Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Overcoming Blogger's Block|| |
Writers often suffer from Writer's Block
, and bloggers are no different. I have compiled here some practical tips on overcoming
the blogger's block.
Tips on Originality
- Use your own content -- dig family albums, college essay book, sketch
book, childhood stamp collection (stamps are public domain images), or buy a
- Don't just go with the flow, go against the flow
- Nature inspires. Nature inspires a lot.
- Great leaders inspire. Read their biographies.
- Develop new ways of discovering interesting websites. Everybody knows
about SlashDot and Metafilter,
but few know about specialty
websites or websites large enough to require their
own search engine.
- Write a review of a recent book you've read or a movie that you saw. If you did research buying a big ticket item, share it so others can benefit from it.
- Interview your professor, your role model, or your neighbor via email. Everybody has a story to tell...
- Associate one news story with an interesting old story
"Follow the Leader" Ideas
Tips on Using Borrowed Ideas
- If you find an original idea, link to it. Remember that fair-use clause of
the copyright law allows of excerption, critique, and satire, as long as you
credit the original. The thumb rule I use is, it should be clear to your
reader which idea is yours and which idea is borrowed.
- Surf a lot, and surf in new ways. I often use the Reverse Surf which is
finding related web pages using Google or AltaVista.
- Old is Gold -- hidden in old blogs, newspapers and magazines might be
a brilliant idea. Recycle it.
See Demos of the Advice Above
|First Written: Friday, April 19, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/26/2003
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.