Selecting a topic and writing a post...

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Selecting a topic and writing a post...

How do you choose the topic for your post, and how do you develop it?

I read a lot. I skip the rants and I go first to the bloggers that usually employ a bit of humor. Alan May comes to mind. His relaxed style with a little humor thrown in gets me thinking. Sometimes it only generates a comment for Alan, but often it leaves me wanting to say more, and often on a slightly different topic. The sentence that floats through my head is “But what about……” That’s the start of my blog. It’s always better to write your own than make a twisted comment, slightly off topic. Others that help me get started are blogs by home inspectors. Their style is different. They usually identify a problem, illustrate it with photos and explain the consequences of what they found. Most are excellent explanations, clear and to the point. They keep me thinking about how I can be clear and to the point. Jay Markanich is a great example to read. On occasion, I check the “Inspiration” tab, to see if I’d like to take on something new. Problem Property

 

or you could just consider any one of the world's problems, and offer your plan for making it better....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the topic is selected, I do a very brief outline of it. When selecting the topic, I don’t try to control the size of the resulting blog. The quick outline helps me decide if I have more than 50 words to say about something, or if my effort will look more like Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It also helps me determine how many sources and how much research I need to do, and what photos I need to take. I tend to take most of my own photos because I struggle to find what I want as free images. This isn’t always possible, for example there are not many beach shots this time of year in Wisconsin, unless you are a member of the Polar Bear Club.

I don’t let posts sit in my “draft” category for very long. I either get it outlined and photographed and finished while it’s still fresh, or I kill it off as not interesting enough to keep me working on it….

And that’s all there is to it.

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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Fred... there are many ways of coming up with a topic for a post.  Besides all of the typical ways... sometimes when I am making a comment on someone elses post... that comment can tend to go on and on and on.  When that happens... I just know that my brain is telling me that I need to turn that comment into a post of its own.

I would say that perhaps one out of every fifteen of my posts are like that.  But... what's good about it is... that I really don't have to think about it.  I don't have to dig and scratch to come up with the idea.  It's just right there inside the comment box in front of me.

Jan 20, 2012 12:20 AM #1
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Fred Hookham
Keller Williams - Milton, WI

@ Karen Anne Stone - Always interesting the way the mind works! Or sometimes refuses to work.....

Jan 20, 2012 12:25 AM #2
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Carlotta Remong
Prudential Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Fred, I enjoyed your post immensely and perhaps it will help me come up with some ideas. I really enjoy the blogs with a little tinge of humor included to lighten up our day. And I also tend to skip blogs on politics or anything where there is a rant & rave involved.

Jan 20, 2012 06:07 AM #3
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Karen Anne Stone
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By the way... I see you have only included this post in ONE of the Active Rain Groups.  Active Rain encourages you to include each post in up to as many as five of their Groups.  Here is a tutorial I wrote for Active Rainers to help them with that.  * Using the Active Rain "Groups" Feature.  I hope you find it helpful. 

Jan 20, 2012 06:10 PM #4
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Fred Hookham
Keller Williams - Milton, WI

@ Karen Anne Stone - Thanks for the tip - I found your link very helpful, and will apply it going forward.

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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Good job on Karen Anne's part, we need to get you more exposure, especially when you write great posts like this one.  I really enjoy your writing, Fred!

Jan 31, 2012 03:59 PM #6
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Fred Hookham
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@Suzanne - Thanks for your kind words once again. I ventured into the groups, and there must be a million of them. I added a few, and I have to plan some time to check out some more. Lots of interesting stuff out there!

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