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What to Write About Next?

So the #HAWMC is over … what now?

I did change my blog tagline! I’ve written about “everything else” here because of #HAWMC.

And I’m back to that eternal question, What can I write about next? I’ve read Marie Ennis-O’Connor’s wonderful advice before – Beyond the Buzz: 25 Content Ideas for Your Healthcare Blog. But after my #HAWMC experience, I’m seeing it with new eyes. After all, with #HAWMC I did number 25! Is it so obvious after 30 days, that I’m having some kind of #HAWMC separation anxiety?

#25 Start/Join A Health Blog Carnival

A blog carnival is a themed collection of links to other blog posts. It is a great way to connect with other bloggers and also to drive traffic to your own blog. Either start your own or participate in one that’s running.

Blogging prompts … I need a new list! Then I realized where I actually HAVE a list already. 🙂 I’ve got more than a year’s worth of #HealthXPh tweet chats. Each chat has three questions. And if I answered one question with one blog post, that should keep me going for a while. There’s a new chat every week too.

I’ve also got my Saved Links on Facebook. I’d like to thank Kit Sumabat for introducing me to that feature. I remember Kit said I could save links when I put up a link on my wall with the note posting here for future reference. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s how. I’ve done that ever since and collected a variety of topics I can write about in the future.

There’s also Slideshare! I go there sometimes, not to upload my latest presentation but also to be inspired. With featured slideshares, slideshares in my network and slideshare categories, I’m sure to find a slide deck that I’d like to write about.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it but many times I’ve ended blog posts with a quote. Perhaps, it is like a note to self. I will end with several quotes today!

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. – E.L. Doctorow

This has certainly been true in my #HAWMC journey. I found myself starting off with an idea and then Googling to find out what others think. I end up curating content from that germ of an idea.

I wonder how Ernest Hemingway would have found the experience of blogging. He said –

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ah Ernest! I prefer Paulo Coelho’s take on writing –

Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.

Marie says to add a call to action with each blog post. So here’s mine – please suggest a topic for me to write about in the comments section. Thanks!

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