Raimey Gallant, this month brings us another chance to share some writing wisdom. Please check out the other participants on this list. I'm excited for all the new members of the bloghop this month. I learn so much every month, I can't recommend joining this group enough.
I've spent the last five days thinking about what I should blog about this month. I'm going through one of those phases where I feel like I don't know anything about anything. It's not the same as impostor syndrome which we all know about. It's a feeling that I'm not expert enough on anything to give someone else advice. So I couldn't think of a topic to blog about. While mowing our huge lawn, inspiration hit me.
A blog is only useful if it draws readers. Drawing readers means I need interesting content. How do I come up with that content after blogging for over ten years? Here are some ideas I fall back on when I need a topic.
Guests!!! I love guests. Would you like to guest on my blog the next time you want to promote something. I try for one or two guests per month though the summer is a bit slow. I don't post excerpts, but I have some simple guidelines that means creating your post will only take you a short time. Contact me if you have something to promote. sgourleyauthor at gmail.
Five Things or Ten Things! Lists are wonderful things and numbers attract the eye when it comes to reading blogs. Chuck Wendig does posts with guests where they share five things they learned while writing their book. Here's an example by Rob Hart. You can come up with your own lists. Like five reasons you love your local bookstore. Five things you hated about season 8 of GoT. Five books or authors that inspired you to become a writer.
Quotes! By your favorite authors or quotes to inspire. Google your mood and you'll find lists of quotes. Or find them on Pinterest.
"Nothing is too small to know, and nothing is too big to attempt." Sir William C, Van Horne
"Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses." Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Do you ever run dry of ideas for blogging? What can you add to my list? Want to be a guest on my blog? Are you jealous of my globe and dragon?