Bright Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t seem to simply sit down in front of my computer monitor and come up with ideas for posts here at RJsCorner. In the cold weather months I post daily here, so where do all the ideas come from? That is the topic of this post.

Ideas for posts pop into my brain on a regular basis. I learned long ago that I can’t just push a button to make them happen. I will let you in on a little secret of mine, many of my post ideas come during my morning shower. At my age, the morning shower is one of the highlights of my day. It is a time when I am not distracted by all the intrusions that clutter my mind. It is a time when my mind is free to roam wherever it wants, and it certainly WANTS. I’m sure my most productive half-hour of the day is when I am naked and wet! 🤣

Another reason for this spurt of creativity is probably because my brain has been free to roam wherever it wants during the previous eight hours. Since I am an old guy who has to get up at least once every night I get a quick glimpse of what my dreams are. They usually involve me getting lost but that is another topic. They are almost always kind of out-there, if you know what I mean. So, when I wake up and am not occupied with stuff around me my brain lets me know what it has been doing.

I don’t know if this has anything to do with my Aspie traits, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it does. As soon as I am out of the shower My desk gets regularly filled with post-it notes of ideas waiting to be fleshed out. By the time noon comes around my brain finally settles down, or maybe I should say shuts down. I seldom touch my computer in the evening hours. I guess I just have to give myself some shutdown time for the coming nightly activity.

How about you? When are you the most creative?

2 comments

  1. Like you, I can’t simply sit down and will myself to write a 700 word post. There has to be something I saw in the paper, online, or an extension of a comment left by a reader on a previous post to begin to choose a topic and direction. One place I have begun looking more and more: old posts. With a natural turnover, very few readers today were at the blog site 7 or 8 years ago. I can take a post that maybe didn’t get much exposure but still addresses and interesting topic, freshen it, and repost it.

    When I see something I want to use I will either send a link to myself or write a brief recap and email it to my attention. That is about the only way anymore to keep from forgetting something useful.

    Ideas for posts come from all sorts of sources, but as you well know, some are not worth pursing. So, I just drop the hook back in the water and wait for another strike.

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    • Thanks for the thoughts Bob. Yeah, they do come from many different sources. As I said before, my first hour in the morning is to browse my usual websites, including yours. One tool I have found valuable for that process is “Liner”. It allows me to quickly highlight text from a given site and store it in a pot with all the others virtual post-its. I can then just cut/paste from there and also bring up the full article on demand. It is a neat app, you should give it a try. It is quick and easy. one of my favorites. Huh, you just gave me an idea of a post about my favorite digital tools of the trade! Why keep all these secrets to myself.

      It is surprising where ideas come from even when I am not wet. 😀 Some are from the daily frustrations that we folks in retirement get daily. I can’t help but spout off on them it seems. Since I too have been doing this for 10+ years now I find myself repeating posts without even knowing it.

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