Today’s Writing 101 assignment prompt instruct us to find ideas in places we already have access to. These places in include our dashboard, our blog readers, and social media.
As a very new blogger, the things I struggle with is finding something to write about. Sometimes I treat this blog as a journal, other times, I write about other things. I haven’t decided on what the goal is for this blog, so sometimes, I go back and forth about writing what I want to write about, and what may attract readers. It is a balance I’m trying to figure out because I love the feel of community that a post might bring.
As I sifted through my social media accounts, I couldn’t narrow down one thing that I could zero in on, and write about. I went through my twitter “likes” and re-tweets. There was good stuff there, but when I tried to figure out why I “liked” a tweet or re-tweet a particular tweet, I couldn’t come up with the reason. I’m not very active on twitter, so surely there was a good reason, I “liked” or re-tweeted. What was going on at the time that these things resonated with me.
I had the same experience sifting through my Facebook timeline. I clicked “like” major milestones of friends, not so great moments, inspirational quotes, and videos. Yet as I was trying to zero in on something specific, I couldn’t.
I finally realized I couldn’t nail down one story or post because there were many posts that could of been written. Something inspired me to hit the favorite button on this quote:
Learn to trust the journey, even when you do not understand it.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going
How did I feel when I “liked” engagement announcements, birth announcement, admissions to graduate, and law school? Did I make any kind of judgment? Was I happy or was jealous? Was I happy with a twinge of jealousy?
In these moments, they may have seemed like nothing, but now I realize there is a story or an idea for a post behind my social media actions. I didn’t hit the “like” icon, “favorite” icon, and re-tweet just because. Now I know that there was an idea for blog post in there. So when I struggle with things to write about, I know that there are post waiting to written in my social media interactions.