A while ago I wrote a post about having the Bloggin’ Blues about keeping the momentum up while you’re blogging. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with new ideas and fresh fodder to write about.
One of the best ways to get inspired is to go for a walk where there are a lot of people and observe with your brain, heart, and eyes wide open. It’s amazing what you’ll see, hear, and imagine. But that’s not always possible so in that post I said pick 100 …anything– then write 500 words on each.
Well, geez that’s real helpful isn’t it? Um, no. So, I want to show you a bit more detail on what you can write about, how to find topics and how to spin them.
Choose a Broad Topic–the broader the better. It could be things like beauty, writing, animal, parenting, teaching… Remember, you’re only limited by your imagination.
I’ll demonstrate what I call the START 100. Since I’m in my office right now, my broad topic will be “Offices”.
Now I’m going to examine the space around me and make note of 100 things/items/randoms that pop into my mind whether physically in my office or from my imagination.
Make the initial list of items/random thoughts and then later go in and fill in possible blog titles (I’ll list them in italics).
It’s amazing where the brain goes…For example I listed cork board and wine came to mind; and I listed water cooler and it made me think of the coolers they use to transport organs for transplants. You NEVER know where your brain will take you.
Ready. Here goes…
Computer—Apple or PC? Is Bigger Always Better? Do I Need a Desktop and a LapTop?
Tea Cup—Are You A Tea Tootler or a Coffee Chugger? Five Creative Things To Do With an Old Tea Cup.
Pens—Gel or Ink? Can you Edit With a Blue Pen?
Be Amazing carving—Strive to Do Your Best! 10 Ways to Define Amazing! Positive Affirmations! What is the History of Indigenous Carvings?
Percy the Train—All About Train Travel! Toys For Children!
Candle—Romantic Dinner Recipes! Are you Ready for A Blackout? Ten Items to Always Have on Hand! Ten of the Most Relaxing Scents for Candles. Bathtime For Mama–5 Ways To Relax.
Printer-–Does Everyone Need a Printer? Ink Prices are Killer.
Water Bottle—Staying Hydrated While Working. Does the Size of the Bottle Matter? Plain Water or Add-ins?
Scissors—How to Cut the Excess Spending and Save Money. Crafts For Kids.
Green walls—What Color Inspires You? Does Color Have an Impact on Productivity?
Tylenol— Do You Suffer From Migraines–Here’s What I Learned. Know When to Seek Medical Attention.
Mustard— Recipes With Mustard. Going Camping…
Family Photos— Photos-A Memory. Are the Pictures Telling the Whole Story?
Desk Calendar-– Do You Still Use a Paper Calendar? How to Set Goals and Timelines.
Snack Drawer— What’s in Your Snack Drawer? Sweet or Salty? How To Avoid Snacking While Working.
Kleenex/Tissue— What was the Last Movie that Made you Cry? Oh Oh–is it Covid? Household Staples to Keep in Supply.
Books— What have you Read Lately? Recommendations? Steps of Writing the Next Bestseller.
Coffee Mugs— Are You Adding Milk? Soy Milk Vs. Almond Milk. Coffee Mugs for Writers.
BookShelf—What’s on Your BookShelf? Do you Prefer the Book to the Tablet?
Fridge—Open the Door and What did I Find? Hmm…the Mystery and History of Mold
Pillow— Feather, Foam, or a Combo? A Poem About a Pillow.
Blanket—Review of the Weighted Blanket. Is it Okay for My Five Year Old to Still Carry Around Their Blankie?
Step Stool-–Challenges For Those Under Five Feet Tall. What’s in Your Top Cupboards?
Notebooks—I’m Obsessed With Notebooks. Are Notebooks Passe?
Ear Buds— Are Ear Buds Damaging our Hearing? Which Do You Prefer–in the Ear or Over the Head?
Cell Phone— Android? Ten Tops Apps for Your Smart Phone. Are You a Writer? How to Make Notes on Your Phone.
Plants— How Much is Too Much Water? Apps to Identify Flower v Weed.
Broom— Historical Facts of Prairie Witches. Who Needs a Broom When You Have a Vacuum.
Boxes— How to Repurpose A CardBoard Box. Where Did This Box Come From? The History of Making Cardboard.
Treadmill—My Top Ten Incentives for Getting on the Treadmill. Is Your Treadmill a Magnet for Junk? Treadmill Desk–yea or nay?
Chip Clip—How to Keep Food Fresh. Let’s Examine What’s Really in That Snack.
Highlighters—What Your Highlighter Says About You?
Chair-– What You Need to Know About Ergonomics. Posture While Typing–5 Tips To Avoid the Backache
Door-–All glass or six panels? What Do I Need To Know About Doors and Who Really Cares?
clicking clock—What Have I Done With My Life to This Point? Time is Passing and It’s Time to Move Along…
List of filler words-– Do You Know What Words You Use in Your Writing Over and Over and Over…??? Language and How we Use It.
Canadian Flag—Flags of the World. What is the History Behind the Maple Leaf?
Jelly Beans— A Perfect Snack or a New Addiction? Where did Jelly Beans Come From? How Do the Flavor Jelly Beans?
Memory Sticks—How to Use a Memory Stick. Do You Back up Your Work?
Award Certificates—Why You Should Display Award Certificates in Your Office. How to Make Your Own Award Certificate.
Hole Punch—When You Find a Hole in Your Memory What do You Do? Top Ten Things You Need in an Office and a Hole Punch Ain’t One of ’em!
Ball cap-– How ’bout Those Blue Jays? Pick Your Favorite Team and Write a Post Related Back to Your Theme.
Building—How Raising Children Starts With a Solid Foundation.
Elevator-–Ten Ways You Can Make it to The Top. Five Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Enclosed Spaces.
white board-–How I Turned My White Board into a Photo Showcase. What Does White Privilege Look Like for Me and How Do I Learn More?
Shoes-–Do You Wear Shoes to Work? Boots v Shoes v Flip Flops? Barefoot All Year Long.
Fly Swatter—What is The Fly Doing On my Toast? Imagine Being a Fly On the Wall…
Recycle Box—The Truth About Recycling! Our Oceans–Our Responsibility.
Garbage Can—Are You Recycling Enough?
Briefcase— What Do People Actually Carry in Their Breifcase–It May Surprise You
Lamp—Have You Ever Heard of Gaslighting? Is a Lamp Necessary?
Extension Cord—101 Uses for An Extension Cord in Horror Genre
Cookies-–Why Would Anyone Add Raisons? Website and Cookies… Be Aware.
Kettle-–Ten of the Best Teas for Energy. Five Different Ways To Make Ramen
Fork–Can You Kill With a Fork? Ten Foods To Eat By Hand.
Slippers—Ice Skating in all Its Glory. Here’s Why I Love Watching Ice Hockey. How In Floor Heating Saved My Life.
Keys—Why Do They Have a Key to A City? Ten Organizational Ways To Never Lose Your Keys Again.
Windows-–Why I prefer a PC with Windows. When I Look Out My Window The World Comes Into My Room
Angel— Is God Really Watching Over Us? Who is Your Guardian Angel?
Parents wedding picture—The Top 20 Things to Keep in Mind While Planning a Wedding. How Weddings Have Changed Over the Years
Dog Treats—Dog v Cat: Which One Makes the Best Pet? 3 Special Recipes to Make Your Own Doggie Treats.
Mask—I Love Wearing a Mask in Public. How We All Put on a Mask Persona When We Leave Home. Covid 19. The Flu. Why Many Asian Countries Wear Masks All Year Round.
Keyboard—Learn How To Type Faster and More Accurately.
Tape—Five Art Projects Using Duct Tape.
Hammer— Why All Girls Should Learn to Swing a Hammer.
Business cards—What to Include and More Importantly–What to Leave Off–Your Business Cards.
Scribbled notes—What Do These Words Even Mean? Deciphering Ancient Languages.
Co-workers— Five Snacks to Take to Work that Your Co-Worker Won’t Eat. A Short Story About How My Co-Worker Ended Up Dead.
Ergonomic chair—Bouncy Balls are For Everyone. Ten Great Stretches to Do if You Sit All Day.
Plastic bag—The History of the Plastic Bag–Who Thought This was A Good Idea? The Sea as a Garbage Dump. Global Warming and the Use of Plastics
Wallet—Do You Still Carry Cash? How We’re Morphing into a Cashless Society. How Many Credit Cards Are Too Many?
Purse— She pursed her swollen lips for a kiss… What’s in Your Purse? Is it Just Old Ladies Who Still Carry a Purse.
Candy— Sugar–a Drug of Choice For Many. Halloween Costumes to Make at Home for Free
Envelopes— Are You Zipped Up Too Tight? Snail Mail: Is Writing a Letter an Ancient Art Form?
Zebra— Have You Been on A Safari? What is the Black and White of the Issue at Hand?
Apple—Ten Apple Recipes. If She’s the Apple of His Eye–Then What am I? What Toxic Sprays are Farms Using on Their Produce?
Toys— A List the Best Toys Ever. How You can Provide a Helping Hand to Your Local Women’s Shelter.
Social media— The Top Three Platforms to Grow an Audience. How To Use FaceBook to Your Advantage.
Websites-– The Best Website for Freelance Writers.
Sticky notes— How Not to Lose Things That Are Dear to You. How To Make Your Own Book Mark.
Stamps-– How to Send a Thank You Card That Means More Than an Email.
Stairs—Do Your Step Aerobics To Your Old Faves on YouTube. How Many Steps Do You Get Everyday and Why Its Important to Know.
Eye glasses— Five Reasons Why I Ditched My Glasses and Got Laser Eye Surgery. How Many Pair of Blue Glasses Do You Have?
Shredder— What Happens to the Paper We Recycle? How to Clean Up the Blood After Putting Your Enemy Through a People Sized Shredder (just seeing if you’ve read this far…lol)
Bottle of whiskey— Why You Need a Bottle of Whiskey After Putting Your Enemy Through the Shredder. What Does Two Fingers of Whiskey Look Like and How Did That Measurement Come About? What Makes a Great Whiskey?
Water cooler— Are You an Organ Donor? Why not? Gossip…What You Need to Know.
Cubicle— Get Outside of The Norm and Do Something Crazy. How Our Thinking Crams us Into a Box and How to Change it.
Chargers-– How to Never Lose Your Charger Again. Will They Every Develop a Cordless Charger?
Flashlight— Are These Now Artifacts Since We All Have a Phone? Why You Should Keep a Flashlight in the Same Place all the Time.
The dog—Top Ten Names for Your Pooch.
Fish tank—How To Clean A Fish Tank. Are You Like Nemo and Anxious to Fly the Coop?
The cat—Is Kitty Fussy? Top Ten Foods and Snacks for Your Puss.
Cork board— Where Does Cork Come From and How is it Made? Why Wineries Went From Corks to Screw Tops.
Conference room— Did You Name Your Zoom Room? The Pros and Cons of Meeting in Person v Online.
Family Pictures— What Does Being a Family Really Mean and Does it Mean Blood?
Do Not Disturb— Sorry My Brain Is Closed For the Season. Please Check Back Next Year. Privacy Please.
Mouse— Why Do I Scream Like a Baby When I see a Tiny Bitty Mouse? How We Portray Mice in the Movies. Track Pad v Cordless Mouse.
Credit Card—Do You Commit Your Card Number to Memory? Ten Top Shopping Sites for Size 12+
Blank paper— If My Mind is a Blank Slate Then I’m Always Ready for Anything. How I Like to Doodle While I Work.
Portable Heater— Is it Too Hot? Is it Too Cold?–Nope It’s Just Right!
Phew! That’s a list of 100 things that sparked at least one or two different trains of thought and could go even further.
As you can see, you’re limited only by your imagination. Ideas and inspirations are all around us if you allow your mind to be open to new things and take it that step further. Have fun with it. Just start scribbling and don’t sweat it… it’ll come out.
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