Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel, is continuing her series on Blogging Insights, and in this one, she notes that fresh content and new ideas are things that bloggers are constantly trying to find. She wants to know where we find original ideas? She asks:
How do you write fresh content when everything that is worth saying has already been said?
I think there are two questions being asked here. First, Tanya suggests that “everything that is worth saying has already been said.” What I think she’s referring to is the notion of “original thought,” and I wrote a post about that subject in April 2018. I’m not going to repeat what I wrote in that post here, but if you’re interest in my thoughts on original thought, here is a link to that post.
The other part of her question is about finding fresh content for your blog. I’m not sure how different this question about “fresh content” is from the question about where we get our inspiration for our posts. But that said….
First, I respond to a lot of prompts, some word prompts, some photo/image prompts, and some different ones, like sentence starter prompts, for example. The idea behind these blogging prompts is to stimulate the mind using the words and/or photos/images presented. Based upon my reading the myriad responses to these prompts, there are a lot of fascinating, imaginative, intriguing, and creative tales that bloggers tell. Are they original thoughts that have never been thought before or new ideas that have never been dreamed up before? Probably not, but these responses are, indeed, fresh and original takes.
Second, all we have to do is open our eyes. Read, watch, or listen to the news. There is a wealth of blog fodder swirling all around us all the time. Express opinions on what is going on around you, whether it involves you personally, your friends and family, or what is happening around the globe. Share your perspectives, your insights. They may not be totally original, but they are your opinions, your perspectives, and your insights. They are your fresh way of looking at things.
And finally, if you’re looking for truly fresh and original content, write a post about something funny, interesting, or out of the ordinary that happened to you. For example, I wrote a post a while back about a very embarrassing experience I had at a tailor shop when I was getting fitted for a tuxedo. You can read about it here if you want to. Was this a unique experience that no one in the history of the world had ever had? No, probably not. But it was unique to me and my telling of that story was an original telling.
So, to answer Tanya’s question, I find fresh things to write about when I go forth and look at things and at life with a fresh eye. Then I simply write about what I see and experience.