I have had at least 17 awesome blog ideas this week. Unfortunately, my brain having turned into some sort of old sponge over the last few years, I can’t remember any of them. I know that whilst out for dinner on Monday night for example, I said ‘I should definitely blog about that’ at least three times. What the ‘that’ was though, I have no idea.
Lots of blog ideas come to me in my sleep, but by the time I wake up and try to write them down, what felt like the most ground-breaking or hilarious idea I have ever had has turned into something really lame. It’s a bit like when you have a dream that feels like a Hollywood blockbuster until you try to explain it to someone – ‘Well, we were in our house, except it wasn’t our house, and there was thing creature that was really scary but has a jam jar for a head…’
I’ve been finding it frustrating. I know the ideas are in there, but the minute I try to pin the thoughts down they get further and further away.
I made up an infographic about it to try to ease my frustration and at least give me something to write about whilst I try and remember what my awesome blog ideas were.
Where do you get your blog ideas from and how do you capture them?
I get it from life, and everything else in between. I have a little notebook that’s full of ideas for posts… too many ideas too little time!
I definitely need a little notebook like that! Do they always sound as good when you come back to them though? That’s my problem a lot of the time.
I get ideas all the time, in the car, watching tv, listening to music and try to scribble them down in a note book. They don’t always come about though due to time.
That’s got to be a good way round though – too little time rather than not enough ideas.
Definitely in the shower. All the best ideas come in the shower.
I reckon you need one of these then – great for fishermen apparently! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterproof-Notebook-4500080-Wiley/dp/1898660808
My ideas sound epic in my head at 1am!
Me too!! Properly awesome. It’s such a shame :-(
Me too. I even think ‘I’ll forget, I’ll send myself an email and that’ll remind me and I’ll create this piece of wonderfulness.’ Then I read the message and have no idea what I was on about, at all.
I wrote a FANTASTIC idea literally on the back of an envelope once and then just could not read my writing when I went back to it. Boyfriend and I tried to piece it together but it was just nonsense.
Ha ha this is great! So true!
Thanks Rachel, glad you liked it.
oh this is so me I always get ideas when I am in the Bath
You need to get some bath crayons :-)
Great blog post! I always have a notebook handy to jot down ideas, but sometimes, all it will take is to see a picture or read a quote and I am off and writing! Thanks for this post! ☺
You’re welcome – glad you liked it!
I use the notepad on my phone to store my ideas. The problem then, is having the time to write them!
A much better way round though surely?!
Haha this is too true! On the odd occasion I actually have a good idea for my blog I usually jot it in the notes on my phone. However very rarely actually get round to writing them and by the time I do they seem a little out of context?!
In my other job of web designer though (http://.silverscreendesign.co.uk) if you want to take a look. I always have epic blog ideas for my clients, i end up randomly texting them an idea I’ve had for them and often think god damn why can’t I have these ideas for my own blog!
My thoughts can be so cruel to me sometimes :-/
Ps loving your infographics!
You’ve hit the nail on the head there – it’s the context isn’t it? Somehow ideas don’t really feel like they fit properly when you go back to them.
It’s that age-old thing isn’t it of a plumber having a leaky tap – for some reason it’s always much easier to tell someone else how to do something well than to actually do it yourself!
My blog ideas come from everywhere-watching the kids play, magazine article, etc. I’ve learned to tote a small notepad and pen to jot down ideas. Then, there’s always my phone. I keep it charged and usually do a rough draft post using the Blogger app.