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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Writers often suffer from Writer's Block What's This? , 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 digital camera.
  • 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


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, April 19, 2002
Last Modified: 1/26/2003
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Blogger's Block

I hereby disclose where I get ideas for my blogs; includes tips to overcome what I call Blogger's Block.

Of course, many many ideas come from readers of this site (readership for March 2002: Million and a half), and I encourage you to suggest (Contact Kamats) your idea for a new feature.


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, April 19, 2002
Last Modified: 1/26/2003
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