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Blogging Motivation Writing

Ideas for Things You Can Blog About

In this article I will write about 10 quick ideas for things that you can write about for your blog. In a previous article I have written about the power of consistency. Constantly taking action towards a goal. I talked about the power of writing one blog post a day and how that can add up to a powerful blog over time. To give you some inspiration on ideas for your blog I will provide you here with a list of 10 things that you can blog about. Hopefully some of these ideas will spark your creativity!

10 Quick Ideas

  1. Write about a hobby you had as a kid. Do you still have that hobby or did you give it up? My hobby used to be video games and I still play to this day.
  2. Write about a difficult or challenging experience you had. Someone may be able to learn something from your experience. We have all had difficult experiences in life. If you feel comfortable talking about yours it might be informative or helpful to other people.
  3. Write about a passion you currently have. Are you an aspiring artist or musician? Write an article detailing how you go about composing your songs. Someone in the world might find it interesting and you may gain a new fan this way. As a musician I enjoy posting videos on social media of quick piano lessons to help others. I find it rewarding to assist others in this way.
  4. Write a “how to” article. Are you an expert in something that might help someone else? Why not write an article explaining a challenging concept or idea that you know a lot about. It could be helpful to others.
  5. Do a book review. Write a blog post about a book that you have recently read. Explain the main concepts of the book and offer your opinion on it. Do you agree with the overall ideas in the book? Is there anything you felt could have improved the work?
  6. Write motivational articles. Write about ways that you stay motivated. Offer people tips and advice on how you overcome tough situations and stay positive. Everyone has their own ways of staying motivated so let other people know how you do it.
  7. Write about a recent trip or travel. Many people blog about their trips and travels to different parts of the world. Not everyone is able to travel or visit different places. Why not do a travel blog? It’s a fun way to document your travel for yourself as well.
  8. Write about your favorite artist or musician and why they mean so much to you. You could write a bit about the history of the artist and how their music impacted your life. Talk about some of your favorite songs of theirs and leave links to YouTube videos to make an enjoyable reading/listening experience.
  9. Write about an idea or concept that has been troubling you. Perhaps you don’t like how food keeps getting more expensive or you are upset about the rising cost of housing. Maybe you are upset about rising inequality in the world. Why not write about it? You may just inspire change in the world. The written word has power.
  10. Write about your plans for the future and how you plan to get there. Explain to the world what your goals are and what you are trying to achieve. Talk about how you’re going to get there. This could motivate other people to take charge of their dreams as well. Also, by putting your goals in writing and making them public it could motivate you to pursue those dreams with more energy.

Conclusion

Always keep other people in mind when you write. Think about how you can benefit other people with what you are producing. I believe that if you work hard and create something of value for the world, people will recognize that. Keep working hard to achieve your goals.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Blogging Motivation Writing

The Power of Consistency

In this blog post I will write about the power of consistently taking action towards a goal. Constant and consistent action can yield impressive results over time. Let’s unpack this idea.

Imagine you are a blog writer and you produce, on average, one blog post a month. In a year you will have 12 blog posts. Imagine if you increased the frequency with which you posted to your blog so you now post to your blog once a week. In this case, after a year you will have 52 blog posts on your website. That’s not too bad actually. 52 high quality posts on a website is a decent start to building a blog.

Increasing the frequency

Now, imagine if you increased the frequency with which you posted to that blog to every single day. Now you will have 365 blog articles written in a year. That’s actually impressive if you think about it. A website with 365 blog entries would probably contain quite a bit of content. The content that you created over the 365 day period would inevitably contain a wide range of topics because you would get bored of writing about the same things all of the time.

A blog with 365 articles written on it would actually be considered a decent blog by many people and it only took you a year to make. Just by writing one article a day. Writing that blog article doesn’t have to take up your whole day either. You can be working a job or doing other things while you work on your blog but just make sure to spend the time to produce at least that one blog post per day.

If you have more time and creative energy on your hands, post two blog articles a day, that’s 730 blog posts in a year. 3 blog posts a day would be 1095 blog posts in a year. The only limit is your creativity.

In conclusion, I just want you to think about the power of consistency and how taking small actions each day can add up to big results over time. Write that one page in a book each day, you’ll have a novel by end of a year. Compose that one song a week, you’ll have an album in a few months. Constant and consistent action will lead to positive results.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Gardening Motivation Plants

The Joy of Gardening

One of the most enjoyable hobbies I have discovered over the course of my life is gardening. In this blog post I will tell you a few of the reasons why I find gardening to be so enjoyable. Perhaps I can convince you to give it a try sometime.

There is something special about planting a seed and watching it sprout. Once you have invested that time, you feel obligated to nurture the plant that you have helped bring to life. Each day you take a look at your plants, give them some water, and make sure they are doing okay. Over time, these plants reward you by giving you a beautiful sight to look at, as well as giving you food to consume.

Another benefit of gardening is that it’s a very peaceful activity. Much our lives is caught up with busy or noisy activities. Long commuting to work, noisy busy offices, loud aggressive traffic, pollution, and stressful people can take a toll on our mental health. Gardening is the perfect escape from that kind of stress. It’s just you and your plants.

Watching your plants grow over time is a very satisfying activity as well. It’s always impressive to see something that you planted as a seed grow into a large plant that you eventually can consume. It brings you back to feeling of how people used to live off of the land before many people started consuming food from grocery stores.

Another great thing about gardening is it’s actually good for your health. Studies have shown this. The act of watering and taking care of plants forces you to get some exercise. It’s better than sitting around on the couch, that’s for sure.

Many people think gardening is difficult. It’s actually easier than you think. Seeds are naturally inclined to sprout and grow, all you need to do is provide them with the right conditions. The main things a plant needs are light, water, and air. As long as you are providing these elements in appropriate amounts your plants will thrive. Remember, many plants grow wild in nature all on their own without any help from human beings. Gardening is definitely an activity which requires some trial and error. Don’t be afraid to start the process and learn by doing.

Finally, what is better than consuming fresh, home grown vegetables and lettuces grown right from your own garden? You can clip lettuce straight from your garden and right into your salad bowl. It doesn’t get much fresher than that. Additionally, you do not need to worry about who may have handled your vegetables at the store or in transit. Always remember to wash any vegetables you pull, even from your own garden.

Thank you reader, for taking the time to read this short blog post about the joys of gardening. I hope I have convinced you to try your hand at it. Some of the vegetables I personally like to grow are cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuces. Have a great day and happy gardening.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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How To Motivation Writing

Writer’s Block: How To Overcome It

We have all faced this situation. We need to write something but we keep putting it off. Maybe you are a student in college trying to prepare an essay. Perhaps you are a business executive trying to prepare a report. In this article I will provide you with some tips I have learned to overcome writer’s block.

Tip #1: Just start writing.

The way this strategy works is simple. Do not wait for the perfect sentence or idea to come to you. Just start typing and see what comes out. You can always edit the results later. The very act of typing is solidifying a good habit. Getting into the habit of writing every day is a skill that writers should try to cultivate. Remember, you can always go back and edit your work later into something that is coherent.

Tip #2: Start slow.

You do not need to write a novel in a day. If you write one page a day, you could complete a 365 page novel in one year. Taking one year to complete a good book seems reasonable. All it would take is that one page a day commitment. Being a writer or composer of music is something that takes time so write one page a day and eventually you’ll have something great.

Tip #3: Your perspective is valuable.

You may think that your ideas are mediocre and can’t compare to others writers in your field. Remember that things like art and music are very subjective. What you might think is a mediocre thought is actually inspiring to someone else. You never know what people will enjoy so keep creating the kind of content that you want to produce and someone somewhere will like it. You are unique and your perspective is valuable.

Tip #4: Editing is key.

Your first draft of an essay or novel will generally not be as great as it could but this is where the fun comes in. Once you’ve completed your piece of writing you can sit down and spend a good amount of time editing your work so it becomes perfect. It’s better to write quickly so you can maintain a stream of consciousness and prevent writers block. You can always go back later and fix what you did.

Tip #5 Take a walk

Sometimes we have just generally been sitting in our offices too long and have lost inspiration so we need to get outside. Go for a walk and enjoy some nature. These are things which may spur your creativity and trigger you write more. You don’t have to release everything you write, but writing something is better practice than nothing. So get practicing!

Summary

Let’s sum up these 5 times to reduce your writer’s block.

  1. Just start writing even if maybe you don’t feel like it (like going to the gym).
  2. Don’t try to write a book in a day. Start slow.
  3. Your unique perspective is valuable. Don’t forget that.
  4. Taking time to edit what you’ve written can make your work more professional and credible.
  5. Get out for a walk to rejuvenate yourself. You may come back feeling inspired.

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope these ideas are helpful you.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Internet Social Media

Starting A Personal Website

A lot of people ask the question. Should I be starting a personal website? There are many reasons why I think most people should have a personal website. If you work in a field such as art or music then you should be starting a personal website.

There is a tendency nowadays for individuals to skip having a personal website. Some opt to use only social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Linked In. I personally feel that there is great value in having a personal website as well.

With a personal website, there are no advertisements, unless you put them there. You can design your website however you want, you don’t have to use the format that the social media sites provide for you. The freedom of having a personal website is almost unlimited compared to working within the confines of a social media platform.

Having your own website provides you with the flexibility to write in a freer way than you might if you were simply conveying your thoughts on social media. People might not take me seriously if I am criticizing Facebook while using the platform so I might restrict what I say about it.

Remember, social media platforms do not produce content themselves, they make money by running ads alongside the content that you create. At least with a personal website, the content that you create can be monetized by you, instead of by the social media platform that you are operating on.

Social media is good for networking and spreading your message, but they profit off of your content. As an individual, you should try to find a way to make some kind of income from your own content instead of simply giving all of it away on social media. Give out some excerpts from your new book, for example, but do not give away the whole book for free.

Another reason for publishing to your own website instead of using social media is that your content becomes easier for people to find. When you publish content onto the open internet via a blog, it is more easily searchable by individuals around the world, as opposed to Facebook, where your content is hidden behind a “walled garden”.

I personally started this website to allow myself a creative space to write content away from the main social media platforms that do not actually offer you compensation for your work.

My plan is to write on this blog daily with the goal of eventually converting these thoughts and ideas into a book of some kind. I hope you will join me for this journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read my perspective today. I hope I was able to answer the question of “should I start a personal website?”.

©2020 Richard Gillespie