Over dinner with Brian Rivard last night, he mentioned he read my blog and asked how I decide what to write about each day. I grinned and told him I’d write my next blog post answering his question.
Visiting my blog archive I can see the last few articles I’ve written. Take a look:
Even if you haven’t read each article preceded by a bullet, you can get a sense about the subject matter — and guess why I might have written it. Web tools I used or were alerted to have spawned some blog posts, such as the one about the Wibiya toolbar or the other ones about Blellow and an iPhone application. Separate blog posts by Danny Brown and Arik Hanson were responsible for my takes in other posts. Receiving my credit reports led to one post reviewing the experience, and looking at a video about Ajay Bhatt led to another post. And so forth.
In the past, I’ve shared how I use aggregate sites to find new blogs and the content therein in places like Alltop and Technorati; and I’ve also written about how Social Media Today and their online communities are great places to gain insights into other people’s brains that I otherwise would never know about.
Other people have created their own lists of blog topics to write about, too, from which light bulbs pop into my brain and I wonder if this or that is a good idea.
At the end of the day, I write about whatever I want in the hope it will generate traffic — inspiring intellectual people like you to click my link and read what I have to say. In an evergreen post, Seth Godin shares 56 ways to increase your readers — but perhaps his 56th is most relevant to Brian’s question: Write stuff that people want to read and share.
There you have it. I get my ideas from many places online and many more places in my daily life — such as a casual dinner at Agave. If you’re a blogger reading this sentence, where do you find your blog ideas?