In which I offer to become your dancing monkey, metaphorically speaking

I’m going to be travelling a lot over the next three weeks. Mostly, this travelling takes place on the weekends. The weekends when I usually write my blog posts for the coming week.  I’m sure you can see the conundrum that’s coming along, any moment now, to serve as the point for this blog post.

The good news is that it doesn’t actually take all that long to prep posts and set them up while I’m away. What usually takes me the better part of the weekend is figuring out what to blog about (you know, when I’m *not* blathering on about the new writing routine and the joy of getting stuff done). To this end, I’m going to turn to you, the readers of this blog, to help me out a little:

Give me topics.

Ask me questions.

Set me challenges.

Basically, fire stuff my way that you think would make for an interesting blog, even if it’s just one word, and I’ll take the list with me to help fill in those lonely hours spent in airport departure lounges waiting for planes to take me places. For the next few weeks I’m happy to be your dancing monkey, all you gotta do is hum the first few bars of the tune.

I pitched a similar kind of question at twitter last week, and got the suggestion of Where/how to find ideas to write about? from Nathan Russel, so that’s going to be kicking things off on Friday. After that, I’m trusting in you folks to serve as a crowd-sourced muse to supplement the subconscious one that’s going to burnt out by five AM flights and day-job seminars.

What d’ya say, can you help me out?

  13 comments for “In which I offer to become your dancing monkey, metaphorically speaking

  1. 08/08/2012 at 8:11 PM

    How about writing about something you've never written about. Or about something you've never done.

  2. 08/08/2012 at 9:19 PM


  3. Steve Darlington
    08/08/2012 at 9:24 PM

    What about a locum or an apprentice? On that topic, you could blog about what being a professional blogger is like, as a job, and where it leads, and who should consider it.

  4. 09/08/2012 at 1:50 AM

    What have you always wanted to write but haven't because a) it would never sell and b) it wouldbe socially unacceptable?

  5. Peter Kerby
    11/08/2012 at 7:32 AM

    Just to stir the pot; English is living language and all living things evolve, so how much licence should be tolerated when it comes to grammar and spelling, or does it depend on the intended audience.

  6. John Farrell
    19/08/2012 at 5:05 PM

    I have awful problems constructing a plot. How do you do that?

  7. Nic
    26/09/2012 at 10:50 PM

    What do you do with an idea or story that just runs out of steam far too early?

    (Say many thousands of words short of what it needs)

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