I sat my butt in the chair to think of a blog topic.
This is one of many rituals I use before I write. I sit down and get comfortable in my cozy office chair. Usually rituals are helpful psychological cues to shift your brain into the writing mode, and I recommend them.
My strangest ritual is eating giant, purple grapes, nice and cold from the fridge before writing. And carrots.
Today, despite my rituals, I sat down cold, with no ideas for writing.
I have a billion strategies for targeting a topic, but sometimes nothing works. My rituals fail me.
I call this the vacant or hollow mind, and it's like my brain has been run through a sieve, sifting out and discarding all my ideas.
Being mindful of my empty brain, a topic idea popped in.
For some reason, I thought of artificial intelligence (AI), one of my interests as a writer, and I meshed the idea with writer's block.
I began typing with a seed of a blog topic.
Once the idea strikes, I start writing immediately, trying to find that thin groove of productive writing, the fishing line thin string of words to move me along.
My line of thinking reminded me of a clever tool I discovered a few weeks ago as I was surfing the web: a blog topic generator.
Thinking about this generator, I saw a connection between AI and writing (if you're interested they even have software now that can create original stories).
Using software to create a blog topic is a form of AI that we can use for free.
I found - AI blog topic generating tools.
These topic generators are witty and clever, and while it may be cheating, I have fun playing with them, and you will to.
Because of my topic, I used the words "blog," "topic," and "ideas" for the examples below. I put them in the order from the most useful down. The first three are far more complex, robust, and flexible. In AI terms, they have the highest IQ (joking).
If your in a jamb, try out one of these. I made light boxes for the images, so if you can't read the words, just click the image:
Many other tools exist, but for the most part they are poor variations on one of the above. There are also blog topic prompt generators, but you don't have influence on the keywords.
In the end, I believe your own topic is best, from your blog topic generator: a unique brain.
I also like to find topics using raw data from research organizations. The Pew Research Center is the best, with a wide variety of subjects, powerful and credible surveys, and data analysis. You can search a list of topics.
I also exclude the various Google tools out there because they do not focus specifically on bloggers. They are high quality tools that serve more specific purposes. Check out a good overview of Google tools here.
Use all the tools at your disposal, and you're bound to find something that works. But, don't allow them to disable your creativity.
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