20 Blogging Projects for You

Sometimes, we get stuck for topics. I know how that can be. That’s why I wrote 100 Blog Topics I Hope You Write. Here are 20 more blog ideas you can take and use for springboards into your own projects. If you use one, please consider linking back to [chrisbrogan.com], so the community (and I) can find your great posts. Here are the 20 blogging ideas for you:

  1. My Town – Take us on a photo tour showing us 5-7 things that would make a new visitor to your town happy to see.
  2. Make Something – Show us how you make your lasagna in a video. Show us how you organize your files on your computer. Take us through in a way that WE can do the same when you’re done.
  3. Share Five Friends- Show us five friends’ blogs and give us a blurb on why you like them.
  4. Talk Slowly – Teach us a difficult tech concept, piece by piece, with analogies, and drawings made off napkins or Flickr pics.
  5. Five Tools I Use – Show us your web toolbox. (Add or subtract as needed).
  6. My Mother, My Daughter – Doesn’t have to be exactly this, but the idea is to interview your parent and your child, and ask them five questions to compare their perspectives.
  7. My Media Making Process – Show us your podcasting or videoblogging or photoblogging (or whatever) setup, and talk us through the procedure.
  8. A Cause to Connect – Share your social cause of choice, and give us a background, the challenge they face, and ways to connect and be helpful.
  9. Renovation Project – How would you take a mainstream publication or media product (like a TV show) and gear it up for the new media world?
  10. Business Blogging – What’s your take on business blogging? What advice will you give tomorrow’s company bloggers?
  11. Without Words – Can you post a story told completely in pictures? How about sounds?
  12. Conversations With Past Masters – Seek out a journalist or a radio veteran or a former TV personality and interview them on how producing media was in their day, and what they see coming out of this social media space.
  13. Tomorrow’s Classroom – How would you use social media tools to enrich or change the learning experience ?
  14. Next Record Label – BMG called. They want YOU to launch a new kind of record label. What do you do?
  15. A Media Package – Coke called (boy, you’re lucky!), and they want something to go along with their print and TV campaign. What would YOU make for them, or how will you tell people about new Chocolate Coke?
  16. Secret Experts – You know lots about how to be a digital citizen. You just don’t realize that other’s DON’T know it. Share some tips for people coming online and engaging in social networking.
  17. Fan Next – Fans have new tools to aid in their appreciation of their passion, be that sports or sci fi, or whatever. How do the tools of social media change the way people express their appreciation? How do YOU participate?
  18. My Big Whoops – Early on, you might have made a few mistakes in social media. Maybe you pronounced Friendster the best social network of all time. Perhaps you thought Jaiku would replace Twitter (look back at April 07 to where I mention something of that nature). What can you teach others from your experience?
  19. How You Can Win Against Big Media – You’re out there proclaiming newspapers dead. Great. Teach us how to put the matter to bed, once and for all.
  20. How Big Media Can Participate – Big media’s not dead. Are you kidding? They’ve got the skills and the experience. They just need a tool refresh. Show them the way.

So there you have it. 20 new things to consider doing. Which ones appeal to you?

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  • http://liveslessordinary.wordpress.com amypalko

    Great list of projects, Chris. Looks like fun! Will definitely attempt one if not more.
    Thanks!

  • http://liveslessordinary.wordpress.com amypalko

    Great list of projects, Chris. Looks like fun! Will definitely attempt one if not more.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.digitalmouseworks.ca/ Andrew Rivett

    That is an excellent list full of great ideas. I can relate to #19 as I don’t own a TV and don’t subscribe to any newspapers, so often get asked the question: “How to I get my news?”. I recently wrote a blog post on how I use RSS and podcasts for all my news. (http://www.digitalmouseworks.ca/2008/02/06/news-without-a-television/)

    The question is now, how do we promote this to the people who currently don’t understand blogs, rss and podcasts?

  • http://www.digitalmouseworks.ca/ Andrew Rivett

    That is an excellent list full of great ideas. I can relate to #19 as I don’t own a TV and don’t subscribe to any newspapers, so often get asked the question: “How to I get my news?”. I recently wrote a blog post on how I use RSS and podcasts for all my news. (http://www.digitalmouseworks.ca/2008/02/06/news-without-a-television/)

    The question is now, how do we promote this to the people who currently don’t understand blogs, rss and podcasts?

  • http://www.beingprimitive.com Will Adam

    Thanks for the *inspiration* Chris…all I had came up with today was “Things to do with your dead HD-DVD player” ;)

  • http://www.beingprimitive.com Will Adam

    Thanks for the *inspiration* Chris…all I had came up with today was “Things to do with your dead HD-DVD player” ;)

  • http://headphonesrequired.com Laurent LaSalle

    This is GOLD. Unfortunately, I’ll be doing proposition 21 soon as a videopodcast, which is something entirely different…

  • http://headphonesrequired.com Laurent LaSalle

    This is GOLD. Unfortunately, I’ll be doing proposition 21 soon as a videopodcast, which is something entirely different…

  • http://www.convio.com J Viator

    I really like the concept of “My Mother, My Daughter.” I often see the generation gap in thinking between older and younger professionals in the workplace, especially as it relates to New Media. Seeing these differences in an interview would be extremely interesting and possibly helpful. Great idea!

  • http://www.convio.com J Viator

    I really like the concept of “My Mother, My Daughter.” I often see the generation gap in thinking between older and younger professionals in the workplace, especially as it relates to New Media. Seeing these differences in an interview would be extremely interesting and possibly helpful. Great idea!

  • http://themusingsofalurcher.blogspot.com Joker the Lurcher

    some great ideas for when life calms down a bit!

  • http://themusingsofalurcher.blogspot.com Joker the Lurcher

    some great ideas for when life calms down a bit!

  • Andrew Conard

    Chris – Thanks for the list. I was referred through another blog and I am excited to try some of these things and continue to read your posts.

  • Andrew Conard

    Chris – Thanks for the list. I was referred through another blog and I am excited to try some of these things and continue to read your posts.

  • Andrew Conard

    Chris – Thanks for the list of great ideas! I found this link via another post and am excited to try a few of your suggestions and read more of your posts.

  • Andrew Conard

    Chris – Thanks for the list of great ideas! I found this link via another post and am excited to try a few of your suggestions and read more of your posts.

  • http://www.rickwolff.com Rick Wolff

    You realize, those are 20 ideas for not just blog posts, but entire blogs. Some have longer “legs” than others.

  • http://www.rickwolff.com Rick Wolff

    You realize, those are 20 ideas for not just blog posts, but entire blogs. Some have longer “legs” than others.

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  • http://www.DrinksAreOnMe.net Dale Cruse

    21. If you could change the world with a blog post, what would it be about?

  • http://www.DrinksAreOnMe.net Dale Cruse

    21. If you could change the world with a blog post, what would it be about?

  • http://rhappe.typepad.com/thesocialorganization/ Rachel Happe

    Thanks for the great, thought-provoking list Chris. I particularly liked My Mother/My Daughter too as I often try to pull my own mother into social media conversations (she is community developer/manager) and she has a completely different perspective on the tools she needs (blogging is not one of them!)

  • http://rhappe.typepad.com/thesocialorganization/ Rachel Happe

    Thanks for the great, thought-provoking list Chris. I particularly liked My Mother/My Daughter too as I often try to pull my own mother into social media conversations (she is community developer/manager) and she has a completely different perspective on the tools she needs (blogging is not one of them!)

  • http://www.PARealEstate.Wordpress.com Kim Wood

    I am one of those bloggers with frequent battles with writers block. Thank you!

  • http://www.PARealEstate.Wordpress.com Kim Wood

    I am one of those bloggers with frequent battles with writers block. Thank you!

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  • http://mydaysinmymind.blogspot.com/2008/03/blogging-for-interesting-topics.html My Daily Thoughts

    Excellent tips… I sometimes want to blog the whole day. Post everything that comes to my mind. However I learned that working more on traffic is also important. I wish I have so much time to blog about everything. Thanks for sharing

  • http://mydaysinmymind.blogspot.com/2008/03/blogging-for-interesting-topics.html My Daily Thoughts

    Excellent tips… I sometimes want to blog the whole day. Post everything that comes to my mind. However I learned that working more on traffic is also important. I wish I have so much time to blog about everything. Thanks for sharing

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    You know how you tell yourself you are studying because you have your certification books opened in front of you? But you are really clicking on Stumble Upon to find interesting posts to read?

    Yeah well, I came across yours and had to write to tell you I enjoyed it very much. I gave it the thumbs up, so more people can come across it and enjoy it also.

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    …a lightbulb just went on (dimly…but on)…thx

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    …a lightbulb just went on (dimly…but on)…thx

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  • http://www.realliving.com/brenda.moore Brenda Moore

    Dear Chris: I have not started a blog yet but have been following a number of folks on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I have taken the last few hours and have sifted through your excellent information on blogging and it’s benefits.
    I follow you on Twitter and enjoy your blog very much.

    Great ideas!
    Brenda

  • http://www.realliving.com/brenda.moore Brenda Moore

    Dear Chris: I have not started a blog yet but have been following a number of folks on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I have taken the last few hours and have sifted through your excellent information on blogging and it’s benefits.
    I follow you on Twitter and enjoy your blog very much.

    Great ideas!
    Brenda

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