If you are a cat blogger, this post is for you! Our favorite felines can be an endless resource to tap for blogging topics. Just like everything else however, our fun loving kitties can dry up and suddenly seem like cat loaves; having a staring contest with you, expressionless, motionless, meow less. The once inspiring muse has fizzled. Your cat has gone on strike leaving you with nothing new to say about the feline world. What to do? Check out the five ideas below to get that engine purring. Your meower will never be muse less again!
Practice Fierce Cat Brainstorming
Grab your favorite flavor tea or a cup of java, your writing journal and get comfortable. Now write five adjectives that come to mind when you think of your kitty cat and five nouns that come to mind when you think of his favorite things to do. I will use my crazy cat Finnegan as an example and start:
Fancy Feast moist cat food
Kritter Kozy blanket
Take one adjective and one noun to create a new topic for a blog post. For example, I could write, “Five Cat Toys that will keep Your Cat Happy, Healthy and Energetic” or “Does Your Cat have a Favorite Blanket?” “Five Black and White Photos of Adorable Cats with their Blankets” (this would be a great one for B & W Sunday blog hops). Start with five words so you don’t get overwhelmed, but feel free to keep the list growing! Use a separate sheet of paper for your topic titles as they come to you. As your creative juices start flowing, let loose and free flow write any other topics as they come to mind (and they will!) For example from this brainstorming exercise, I have also thought of “A Comparison of Five Top Moist Cat Foods” and “Five DIY Image Conscience Cat Ideas” You get the idea, have fun and let the titles soar!
Purrchase New Cat Products
Yep, sounds easy enough right? Just be sure to get new toys, not new old toys. This means toys and products your cat has never seen before. Perhaps it is time for that new-carpeted cat condo you have your eye on? Or maybe you can check out Etsy for some homemade goodies! Once you have the new products, grab your camera and snap lots of photos of your kitty checking them out for the first time. From this you can do a product review, or be inspired by the product itself. If you buy a new cat condo and put it by the window, a new topic to write about can be “How to Keep an Indoor Cat Entertained” with your kitty sitting proudly in his new condo watching birds fly by. If you are on a low budget, check out Amazon.com for free shipping opportunities.
Walk to the Dog Park
Yes, I said DOG park. Bring your writing journal and make note of all the things the dog’s do that your cat does not do. When you get home you can make a dog vs. cat infograph. Be sure to take your camera! If you are handy with Photoshop, you can include your kitty cat to the dog park photos and make a comic post!
Become a Feline Interviewing Diva
Grab that writing journal again and start writing down all the people you can interview. Now give one or two a call and set up an interview. This is also a great way to get out and about, away from the computer, and stimulate your creative senses. There are some obvious pet people you can interview in your area for your blog like your cat veterinarian, local pet store owner and of course the local cat shelter. Perhaps there are potential interviewees that are not so obvious, like your cat sitter or a cat foster parent. The topics within each interview are endless, and the interview itself will make a great post! Vlogging (video blogging) can make it extremely easy too. If you have cat specialists you want to interview that are not in your area, consider Skype, telephoning or emailing as ways to conduct the conversation. Just be sure to have your questions laid out prior to the interview. Preparation is key to a good interview.
The biggest challenge with re-igniting your kitty muse will be keeping up with all the ideas and opportunities that will manifest from these exercises. Having a writing journal specifically designated for blog topics is a must have, it will be filled up before you know it. Blog on!