While the title looks misleadingly like I’m delving into self-love again, it isn’t, so bear with me. I seem to be brimming with ideas and energy even on Sundays lately, and this is a rather important entry for practical reasons.
Firstly, I notice that it’s been more than 4 months since I’ve started my blog, and this is my 129th entry or some such. I haven’t missed a single day of writing (and any day that I failed to write I made sure to make up for it the next day) and some of you may wonder how I manage such a feat. How do I manage to find a new topic to write about so unfailingly, and in such diverse categories too, every single day? I feel that after close to 5 months of blogging, I have the answer.
1. Make an effort to notice the things around you.
I would say, in fact, that this is the central tenet. There is a wide range of stimuli in our surroundings. In fact, there are more things going on every moment of the day than we can take in, so there is really no lack of information around us. We should be courageous and plunge into this maze of information, even things we don’t know about, and learn actively. There is no such thing as lack of interest. Knowledge brings interest. And we also should not discriminate the importance of the information we receive. Some of my blog ideas were acquired through random talking to strangers, or from vague comments on Facebook made by someone else. Even for events that I couldn’t turn up for, I would research on them and write about them in my blog if I were interested.
2. Expand with your mind.
Topics are topics, but they remain pieces of academic information before you breathe life into them. Generate an opinion for whatever topic you come across. If you don’t care about something, and have no opinion whatsoever, it gets hard to interest other people on the topic. Similarly, use your creativity to expand on what you know. For instance, those vague comments on Facebook which were ultimately translated into blog entries sometimes had no obvious relation to the final entries. I used my mind to draw inspiration from them and draw links into other areas of interest. Remember, nobody needs ever know what far your imagination strays from your source material!
3. Write what you would read.
I think this applies not only to blogging but to other parts of our life as well. Sometimes we work so hard that we forget our original motivations for starting the task to begin with. Once in a while I step back and look at columns that had motivated me to start a blog to begin with, to see how far I’ve deviated from my original goal. Sometimes I look at magazines and publications and look out for parts that I like to read, to incorporate them into my blog as well.
And all these bring me to my goal for today’s entry. I’m thinking of incorporating a special section in my blog to spice things up, and have delegated the month of May as a “feature” month. From the week beginning 6th May to the week ending 1st June, I’d like to add a theme to my existing blog entries. I can keep my column categories as they are, or I can discard them temporarily and have new columns. I can do something new to my Sunday entries. I haven’t gotten any definitive idea in mind of what I can do during that time, but I’d like it to be fun and a new experience to me and my readers. So if you have any ideas, do tell me!