Blog Ideas Are Like Pokemon
I mentioned on Twitter a while back that I was going to try to have a blogging schedule and post every Friday. As I’m not exactly known for my consistency when it comes to blogging, some people asked me how I was going to do it. School was just about to start, and, let’s face it, that place kills your creativity. I’m basically home all day when I’m not in school, so my life couldn’t have been too interesting. Where was I supposed to get my ideas? How could I not eventually run out?
We think a lot. We think all the time. I’m sure a lot of those thoughts are just waiting to be typed out and shown to the public. Your next blog post is already there in your head; it’s just a matter of getting that idea and turning it into a great post. And how are you supposed to do that?
You never know when something amazing is going to pop-up, so you have to make sure you’re ready for it when it does. Like I said, it’s already there, somewhere. You just need to find it and catch it. Ideas are like wild Pokemon in that way – and what do you need to catch Pokemon? Pokeballs! What if a wild Charizard just suddenly showed up (who knows, it could happen), and you didn’t have any Pokeballs? In this case, Charizard is a good idea, and Pokeballs are a pen and paper. Either way though, I’d be pissed. Really pissed. Good ideas often leave as quickly as they come, so if you don’t write them down at once, most likely, you’re going to forget it.
Gotta Catch Em’ All! (Source)
Again, as with wild Pokemon, it’s actually really easy to get an idea. What isn’t as easy is getting a good idea. You can easily get any fleeting thought that passes by and turn it into a blog post. But, in reality, it actually isn’t so great just catching em’ all. Always remember; quality over quantity. It’s easy to catch a Rattata, but who the hell would be impressed with you if all you had were a bunch of Rattatas? (no offense to the Rattatas; it’s just the first thing that came to mind) There’s always going to be competition, and you wouldn’t wanna to send out your poor old Rattata to deal with all the stronger opponents. It’s just going to faint out there. So, if you’re not gonna post good content, you’re better off not posting at all because mediocre, unoriginal, just-put-up-for-the-sake-of-quantity posts aren’t going to get you anywhere good anyway.
Of course, simply catching a Pokemon won’t immediately make you a winner. You have to train the Pokemon. You have to put effort into you Pokemon in order for them to achieve greatness. Simply having a good idea won’t give you a good blog post. You have to develop that idea and expound on it to come up with something truly blog-worthy.
How do you come up with topics to post about? Can you think of any other Pokemon-related blog lessons? What else has Pokemon taught you? Tell me about it by commenting below!
I came to this understanding a long time ago. I won’t write down ideas for a blog but I do realize sometimes I just have to wait for a good idea, because if you don’t have it you don’t have it.
It really bothers me to come across a blogger who doesn’t really know how to blog and then on top of that doesn’t have the passion for it. It is one thing to not be a good writer but another thing to just make a list of every time you moved your hand. (Exaggeration of course.)
My topics are usually just something in my life that I am able to write about. I can’t seem to write about everything in my life, even if it is newsworthy. So if I can’t come up with a situation within the criteria I usually just wait till I can.
Pokemon-related? Never played it. :)
When the phrase “Pepsi or Coke” comes around I’m thinking of the drinks not the companies. If it was “Pepsi or Coco-Cola” then I could see the relationship of the compaines and not specifically the drink “Coke”
I thought the tag was talking about the drinks, because actually I’m a Coco-Cola fan. They own Sprite my favorite drink.
Seriously, I have to paste this on a couple of other blogs too. I had no idea. :|
THIS. WAS. SUCH. A. GREAT. BLOG. POST.
Seriously, i just love the reference to Pokemon! HAHA. For me, when I get a blog idea (rarely these days so I just blog about my depressing life) I get out my iPod and go on my notes and type it down. xD HAHA. I’ve had such good ideas in the past but… for some reason I just haven’t been able to type it all… They all sounded better in my head. :S
Most of my ideas sound better in my head! Including this one, hehe, but I’m glad you enjoyed it, regardless. :)
School really makes me so busy too. :(
I totally agree with about the pokemon relation thing. :)
Did you delete your Twitter, by the way? o.o
I love your comparison/contrast with Pokemon vs. Blogging… Haha, LOVE IT! …Even though I’m no Pokemon fan? :}
How do you come up with topics to post about?
With some of the memes I do, I’ll develop blogging ideas from that. :)
Can you think of any other Pokemon-related blog lessons?
Not really. o.o
What else has Pokemon taught you?
Tell me about it by commenting below!
Oops, there was a typo in the link. It should be fixed now. :)
This is very much true. During weird times, I have several drafts of blog entries on my mind, when I come to my laptop, it just goes away. We never know what to blog too till something notable happens to us.
I love how you related ideas with Pokemon! Hehe I used to be such a huge fan of Pokemon to the point that I even have a Pokedex for it when I was a kid! I used to collect the trading cards, too, and the figurines! :p But it’s true, it’s best to have a small notebook all the time so that when ideas instantly come up, you can just write it and then go back to it when you have spare time to fully develop the idea :)
I absolutely love the analogy you made between blog ideas and Pokemon. I can honestly say that I’ve never thought of it like that.
Whenever I have a great topic to blog about, I either write it down on a sticky note or post it as a blog draft so I can go back to it later.
I’ve tried to blog once a week before, and then I realized that sticking with a schedule wasn’t working well for me. I decided that blogging only when interesting things happen or when I have an idea is good enough.
It is pretty hard to write a good blog post sometimes. A lot of the time I just write freely. I don’t feel like those posts are as good as the ones that I plan out a little more, but I’ve had people tell me that my rambly posts are sometimes pretty good.
I find it annoying when I have a good blog post idea and lose it later on. I try to write the ideas down as soon as I get them – which is why I carry a notebook around sometimes, or key them into my phone. :3
I usually come up with blog post ideas from events in real life, and then I kind of expand on them. I usually write my posts in one go, without any breaks… and usually I don’t need to edit it at all. But I always think up a little plan for what I’m going to write about. :P
Haha, I love that metaphor! Connecting ideas to pokemon. Genius! xD
But it really is true. Ideas come when we least expect them, but not all of them are going to be good. In that sense, “Gotta Catch ‘em all!” doesn’t play out so well. Because we really don’t want to keep the bad ones.
My best ideas always come right before I’m about the go to sleep and my mind won’t stop thinking. But those are also the ideas I forget about the quickest. That’s why I keep a pad of paper and a pen next to my bed at all times. Because sometimes, even a dream is worth recording. :)
You are 15 and a junior in high school? Haha, I wish that were me. Here, when you’re 15 you’re only a freshman. :P But yeah the idea of college is kind of scary. :P
I don’t know… I guess I’ve never really been an independent person, and I’m just not that thrilled to have tit. xD
Thanks for the comment!
I miss my bum days at home. :( I’m currently in the mid of my semester and it’s killing not just my creativity but my whole self as well. But, that’s just how it is for us to be better on where we are supposed to get better. Anyway, you’re so right about the ideas thing on how they come and go. :)
I’m not much of a pokemon fan mostly because I just haven’t really watched it.. haha.
For my last few blogs, and hopefully the next few, I’m trying to do some “memorabilia” type posts on things that I find around my house which remind me about my childhood, or something else like that :) I think it’s the perfect time to do it because I’m quite literally closing a chapter of my life that I hope I never forget :) It’s a great theme to go with as well, because I have a LOT of great things to blog about :)
Haha. I like tasting things like the jelly beans out :) I’m nice to my tongue.. most of the time :P Lol.
Ahahahahahaha I totally wish I knew about Pokemon. I understand the comparisons to an extent… But seeing as I never watched/played? Pokemon when I was younger, there’s a limit to my knowledge. Though I do totally agree with you. Unfortunately I occasionally blog with nothing too exciting to talk about. Sometimes I feel like I have to blog, even though I don’t have the most interesting idea. Hmm. I love to talk about my life (obv I’m self centered, ahaha), so I usually just do that?
OMG Pokemon.. I used to watch this when i was still in 4th grade.. haha I used to collect the cards.. geez.. Now, it makes me miss it more.. T,T I love Abra before.. hahah and this electro something,.. haha i forgot.. its been a long time already..
How do you come up with topics to post about? –>I really dunno.. I just blog random stuff thats been happening to me..
Can you think of any other Pokemon-related blog lessons? –hmmm how to train a pokemon> lol
What else has Pokemon taught you? — taught me how to be a kid again
I normally make drafts of rough ideas for blog posts… it means I have way too many drafts though.
School does pretty much kill your creativity but to be fair, for myself, anyway, it presents many blog ideas. Normally in the form of numerous anecdotes.
I never was that big on Pokemon but I can see what you mean! When you have an idea you have to catch it, Pokeball or not.
I always forget ideas and sit there for ages cursing my brain, and then it just comes back to me and I rush to write it down, haha.
I have had, in the past, a few ‘shoddy’ blogs but as a general rule I blog when I have something to say. It depends, really. I normally blog every few days, depending on school and such.
Good ideas are golddust, man. I’m in the midst of attempting to finish off a novel I’ve been writing for around three years. It’s 277 pages in MS Word but, let’s face it, at least 200 of those pages are really old shitty ideas. It needs a huge sort out and actually needs to be put together because I just put ideas in and write bits and pieces before I actually sort it out.
I love this post – the Pokemon references are immense :D As I said, though, I’m not big on Pokemon so I can’t say much in response to the Pokemon quesions; however, when it comes to blogging ideas, I normally end up doing something pretty instinctive. Sometimes I’ve been somewhere and I think, “ah, I can blog about this!”, but other than that, it’s mainly just on-the-spot stuff.
Take care! xx
what’s keeping me busy? alot of things i cant talk about, mainly laziness.pfft.
It kinda gave me a laugh when you mention about pokemon cause i WAS a fan.
There are a lot of ideas, like now, i just red your blog about pokemon and something my bulb lit up! Aha!
This post is probably the greatest analogy of all time.
I actually write about whatever is going on in my life, but I try to add humor to it. I like writing something that people can relate to, but adding my own dash of spice so that it doesn’t sound like the usual cookie-cutter blogs. And sometimes I just post something short about a strange incident. I don’t have a schedule for blogging, it has to come naturally to me.
Gotta catch them all Pokemon :D
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