Hello SOTGC community,
Every time I thought about blogging I was filled with the terror of having to come up with a great idea each week. How could I possibly have enough things to say? It seemed impossible, but I reluctantly decided to jump in head first and figure it out as I went.
Four months later I began to notice something; actually I began to notice a lot of things. Blogging was helping me to become more mindful, what an awesome side effect. Everywhere I turned everyday experiences were providing great content ideas for future blogs.
So why did I notice so much now? Why hadn’t all of these great ideas come to me before I started blogging? Here is my theory…
I created a habit of writing. When I first started there was a lot of stress and anxiety around deciding on a topic and working on the art of blogging. After creating the habit, my fears of blogging began to subside and I was freed up to think about and notice other things.
I believe that an important part of being mindful is curiosity, and it turns out blogging can cultivate a sense of curiosity in our lives.
So have more conversations, and pay attention to each conversation you have; to that wonderful barista at that local coffee shop who seems happier than anyone should ever be in the morning, to your grocery store visits, your commute and everything in between.
Everything that happens in our lives has something to tell us, something we can learn, and something we can share. Pay attention, be curious, be attentive, and then…share.
If you are already blogging then good for you, keep it up and see if you are a little bit more mindful for it.
If you haven’t started blogging, now is a good time to start, and here are some great resources to help you take that first step.
1. Blog Topic Generator: If you’re looking for fun blog topic ideas you can enter in 3 words and the tool will generate 5 blog titles. Remember that this is just a starting point. The idea is to be more mindful about what is going on around you. Use this to help get you thinking about how your personal experiences can be used to provide interesting and useful content to the outside world.
2. Catch Notes: If you always have your iPad with you, then this is a great FREE app that can help you categorize your writing. I use it all the time to help me keep my ideas in order.
3. A voice recording app: There are lots of voice recording apps, but I use the simple Voice Memos app that is already on my iPhone. It’s great for times when I don’t have time to write something down, but want to make sure I remember an interesting story or idea.
4. WordPress: It’s a free and easy way to have your own blog without having to have a whole website. Just create an account and start writing.
5. A good old fashion journal: If you want to get in the habit of writing, but don’t want to have to go digital, then a nice journal is for you. Find one you like and schedule time to write. NOTE: The key to journaling and mindfulness is to write like you‘re telling someone else about your story. Sometimes when we keep a journal, we write for ourselves, but we were there, we know what happened, so we tend to leave out the great details. Writing like you’re talking to someone else helps you write it more like a story.
6. No time to blog – by Michael Hyatt This is a quick blog that can help you talk through your current excused for not blogging.
7. The anatomy of an effective blog post – by Michael Hyatt Blogging is a bit different than other types of writing. Is has its own personality, and if you are blogging to build visibility and credibility, then this article is a great place to ensure your blogs are set up in a way that entices people to read.
8. The Hemmingway App: This is a fun little website that helps you get to the point. Simply paste in something you’ve written and it will tell you which parts are too complex or confusing. It’s a great little tool and it’s free.
9. Writers Diet: If you aren’t an experienced writer, and even if you are, you should check out this website. Simply paste in your content and it will give you a Fitness Rating based on the types of words you use. It is a fun little tool and it can help you slim down your writing, or at least give you a fresh perspective.
10. The Ultimate Blog Challenge: Once a quarter you can join in and participate in the Ultimate Blog Challenge, where you blog every day for a month. If you’re looking for fun blogging ideas, like to blog often and want to get some extra visibility, then this is for you. They use a hashtag so everyone in the challenge can promote each other.
11. 750 Words: This is a great tool to get you in the habit of writing. It’s online, but it’s not considered blogging. It’s simply a great way to get you to write each day. You get badges and all that fun stuff depending on how many days you write in a row. Even if you never decide to post public blogs, this is a great way to create a habit and become a little more mindful in the process. (Note: You get the first 30 days free and then its $5 a month)
12. Grammarly: If you plan to make your blog public, you might want to consider finding someone to edit your blogs. If you don’t have someone to give it a once over, you can join Grammarly, and they will check your writing for proper grammar. (It comes with a 7 day trial and then costs $29 a month – if you plan to blog often, it might be worth the investment)
13. The 30 Day Blog Transformation Challenge: If you want to blog for your business, or as a way to increase your following, then make sure you join David Risley’s email list. He has tons of free resources and advice and also offers a membership with more detailed content for a cost.
14. I write like: This site won’t really help you write better, but it’s too fun not to add. Simply paste in something you have written and it will tell you what famous person you write like. Try it out. It only takes a minute and you might be surprised by what you find out.
Do you want to start blogging? Let us know in the comments below what you want to blog about and why you haven’t started yet. If you already have a blog, leave your URL in the comments so other readers can check it out. And if you have another great resource, add it in the comments below so everyone can benefit. LET’S START BLOGGING!