I remember hearing Matt Mullenweg speak about starting up a blog at a WordCamp somewhere. Go figure, right? He may have been talking specifically about WordPress.com, or maybe not, but the gist was how fun it is to sit down with a glass of wine and go through WordPress themes to find just the right one for a website.
I didn’t use wine — a nicely brewed coffee was my companion — but I experienced just what he described this morning when I moved my blog from my own hosting environment over to WordPress.com
I recently reviewed a great book in PDF form from a blogging friend of mine, Michael Martine.
Been meaning to post about a pretty intense contest running over at designer David Airey’s blog right now. It’s a pretty sweet deal: somewhere around $4,000 worth of prizes. If it means anything, I usually don’t post about blogging contests. This one, though, is probably the biggest I’ve ever seen.
I tend to start writing using bullet points and phrases. Usually, there’s only one or two statements I really want to get across anytime I write a post or entry. That’s where I start. Where it comes into the page, that all depends on what it takes to develop to the point of writing.Sometimes I start by grabbing a Writeboard and scribbling notes into it in list format. Other times I grab a scrap piece of paper (always scrap, never waste whole papers) and put my idea down on paper. It’s interesting, actually, that sometimes it takes paper to turn on certain parts of my creativity that typing doesn’t seem to bring out. Anyone have some psychology on that one?
And, for the record, this is one of the first posts that I’ve written in some time that didn’t start with bullet points and a phrase. I just sort of wrote it. Maybe you can tell. Hopefully I’m not that bad.
Sometimes, when writing for a blog, it can be difficult to come up with things to blog about. And sometimes it isn’t as harsh as that, but just gathering the energy can be challenging. When that happens (not if) I would suggest giving yourself a loose blogging schedule.