How do we choose what to write about?

writing penThis morning I found myself wondering why we find some topics so worth writing about, while others would never make the cut? Why, when I’m sitting around thinking about nothing in particular, will I mark one idea in my mind as something to go back to when I’m writing, and all other thoughts aren’t worth mentioning?

How do we choose what to write about next?

The only answer I could come up with was personal taste. Sometimes I simply say to myself, “That’s an interesting thought.” or “I’ve never looked at things that way!”

Internal thoughts like these actually do determine whether readers come back, because they find my choice of topics or thought processes more interesting than others. But why? I can only surmise that my readers and I share certain values or views on life. Perhaps they find me curious, or in some way similar to them.

I decided a long time ago, when I first started writing a blog, that if a topic was interesting enough to me to cause me to research and write about it, than there certainly must be other readers who would find it interesting.

I started out writing about my own midlife changes. By writing on this topic I met others who had also discovered what a perfect time midlife was to take a long look at your life thus far, and then perhaps change a few major things, before it was too late. Do-overs before it’s all over!

With research I learned exactly how healthy midlife change can be. Who knew? Not me when I first started suffering through a divorce, job/career loss, etc. I thought this was just my own personal hell. Not so!

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Somewhere over the rainbow…

Midlife crisis is the gift that keeps on giving! I went from my sad and lonely, unemployed position to finding love, a new career I love, and moving to a fantastic solar home in the southern Colorado foothills.

How’s that for some serious do-overs?

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6 thoughts on “How do we choose what to write about?

  1. Good grief! Total reinvention!
    And good food for thought, as my husband and I press forward in our lives together.
    What might we need to change up?

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  2. Personal taste, perhaps. But sometimes, more than that. Sometimes a topic just calls out to me – such as today, when I went on Facebook and discovered that today was Armed Forces Day. It bought back childhood memories still relevant today. A blog post was created.

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  3. It’s the courage thing in my opinion. Change is hard and scary and requires making a leap of faith sometimes. Indeed, I have landed flat on my back at times, but we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and keep going. Forward only. Back is not an option.

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  4. Yes, Marion, I have recently concluded that the more you have experienced hitting rock bottom in your life, the more determined and courageous you may be to get it ‘right’ this time. What is shocking to me is how surprised I am to find myself so content in a place I now love…I worked very hard for this, but I never expected it to be this GOOD!

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