One of the most difficult things about writing a blog is coming up with something new to write every few days. While many of us post the occasional short story, the majority of our entries tend to be inspired by our everyday lives. The challenge though is that most of us have what passes as normal lives and how much inspiration can you find there? You can only make an entry about your trip to the grocery market so many times, right? So then you start to get insecure about your entries, skip writing them and then next thing you know it's been three weeks since you've updated your blog. Shame on you!
There's actually a very simple way to prevent this from happening and that is by blogging like a rockstar. The three defining characteristics of rockstardom are sex, drugs and rock n' roll and I'm going to tell you how you use these in blogging.
I know what you're thinking, and no, I'm not telling you to subscribe to the adage of "sex sells" and start writing about vaginas simply with the intention of grabbing some random readers. No, the "sex" aspect of writing like a rockstar is that you have to commit to sitting in your chair and doing your entry. (See what I did there?) Writers are ridiculous procrastinators. We will come with any damn excuse we can to avoid writing. "I'm tired." "The weather's too nice to be inside." "I just painted my nails." Bullshit! I don't care if it takes all night or if you do a fifteen minute quickie, but the best way to become a writer is to make of habit of sitting every day and creating something. You might not want to hit the "Publish" button on everything that you write, but you will never write something brilliant if you're not writing at all. Basically you have to get it in your brain that you are making your blog your bitch. You need to get your ass in front of that computer and pound that keyboard, ya'all!
And then cuddle it after you're done because you're not a pig after all.
Again, it's not what you're thinking. Few of us have the talent of Hemingway and can "Write drunk, Edit Sober", so the "drugs" aspect of writing is finding your inspiration in your day to day life--basically because if you look at the people around you many of them will blow your mind more than a shot of Tequila will ever do. I'm no Hemingway, but I have my own saying and that is "Is my life a bloody dramedy because I'm a writer, or am I a writer because my life is a bloody dramedy?". Now I will admit that I probably have more "inspiration" than most people given that my family in made up of a bunch of lunatics, but they are only responsible for a portion of my blog's "what-the-fuckery". Seriously, people are fucking nuts. Whenever you are forced to interact with the public, just pay attention and I'm sure you will find a blog post in the making. I can honestly say that I had taken neither drugs nor alcohol when I ran into a hobbit at Home Depot.
This one might be a bit of what you think. I think the majority of people can agree that rock n' roll is fun, and that is the essence of blogging. Unless some deranged mental patient has kidnapped you, chained your to a computer and is forcing you to write, you probably started your blog for enjoyment. For example, don't write opt out of writing something that you are "feeling" in favor of writing something that is trending because you think it will get more hits. Do not change your voice to attract a broader audience. (Maybe I could draw more readers from my grandmother's church group if I stopped cursing but that's not fucking happening.) Finally do not be afraid to let your blog and your writing evolve. The more you write, the more you will grow and this could translate into your blog becoming something different than when you started. It's scary when you realize that what you enjoy writing has changed, but it's also exciting. That's rockstardom, baby! Sit back, have fun and enjoy the ride!
On a final note, rockstars are also known for trashing hotel rooms and for legal reasons I'm putting it in writing that I don't recommend you doing this.
But if you do, then be sure to blog about it.