When I started this blog I didn’t have a particular plan in mind or a special niche.
I just wanted to write – about something.
A problem I’ve found is that sometimes I feel completely swamped in topics but then the next day swing to having no decent ideas at all.
So I thought it might be interesting to map out some sort of guide – so I gave it some thought yesterday. Four broad topic areas sounded about right and I came up with:
I wanted travel as well but I don’t travel much at the moment, and 10-minute bus rides in Tuen Mun just aren’t that interesting. These four topics are massively broad in any case so I continued building out onto the branches.
Music: music writing, music production & technology, tutorials, guitar, song/artist/album discovery and sharing.
Health: meditation, science-backed health & wellness tips/hacks, exercise/running, sleep, food
Education: learning how to learn, New Zealand/Hong Kong education systems, Technology and the future of education.
Books: books I’ve read, are currently reading or want to read.
(Regarding books I’d like to eventually do something similar to Derek Sivers, organising books I’ve read into one place and sharing my notes. His website is 100% worth a look: https://sivers.org/ and his book list/notes are great too: books.)
Continuing the list outwards, I generated more and more specific ideas. In the end I had a pretty comprehensive collection of the things I like to do and think about.
I did find this little exercise quite focussing as before I felt a little too reactive and blown about by the chaos of possibilities.
I’m not exactly sure how I’ll use this map, or even if I’ll use it at all, but on days when I’m a bit tired or unsure, there’s a lot there to dig into.
I would be keen to know of the ways you organise your posts and think about your blog. Is it mostly a case of whatever seems right for the day or do you plan ahead? Is it like digital journalling for you or theme based?
Please share any thoughts, I’d like to read them!
And as a bonus for getting to the end, here’s the start of the map… I used the Assembly App for a few minutes until I realised how clumsy it is and went back to paper and pen.