How does Nichole blog? Good question!

I blog here on the 28th of every month.  That means from the 29th of one month until the 20th of the next, I have a million (well, maybe a dozen) absolutely amazing (or at least pretty good) ideas about what to post.  Starting around the 20th, though, I got nothing.  Not one of those ideas even stick around.  And any ideas I do get–or remember–don’t last as long as a box of chocolate.

So, on the morning of the 28th of the month,  I go trolling for ideas.  Waiting for inspiration to strike.    Wondering at each and every blog I stop at if this will be the one.  The great idea I could write about.   Usually, the answer is no.

It’s not that there aren’t some great and wonderful ideas out there, it’s that I couldn’t write a post any better.  And so I sit.  Staring at the computer screen.  Wondering what to write.

Right about then is when I usually get the brilliant idea that someone should write a book of blog topic ideas.  It would probably be a best seller.  Then I remember I can’t currently think of one blog topic, let alone enough to write an entire book.

Often, by this point in the process, the sun is coming up and my first cup of coffee is all but gone.  I take a few minutes to refill the coffee cup and admire the colors streaking across the South Dakota sky.  Amazingly, this is usually about the time my dog needs to go out.  This, of course, requires lots of barking.  Barking at rabbits.  Barking at  the cows out in the field.  Barking at the deer.  Barking because he can.  It’s what dogs do, right?

Finally, I make my way back into my office.  Dang!  I still need to write that blog post!  I start typing.

I delete whatever I just wrote.

I start a different topic.

I decide that whatever I just wrote is ridiculous and boring, so it gets deleted.

Finally, I decide that only by stepping away from the computer will I come up with a blog topic.  I convince myself that by the time I get ready for the day, I’ll have a brilliant idea and the words will pour forth from my fingertips.

By the time I finally get back to the computer, I have . . . nothing.

Fed up with myself and getting anxious about finishing my monthly post, I take the next idea that pops into my head and run with it.  (In the spirit of full disclosure,  I also spend the next hour or so wondering what ever made me think I could write and promising myself I will start working on next month’s blog post tomorrow.)

Eventually, I have 500 or so words that don’t completely embarrass me.   I read the post one more time.  I struggle with wondering who (besides my mother) is going to read it.  I decide that whatever I’ve written is as good as I’ve got for today.  Time for more coffee.

I hit “publish” and promise myself that I really will start next month’s blog post in a few hours.  Just as soon as I have an idea about what to write.

Nichole, who will gladly accept your blogging suggestions


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6 responses to “How does Nichole blog? Good question!

  1. Cute post, Nichole. Bet there’s a bunch of us who can relate!

  2. Thanks, Coco. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Try having to write a blog for every Thursday. 🙂 Actually, I wrote possible topics before I was even invited to join Writers Who Kill. I keep that list handy for when I can’t think of anything. It’s usually enough to set my thoughts in motion. And from reading other blogs, I realize it doesn’t always have to be about writing and a writer’s life, although I usually try to bring something along that line into it. I enjoyed reading your post.

  4. Blog topics — always plenty of them when you don’t need them, never any when you do. Here are some suggestions — share a favorite photo. Talk about a trip you took or one you’d like to take. Post photos of locations from your book. Talk about coffee and chocolate (oh, right — you just did!). Tell us a life story — something you learned the hard way (as if there is ever an easy way to learn anything). Tell us about an adventure you had. Or answer an off-the wall question such as:
    What is your favorite scent? Why?
    What is your favorite color? Why?
    What is your favorite food? Why?
    What is your favorite beverage? Why?
    What is your favorite music? Why?”
    What is your favorite item of clothing? Why?
    Name five items in your purse, briefcase, or pockets.
    What are the last three books you read?
    If you were at a store now, what ten items would be in your shopping cart?
    If you had the power to change one thing in the world that didn’t affect you personally, what would it be? What makes you think that change would be for the better?
    If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman?

  5. Pat’s got a lot of ideas. I’m like you, Nichole. I think I have a good idea until I sit down to write it. I am amazed at people who blog daily–once a month comes fast enough!

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