Two weeks ago, I listened in on the webinar that Joan Stewart and Joel Friedlander delivered on how to create a blog and how to provide content for a blog. They’ve even created a template package to goose you and your blogging endeavors–get info on it HERE.
I’m the first to admit it… doing five blogs a week can be a grind (three for AuthorU and two for TheBookShepherd). Truth be told, sometimes I wonder, “What was I thinking …?” Sometimes, ideas flow … one that I created that will pop later this month is on creativity. It was “juiced” from an email I got from a friend with the cost of items 100 years ago. Within in was the core content–I just needed to create the “sandwich” with an opening and closing … and TaDah … another blog done.
It’s easy to scratch your head–What am I going to blog about? Let me give you three quick ideas that are at your fingertips and within sight.
1 TV time … Rich with ideas that could tie into your expertise and book. You can Netflix a show; go to the main website on a station and watch online; watch live; record on your set and watch later; download from YouTube–you have options.Watch what 60 Minutes had on the previous week; grab your favorite hot beverage and enjoy CBS’s Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood (always interesting stories-love this show and after watching the one two Sundays ago, I’m adding cone flowers, asters and milkweed to my garden to attract the Monarch butterflies–the milkweed is for the babies to thrive on); check out the talking heads on Sunday.
Now, make a laundry list of common problems you identify–do any connect with your book, and one by one? Write them down; create a blog on each one, synching with a theme in your book or subject expertise—that’s got be worth at least 10 blog ideas!
2 Watch your favorite TV show(s) … what’s the theme? Write it/them down, comment and synch with a theme in your book or subject expertise. Okay, I admit it … I have several. On Mondays, NCIS and The Voice have me. On Thursdays, it’s Scandal. On Sunday, Masterpiece Theatre beckons. I can find ideas within each. take Masterpiece Threater–Downton Abbey just completed Season 5–the women are speaking up; cutting their hair; running a business; gulp–having a secret baby. My oh my–March is International Women’s Month … Downton Abbey could be a springboard about women.
What show can’t you stand or have you abandoned? Write it/them down, comment and synch with a theme in your book or subject expertise.
3 Go to a movie … the Oscars have come and gone again (Yep, John and I won for the most outrageous costume this year at the annual pre-Oscar party we go to). One of my favorite movies was How to Train a Dragon 2–natch, we went as dragons.
Within any movie are thoughts, plots and themes–all folder for your blog. Who is your favorite character and why? Who did you despise or want to edit out of the script? Write it/them down, comment and synch with a theme in your book or subject expertise.
Have some fun in the process. Happy blogging … and shout out to Joel and Joan for giving me a goose to write this.
Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of AuthorU, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences.
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