by Hoogie Espinosa . July 13th, 2014
So how do you write posts that aren’t a result of reading other blogs you found were interesting or not spend a whole bunch of time summoning the gods of creativity? I have come up with a system that decreases the time spent on thinking of a topic, and does not include scrambling around the internet to hack off another person’s blog, promoting creativity and originality. It creates topics by suggesting you titles from a list of almost a thousand sentence structures which can all be flipped and turned around, offering you endless possibilities. All you need is some dice, some practice, a good sense of humor, and a nice amount of poetic ingenuity. And it also makes a nice game when you’re bored. Let’s begin.
A few notes before we continue:
With the 10 features, limiting yourself to two or three grants you 810 possible sentence structures and an infinite amount of variations. For example: if you get limited sources (2), solutions(8), and superlatives(9), you can come up with something like “Best Startup Advice They Don’t Teach at School” or “Unbeatable: Unlocking the Secret Formula to Success”
If you have a topic in mind and are just scrambling for a blog title, study your article and find out which of the list best matches your post. Combine those and go creative.
However, if you have no idea what to write about and want some form of direction, this is where the process shows its splendor. I titled this post “Gamifying Blogs” because that is exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to have fun, exercise our minds, and simplify our process all at the same time.
If you don’t want to spend on dice, you could always use the handy online dice roller by Wizards of the Coast, or download an app. The online dice roller is easy to use. Just type 3 on the space beside the ten-sided dice and click “Roll.” My opinion though is to get actual dice, because it adds fun and suspense to finding out what your next post could be about. It’s a childish reason, but I think its valid.
Once you’ve rolled your dice, check which feature each number corresponds to. If you’ve got three of the same number, you could either reroll or take it as is. Play around with the sentence structure, choose what words to say, and get creative. Even though this shortens the time needed to make a title, the final headline is still up to you.
Here are some results of my own dice rolls:
Now, thinking of a blog title can sometimes still be daunting with that much direction. Maybe you’re too stressed or tired to think of a post. Whatever the case, there’s a solution to that too. However, since I don’t know the theme of your blog, you’ll have to help yourself out with this part.
If you bought or are familiar with Dungeons and Dragons dice sets, you know that it comes with seven dice of different shapes which range from the pyramid-looking four-sided dice to the almost spherical twenty-sided dice. You’ll also notice that the numbers on the two ten-sided dice are different. One has numbers from 1-10, and the other has multiples of 10. This is so that, rolled together, you can get results from 1 to 000, which means 100.
Another thing that could help is using the dice to tell you how much items should be on a list you’re making, like a “7 Inspirational Quotes” post. It would be advisable to think of a number beforehand to add to your roll result just so that your list doesn’t have one or two items only. Two is usually a nice number to use.
When you’re bored with friends, you could also pitch this as a game. Have fun with your buddies and let them think of blog titles for you at the same time. Just a suggestion.
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