Let me write something for you
It has been a while since I’ve done this. I thought I’d ask my small (yet perfectly formed) audience what they would like me to write about. Any requests?
I’m happy to have a go writing about any subject matter, or to work from just a title, or an image, video or song that you think might be an interesting jumping-off point for a post.
I’m aware that this is really lazy. I should be coming up with the ideas. And I do have a fair few post ideas in the pipeline. However, I thought this can make for a good exercise in trying new things and hopefully offering something a little different over the next few days/weeks/months.
I’m also aware that these sorts of things can fall flat. I only have so many readers, so only so many people to suggest ideas. Plus, I may get some ideas from readers yet fail to come up with anything compelling, or anything at all for that matter.
But I will endeavour to write a paragraph or two about whatever suggestions I get. At least a paragraph or two. It’s not a great deal, I know, but it’s something, right?
Thank you in advance for your help, and for indulging me. If you’d like some suggestions/requests/etc in return too, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. It could be fun to have various bloggers suggesting various posts for various other bloggers. It could become a thing. It could. It probably won’t. But it might.
And if nobody replies, that’s fine too. I’ll come up with something.
Oooh! Here are a couple choices. Feel free to pick either, both, or none, depending on how your mood strikes you.
1) This one has to be a series. Pick a daily ritual where your mind typically doesn’t have to focus too hard on the task, something mundane like brushing your teeth or maybe something more involved like the walk from the front door to the train. Just pick whatever sounds interesting to you. Then write about what you think about when you’re engaged with the task. You’ll have to stick with it for a while, because it’ll be super cool to see how your thoughts engage and evolve as you become more mindful of your thoughts with that task. Almost like psychotherapy, but focused on the everyday.
2) This one’s going to cost some money, but it will break down that blogging fourth wall, so to speak. I’ve been dreaming of a Facebook gift exchange, where people pair off and send each other little trinkets or gift certificates for coffee or something. But I suspect it would be more creatively interesting in the blogging realm. You pick another blogger or bloggers and agree to do a gift exchange. Set a price limit. You get your gift, interact with it, and then write about it on the blog. They send you a movie pass and you write a review. They give you a trinket and maybe you imagine a story behind it. In return, your recipients do the same for the gift you sent.
And I need ideas too! I’ve had this current blog for a couple of years now but it still really hasn’t hit a stride. The mission of the blog is to record the cool things that happen to me, which is great because and I’m going to keep it up as long as cool things keep coming my way, but I’m feeling like it’s about time to add another layer.
I really like idea one, and will be starting that shortly. It feels like it could go in many directions, will see how it goes. I’d had an idea about posting about my daily routine, but it was veering off in an odd direction – I think this plan is much better.
I like idea two also, but I’m not entirely sure how it would work with more people involved. But it certainly deserves more thought/discussion.
I shall also have a think about blog post ideas for you. I really enjoy your blog so will think about what else I’d like to see.
Awesome! New series! I see that the first post is up. I’m waiting for my coffee to steep then I’m digging in.
I’ve been stuck on the gift exchange too. I know that Reddit has something, but they have a big database for their gift exchange. I’d say they stole my idea but it feels like they’ve wasted it a bit. People get the gifts but there’s no way to see how or if they enjoyed it.
I agree it is the “how they enjoyed it” bit that is the interesting part, and a good motivator and way of choosing a gift. It is an idea worth more thought, definitely.
As for ideas for you, should you wish to use them…
I’d like to see you do a similar thing with tracking thoughts each day during an everyday activity. It seems like such a fun idea and I’d like to see someone else’s interpretation of it.
Go on YouTube and choose a recommended video. Watch it and record your thoughts. Then pick a video recommended for people who watched that first video. Watch it and record your thoughts. Choose another. And so on. I reckon you could end up down some particularly interesting rabbit holes. It could work as one post or a series, depending on time and the videos that crop up, I guess.
How to get yourself on TV/meet famous people/win stuff. I know you’ve covered some of that in specific posts, but an overview or game-plan would be fun.
Round-ups of interesting reads, while nothing new, always make for a good post.
Thanks! I’ll see what I can do with these. I’m debating whether I want to use French pressing my coffee or walking the dog as my routine to focus on. And whether I should use the morning or the afternoon dog walk. The winning things/getting yourself on TV one…that’s one I had in mind for a book! I figure it’s about time to recruit an agent. If anybody has Andrew Wylie’s cell phone number…
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