In this second post in my ten-part series of free and open ideas for bloggers, I focus on creativity. Regardless of your blog’s subject area, every blogger or writer needs creativity and inspiration to produce new and exciting content.
With that in mind, I put together this list of ten activities that any blogger can complete to inject some creativity into their blog.
Feel free to use these ideas, share them, modify them, break them, curse at them, do whatever you want. If you do use an idea, all I ask in return is to leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post. Happy blogging!
Inspired by the Stephen Frears movie, High Fidelity, what are your top 5 records of all time? Think about where and when you first heard the songs and what they mean to you. Pass the challenge on to another blogger.
Even if your blog is not remotely connected to literature, try introducing a poem that has marked you in life. What are its key lines? How do you understand the poem?
Go to designspiration.net and type the word “random” in the search box. Scroll through the images and stop when one catches your attention. Look at in more detail. What does it remind you of? Find an image of what it reminds you of. Look at that image and repeat the process. Put the images and your commentary together into a blog post. This would work well in an image slider or on a horizontal scrolling WordPress theme.
Open your text editor. Set a timer to 5 minutes. Go! Write whatever comes to mind. Don't stop until the clock runs out. Don't “force” your thoughts, let them come to you. Go wherever your mind takes you. Re-read your writing and use whatever you find interesting in it as the basis for a new blog post.
Go to the Visuwords.com and type in a word of your choice. Read the associated words and click one that you find interesting. Read the associated words and choose another word of interest. Keep going as far as you can. Note down each new word as you go. Finally, put these words, their definitions and what you associate with them into a list on your blog.
Go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Take your camera with you. While you walk, explore your neighbourhood as though you were discovering it for the first time. Look at details, up high, down low. Stop, look and look again. Whenever something jumps out at you, photograph it. When you get home, review your photos and select the most interesting. Present them in a post with some commentary.
HitRecord is an online collaborative production company founded and owned by actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Go to the collaboration page, choose a category in the “find a creative challenge” section and browse through the results. Take part in the challenge and blog about your participation.
Go to BrainyQuotes and peruse the popular author page. Click on an author that you've never heard of before. Read some of his/her quotes. Once you find a quote that has meaning for you, copy and paste it into google search and/or google book search to see if you can find which book, article or speech it was taken from. Next, find out more about the author. Present the quote, its context and what it means to you in a blog post.