If you’re beginning to think that I’m obsessed with lists of 100 or 101, let me set the record straight.
First there was 101 Things in 1001 Days. One of those Things was this list of 101 Things That Bring Me Joy, which later inspired a list of 101 More Things That Bring Me Joy. More recently I’ve written about 100 Skills Everyone Should Master, as well as 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School. I’m even doing a photo countdown to my wedding which I decided to start at 101 days.
Can you handle one more list? I hope so.
This is one I’ve been wanting to blog about ever since my sister Valerie gave me the book that shares the title of this post. No One Cares What You Had For Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog is pretty much what it sounds like — a book of 100 ideas for people who blog. The author, Margaret Mason, is the mighty blogger over at Mighty Girl, which is where I found the list of 100 Skills Everyone Should Master that I’m now working on. Coincidence? I think not.
I’m totally heading into geek territory with what I’m about to say, but I actually keep the book on my nightstand (along with my Bible and a rotation of other books) and occasionally pull it out and read a few pages before falling asleep. I wish I were kidding, but it’s true. The book is the perfect book to read for only a couple minutes at a time, because there’s obviously no plot or logical progression to follow, so I can read any page in any order and then let my ideas percolate while I drift off to sleep.
I always feel simultaneously sheepish and superior when a book I enjoy receives a bunch of negative reviews on Amazon. I feel embarrassed when I consider that maybe I just have poor taste in books, but then I feel better again when I realize that most of the naysayers are blaming the book for not being something it never claimed to be. The book isn’t called Blogging 101, or Designing a Snazzy Blog, or How to Make Blogging Your Full-time Gig.
Also, if you’re a blogger who writes about a specific topic — say, cooking or travel or mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia — this book is probably not for you. But if you’re a blogger like me, who writes about whatever she wants to, then you’re much more likely to be inspired by the creative suggestions (and examples!) found within the pages of the book.
Here are a few snippets:
Start your own virtual collection of items that are too unwieldy or expensive to collect in real life. (from #64 – Get dibs.)
What do you love that no one else loves? Defend the indefensible. (from #54 – Get defensive.)
Try writing the shortest story imaginable. Give yourself a hundred words to tell a complete narrative. (from #39 – Choose your words.)
All of us should just learn to tolerate stupid people. But what if we didn’t have to? If you ruled the world, things would be better, at least in a few small ways. (from #1 – Reign supreme.)
Now, we all know that there would be both entertaining ways and mind-numbingly boring ways to expand on these ideas. My goal is to be in that first category, but you might want to go ahead and cross your fingers.
I don’t expect to notify you every time I write something that was inspired by this book, nor do I expect to write about all 100 ideas, but as I go, I’ll be developing a little index over on my new Projects page.
If you think that page (and all the projects it represents!) seems a bit like overkill, keep this in mind. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I’m an ESTJ. The dominant cognitive function of an ESTJ is that he/she “organizes and schedules ideas and the environment to ensure the efficient, productive pursuit of objectives.” (Source)
Are you at all surprised that I’m an ESTJ?