What kind of writing do you really want to do? For me it was a newspaper (or some other medium) columnist. I still would like to do that but it seems a long step from here to there. I'm not sure where the connecting steps are. Or, I'm just not ready to test my wings and risk falling down on that first hard concrete step. If you aren't writing the way you want to make a plan, just for yourself and put it on paper not a secret blog post or email to yourself. Go back to one of the traditional forms and write it longhand on paper with a pen. No pencil, you can't erase this! Give yourself a plan, with at least a few steps you can take today and this week and this month. At the end of the month see where you are from where you were. Did you make progress? Even a little progress is going forward, don't belittle your own efforts. Any progress keeps you from falling into a rut or just running in place with your head above water.
You have a headache. It's been hanging around all day. The usual remedies and tricks have not worked. So, you take a long look at your head in the mirror and notice an odd bump on your forehead. It wasn't there before. As you watch the bump moves, just a tiny bit. That's kind of scary. At the hospital they x-ray your head to see what the heck has gotten into you. Turns out it wasn't the average joe of headaches after all. What's in your head, messing with your mind? Yes, this is kind of a gruesome writing prompt but I really do have a headache and it seems only right to share. A headache shared is half, don't they say something like that?
Sometimes I like the sites that just show one post on their front page. But, I don't like it at all when they make it tricky to find more recent content. I want to see the post before the current post and I don't want to dig for it. I don't want to figure out your theory of web navigation. I also don't want to click an archive link cause I'm not looking for what you wrote in 2006 just what you wrote yesterday, or last week, depending on how often you update. So, if you have just one post on your main page make sure it is very easy to hit one link and read several of your recent posts, not an archive which should be another link separate from the current work you are doing.
http://thatcollegekid.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/collegeisntnecessary.jpg However she wrote it, the publication has an editor who let it go to print that way.
What do you think a blog comment is? Take a moment to really put a thought into that. I've always thought a blog comment should be a continuation of the conversation from the blog post. Sometimes I write long drawn out comments cause I think of a lot to say. Sometimes I just leave a note about a related idea or a site I've found, some kind of quick information to pass along. I don't agree with rating, ranking or reviewing blog comments as if we are keeping score. A comment should be freely given and accepted graciously. (Not counting comment spam of course). When did you last post a real comment? Add something useful, interesting or personal to the conversation in a blog. If you put some effort into it you will find yourself getting noticed. People will come to read what you have to say if you can show them you actually do have something to say.