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What Paul McCartney and Picasso Can Teach Us about Blogging

On my drive to Dallas, I discovered that XM Radio had a Paul McCartney station.  Band on the Run has been re-mastered and rereleased on its 30th anniversary. In addition to all McCartney songs all the time, the station played an interview with Dustin Hoffman and Paul McCartney.  Hoffman asked McCartney how he wrote songs.  McCartney replied that he kind of just pulled them out of the air.  He picked up his guitar, and thinking about an earlier discussion with Hoffman about Picasso, he took “Drink to me, drink to my health.  You know I can’t drink anymore” and created the refrain for his song “Picasso’s Last Words.”

I found myself thinking, that was pretty much the way my blog posts write themselves.

Yesterday I was talking with one of my clients who had just returned from a conference.  She confessed to me, “as I was jotting down notes from the sessions, I kept thinking this would be a good blog post and that would be a good blog post. Now that we have the blog section up on the website, I’m constantly thinking about it.”

My work here is done.

But it’s true, isn’t it?  Where do you get ideas for your blog?

4 Responses to What Paul McCartney and Picasso Can Teach Us about Blogging

  1. Joel Ungar says:

    Love the analogy. And I realized that is how it is for me. I see or hear something and think that it would be a good topic. Also explains where some of my sillier Facebook status updates come from too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Dawn says:

      Thank you for your comment – which compels me to say “You’d think the world had had enough of silly blog posts, but I look around me and I see…” OK. I’ll stop now. 🙂

  2. Yossi Karp says:

    That’s more-or-less how I come up with topics for my blog posts. An interesting point of view in a conversation or a meeting might become the seed for a blog post. Other times, another blog or article will be the basis for a blog post. But sometimes, and this happens quite frequently, I will simply start typing. There is some sort of weird connection between my brain and my fingers, so I often come up with some interesting stuff that way. I am also writing a book for pre-teens, but that is a different process as there needs to be a flow and consistency between chapters, so I have to plan where the story is going to go ahead of time.

    • Dawn says:

      Thank you for the comment – there is a moment for bloggers where we suddenly notice that the thought “this would make a good blog post” begins popping into our mind frequently. When I am stuck, I read or make lists and see if anything starts to take form.

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