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How Pandora can help you write your blog

writer's block - crushed and crumpled paper on notepadI’m looking at a blank space on my computer screen and my mind is equally blank.

Oh noes! Writer’s block!

Like most days, I woke up with oodles of enthusiasm and lots of blog post ideas dancing in my head. I rushed to my office and sat down and the words magically flowed from my fingertips and into the computer, which, during the process, became an extension of my stream of consciousness.

Voila! In no time at all a blog post was born.

Too bad I can’t use it. It sets a new low, even for me. Personally I love it. But then this awareness washed over me like a tsunami of failure. The post is simply too pathetic, even for this POS blog.

Fuck!

Back to the drawing board, I guess. And that’s when it happened. The blank screen consumed me. It seems I have no more ideas left in me for today. Guru powers can be draining. I got nothing. Nothing times infinity. Plus one. And then some. With motherfucking sprinkles on top.

Pandora boothI’ve had an idea for some time for helping me through rough spots as a writer. It involves Pandora, the personalized internet radio service.

My idea works like this:

  • Load Pandora
  • Pick one of your existing stations based on your mood
  • From the first song that comes up, divine inspiration
  • Go!

Inspiration can take the form of a word, idea or feeling that the song evokes.

That’s it. That’s the gist of an idea I came up with to help me think of something to blog about. It’s not exactly rocket science, eh? Because I got stuck this morning, I decided to give it the old college try.

Station: Theory of a Deadman

Yeah, my mood isn’t exactly the best. In fact, I’ve been sitting here literally wondering if I’m insane. I’ve been thinking I need some sort of treatment. So I picked the rock band Theory of a Deadman to suit my mood.

I was very curious to see what song would come up. From where would inspiration spring? This is a lot like holding a question in your head, picking up a book and opening to a page at random.

Song: Lowlife

Perfect! That’s just perfect! I just painted myself into a corner! Fail. Woots.

I won’t say what that other post was about – the wife would kill me – but here’s a wee hint:

Today’s small WordPress suggestion

We bloggers should help each other as much as we can. I’m sure we already do, but why not make it more fun and self-serving?

When I see a typo on someone’s blog I usually try to drop them a friendly note and let them know. I always hope they appreciate the opportunity to improve their blog. I know I do!

Today, Teri’s Blip in the Universe returned the favor and helped me with a typo on my site. I was very grateful!

As I went to edit the typo, I had an idea. Wikipedia lets you document the reason for edits. It would be great if WordPress offered a light version of that with a space to link to the blog that helped with proofreading. I think that would be super keen and neat-o.

I admit this isn’t a very earth-shattering idea but it would be a nice and fun way to recognize one of the ways we help each other out.

Thaks four teh hep, Teri!

From the blogger’s notebook

A typical day sees a lot of thoughts zing through my brain. I have learned that if I don’t write the important ones down – immediately – then they are gone … forever. For me, a thought is a lot like a snowflake, every one is special and unique, and, if not preserved, will never come again.

So I have taken up the practice of carrying a little notebook around with me 24/7 everywhere I go. I find myself feverishly scribbling in that notebook all the time. Funny thoughts, serious thoughts, shopping lists, reminders, etc. It can be very handy.

Sometimes, though, when I go back to look, I find a scribble that totally defies understanding. Actually this happens quite often. Maybe even every single time. 🙂 It’s a lot like that one episode of Seinfeld where Jerry wakes up in the middle of the night and laughs while scribbling something down. In the morning, of course, he can’t even read his own handwriting and can’t remember the joke. Ha ha!

Well, it’s no joke! I’m here to tell you this is a very serious matter!

This weekend we were out of town and during our travels I jotted down an important note that I just knew would make an excellent topic for a future blog post.

“My whole body could be covered in glaucoma.”

Seriously? I wrote that?!?!? I have to admit, it’s some of my best work … evar.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea what it could possibly mean. No brain cells were assigned memory duty on this one. Got any guesses? 🙂