“Is she divorced?” I laughed out loud as a friend was describing this perfect possible introduction to me.
When she denied the woman was divorced and had never had been married, I laughed even louder.
“She’s not married? What kind of person isn’t married at least once? The not — marrieds are living on a fantasy island. I’m only dating divorced people from now on,” I said jokingly to spark another round of laughter.
We chattered on with our conversation and moved on to other things. As soon as I ended my Whatsapp call, I titled a post, I Only Want To Date Divorced People. One hour later, I hit the publish button.
While I wouldn't call this a brilliant post, it has been one of my more successful posts last month. It had a few hundred views and was one of my top 5 earning stories last month.
The funny and absurd things we say
This post was solely written because of a funny conversation that I was having with a friend. In no way was I being serious, but it might have been just a funny way to dismiss the idea of meeting this person she wanted to introduce me to. Maybe I was bored, maybe I was tired, or maybe I was trying to crack a joke.
Never in a million years would I dismiss someone from dating them because they’ve not been married. Although the post (in all humor) argued that the non-marrieds are living in a fantasy land and only divorcees get what real relationships are about, I’d have no problem dating a never-married. I think they might be great people too and have a lot to offer as a partner in a relationship. (humor alert!)
Anyway, this article came out of a silly comment that I made to a friend. Just this past week, here are some other things that I’ve said to people in random circumstances:
“I’m only coming back to America after inauguration day.”
“I can’t come to the U.S. right now…Trump and Corona are a deadly combo.”
“Why would you ever eat real meat when fake meat tastes just as good?”
“Am I (as an introvert) the only one hoping that the pandemic goes on for a few more months?”
“The only thing worse than 2020 is going through a breakup in 2020.”
Now, I know these are just random comments that I was making in the course of a conversation, but it is worth noting that some of these thoughts from conversations with the people in my life can make interesting topics in writing our posts. Some of these topics of conversations have already become blog posts, and other ideas are still brewing.
The gold is in the conversation.
Have you thought to yourself that you might have the most brilliant ideas sitting in front of you, and you don’t even notice them?
We have so many conversations each day in person, in writing, or in text with the people in our lives. We converse on blogs and social media. We send emojis and memes. We say outlandish and ridiculous things. We try to make each other laugh and entertain ourselves throughout the day.
But have you ever thought that these conversations could become your next blog post?
I mean, let’s stop cracking ourselves up in person and in our private conversations and start capturing these ideas for our next blog posts. How many conversations do you have a day where you exchange something witty, interesting, or insightful?
Start capturing these ideas from real and everyday conversations. You’d be surprised at how many funny and insightful things you come up with. You’d be surprised by what your friends and family members are saying to you in response.
You’re having these interesting conversations all day long, and they could be your next hilarious, emotional, or touching post.
Here’s a post, there’s a post, everywhere’s a post post.
Start capturing your ideas when you’re conversing with people. It’s another form of thinking out loud, and you’re cultivating opinions and exchanging ideas when you’re talking.
I know this may sound rather elementary and un-inspiring, but you may not be doing it. You may be laughing to yourself in conversation or having a heated argument with someone and may forget to capture the idea that intrigued you. You may go to a coffee shop with a friend who is far out there and forget to record all the nuggets of thoughts that came out of that conversation.
Yes, you can find ideas when you’re reading books or listening to podcasts but don’t forget the daily conversations you’re having with the people in your life.
You may be watching the news and comment on it. Remember, that’s a post! You may have run into another car on the freeway and exchanging insurance information. Remember, that’s a post! You may be talking to your conspiracy-theory Uncle about how much fraud there was in the last election …you got it, another post. You may be talking to your kids about 101 things — yup, all future posts.
The conversations of our lives can become the topics of our next brilliant blog post. If it made you crack up or do some critical thinking, it just might do the same for your readers.
To sum up:
- Be sure to capture your more interesting and lively conversations with pen and paper, by recording a voice message to yourself, or capturing an idea on your phone.
- Eavesdrop on other people having interesting and lively conversations around you, looking for interesting topics to explore. Capture ’em.
- Pay more attention to the text message conversations that you have with the people in your life. The outlandish and the funny will be the title of your next blog post.
- Watch how people talk to each other and the responses they post to a social media post to cultivate more ideas. Be a lurker on Instagram and Facebook to see the conversations people have.
Your next brilliant blog post may be right in front of your eyes and ears and you might not even know it. Remember, if it’s good enough to talk about, it’s good enough to write about!
Have you taken the conversations you’ve had and written about them? Where are your other go-to places that inspire topics and blog posts?