12 interesting topics you could write about.
Looking for something to write about? Drawing a blank? Feel like you’ve got absolutely nothing to say? And–gulp–you’re supposed to publish a new blog post, like, tomorrow?
Here are a few topics that might get your wheels turning…
1. What are the parts that nobody sees?
– What are the parts of your life–and workday–that never get posted on Instagram?
– What are the tedious, repetitive parts? The challenging parts? The unphotogenic parts? The private fears and insecurities? The parts that most people never know about?
2. What are your current obsessions?
– Astrology? Erotic fiction? Jennifer Lopez’s latest music video? A particular podcast, author, or artist? What’s lighting you up, making you smile, and giving you life–and why?
3. If you could start over, what would you change?
– If you could wipe the slate clean–nothing on your calendar, no website, none of your current projects, nothing at all–what would you change about your life?
– Or maybe there’s not much you’d want to change?
4. How do you wrangle your inbox?
– Does your inbox feel like a happy place–or a scary place?
– How do you manage the incoming stream?
– Any tips, processes, or strategies?
– How do you keep things sane?
5. How did you develop your personal style?
– Did you always have “great style” or did you cultivate it over time?
– What are some of your signature outfits and / or daily uniforms?
– Any advice for someone who feels “blah” about their style?
6. What do you do when a customer asks for a refund?
– Yikes! It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare.
– Do you have any tips on how to prevent this from happening?
– But what if it does happen? Suggestions? Advice on how to proceed?
– If you don’t run a business, you could write about something similar–like what to do if your boss is unhappy with you, or if you make a mistake at work, or miss a deadline. Eek. Then what?!
7. When’s the last time you took a chance–and what happened?
– When’s the last time you did something risky, gutsy, maybe even slightly irresponsible?
– How did it feel? What was running through your mind?
– What happened next? And what did you learn?
8. What’s the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
– Who was it? Where did it happen? What did they do for you?
– How did that experience touch your life? What did you learn from it?
9. When’s the last time you felt a strong “gut instinct” and followed it?
– What happened, and what did you learn from that experience?
10. How do you “turn around” a crummy, difficult day?
– When you’re feeling overwhelmed (or stressed, unfocused, afraid, etc.) what do you do?
– What are your go-to, feel-better moves? What helps to shift things for you?
11. What’s a word, phrase, or idea that you’ve learned from another culture that really inspires you?
– Maybe it’s the Japanese idea of kaizen (continual improvement).
– Or the Hawaiian concept of pono (doing things “right,” with integrity).
– Or the Danish concept of hygge (creating a cozy, nurturing, serene home environment).
– Or how the Italians often take a passeggiata (a leisurely stroll through the town center to wander, smile, wave at neighbors, and savor life).
– How has this idea influenced your life? What does it mean for you, personally?
12. What’s something you’ll never, ever do again?
– Maybe, once, you stood silently while a relative made a racist comment. Instead of saying, “That’s not an acceptable thing to say,” you held your tongue, or felt too stunned to act. But, never again. Or maybe, once, you pushed yourself to train for a marathon because you wanted to “impress” other people, even though you weren’t actually that excited about it. Never again. Or something else?
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