when i mention i have a blog, people often say "oh, what is your blog about?" and i'm usually hard pressed to give a succinct answer. probably the best way to describe what i blog about is really to cite my inspirations, sources and what makes me want to write.
here's a little cheat sheet of the things i look to when i'm looking to write a post. (you know, when i'm not riding my bike / screenprinting / enjoying the weather / working on running this little screenprinting business i have...)
1. magazines - obviously you're not going to want to copy whole article verbatim, that would be pointless and silly. sometimes i like to pretend someone's given me the task of taking the topic of an article and writing my own version of it. magazines work day in, day out to come up with fresh, interesting, somewhat original things to write about - they're a great source of post topics. of course, you probably want to make sure the topic is something somewhat relevant to your blog and something your readers can potentially relate to.
2. the ever awesome google reader - similar to the magazine idea, other bloggers are obviously always on the lookout and creating topics to post on. usually in browsing through my google reader, something will spark my creative writing juices, and i'll post some kind of reaction to something someone else posted. it's nice how blogs are like that, no?
3. my email inbox - if it merits more than a few emails back and forth, it's usually something worthy of noting publicly (there are, of course, many exceptions to this one). basically, ongoing projects almost always eventually get covered in my blog. my inbox is a wealth of information.
4. a how to - a tutorial is great original content. there really are no better posts than a post you learn from. if i have a happy accident and figure out a new or better way to do something, i'll post it. if i get the same question about a part of my process over and over, i'll write up a little something about it. if there's some aspect of my shop or what i'm doing that's garnering a nice amount of compliments, i usually run with it and post some tips on how others can achieve the same success. these types of posts are not only fun to write (if you like writing tutorials, which i do) but they're really wonderful gifts for your readers and often get the most readership and feedback.
5. something exceptional from the past week - on the rare occasion i read / visit / purchase / create something really phenomenal, it's fun to share. if you live a completely fabulous and interesting life, i suppose you can really just blog only about this. my life is not so interesting (well, it is to me, but i doubt my day to day-ness makes for very riveting reading. let's just say reality show producers aren't exactly knocking down my door to document my every waking hour...), so i don't do this as often as the other points. if you can swing it, this is a great type of post. just make sure it's *really interesting* - to put it bluntly, few people have time to read about your average day.