This mostly applies to Fat Chic, as I’m somewhat less organized with my other blogs:
- Go through emails, check mailing lists for stuff to blog about.
- Read RSS feeds for anything urgent. Bookmark stuff that inspires ideas but it not urgent.
- Aggregate box of post-its to scribble ideas on as I blog. Also use StickyNote in the new Word (slowly replacing post-it box.)
- Also check for articles worth commenting on from blog newsletters I want in my email
- Flip through magazines. Flag article ideas they inspire. Go through stack of magazines, blogging at each flag unless the idea is completely out of date.
- Go through post-it note box.
- Go through collected bookmarks – this includes ReadItLater, MetaFilter favorites, StumbelUpon and Delicious.
- Go through my Facebook likes.
- Go through StickyNotes on computer.
- Solicit interviews/Pursue specific series and projects (I need to create a reference list again. I need to every year.)
Then I go back to the top and start again. There are breaks in this for breaking news or stuff that really moves me/gets me worked up. But so far, the system works – I leave myself many trails to work from so I’m not stuck looking at a blank screen.
Writing is the same as meditation. You tell a person to “think of nothing” or to “concentrate” and it’s not fair – you need at least an item of focus. The blank sheet is the “think of nothing.” You’ve got to bring something to the page or the screen.