Here's a little situation that's very common for me: It's the day before a blog post is supposed to publish. (I have no blog post.) I think to myself, Oh, I have the whole day [afternoon, on school days] to come up with something and write it! No biggy! Soon it's past the afternoon: evening moving into night, and I still don't have a blog post done. I don't even have an idea. What's next? Why, the only thing I really can do: Panic.
That's what happened this time, sad to say. (Whoops: I did it again!) I have a little list of blog post ideas that I have conjured up with hours of research spent on the internet, and as I was mentally going through the list, I recalled an idea that I had seen at http://www.getspokal.com/i-challenged-myself-to-create-100-blog-post-ideas-in-30-minutes/. In this little post, the writer - Sarah Burke - challenged herself to create 100 blog post ideas in only 30 minutes.
I thought to myself, Hey! I have time since it's an early dismissal day, so I should be able to think of 100 post ideas! I certainly liked this idea, but the whole 30 minute factor seemed intimidating. So, rather than doing that, I altered the challenge by keeping the 100 post idea, but changing the actual challenge part of it to how quickly I can get all of it done.
I grabbed a pen and a sheet a paper, and I was off!
Doing the Challenge
The stopwatch feature on my phone has a little option to track "laps", so I used it to compare how long it took me to write 10 ideas. Here are the results, with my fastest time in green and the slowest in red:
#1-10: 2 minutes, 8 seconds
#11-20: 3 minutes, 33 seconds
#21-30: 4 minutes, 30 seconds
#31-40: 3 minutes, 38 seconds
#41-50: 5 minutes, 17 seconds
#51-60: 4 minutes, 53 seconds
#61-70: 4 minutes, 14 seconds
#71-80: 4 minutes, 59 seconds
#81-90: 3 minutes, 21 seconds
#91-100: 5 minutes, 11 seconds
In the end, to think of 100 blog post ideas, I took 40 minutes and 24 seconds, which means that I would have failed that 30-minute challenge. Oh well. Good thing that's not the challenge I was doing!
When I was doing it, I started off with simple ideas - book reviews, bookshelf tours, etc. - and gradually began venturing into the unknown, where I would have to pull my hair out trying to think of something creative. Of course, it doesn't help when you have a runny nose and a horrible cough, but I fought through it, until - finally, FINALLY - I had reached 100 ideas.
Guess what? I'm not just leaving you there! Below you'll find a list of blog post ideas. And before you say anything: no, they're not 100 ideas. Why? Well, I found that some ideas were really similar despite my efforts to try to make them different, so I have narrowed it down some by categorizing them. There were also just some really silly and absurd ideas that I had added towards the end because I was getting desperate. I don't think it's necessary to add those.
|Notice a "silly" idea here? (Ahem! "I don't feel like writing a|
- Book Review - This one doesn't require explaining.
- Bookshelf Tour - If you don't know what this one is, it's when you go through your bookshelves and give a tour of them. Basically go through your books and knicknacks, add your own little touch, and run with it!
- Movie Adaptation Comparison/Review - I have done this one in the past. All you have to do is compare a book to its movie adaptation and review the adaptation. Was it a good adaptation of the book? Which was better: the book or the movie?
- Plot/Theme/Character Analysis - The idea is to take a book's plot, theme, or characters and analyze them. What did the author do to create the plot, theme, or character? A good one if you're interested in writing.
- Favorite Quotes - Self explanatory. Take your favorite quotes and share them! What do you like about them?
- Bookshelf Organization - Everyone organizes their bookshelves differently! How do you organize yours?
- Lessons From a Book - Books have themes and lessons in them, so why not make a post out of them? I did this fairly recently with Stephen King's On Writing. (Idea from Garrett Moon at http://coschedule.com/blog/find-blog-ideas/; thanks!)
- Throwback Time! Then vs. Now - Heard of Throwback Thursday? Well who says that it has to be for social media only! Here are a few throwback ideas I had:
- Old Bookstagram Theme
- Old Bookstagram Posts (first post??)
- Old Review of Book vs. New Review (see #32)
- Old Bookshelf vs. Today's
- Old Blog Designs
- Bookmark Tutorial - For the crafty type for sure, this blog post idea actually needs another idea behind it, this being how to make a neat little bookmark! I have done this before with my "Flower Pattern" bookmarks and little sticky note corner bookmarks.
- Month Reflection - We do these ones every month. In our little monthly reflections, we reflect back on the month for our blog and bookstagram, and then go ahead and give a sneak peek of the next month along with making goals.
- GAMES - Throughout this challenge, I thought of a few games for the writer and/or readers to do. Some are below:
- Can you remember all of the books you read this year?
- Guess the book? (by description or it without dust jacket)
- Blogging Themed - I also thought of quite the number of blogging-themed posts, some of which are listed below:
- How To Get Out of a Blogging Slump (note: if you know some tips, please help!)
- Blogging Tips
- Blogging Problems
- Bookstagramming Themed - Since we are a part of the bookstagram community, I do have some bookstagram post ideas:
- Tips on Bookstgramming
- This or that?
- Bookmarks or Dog Earring?
- Why I'm a Bookworm
- Why I Blog
- Why I Bookstagram
- Why I Started Reading
- Why I Started Blogging
- Why I Started Bookstagramming
- Spell name with book titles
- Go through the alphabet with book titles; include descriptions of books