I Don’t Know What To Write About, So I Will

In a previous post, I wrote about how starting this blog was THE best thing I did for my business in 2011.  More than half of the comments received, were people saying that reading that post inspired them to start one or resurrect one that had been neglected.  Yay!

I recently spoke with a client who told me they really wanted to have a blog, but they didn’t know what to write about.  Here’s a little secret…neither do I!  I tend to write about……. whatever!  Whatever happens, whatever I notice, whatever I’m thinking about…that’s what I write.

The truth is, some days I simply don’t know what to write about.  And it seems the more I look for inspiration, the more uninspired I become.  That’s when I go to my “list of cool things that have happened”… or at least I think they were cool.  Things that, at the time they occurred, interested me in some way.  And that is how I end up writing about breathing or ice cubes or even my eye doctor appointment. The really interesting thing is…people read it!

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I go on the presumption that as long as I find something interesting, there’s a good chance you will too.  And if Dr. Phil asked me “How’s that workin’ for ya?” I would enthusiastically tell him “So far, so good!”  And then, of course I would add “Thanks for asking…. and how’d you get my number?!” :-)

The Go-Giver Coaches had the pleasure of listening to world-renowned author and speaker, Mark Sanborn yesterday on our weekly training call.  He shared countless nuggets of brilliance with us, but the advice that really resonated with me regarding writing, was to “pay attention.”  He said, and I paraphrase, that what makes for good content is noticing ordinary things and finding something extraordinary about them.  He said “newspapers report on what happens; speakers and authors report on what it means.”  That may explain why I much prefer reading a blog post or a book over a newspaper any day.  How about you?

And while we’re on the subject of YOU, do you have a blog?  Do you want to have one?  Do you think you wouldn’t know what to write about?  Do you think that’s reason enough not to write one?

 

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22 Responses to I Don’t Know What To Write About, So I Will

  1. Great article. And, I LOVE your response question to Dr. Phil, asking how he got your number: LOL!

    • Linda Ryan

      Ha ha re: Dr. Phil. Glad you enjoyed it!
      Thanks for the awesome call (they’re ALL awesome, but having Mark Sanborn join us was an unexpected BONUS!) yesterday. Love what he shared and I’ve already listened to the replay. GREAT stuff, as always :-)

  2. I enjoyed this blog, Linda. Thanks for sharing your ideas and for referencing our call and my remarks. Writing a blog, I’ve found, is a great way to discipline myself to pay attention and get my ideas into a format I can share with others. And yes, if we can find something interesting, it is probably interesting to others–not everyone, but to enough people that it is worth sharing.

    • Linda Ryan

      Mark, thank you so much. I tend to feel like I won The Pulitzer Prize when an author of your stature says something as over-the-top as “I enjoyed this blog” WOW! Very much appreciate it, Mark. WOW again!

  3. Jean Kuhn

    OMG, “and how did you get my number.” I laughed out loud.

    You are “damn funny! Incredible, motivating, and awesome” too.

    Great blog as always.

  4. Great post Linda! I’m often stumped what to write about , especially because I have 3 blogs with three different audiences, so I’ve had to get a little creative to keep from getting paralyzed.

    What’s worked for me is to write down 9-10 headlines from topics that I want to learn about. Then, as Mark said, by paying attention during the day those topics usually come up (funny how that happens, eh?).

    Now just to prioritize time so that I’m blogging more consistently :)

    Thanks for the loving nudge towards action.

    • Linda Ryan

      My pleasure, and thank YOU Todd, for your awesome training webinar last week! I learned a ton and I see a difference in my numbers already. Amazing how THAT happens :-)

  5. Sean O'Shea

    Great post Linda! I’m sure the fear of not having consistently inspiring ideas prevents a lot of people from ever getting started with a blog. ( I know it did me!). You and Bob (as well as a few others I highly respect) have mentioned I should have a go at writing my own blog – I started one that is directly related to one of my businesses, dog training, just a few weeks ago and am really enjoying the challenge as well as the opportunity to help others in a more community style fashion – but am now just about ready to embark on my self-development/success/life blog.

    This post is yet another reminder to go get out there and do it, and trust that if you’re tuned into the concept of “how can I add value to people’s lives, how can I be of service?” the ideas will come!

    Thanks Linda, and will let you know when I get this baby launched!

    -Sean

    • Linda Ryan

      Sean, I am so glad to know you’ve started a blog…and on dog-training! I LOVE dog trainers! Where is the link??? One of my favorite things on the planet is a well-trained dog. Please share :-)

      • Sean O'Shea

        Hey Linda, thanks! And so nice to hear you love dog trainers! :) (It’s good to be loved!) I originally was going to roll everything into a single blog, but then realized I wanted to specialize in both dog stuff and success /prosperity stuff. Hoping to launch the success blog this week.

        But for all of you dog lovin’ folks, who are looking for more knowledge/info about how to better live with your dog, you can visit me here at: thegooddoglifeblog.com, or my website thegooddog.net

        Thanks again for helping to motivate me into the blogging world!

  6. Amy Wells

    Great post Lindar! Since It’s All About Me, I do not have a blog, but I want one. I am afraid that I pay so much attention, that I will not be able to keep it short, therefore I write nothing. Any advice?

    Oh wait, Bob Burg’s new exceptional book title says “It’s Not About You.” My bad….thought this was about me.

  7. Jack Ryan

    As a journalism major, the majority of my responsibility is to get people as interested in what I’m writing about as I am. If you’re not fascinated with what you’re sharing, there’s no way your audience will be. For anybody looking to start their own blog but feel intimidated, just keep that in mind. I read tons of blogs regularly (with my mom’s being my first stop of course ;) ) and the difference between the good and the great are the ones that are confident that they have something to offer. I just spent the better part of an hour reading a blog post of how miraculous the process of a seed becoming a flower is- I loved it. :)

    • Linda Ryan

      Jack, again you make my day, thank you! And I love how you put it~ if you’re not fascinated with what you’re sharing, your audience won’t be. I think you get your profound wisdom from your Mom :-) AND your good looks !!!

  8. Linda, Thank you so much for your blog today. Being a speaker and an author I sometimes find myself stuck or with some call writers block. Today I am preparing a speech for an up coming speaking event. Your post put things in perspective on so many different levels. Mark’s statement helped as well. A speaker and author reports on what things mean. I will be presenting to a different audience and I now know I just have to speak on what my topic MEANS to me. Thank you Linda and Mark! Many blessings! ~Michelle Colon-Johnson

    • Linda Ryan

      Thanks for stopping by , Michelle and I’m glad you found it helpful for your speaking. You and Mary seem to do a great job of consistently coming up with topics for your videos, and I am really enjoying them. Keep up the great work!

  9. OMG – that Dr Phil comment was hysterical!!!! Great post Linda…It’s so funny how I get so stuck when I sit down to write, but ask me to pick up the phone and I can talk forever….maybe some of that content can be used for a blog post :)

  10. Peg

    Thanks for such a terrific post! Being a relatively new blogger, I found your comments extremely encouraging. You have provided so many reasons to continue … and for that I’m grateful! ~Peg

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