Here’s a simple activity that each time I engage in, afterwards I feel refreshed and rejuvenated for another week of blogging.
Whenever I’m stuck in a rut, an activity I enjoy for a “reboot” is a brisk walk or short hike away from civilization. There’s something refreshing about wandering in unfamiliar territory, the change of scenery, and enjoying the change of perspective.
“Blog Roll Surfing” is the blogosphere equivalent:
- Visit a blog.
- Find their blog roll – most blogs have one.
- Identify an unfamiliar blog, or just click on one at random.
- Read some of the posts on that blog (by all means, leave a comment or two).
- Find that blog’s blog roll.
- Repeat steps three through five until you’ve had your fill.
I did this recently and within fifteen minutes, I was exploring an entire blogging niche (financial advice and positive self-help) that I’d never read before.
Why I think this is so much fun:
- I was inspired by reading new blogs, where dedicated bloggers are writing in the same manner as I have for quite some time now. There are so many out there!
- Because the blogs were unfamiliar to me, much of the content was fresh and therefore interesting.
- It’s always a good feeling to learn new things.
- It doesn’t take much time.
So are you spending too much time, head-down in your RSS reader, reading the same blogs day after day? I suggest taking a quick stroll through the blogosphere. The trail head is your own blog roll. Make use of it!