Compelled to Write

I write, because I feel compelled to write.  My mind overflows with thoughts and ideas that are begging to be put onto paper.

Even though I love writing, it can be difficult.  The words don’t always flow out of me.  At times, I look inside myself and find an empty abyss.  It’s frustrating, but I cannot quit.

Writing is a part of me.  It’s what I do.  It’s who I am.

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Blogging Makes You Smarter

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I bought this t-shirt from Amazon, because I enjoy blogging and I agree with the message.  Blogging is a great way to develop new skills and it can even make you smarter.

  • Blogging increases creativity, since you are always on the look out for new material, stories, artwork, or photography to share with your followers.
  • Blogging improves your writing skills and each post must be edited for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Blogging requires a certain amount of computer skills.
  • Blogging also results in the need to conduct research and increases knowledge on various topics.

There are a lot of benefits to blogging.  If you have others to add to my list, let me know in the comment section.

365 Blog Topic Ideas – Book Review

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At times, I feel like my mind is overflowing with ideas.  I can write for hours in a state of frenzy.  My brain is buzzing with blog topics.

There are also times when I can’t come up with a single blog topic.  I look inside myself and there is nothing, except for cobwebs and crickets.  During these phases, I feel compelled to look for inspiration.

I have purchased several books on developing blog post ideas.  My absolute favorite is 365 Blog Topic Ideas by Dana Fox.  The book is full of useful ideas that can be adapted to any niche.  As things change in your life, you can revisit this book and discover new ways of using the same topic.

The book is a great resource and it sits in a prominent place on my bookshelf.

 

Rude Comments

I have a question for my blogger friends.  Have you ever gotten rude comments on one of  your blog posts?  If so, did you respond or just ignore it?

I’ve had a few on my blog.  For example, I have been called an idiot and I was told my blog is full of useless drivel.

I just ignore such comments.  If the person had some constructive criticism, then I would pay attention.  However, saying mean things to people while hiding behind a computer screen is something a coward would do and it has no effect on me.

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Blogger Beware

As a blogger, I have managed to get myself into some interesting predicaments.  Some of these were done on purpose and some happened by accident.  The end result, I survived and I had interesting topics to write about.

The strangest things that happened to me in order to get a blog post:

  • Fell out of a moving vehicle
  • Covered in poison ivy
  • Swarmed by mosquitos (I do mean swarmed.  They looked like a thick black cloud surrounding me, my dog Blue, and Gwen.)
  • Cracked a couple of ribs
  • Ate fried frog legs (That may not seem like a big deal to some people, but I really struggled with it.)
  • Had a close encounter with a copperhead snake
  • Had a close encounter with an alligator
  • Touched a live shark
  • Accidentally trespassed into someone’s house (It was truly an accident and it was very embarrassing.)
  • Admitted my personal failures
  • Told embarrassing stories about myself
  • Ripped a hole in one of my tires and ended up stranded for an hour
  • My Jeep sank (like the titanic) into a mud hole, until the mud was even with the running boards
  • Ran into freezing water on the first day of the year (Poler Bear Plunge, it was a blast)

If you managed to get into weird predicaments as a blogger, share your experiences in the comment section.

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