I’ve been trying to come up with a “topic brainstorming week” type of topic since the middle of last week, and while I have, it certainly feels counterintuitive. I’ve mentioned previously my written topic list, but it’s important to remember that I don’t generally sit around trying to come up with those ideas, I just write them down when they occur to me.
That’s really the underlying problem I’m having, I don’t do a lot of sitting around trying to “think of” post topics. If I have a lack of ideas in the moment, I simply go look at the list. If I’m really at a loss, I generally just go about my business in the expectation that something will eventually strike me. Failing that I can simply write about feeling uninspired and why I think that is.
Anything I would consider brainstorming that might occur would be after I’ve chosen a topic, as I’m putting my thoughts in order before I write it. This is usually a matter of not being in a position to write at that exact moment, so I think it through instead.
In fact, many posts get stuck at the “thinking about it” stage. It took me quite some time to discuss some of the FFXIV lore because I had a hard time nailing down a good approach to the specific topic I wanted to address. This post itself is a direct result of me trying to outline a weekly topic-related post of some sort. Not that I think of myself as particularly qualified to provide advice, but opinions and perspective are the name of the game.
This leaves me with the conclusion that I do use brainstorming in the process of writing about a specific topic, though not so much about the topics themselves. I also feel the intent may have been to provide a starting point for others to use in their own writing, and I’m not sure I’ve done that either.
Ultimately, I think that blogging is itself a sort of brainstorming activity for me. Many of the things I write about I choose because I’m actively thinking about that topic and I feel like I have something to say about it. At the same time, I’m also exploring and refining those thoughts. It’s one thing to hold an idea in your head, but the process of trying to commit it to “words on paper” requires me to refine it into a communicable idea.
Think that’s it for today folks. Y’all take care.
In case you haven’t heard, we’re in the middle of an event called Blaugust. The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.