What the heck is going on in the blog world?
Every once in a while, I do a google search for blog ideas. My thought is that I can get a few things to jot down in my little red moleskine (where I store all my secret blog ideas!) and later think a little bit more to see if I can turn something into a good and entertaining post.
Everywhere I look, however, it seems these other blogs are giving people great ideas.
But they don’t do them.
There are so many blogs out there right now that seem to be designed to help you market your blog, or make your blog better, or give you topics YOU should write about. They talk about advertising and how to aim toward your niche.
Apparently, they are experts.
But as you surf their sites, there’s nothing about these topics. All it is is more “blah blah blah” on how they can help improve your blog. The funny part is, they have advertising and such. And I think I have it figured.
It’s all about Internet searches.
See, people (me included) are searching for ideas. And these people claim to have them.
Allow me to show an example. Below is a small group of a list on the blog “I Help You Blog.” (Note: the last blog entry to said site is from 2009). This blog has a list of 101 great posting ideas that will make your blog sizzle.
Here’s a small sample of what I found (a random 10 items were grabbed):
- Make a post about how things have changed from the past.
- Make a post that expands on someone else’s post.
- Create a post that incorporates the words, “desperate” and “futile”.
- Make a post alleging a conspiracy (e.g., Is there a Digg Bury Brigade?).
- Make a post that encourages visitors to subscribe by offering a reward.
- Make a post that involves New York City, London, San Francisco or Sydney. For example, review a local business.
- Make a post that incorporates in the title the word “crossover”.
- Create a post that utilizes a bar chart or pie chart.
- Create a post that has a cliff hanger to be answered in a later post.
- Make a post about pitfalls in your niche.
Any time I see something with “someone else’s post” I cringe. And what in the world is using words desperate and futile going to do to a personal blog such as mine?
Here’s the conspiracy post — people thinking they are blog experts and making a list of junk!
I did No. 7, just because I thought it was fitting to do something this person said, eh?
In reality, a blog is what one makes of it. Sure, I can go elsewhere and get ideas, but in the end, I have to make it my own. So when looking for inspiration, people usually need more than being told to create a post with a bar chart or pie chart?
Why do I need that in a post?
Well, let’s see…
As you can see, those coming to A ‘lil HooHaa enjoy the awesome reading. It’s the leader in the clubhouse on this scientific bar chart, as you’ll see by the longer (and thicker) bar. The fun factor is also high. However, researching blog topics is lower than the other two. Work, of course, is fourth on the line seeing as there is not currently a lot of work at A ‘lil HooHaa.
Tell me something, oh faithful readers, does this add anything to this post, outside the humor aspect?
I thought not.
I guess I could make a post about pitfalls in my niche. However, my niche is the world as I see it. And I’m not sure that would help my cause in the end.
“The pitfalls in this niche is me, because I am the writer of this blog. However, I don’t see this as a pitfall at this moment, because I am on an upward jaunt to the sky of blogging. You see, with this fantastic advice, I am going to live long, prosper and blog.”
I do realize that a lot of these “blog helpers” are aimed more toward companies and the such. Places looking to make a buck. But still, wouldn’t it make sense to show some inspiration?
Don’t get me wrong, there are some good spots out there to find some inspiration. Other bloggers, lists, quizzes and whatnot. There are things out there, you just need to find them. It’s not easy to do a daily blog, even if it’s personal in nature. Sometimes you just get the blank.
But it’s all good.
Just don’t fall victim to silly topics or ideas. Unless, of course, you have a way to make it a little fun!
As for more on this topic, is this the end? Or will there be more? Oh my… I’m giving you that cliff hanger! You’ll have to come back to see if I continue this some other time!
The top image is, of course, a parody of sorts to Ralph Wiggum and his English situation on The Simpsons. I’ll leave you on this President’s Day Monday with that clip…
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