One of the hardest things you can do as a blogger is to come up with a post topic. Do you make it simple for newbies, technical, or something personal? After figuring out a topic, now you have to write. However, there is a difference in what you say and what will people actually want to read.
Blogging is not easy, but without it, all of our google searches to help solve problems would be much less fruitful. It’s important to put your experience into written words to help others, and let’s be honest lots of us use out blog posts to remind ourselves of how we did the first time. So, I figured I’d take a minute and let you know what I do to come up with a topic. Maybe it could help others break into the blogosphere or fix their writer’s block.
First, I look at what I have done recently in my job.
Did I fix something?
Come across an error?
Did I find something I didn’t like?
Did I find something I really liked?
Did I just do something really interesting that I got excited about?
If those don’t help I move on to.
Is there something I wish I knew when I was starting out in SQL Server?
An option I didn’t know?
A how to?
Nothing coming to mind to write about still? Then I move on to complete RANDOMNESS. Yes, you read that correctly. I will go into SQL Management Studio and randomly pick a check box or option and research, test and then proceed write about it.
Lastly, if I am still at a loss I’ll write something like this post. Something I think might be useful to others that is just a stream of consciousness. It may not be ground breaking, but it might get someone else thinking or motivated. My point of this, is that not all blogs you create have to be ground breaking, technical, or even long in length. Just blog, say what you want to say.
It makes a difference in more ways then you know.