Blogging Insights

I’m jumping in to Dr Tanya’s question this week as it’s something I am sure everybody asks themselves at one time or another.

Today’s Question

How do you write fresh content when everything that is worth saying has already been said ?

Anyone familiar with my blog knows I do a lot of challenges in the way of pictures, a leading sentence or word prompts, plus I now set the Three Things Challenge prompt every day and also Fibbing Friday on alternate weeks.

Setting a challenge is an interesting concept as there are so many possibilities, especially when the words chosen have more than one interpretation. I love to read the responses, and participate myself, hopefully throwing out a different tangent to someone else.
Hubby likes ‘my posts’, that is those that are 100% Di, and not a challenge or prompt from elsewhere. These will be about Maggie, some poetry, maybe a short story or observation, our walks along the beach, and recently my second strike with breast cancer.

Picture prompts are also fun as I try to see something that others may have overlooked and base my post around that.
I worry my blog will become stale or dull, so taking on the 3TC from Paula at LightMotifsII a little while ago was something different and new to try.
For me though, it is all about participation and contact via the comments on a post. I love the interaction and sometimes that in itself can trigger inspiration for writing. Everyone has ideas, be they similar or totally different, but it’s so nice to share don’t you think?
Photo: Sunrise Christmas Day 2018.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Blogging Insights

  1. Sadje says:

    Your post are so you. Original.

  2. When I started blogging, my mentor told me that the goal is not always to write something new, because everything that could be written has already been written; the goal is to simply to write it better than everyone else. There’s some truth in that, although I would add you don’t necessarily need to write “better” – different works, too. A number of times I’ve written a post which I later discovered to be very similar to one written by another blogger, but people read both posts because each one is a slightly different viewpoint or has different aspects of a similar story.

    As for ideas, I use daily events, news events, past personal history, etc., and I occasionally jump on prompts from other bloggers. And, of course, there’s always re-blogging for days when there are no ideas anywhere that fit. I don’t see a lot of us re-blogging other people’s posts these days. ( It used to be more widespread, I don’t know why that stopped. I always thought re-blogging was a great way to introduce new bloggers or to connect with established bloggers.) But I do see bloggers re-blogging their own, older posts. Whatever works to keep the blogosphere going is fine with me.

  3. A question asked by you was running in my mind from many days. I think it’s just the modulation of words within one post only and rest post shared is often a regular reminder to make a change in oneself.

  4. Paula Light says:

    Thanks for the mention! You’ve put your own spin on the 3TC and it’s great. I haven’t been doing as many prompts, but I appreciate that they’re there. 😻

  5. colinandray says:

    I really take issue with ” …everything that is worth saying has already been said ?”. That is the most naive and inconsiderate statement I have read in years. Given that most of us (probably all of us) started our own Blogs, then the Blogging concept dictates a personal involvement. Since when has my personal take on issues “already been said”? Since when has my feelings about music already been said? I could go on and on but surely the whole point is that as soon as an individual expresses themselves, then it has to be unique. They may be expressing similar views to others, but it is their own take on whatever the subject is. Has technology got people thinking that once something is said, it cannot be repeated under other circumstances?
    I am reminded of the “octave syndrome”. Music is based around 8 notes … the octave. People have been creating music based around those 8 notes for many hundreds of years. Tribal chants have used them (albeit unknowingly); wandering minstrels used them; classical composers used them and now our modern/popular music is based on them. All music is based on those 8 notes. Of course those 8 notes can be repeated, and used in different keys. Given the history of music …. perhaps nobody should try and create new pieces of music anymore “because it has already been done!” Ridiculous.

  6. I most certainly think it’s great to share. Gorgeous picture, Di!

  7. blindzanygirl says:

    Yep. The interaction is lively

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