Friday, August 9, 2013

Back To Blogging: The Three "Rs" Of Inspiration

My kids started school this past week. Yes, they really did. Their last day of school was BEFORE Memorial Day so technically our summer vacation started in the spring.

Anyway, I don’t mind admitting that I’m just as apprehensive as my 6-year-old when it comes to going back to school. Because back to school for me means homework, packing lunches, scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs, more homework....

In other words, back to school means back to a SCHEDULE.
As I thought about it some more, I realized there is another part of my life that requires a schedule – blogging. When I first started blogging last year, I was ON it. I was posting two, maybe three, times a week on a regular basis. When REUNITED was released, that increased to four or five since I was also guest blogging on other sites. And although I’ve tried to maintain at least a weekly post, it just ain’t happening.
 
But blogging is important and I need to make this a priority in my life again so I’m going to work on creating a monthly schedule so I can plan my blog post topics in advance and (gasp!) maybe even write a few ahead of time. To help me in my new quest, I came up with my own “Three Rs” as the inspiration to get back to blogging.

And if you're lagging on your blogging duties as well, maybe these can help you catch back up:

READING

Read more. Period. Whether it’s online articles (TMZ doesn’t count) or your local newspaper, it’s important to know what ‘s going on in the world and in your community.  Find a topic that’s important to you and write an opinion about it or share a related personal experience if you have one. See what headlines are trending and it should be easy to find one that inspires you.

And if you’re an author blogger, like me, this is the perfect excuse to finally tackle that out of control TBR pile next to your bed or the virtual one on your Kindle. You can blog about what you’re reading, make a Top 10 list of favorite characters or tropes, or –even better—ask your author friends to blog about their latest release after you’ve read it and loved it, of course.

'RITING

Well, duh. You can’t blog without writing. So do it as much as you can, whenever you can. If an idea comes to you in the middle of a staff meeting, scribble notes in the margin of your legal pad or sneak and send an e-mail to yourself from your Smartphone. Write just to write and chances are you'll end up with something you can use.

Besides “traditional” blog post writing, I also encourage you to do some non-topic writing as well. I’m talking about free short stories, poems, or even 50-word flash fiction pieces. What better way to get the creative juices flowing, than to write something you’re NOT on deadline for? In other words, have fun!

REAL LIFE

I’m not saying write a blog post about how you got out of bed, brushed your teeth, got dressed, drove to work…That’s boring, right? What you can do is write a blog post about something that happened to you during the day and use that as inspiration for a topic. Look around in your Real Life and apply it to whatever it is your blog is usually about. That’s what I did with this post. This past week my life has revolved around the kids going back to school. I asked myself if I was going back to anything too, and then the writing began.

Need to stock up on stock photos to use for your blog? If you’re going somewhere or doing something interesting in Real Life, then don’t forget to take pictures! My recent family beach trip was fun AND productive and I got to snap all kinds of beautiful pics of the ocean and the sand just in case I need them for future blog posts….like this one! (I also took a picture of a dead jelly fish that day, but I figured you'd appreciate this one more.)
 
This last “R” is also important because we all need to realize that Real Life gets in the way sometimes. And there will be weeks when the blogging just isn’t going to happen. And we have to be okay with that. The important thing is to get back to it when Real Life…and your kids’ algebra homework…aren’t sucking up all your creative blogging energy.
If you’re a regular blogger, I’d love to hear any tips that have helped you keep on writing.

Besos!

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