31 Days to Build a Better Blog: Hey Darren, It's My Turn
Day 11. I've been very dutiful, giving Darren's name to the world (and you know how much this means to him :), but it's time to turn my attention elsewhere.
I'm hoping he will forgive me, because it's my blog after all. And, besides, I suspect he may not be posting about me today, so I'm going to need to do it myself.
Here's the deal. We're supposed to come up with 10 post ideas, and this is how we're supposed to do it:
1. Put our last five posts in a circle, well, five circles. Start the square dance music.
2. Extend our circles by making them dosey doe with more circles.
3. Extend again, if we dare. (Let's not hurt ourselves. I know all this stretching can be a bit of a challenge.)
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, I've made a little picture (see below). Actually, I used to teach this technique to my English classes. It's called "doing a word web" and is a simple brainstorming technique.
But I like the idea of the square dance music. It seems more cheery than getting all sticky in a web. Also, as you will see, I used little rectangles (and I put them in a lumpy circle, otherwise fondly known as kind-of-an-oval. :) Oh, and I didn't put my last five posts. I put my next one book.
I also did 12 instead of 10, not because I'm an overachiever (okay, that I am, but that's not why I did it; I did it because my book has 12 chapters).
What is my square-rectangle-dance-circle brainstorming web about?
I realized that it might be nice to do a companion book to my new book. Something kind of devotional, or bible study leaderish, that provides passages from the Old Testament, Psalms, and the life of Christ. I'm toying with the idea of releasing this companion book as a free download e-book. Or maybe I'll charge a dollar.
Who knows. But it occurred to me that I might want to begin sharing my ideas over at Love Notes to Yahweh, since that's my spiritual practice blog.
Anyway, Darren, no worries, I'll talk about you again soon. :)
LL's Day 1: Bambi in the Database, Day 2: The Dalai Lama Effect, Day 3: Darren Rowse, Please Link to Me, Day 4: Oprah, I Wanna Be Like You, Day 5: Email a Blog Reader, Day 6: Shakespeare and Company's Top 24 Blog Tips, Day 7: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Link the Ways, Day 8: Entertaining Aliens, Day 9: Meet Me at the Mother Ship, Day 10: My Dog Ate Darren Rowse's Google Alerts
ProBlogger's Come Up With 10 Post Ideas
Paul's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Project
Darren Gets on the Scale, a companion to ProBlogger's Make An Editorial Calendar.
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Someone Else's Dog, photo by L.L. Barkat.