When I volunteered to write a blog post this month I didn’t have a particular topic in mind. I like to write, and I especially like to write blog posts. I assumed something interesting or funny would come to mind
I could literally feel the writers’ block settling for a long March nap. I started to worry about making my deadline so I did the only thing I could do. I fired up the Google machine and searched ‘blog ideas, writers’ block’. I found so many lists of blog ideas that my blocked mind was instantly boggled. I’m embarrassed to admit that I read over 20 lists of ideas I could write about, but nothing resonated with me. Did you know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of blog posts about writing prompts?
Whilst poring over these myriad lists something occurred to me. Could it be possible that all of these helpful bloggers with their lengthy topic lists? The ones offering writing prompts to help those suffering from writers’ block? Could it be they wrote those blog posts because they had writers’ block and couldn’t think of anything to write other than a list of ideas they couldn’t write about that day?
With that in mind, having read way too many of these helpful lists, I pulled three of my favorite prompts from a few of these blogs to share with you.
Do Something Brave and Write About it
I love this one. 15 years ago my phobia of public speaking was seriously affecting my career. I decided to apply for a job as a public speaker so I’d be forced to get over it. The alternative would leave me destitute so failure was not an option. I got that job and now I love public speaking. Do something brave and share that story with others. You’ll be an inspiration.
National Employee Spirit Month
March is National Employee Spirit Month and this could be a really fun blog post. Someone at Verity recently invited our department to his desk for a seven minute long party because, ‘It’s Friday’! It started at 11:34 and wrapped at 11:41 on the dot. We giggled at the silliness of a seven minute party and enjoyed the treats he brought to share. If you have ideas about making your workplace more spirited please share your suggestions with us.
Host a Guest Post
This one is brilliant, just brilliant! If you have writers’ block, get someone else fill in. Find someone with a good writers’ voice, someone who will write something you can be proud to have on your blog. Voila! Your work is done for the day.
Yes, I realize I’ve written a blog about my inability to write a blog. But hey, I also shared an anecdote about conquering one’s worst fear. I emphasized that ‘joy’ is a part of Verity’s culture. Finally, yes, I did suggest you get someone else to do your work for you. Perhaps the next time they have writer’s block you can help them in return.
My name is Alicia Diefenbach and I’m a Community Relations Specialist at Verity Credit Union. I absolutely love my role at Verity! I have the opportunity to explore the communities in which we’re located, reach out to organizations and individuals making these places dynamic, inviting places to live, and get involved with activities that support their well-being.
In my spare time I dote on my vegetable garden. It still never ceases to amaze me that I can create my dinner out of dirt, some seeds, and cooperative weather. I love my dog, Frank. Also, I go to rock shows. A whole lotta rock shows.