December 15 2007

Blog to live, live to blog

Okay, I think I’ve had my fill of blogging.

Since I got up today, it’s all I’ve done. BLORGE, Mashable, a new blog that hasn’t opened up yet, and now over here, and after here, I have more to do. It’s not that I mind the blogging as an act, but the fact it’s a seven day process, every week of the year. There is always blooging that needs to be done: Weekends, holidays, when you’re sick, when you’re healthy, the blogging is always there.

But, alas, it’s helping pay my bills, and it’s nice to be writing, but, darnit… I have a vague memory of this thing called “sleep”… I could be mistaken though… maybe I wrote an article about it?

As for the unopened blog… I can’t say anything about it until it launches next month. I left another job to give myself more time, but when this dropped in my lap, I couldn’t resist. I’m very excited about it, and I am anxious to share what it is, but everyone will just have to wait a couple of weeks to find out. I know at least one my regular readers here will be banging their head on their keyboard when they hear what it is…. this makes me smile, and for that alone, I can’t wait for that.

So, with all this blogging, getting inspired for posts over here has been a bit rough at times, what do you all do to get inspired? What part of your daily life makes you go “There it is… there’s my blog post!”?  Is there something you want to see me cover more?  Something I haven’t covered at all?  Help a brother out here!

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  • I think the best blogging is inspired by interactions with other people. My students and their stories often make me remember experiences of my own that wouldn’t normally come to mind. I can link what they experience to myself. The irony is that, the more you sit at home writing, the less inspired you’ll be to do that writing because your world will be small and the range of experiences you have more limited.

    Other than that, the news and other blogs (though not directly – only obliquely) sometimes inspire me. I make it a point not to repeat content though and allow content from others to set off a thought process which mutates into something unique. Reading books helps as well because they can really set off a cognitive fire. Old photos sometimes help as well as I think back to how I was different or life was different.

    Mainly, good blogging comes from having the time to think and experience life off the internet for me, but you and I don’t have the same sorts of posts. I tend to write from a much more personal viewpoint and about personal things whereas you tend to comment (ahem, complain) about various things. ;-)

  • Roy

    Do what I do (used to do), go out with camera. Walk around an unknown neighborhood for a couple of hours and take a bunch of pictures. I’m sure you’ll have a weeks worth of blog topics for you to comment (or complain) about. ;-)

  • Shari – Yes, yes, I’m a complainer, I admit it. Though I am TRYING to scale that back a bit… sadly there is no patch to help with the withdrawl…

    Roy – I live in a town of 17,000 people… how many interesting places do you think there are?:-p