I don't know if it is the bitter, cold weather this month or the after holiday let down, but I seem to be having trouble getting motivated to blog. I have had plenty of time to do it with the wind chill and blizzard-like conditions we have been experiencing lately. Who wants to leave the house in that? Plus, I don't have any trouble coming up with ideas, I just have trouble getting them down in blogger!
My daughter, Kirsten, a successful social media strategist and creative copywriter, and the force behind my start with blogging, shared the above graphic on Facebook and it got me thinking about my blog writing process. While this graphic may not be representative of where geneabloggers do their best thinking, it is interesting. Where do you get your ideas from? In the shower? At the bar? Or somewhere else?
I get the majority of my ideas while reading. I am an avid reader. In addition to popular fiction and magazines, I read blogs, genealogy related magazines, genealogical society newsletters, online news, and genealogy books. Lately, I have been reading "Digging Deeper" by Karen A. Clifford. Ms. Clifford's book is an excellent resource for pre-1850 research. I have a number of ideas written down on an editorial calendar from Ms. Clifford's book alone.
An editorial calendar is an organizational tool to help in the writing process. It is a place to schedule ideas across many platforms. For me, I use one to schedule my blog posts. There are many templates available online, but I use a simple monthly calendar and plan my ideas in advance. I look at the geneablogger's daily prompts and holidays. I use my Roots Magic software to create a calendar report and look for ancestor's anniversaries and birthdays and I fill in with the ideas I have collected through my reading. Since my mind isn't what it use to be, when I think of an idea I usually write it down. I have a journal like book where I keep ideas.
Are you one of the 19% who think in the shower or one of the 5% who think over a cocktail? Leave a comment telling where you do your best thinking?