilà! Voilà never happened.

I started my blog as a way to write creatively about some of my life experiences that I hoped would encourage others.

Some writers blog about a consistent topic. I, on the other hand, have covered everything from moving from a large city to a small(er) town, steps on my faith journey, pet experiences, grief/loss and home ownership to the occasional recipe. I’ve wondered if I’d have more followers if I “specialized”. I enjoy the freedom of being able to write about whatever is happening at the time and if I just wrote about one topic, what would happen on those days that I didn’t have anything useful to say?

As writers (and readers for that matter), do you prefer blogs that contain one consistent topic or do you enjoy reading memoir writing about a variety of ideas? What spurs your ideas when nothing exceptional is happening? Or, do you find a way to make the ordinary extraordinary? If so, what’s your secret in doing that?

Purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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    I like it when bloggers offer a little variety. It keeps it fresh for both the author and the reader. If I need inspiration, I look to the arts, find someone to highlight on my blog, or write about how I’m inspired by artwork, music, or other writings.
    Mary from Play off the Page

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    I’m a little different in that I write about topics the readers of my books will find interesting, such as the supernatural, unsolved mysteries, or mysterious places. So I’ll never run out of ideas!

    As a blog reader, if it’s just slice of life, it’s got to be really interesting, or offer some helpful advice/tips that I can apply to my own life. Sarah Von Bargen’s blog Yes and Yes is a great example. Her recent posts include: 5 BUSINESS TASKS YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF THAT, YES, YOU NEED TO DO, HOW TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE MAKE YOU HAPPIER, and 6 CLEVER NEWSLETTER TIPS TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO OPEN YOUR EMAILS. (Caps are hers, not mine.)

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      Thank you for visiting my blog and for the insightful information. I know it’s also important to add a number to your headlines.

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    I love variety so write on!

    I created a personal blog separate from my writer’s blog because sometimes I want to write about things other than writing (surprise)! Though, it can be hard to come up with fresh material, seeing that my life truly is quite boring.

    So I what I usually do is start with a catchy word or phrase that hooks your attention, and then mindlessly talk about it for 300-600 words. Mostly humor at my own expense. It works sometimes! LOL

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      I like the way you think! I will check out your personal blog. Humor at our own expense is always good, right? Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. I really appreciate it!

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