Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada!! Today’s podcast and blog post centers on what I do when I can’t think of a blog to write and struggle to come up with a topic. I discovered much to my amusement that many just follow some topic lists that are given online. Thank you for the lists…makes it so much easier to find a topic. However, there are topics that deserve attention as well and if you want a better world, we all have to take part. If you want to learn more….stay tuned!
I have, from time to time, searched news and other things to try to find inspiration for blog posts. I find it in everyday life and events. Eventually something piques my interest and I follow up with my thoughts on the subject and how it relates to creativity, authorship, art and to people in general. It seems that there are about 100 to 200 give or take sorts of topics that bloggers focus on. That is all well and good, I suppose. I’ve seen plenty of blogs that focus on some of the topics….in fact multiple blogs center on some of those topics. It appears as Margaret Mead said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” So, I sifted through a few blogs telling me what topics were available for discussion. Apparently your own thoughts on a topic can be acceptable. Tips are available. Things that I see multiple blogs on like what to do or not do for blogs. I think that it is important that one find their own topics. Unless we look hard at ourselves and society, we stand to become just another cookie cutter form of art. What I mean is, if you remember the old cookie cutters that are used to make cookies, they only have so many shapes so all the cookies look the same. It is what art and authors have fought against throughout history. It led to such breakthroughs as those set up by Monet in the world of art, Martin Luther King Jr in the world of racial equality. It allowed arts and writing to flourish. It allowed for the great authors who are still quoted today such as Shakespeare who still had to deal with the need to appease royalty to create. Strip away the wannabes and you get those who are the true movers and shakers over the centuries. We still know of many of them.
It is important to think about the fact that you have chosen a topic or a blog to get your ideas across. Not to reuse the same old topics as everyone else. It’s to see something new and different. There are so many more uses for blogs and podcasts than just to repeat ideas or create conspiracies. We could tackle hunger, racism, and all that ails society. We could tackle the bigger issues. We are not just cookie cutter, one size fits all people. There is more to life and to moving ahead than tips and tricks and how to’s. These are, of course, valid niches and some who excel at it and they are to be congratulated for having such great blogs etc. It is a great niche, but not everyone should or can stay in these routes…it just gets over-done. Always know that there can also be a larger purpose and some will choose it. One has to decide whether they want to tackle the bigger issues or stick to the safe and well-worn blog posts. Some do this with varying levels of success. I think one should consider the blog post lists as potential styles of posts. Not the be all and end all to the list of what can be written about. It all felt rather mechanical. That’s the problem with something that everyone picks to write about. Or maybe I’m just looking at the wrong topic pages…which is also a possibility. I am not saying there isn’t a need for the current blogs and podcasts nor do I say that those are particularly bad, but that we could be doing more to better humanity if we so chose.
When I write, I err on the side of suggesting creativity. I know many authors may disagree and say write to sell and if that is what really matters to you, then follow their ideas. If creativity matters, then follow that idea. Neither one is better or more right. Here’s the thing. I don’t have to spend my time telling people I disagree. I find that the most difficult topic to deal with as a suggestion for a blog is calling down another author, blogger or podcaster. If all you want to do is put down someone else and their ideas, then you obviously have very little of value to offer. So, I would recommend skipping that as a topic for a blog post or podcast. I feel the same way about politicians. I’m not a political person, but if you have to put down the competition, I often wonder what you possibly have to offer and why you aren’t just telling me what you are good at and can do for people. I find it takes the focus off actual issues and just multiplies things with nasty rhetoric. Therefore, I don’t put down people. I do however, feel quite safe in discussing ideas. If I don’t like a particular idea, I will say so. However, it is not something against the person who said it and I don’t feel the need to call them out. It is simply the idea doesn’t fit my personhood. People have opinions. I discuss ideas. As Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
There is so much that needs to change in our society. It is difficult for people to change as they get stuck in their ways. Yes, it is difficult. Most importantly we need to learn to treat all with respect and not decide that respect is only for those of a certain colour, race, religion, etc. We could work in tandem to have a world that would be something to be proud of. Someone being different should not be an impediment to showing respect. Working together with people to improve this world should be something that is seen as important enough to write about and to cooperate together for. It should not be left up to the particular group that was being treated in a racist way to raise their voices alone. We should also not accept racism in our daily lives and our pages. I heard about the game with players having racist comments hurled at them. Someone on the news talked about social media needing to do something about it. But, it should not be just social media doing something about it…of course they should, but everyone should. It should also be you, me, everyone saying, that is not right. Do not use that slur against another human being. It is not right that the settlers of Canada put First Nation children in schools where they died in the hundreds of hundreds. It shouldn’t be left up to just the news or social media or the Government. It is up to all of us. We all have a stake in society whether or not we like it. We all have to live together on this planet of ours. So, if you have a voice, use it. Don’t let some in social media and elsewhere create an atmosphere of hate and intolerance. If you aren’t comfortable with it, then block it or something that makes it not seen on your account. You control your social media feed while you have access. You control what you watch and what you don’t watch. You have a choice. You can make a difference. No one seems to understand that racism and hate are not going to go away if we let it continue. We are better than that! Please tell me that we, as a society, are better than that.
I respect that everyone has a right to an opinion, but freedom of speech is not freedom to harm others. It was intended to be freedom to do the right thing. Over the generations, it is obvious that the right thing has changed as more information has come to light. It has changed as people understood some things. We are still learning, but we need to be willing to learn and change and not to hate someone based on something they do not control. This is among the tenants of freedom of speech that I follow. Just a different view point for my blog post and podcast. Just a chance to give everyone a little something to think about. The world still turns, the clouds still come and go and the sun still rises and sets. Do we want the world to be a better place? That rests on our shoulders and those of each person in the world. I know what I would choose.
Just one more thing. I have one of my children’s e-books up for a 2021 TCK award Category is General Non-Fiction. https://www.tckpublishing.com/2021-readers-choice-voting-page/ The Big Kids Magical Path to Colours in Nature. If you have a moment, we could use some votes.
I also have two anniversaries. My wonderful husband and I celebrated 35 years earlier this week. I also had my one year anniversary on WordPress earlier in the week.
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