I sent an email to a friend yesterday that read as follows:
"Well, it happened. I ran out of ideas. Just like that. Knew it was going to happen sooner or later. Kinda sucks."
It got me thinking…where do ideas come from?
I've been blogging since 2005, minus a brief 3-month stint where I threw a little Internet hissy fit and decided I wanted to be a private person in the scrapbook world and pulled my blog down only to re-emerge in January with a vengeance for the art form of random blathering.
My blog didn't start out as a place to dispense scrapbooking, design or fitness wisdom. In fact, it began with pictures of aliens and Johnny Depp, and very little else.
Over the years, what has started out as a Sunday night in which I haven't a clue as to what I'll write about in the coming week has often turned into ideas hitting me like bolts out of the blue. Pure, inspired and without hidden agendas of any kind.
Of course, since losing that sweet job at Simple Scrapbooks magazine, this blog has become a part of my business, helping me to promote my classes and products to a wider audience with a very common shared love of scrapbooking.
Sometimes it's hard to walk the line between organic and marketing. But I try my best to find an honest balance.
One thing I find to be truer than any as far as blogging is that the content that emerges organically translates to the best writing. For example, writing about my quest to get in shape this year has felt very sincere and inspired, as it's coming from a place that is real and tangible.
In a sense, this post is my own response to, "What the hell do I write about today?"
How about you? Your best ideas? Where do they come from? Are they few and far, or do you find yourself unable to keep up with them? Or are they just right? Coming exactly when you need them and not a moment sooner?
I need to make a list. For myself. To have ideas in the hopper. Sort of like keeping a list of things or stories you'd like to document but haven't gotten around to. Blogging and scrapbooking really do connect on that level, don't they?
If you have a great idea today, what will you do with it?