How to find ideas to blog about?

I often meet/read this question in blogs : “How do I find ideas?”

Most of the time the main answer is “everywhere”. Haha. Great.

My first thought is always :  “If you need to “find ideas to blog about”, you shouldn’t blog”. Racing cars are better. You can also shoot flying plates, lift some weight, or train some fleas.

But it doesn’t work like that, I knowwww…

I suppose this happens when one blogs for a reason – to make money, to meet people, to be famous, whatever :

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. How do you blog?

If you blog because of this pattern which is “something HAS TO go out” – the urge of expression, you won’t ever ask yourself how to find ideas, right?

They literally flow out of you, they squirtspatter in your WordPress’s drafts. That’s cute, in a way!

The Importance of rumunchewminating drafts

 

OK I go on : How to find ideas to blog about? Google helps with plenty of good ideas.

My way is to use a reading grid, a reading framework you will use on EVERYTHING you meet, a book, a title, a person, a star, a story : everything. You can use a few, if you like.

For example you can watch the world :

  • Historically (“I travelled in this Norway city, which…”)
  • Reversely (“10 ways to become fat”)
  • Engineerely (“this insect is a machine”)
  • Negatively (“sports are for idiots”)
  • Paranoia-Matrixely (all I see is crafted to lure me)
  • Religiously (a god takes care of me)
  • Newagely (the universe sent all this to make me grow)
  • Scenaristically (everything could be put in a story)
  • Nostalgically (link all things to your past)
  • Toolboxerly (well, this is what I do)

 

My toolbox is made of this : I try to find a framework, a structure, a grid, a pattern, in everything I see. If the structure is already here, I LOVE to share it. As, maybe, a suggestion to do the same, to think.

For example, to notice that Edouard Manet (the painter) and Jeff Wall (the photographer) have a common way to question the public, to notice that Mad Max and operas have many things in common, to find how great artists (Miles Davis, Pablo Picasso or William Faulkner) 1/ push themselves in unknown territories 2/ play with avant-garde 3/ break complex skills because it became to easy for them 4/ find another breath near the end of their lives… Etc.

 

Well, sorry, that’s all ! Find your grid, frame everything you meet and see under this grid, and ideas will squirtspatter. Apply, watch, that’s it : yeepee!

Thanks for reading! (sorry to destroy English like that)

 

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One person can’t be everything to another : Chronicle 50

This 50th Chronicle is about subjects I should write about :

 

Creation as association of ideas? You have two hours.

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I should try an article to sort pop & rock megahits by category. The one with a riff (Satisfaction), the unexpected chorus, the hymn (Shout), the waltz (Golden Brown), the voice, the explosive gimmick, etc…

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“One person can’t be everything to another”, therefore what.

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There’s an article to write about Disney Smile. There’s an Urban Dictionary entry : “Disney Smile : a obviously fake and often exaggerated smile”. Since Ariel maybe, and Aladdin, they seem to become aware of this.

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The Psychocriminology syndrome, the My Kid Don’t Sleep syndrome, the Present for my Retiring Dad syndrome, the I have Twins it’s a problem syndrome : every bookseller knows them. People constantly ask for these books, and you can’t have any which satisfy them. Thus, if you have zero book or seventeen books about these subjects, you will never sell a single one. You show them the books, and they grin : “Well, no”. So what? So I dun’t knuw.

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“An artist has to be challenged” – OK but why and when and how? A competitor? Someone who finally tell him he’s not that good?

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If I was thirty years younger I’d vlog on YouTube, asking the stars this single question :

What music do YOU listen to?

There’s a series of mix-albums called Back_to_Mine. I love this idea, which is to ask what the artist would play at home after a night out. Röyksopp came with delightful nuggets like Vangelis, Popol Vuh or This Mortal Coil. It’s like a map. If you like this artist, you are interested in knowing its foundations… Oui?

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Nietzsche. Cioran. These are two names I have in mind when I think about archipelago thinking, “la pensée en archipel”. Build a list of these books.

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Write this book :

How don’t you give someone you love… conversation? Where is deep intimacy, spiritual connection? The one who loves you should see you as his companion. His confident. His love.

If you never get more than a spoon of it : What kind of love is this, then? Find many positive answers.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Edward Weston

 

 

Ideas in sieve & Enjoying dissatisfaction : Chronicle 49

Some are ideas borrowed from C. Dantzig. Let them circulate.

Some people have the nerve to sit at your desk. They shouldn’t. It’s hurtful, right?

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Some travellers do everything not to discover.

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Wimps’ goal is to kill others’ happiness.

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“Americans are conscientious, Italians are spontaneous, French are abstract, Irish are friendly, Canadians are quiet”… Really??

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“Malheureux peut-être l’homme, mais heureux l’artiste que le désir déchire !”, writes Baudelaire. How to translate this?

“Sad, maybe the man, but happy the artist torn by desire”

Thus a dissatisfied enjoys his dissatisfaction.

Because…

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“Greed is a panic. Sport is a panic. Frivolity is a panic. Snobbery is a panic. Careerism is a panic. Panic disguises itself under the name of passion”.

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One has tact because they are kind-hearted.

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Malevolent meticulousness

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Boring distractions. Odd-jobs.

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Verbs with “tear”

  1. To tear (move down fast) : dévaler
  2. To tear (become torn) : se déchirer
  3. To tear (from, or to distress) : déchirer
  4. To tear (pull up, wrench) : arracher
  5. To tear along (move quickly) : filer
  6. To tear apart (or to pieces, to shreds, or up) : déchiqueter, dépecer, mettre en lambeaux
  7. To tear apart (or down) (give negative opinions) : démolir, démonter, casser, éreinter, descendre en flammes
  8. To tear away (or off) : s’arracher, se tailler, se barrer
  9. To tear into (scold) : s’en prendre à quelqu’un
  10. To tear into (open package/rip apart) : ouvrir un paquet violemment
  11. To tear open : déchirer un emballage
  12. To tear out (remove by ripping) : déchirer (une page par exemple)
  13. To tear through : avaler, dévorer un livre, finir un travail
  14. Tear up the rulebook : désobéir aux règles
  15. Tear you hair out : s’arracher les cheveux
  16. Wear and tear, ohhhh

This is one reason (with idioms, pronunciation) why English is hard.

Have a nice day! Bon dimanche !

God is coming and is she pissed!

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Bookstopoo & Hapitoubimi : Chronicle 48

We’re at the beginning of a heatwave in France today. Sort of. Well, all my windows opened… as France fights Argentina for the football World Cup. I don’t need to watch it, because I can hear all the city screaming each time France scores a goal. 4-2 we won!

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How to tell about something which happened only one time, yet comes within the scope of a series?

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“How to catch what moves, generates, leaks, becomes, invents, slips, spurges… instead of  contemplating what we think is fixe, immuable, eternal, stable, immobile?”

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Bookstopoo should be the title of a book I’ll write one day : a LIST of good books you should have in your toilets (why in the world do you call this “restroom”??).

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Obedient to rules, no one can invent.

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You remember the past. The good things or the bad things?

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It’s called Hapitoubimi. What kind of animal is this?

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I learned about this idiom, “dodge a bullet“, it’s great!

Urban Dictionary says “If someone has dodged a bullet, they have successfully avoided a very serious problem.”, that makes sense, thought I wonder, as an ESL, what is the color of it : is it by cowardice or because you’re smart? Is it effectiveness and skillfulness, or is it, when you dodge a bullet, because you’re a lazy coward? When do you use it?

Well, I ask this because I understood also that “dodge” is something which is simply “not right”, and I found many sarcastic things about Dodge City. I also remember in Deliverance (the movie) the talking about “an old Dodge” – sounded “old wreck”.

Other words I discovered with pleasure :

  1. Honeycomb
  2. Tit for tat
  3. Betwixt

 

Have a nice day!

 

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Where to apply modernity?

Reading my Jeff Wall book I found this little paragraph about certain movie directors who were modern (and even avant-gardist) BUT in a tradictionnal form.

Fellini, Bergman, Rohmer, Bunuel, Eustache or Fassbinder, making movies with this idea :

Putting modernity pressure not on the form itself, but elsewhere, on elements of the classic form.

Each example is very clear, when opposed to Jean-Luc Godard, who killed, enstranged, deformed, distorded, dented the classical forms of movies : experiences on the sound, narration, superposition, edition.

“Rule Breaking Films” (you can YouTube this) are interesting ALSO to find out (and list and sort) where modernity has been applied.

Kaleidocopic (Persona), surreal/casual (8 1/2), jazzyist jumcuts (A bout de Souffle), no sets (Dogville), refusing artificial dramas (Patterson), watching the camera (Pierrot le Fou, Monica, Do the right Thing) : you’ll find your own examples with Google.

 

Anyway, what’s interesting me here is this tool :

Apply modernity, break some rules, push avant-garde elements. OK, but what if on some places only, letting the rest totatlly “normal”?

Where? Poetry? Photography? What’s your field? How will you choose your “element”?

 

Thanks for reading!

JP

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Exquisite Discomforts

In an article about Jean de la Fontaine, Paul Valéry floods you with great little ideas. Here are some, for your thinking pleasure :

 

Nonchalance carefully considered. Facility : the apogee of art

Easiness from experience? Or as a will, a process? Not engaging all strengths?

Exquisite Discomforts

Inventing limits? Effort roads? Fighting against a delightful memory? An intelligent enemy?

To change what happens into what stays

Capturing? Drawing? Inspiration? Creativity?

So many advantages of which you hardly see the shadows

Lured? Trap? Stupidity?

Some commandments who seems so futile

Thinking out of the box and contempting what we see? Godless spirit watching religion?

To think an instinct of the artificial exists

 

The obedience of clay

 

Never a finding – or an assembly of findings – could establish a work

 

When all that counts is well veiled

 

 

What do expand here? You have two hours!

Thanks for reading!

JP

 

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Unexpected Connections & Sparks Exchanges

ONE

Yesterday I thanked a retired man I always have good conversations with. Always curious and funny, we often have our ten minutes of jubilations, before quitting each other with a smile (and a few sparks around our heads).

You know, he replied, what we do is “Le commerce des idées” (ideas exchange) : I give you seeds and you give me seeds too.

It’s not only about sharing little ideas, but also ideas of books, movies, patterns, links (links and connections are great!). Some spirits like “the idea of getting ideas”. Exchange.

You are one of them, right?

In France we have this word, “commerce”, which means “business”, of course, and “trade”, and also “store”, but also, in a little old-fashioned way

“Madame de Sévigné conducted a vast exchange of letter” :
“Madame de Sévigné avait un grand commerce épitolaire”

TWO

While coffeing in my bed this morning I found this quote from a great French drama actor, Michel Bouquet :

“The public doesn’t come to watch you play, it comes to play with you”.

THREE – Mutually Beneficial

I hope/dream this blog acts this way for you my fellow readers!

Not only as a toolbox, a basket of gathered ideas and patterns, but also I wish it :

  1. Gives you the desire to comment, interact, begin a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.
  2. Gives your brain a slight movement, a desire to know more, which could lead you to exploration. A map, an index, a little machine…

Thanks for reading!

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Photo : Carl Mydans