Two and a half-years after participating in our Blog Triage class, Carrie Cahill Mulligan gave her blog a new boost when she participated in 17 Days of Green – a meme started by Jenna Hatfield, aka FireMom, on Stop Drop and Blog.
Carrie said she was inspired by Anne Lamott's book about writing, Bird by Bird.
In Bird by Bird, Lamott tells a story about a writing student who just couldn't seem to start writing. She advises him to narrow the topic down from his childhood, to his childhood home. Nothing. Eventually she instructs him to write in detail about a single brick in the front of his childhood home, and viola! The floodgates opened.
This 17 days of green theme is my own personal “brick”.
Carrie said, “Creating 17 posts is just half as daunting as a writing a whole month’s-worth. And, the focus is narrow enough to provide structure, but broad enough to include all sorts of green stuff.”
Check out Carrie's green posts.
Pull a Theme Out of a Hat
If your blog needs a jolt, try working on a theme like Carrie.
Themes give you structure. You aren't always grasping for something to write because you know what your subject will be.
Dora Ficher, another Blog Triage alum, has an alphabet theme going on her blog. Pop in and vote for your favorite word for each letter. Guess what comes after “G”? You're right! Dora already knows what post comes after the G post.
Anything can be made into a theme! Here are a few for you to try:
- May flowers
- Local artists
- Artists I admire
- Art words
- Artwork I want to see before I die
- Books that inspired me
- My favorite art teachers
- Art supplies that fit in your pocket
- Music to make art to
Have fun with it! Blogging should be fun.
What's your theme?